Posts tagged obama
Posts tagged obama
A profile of Barack Obama has he turns toward the finish line.New Yorker | Jan 2014|
Historic deal reached with Iran over their nuclear program.
(Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty)
Since 2009, the Obama administration has prosecuted more people as whistleblowers under the 1917 Espionage Act than all former presidents combined, a fact often rehashed in journalistic circles. In some of those cases, officials seized journalists’ phone and email records to use in their investigation. James Goodale, who was The New York Times’ chief counsel during Pentagon Papers coverage, has told CJR that Obama’s aggressive crackdown on whistleblowers is “antediluvian, conservative, backwards. Worse than Nixon. He thinks that anyone who leaks is a spy! I mean, it’s cuckoo.”
With all this in mind, former Washington Post editor Leonard Downie Jr. has written an engrossing report for the Committee to Protect Journalists, released Thursday, called “The Obama Administration and the Press.” It tells the story of the post 9/11 rise in US national security and surveillance infrastructure and the concurrent rise in an environment hostile to reporting. Though the information is anecdotal rather than quantitative, the report paints a damning picture of a candidate who promised transparency and then, as president, offered anything but.
“The administration’s war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive I’ve seen since the Nixon administration,” Downie wrote in the report’s introduction. “The 30 experienced Washington journalists at a variety of new publications whom I interviewed for this report could not remember any precedent.”
On Goree Island, scrambling to get to the slave house ahead of Obama.
Marine 1 out the helicopter window
Obama Jokes At 2013 White House Correspondents Dinner
and here’s Conan’s …
Getting ready for the Correspondents’ Dinner.
Watch it live tonight at 10 p.m. ET on http://wh.gov/live
The Star Spangled Banner
President Barack Obama Recites Presidential Oath of Office
Cristina Hassinger, the daughter of Sandy Hook Principal Dawn Hochsprung, tweeted this picture of President Obama holding her daughter before the interfaith service this evening.
“We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics,” Obama said during a brief address from the White House, where he repeatedly wiped away tears.
“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. Each time I learn the news, I react not as a president, but as anybody else would, as a parent. And that is especially true today.”
Meet the Mind Behind Barack Obama’s Online Persona
You’ve most definitely seen it by now. Michelle Obama, wearing a red-and-white checkered dress, stands with her back to the camera. Her arms are wrapped around her husband, the hints of a smile lingering on the edges of his lips. “Four more years,” reads the text, which was posted on the Obama campaign’s social media accounts around 11:15pm on election night‚ just as it became clear the president had won a second term.
The photo, taken by campaign photographer Scout Tufankjian just a few days into the job, pretty much won the internet: 816,000 retweets, the most likes ever on Facebook; thousands of reblogs on Tumblr. And yet it wasn’t chosen by the president’s press secretary, or even a senior-level operative, but by 31-year-old Laura Olin, a social media strategist who’d been up since 4am. For the first time since the campaign ended, she talked to Tumblr, in partnership with The Daily Beast, about what it’s like being the voice of the President — where millions of people, and a ravenous press, await your every grammatical error.
So how does it actually work, being the voice of the President? Who makes the decisions about what to post?
All of our decisions were made in-house — in Chicago, mostly — so we weren’t getting direct directives from the White House or anything. But we tried as much as possible to have voices for each account, so depending on the message — because we had all these channels — we had an appropriate place to put it. Obviously some stuff was sufficiently huge so that it went everywhere, but as much as possible we tried to tailor the message for the channel and the audience.
It must be daunting.
It was kind of terrifying, actually. My team ran the Barack Obama Twitter handle, which I think was probably most susceptible to really embarrassing and silly mistakes. We didn’t ever really have one, which I still can’t believe we pulled off.
This morning’s front page.
Kaine (D) over Allen (R) in Virginia Senate race.