Nobody knows how to cater to the young, passionate and tech-dependent masses like Barack Obama. And, now that he’s in full-on campaign mode, Barack is back to wooing the youth vote.
The president’s campaign announced Thursday that it would accept donations via text message. Supporters can donate up to $50 by texting “GIVE” to 62262. (Thank goodness -- no more excruciating phone calls or online forms!)
According to Campaign Manager Jim Messina, last month, 98% of donors contributed less than $250 each.
“Accepting small donations by text message will help us engage even more grassroots supporters who want to play a role by donating whatever they can afford to the campaign – and get the President re-elected in November,” he said.
Plus, this might be the only chance you get to drunk text the prez.
The tip off was Wednesday and featured a dinner with President Obama that was hosted by basketball legend Michael Jordan -- and featured current and past players Carmelo Anthony, Patrick Ewing, Sheryl Swoopes, Kyrie Irving and Alonzo Mourning. After the dinner, POTUS and the some of the players casually shot baskets together.
Here is a breakdown of donation levels for the event:
$250/person: autograph session with the players at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers;
$5,000/couple: Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers session including autographs and a shoot-around skills session with the players;
$20,000/person ($40,000/couple): All-Star Dinner with President Obama and the players at the New York Athletic Club (included photo reception with POTUS).
The whole thing was originally supposed to be a full-exhibition game late In Washington, D.C., last year during the NBA lockout, but was canceled when players and owners resolved their dispute and started up the season.
All in all, the events raised around $3 million -- which is what we call a slam dunk!
Of course, it's always struck us as odd that White House has been a little secretive regarding what goes into the President's personal beer. All we really know is that it's made using honey collected from the First Family's beehive. But now, it seems some members of the American public would like to know just what exactly is in the recipe for the Executive Branch's exclusive brew.
Currently, there's an online "We the People" petition with about 4,000 signatures, asking that the recipe be publically released. (The goal is for 25,000 John Hancocks by Sept. 17.) And, if that doesn't work , there's a Freedom of Information Act request for the recipe.
We're not sure just happens next, but we hope it means we're one step closer to tossing back a bottle of "Official White House Beer" in the near future.
Let's just hope that everyone in America drinks the POTUS brew nice and responsibly.
The basketball star took over Michelle Obama's blogging duties for the week (she's guest blogging for iVillage), and gave a rundown of his top healthy habits.
What did we learn from Kobe's list? Well, first of all, it appears the Olympian loves sugar cookies and occasionally gives in to a late-night craving (we can't blame you, Kobe). But, Kobe strongly believes in mental and spiritual health, and some of his top items fall under those categories.
What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas -- especially if you are Prince Harry.
Friday night, Harry and his friends allegedly rolled out of their "high rollers hotel suite" and went to the hotel's bar, where they made some friends, which they invited up to the room to play a game of strip billiards.
One of the partygoers snapped a phone pic of Harry's bare bottom, which TMZ snagged for a pretty penny. Luckily, the photo editors put a nice red star over his butthole. (I don't think we could have taken much more regal nudeness this early in the morning.)
Well, at least we've all learned two very important things from this.
Underneath it all, Prince Harry isn't so, well, hairy. And, just because you're a royal it doesn't mean you are good at everything -- especially pool.
It's OK, Harry. We've all been there.
DiD yOu KnOw? ... Prince Harry also had some fun in a swimming pool during his stay in Las Vegas. Check out the pic, above, and the video, here. We wonder what his not-so-serious girlfriend/friend, Cressida Bonas, has to say about this?
You might remember him best as the husband to "Real Housewives of DC" Star Michaele Salahi, who, along with his now ex-wife, allegedly crashed the White House State Dinner in 2009.
Yep, that's the guy.
Well, now, he's running for governor of Virginia (in the Republican primary) with a pretty catchy slogan: "Crash The Vote!" He's also gearing up to host his first big fundraiser.
Today, he officially announced his campaign kickoff party, which will happen at his home in rural Warren County, Va., with a "grass-roots style family BBQ open to the community, fellow Virginians, friends and other supporters on September 16th at 5pm. There will be live entertainment, photo fun with a Hollywood green screen and opportunities with the candidate."
To join in on the fun, supporters should make a donation of either $15 in advance or $20 at the door. (Children younger than 18 will be admitted for free.) For details, including directions, please visit his Facebook event page, "Crash the Candidate's BBQ," here.
Oh, and make sure you're camera-ready while at the cookout -- this event will "include pyrotechnics and will be filmed for a new television show."
Now, if Michaele shows up with her Journey boyfriend, Neal Schon, then we'll have ourselves some reality-TV mayhem at its finest.
Photo: Tareq Salahi, Joe Biden and Michaele Salahi at the White House.
So, here we are, the week before the Republican National Convention and it looks like the GOP might have an unexpected attendee -- which could wreak havoc in Tampa.
No, we're talking about neither Sarah Palin nor Ron Paul -- we're talking about Isaac, a potential hurricane.
Right now, there's a swirl of a storm in the Atlantic that experts say may build up and become either a tropical storm or hurricane. Of course, predicting the exact behavior of something this far out is pretty hard. There's roughly a 3% chance that a hurricane will hit Tampa directly during the four-day convention.
But, it's been more than 60 years since a big storm hit the area, thus some people think it's "due."
Oh, and as if having a major storm hit the city as it's full of the entire Republican leadership isn't enough, Tampa is ranked as the most vulnerable city to hurricane in the country.
Hmm, what we have here is the gathering of a major political party, the rare chance of an intense storm striking and a city susceptible to catastrophe. ...
Does this sound like the setup for a disaster movie to anyone else?
It looks like Prince Harry and Ryan Lochte aren't done celebrating the end of the Olympics.
The dynamic duo was recently spotted partying in Las Vegas.
They had a swim-off (do you even have to ask who won?) at the XS Nightclub pool in the Wynn Hotel and, there's a video to prove it.
Ryan has been spotted in his teeny tiny bikinis, hanging out with the Las Vegas ladies since his birthday on Thursday. And, Harry is currently vacationing after hitting up San Diego for a charity trip.
OK, boys. next time you want to strut your stuff in man-kinis, be sure to send Glittarazzi an invite!
DiD yOu KnOw? ... Prince Harry might be a royal, but that doesn't mean he has fun all the time. We love LOL-ing at this hilarious gallery of pictures of the Prince always being a third wheel.
Kids have overtaken the White House kitchen -- and, they brought kale with them.
First Lady Michelle Obama played host to the first-ever White House Kids’ State Dinner, where 54 children, representing all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and the three territories, were invited for a luncheon in the East Room of the White House.
The children, aged 8 to 12, submitted winning healthy recipes for Michelle’s "Let’s Move!" campaign. Several of the recipes were featured in the luncheon, including kale chips, cabbage sloppy joes, quinoa and baked zucchini fries.
Don’t get us wrong, we love our fried potatoes, but this menu was dee-lish.
Not only were these lucky youngsters treated to amazing dishes prepared by the White House chefs, but they also got to see an up-close-and-personal performance by Nickelodeon music sensation Big Time Rush.
And, surprise! The president crashed the kids' luncheon to sample some of the healthy fare himself.
Check out our pics from this fun event, below.
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We're sure you won't be the last person to be made fun of on the Internet.
YouTuber Hugh Atkin -- of "Will The Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up?" fame -- cut and pasted some choice Mitt words to make a point of the GOP presidential candidate's inconsistencies when it comes to some of his political views.
It's OK, Mitt.
We're just waiting for the #obligatory Obama response video.
DiD yOu KnOw? ... Curious about the context of the quotes Hugh used in his video? Head on over to his blog, here, where he explains the audio clips he cut.
He likes it so much, in fact, that he liked the political-rock band on his Facebook page.
But, if you know anything about Rage Against The Machine, then you're well aware of their band members' far-left political views. Their music rails against American authority, globalization and corporatism and uses communist-guerrilla imagery and pro-socialist lyrics.
So, it's understandable why some members of the band would have a problem with Paul being a fan.
Rage Founder and Guitarist Tom Morello quickly took to the Internet and wrote a blog post explaining his "amusement" at Paul's love of the band's music. In his words, the congressman is "the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades."
DiD yOu KnOw? ... Mitt Romney released a Spotify list of some of his top-played tunes earlier this year. What does the GOP presidential hopeful listen to? Check it out, here.
We Heart The Men Of The Occupy Movement: When we heard officials were thinking about evicting the Occupy activists in Washington, D.C., we hopped in our car and hightailed it to McPherson Square. Nobody is going to take our future husbands away from us -- especially before Valentine's Day.