Don’t bogart that, Obama.
An upcoming Los Angeles “pot party” celebrating President Barack Obama’s first year in office has chosen the leader of the free world as the star of an ad campaign for the event.
The ad features Obama Photoshopped smoking a fake joint above the words, “GET MEDICATED CALIFORNIA / 420.”
Obama isn’t known for toking, though his doctor did tell him he needed to permanently quit smoking when he went in for a check-up last week.
The ad and the event’s organizers plan to “celebrate Obama ending DEA raids” on medical marijuana dispensaries.
According to the popular blog TMZ, which posted the image of the ad above, a White House spokesman said they — not surprisingly — didn’t sign off on the use of the president’s image, and that they have a policy “disapproving of the use of the President’s name and likeness for commercial purposes.”
The White House apparently declined to say whether they’d take on the ad’s creators. TMZ quipped: “Either way … we’re guessing the wave of paranoia that’s about to engulf the tokers responsible for messing with the Most Powerful Man on the Planet will be punishment enough.”
Dalai Lama says President Trump has a ‘lack of moral principle’
During an interview with the BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan, the Dalai Lama weighed in on everything from Donald Trump’s presidency to Brexit — and the Tibetan spiritual leader clearly isn’t a fan of Trump’s isolationist views.
“When he became president, he expressed, ‘America first.’ That is wrong,” the Dalai Lama told Vaidyanathan. “America, they should take the global responsibility.”
The Dalai Lama also described the U.S. president as scatterbrained, saying that his “emotions” are a “little bit too complicated.”
Fox News mocks Beto O’Rourke’s debate performance: He looked ‘as miserable as a dog in a thunderstorm’
Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) did his best to stand out at the first Democratic debate on Thursday night, breaking into fluent Spanish in his opening segment and competing with fellow Texan Julián Castro for the spotlight.
But the morning crew at Fox News was not impressed by his performance, lambasting him for looking "miserable."
"Neediness can be charming in a candidate to a certain degree," said political analyst Chris Stirewalt. "Especially for Castro, who couldn’t speak Spanish as well as his fellow Texan, Beto O'Rourke."
"O'Rourke, though — no matter what language he was doing, he seemed sad. He seemed unhappy. He seemed uncomfortable to be there," said Stirewalt. "He seemed like he was doing this all through a prism of real social discomfort, and I don't know what happens for him from here. He, of anybody on the stage, needed that night to get back into the second tier to show that he was doing it, and he looked as miserable as a dog in a thunderstorm."
First Democratic debate: Elizabeth Warren persists — but Julián Castro is the star
With two dozen candidates announced and the possibility of ousting Donald Trump in the 2020 elections on voters' brains, the anticipation for the first of many Democratic primary debates, held in Miami on Wednesday night, was at a high pitch. But that can only be matched by the cynicism of our era. It was worth wondering whether, despite all the hype, this debate could even matter?
Good news, for once: The answer is yes.
Because most voters just vote for whoever their party nominates, debates don't matter "once we get to the general," University of Wisconsin political science professor Kenneth Mayer recently told Salon in a video interview.