Make Sightseeing Great Again

In these tumultuous times, the District may seem like a less attractive tourist destination. However, if you properly ignore a certain orange presence, you’re sure to enjoy checking out America’s most treasured monuments and museums, which, believe it or not, are still standing after the election!

So, if you’re disheartened and still a little confused by the events of November 8th, 2016 and you have friends coming in from out of town or you’re just looking for a cool museum to explore by yourself (#foreveralone), 4E’s got you covered!

The Gear

The most important aspect of being a D.C. tourist is looking the part. Sure, you go to Georgetown, but you shouldn’t walk into the National Gallery of Art wearing Vineyard Vines if you want to be a real D.C. expert. That’s why 4E recommends purchasing a classy American flag fanny pack for your trips into the center of our nation’s capital. Aside from being stylish, a fanny pack such as the Freedom Fanny Pack with Six-Pack Drink Holder Extension is a convenient option for storing beverages for yourself and whoever’s crazy enough to walk around with you. The fanny pack can be accompanied by American flag leggings or a pet bald eagle.*

*Note: Bald eagles cannot be legally kept as pets in the United States. 4E is in no way encouraging readers to attempt to domesticate bald eagles and thus holds no responsibility for bald eagle attacks. But also, you do you.

The Top 5 Tourist Stops

Washington Monument

The Washington Monument is a 555-foot obelisk built to honor George Washington. Construction of the monument was completed in 1888 and it is to this day the tallest structure in D.C.

Unfortunately, the National Park Service is currently working on the monument’s elevator so the obelisk’s famous viewing deck is currently closed to the public. As the National Park Service is at this moment engaged in a Twitter war with our commander in chief (you just can’t make this stuff up), it seems extremely unlikely that the monument will be open to visitors before its expected completion date of 2019. On the other hand, the Trump presidency’s expected completion date is 2020. We are very much hoping this is a liberal estimate.

National Gallery of Art

Before the National Endowment for the Arts is defunded by our president, it’s worth taking a trip to the National Gallery of Art where you can impress friends and family by pretending to know about art history. Was Picasso the one that cut his ear off? Was Joan Miró a man or a woman? What kind of horrible parents name their child Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn? Don’t worry! Just pull a Kellyanne Conway by making some stuff up and laughing it off if anyone questions you. If you’re really stuck, just yell “alternative fact!” until people forget whatever ridiculous thing you said in the first place.

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Just don’t.

This used to be an historic monument but it’s currently being desecrated by an oversized cheeto and his friends.

Even once he’s gone, visiting will be a bit like going into a bathroom stall when someone just came out and said “Hey, I wasn’t feeling so good so you might wanna wait a while before you go in there.”

Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. (Unless you’re a Russian hacker, in which case, pat yourself on the back and go collect your pay before he sues you).

Supreme Court

If you’re a bad hombre or a nasty woman, this stop will be one of your favorites!

Hidden behind the Capitol Building, the Supreme Court is where our country’s most significant judicial decisions are made by nine justices. Well, most of the time it’s nine. It’s kind of complicated at the moment. We won’t get into it. (Love you @merrickgarland)

More importantly, the Supreme Court is the workplace of America’s favorite grandma and 4E’s biggest fan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

National Air and Space Museum

For those days when you’ve gotten seven CNN News Alerts about Trump’s executive orders, tweets and absurdly long neckties, and you just feel like you can’t handle living on Earth any longer, put your phone on silent and take a break at the National Air and Space Museum!

This museum has on display the Wright brothers’ plane, the Friendship 7 capsule that John Glenn flew as the first American to orbit Earth and even the Apollo 11 module that was responsible for the moon landing. If you consider the moon landing to be fake news, feel free to skip that part.

If these exhibits still seem a little too close to all our planet’s insanity for your liking, the museum even has an IMAX movie about future travel to Mars. We know moving to Canada seems like a drastic option — after all, even though they have an awesome (*cough cough hot cough cough*) prime minister, Canadians eat snow off the street and apologize for everything. That’s why we recommend exploring the Mars One website (www.mars-one.com) which will tell you all you need to know about being a Mars colonist. You might want to upgrade your fanny pack for that trip though.

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Overheard at President Trump’s Inauguration

Well, it’s official: Donald Trump is The President of the United States. And while I’m sure all of you spent Friday, January 20th making signs for the Women’s March watching the inauguration ceremony, here are some of the best “Overheard at Inauguration” moments that you may have missed, courtesy of your friends here at 4E.

1. “Donald Trump, have my babies!”
-Yelled by a teenage boy during the Oath of Office

2. “This is the best day of my life!”
-A man without a jacket in the midst of the pouring rain

3. “I knew he was going to be President ever since the first time I  watched The Apprentice.

4. “Wait, I thought Ivanka was Trump’s wife?”

5. “If I knew he was going to win, I don’t think I would have voted for him.”

*as it started to rain*

6. Girl in the Crowd: “Rain Drop!”
Group of Trump Supporters: “Drop Top!”

As evidenced by that last one, there is still some good left in the world.  In the meantime, feel free to comment your own “Overheard” moments in the comments section below, because remember, there is (sadly) a good chance that the Leader of the Free World is reading this article as we speak!

Gifs: giphy.com

What Your Favorite American Beverage Says About You

Fourth of JulyWith the Fourth of July just around the corner, it’s time to feel a little red, white and buzzed. At 4E, we pride ourselves on fulfilling the American dream and therefore, have done our own research on the best American beverages out there. The Fourth Edition is feeling a little star, spangled bannered hammered and luckily, we know exactly what you should be drinking this Independence Day (if you’re 21+, of course). Here are just a few of your favorite American libations and what they say about you.

Tito’s Vodka: You like to live life in the fast lane. You’re willing to spend a little extra guap to enjoy the finer things in life, because why the hell not? Your friend Tito is always at your side whether it’s with a splash of tonic and lime (ohhh you fancy) or just straight up. You’re that cool guy/gal at the party who people respect.

On a 1 to Star, Spangled, Hammered scale, you’re at about an 8.

Natty Light: You just like to #party wherever and whenever. You enjoy the simple things and as long as you’re with your bros watching ESPN, you couldn’t be happier.  Your favorite color is Nantucket red and you would be more upset if your Fantasy Football team lost than if you failed your last finance exam.

On a 1 to Star, Spangled, Hammered scale, you’re at about a 6.

Jack Daniels: You’re just f****** wild. You’re def the life of the party and do not live in ragrets, even though you probably should. You can make friends anywhere and the bartender at your favorite watering hole knows your name. You may not be the classiest, but you’re a nice guy/gal and always ready to show your patriotism.

On a 1 to Star, Spangled, Hammered scale, you’re at a solid 10.

California White: In your natural state, you are on the quieter side, but once you get a little Jesus juice (wine) in you, you’re a lot (like a lot) louder. You enjoy hanging out in more intimate settings and have an tendency to eat a whole wheel of Brie when drunk. Your average rate of likes per photo on Instagram is over 100 and you talk in hashtags. You’re patriotic, but you’ve seen the world and know what’s out there (because you went abroad, obviously).

On a 1 to Star, Spangled, Hammered scale, you’re at a 4.

Fireball: You don’t drink a lot, but when you do, it’s always a crazy time. You have a sweet tooth and thus, Fireball is your go-to. You can be a recluse during the week, hiding in the shadows of Lau. But when your friends finally get you out to Tombs, you tear up that dance floor (whether that is a good or bad thing). You’re studious, but also social. **Disclaimer: apparently, Fireball is Canadian, but that’s irrelevant**

On a 1 to Star, Spangled, Hammered scale, you’re at a 7.

We hope that all of you show your patriotism and love for ‘Murica this Fourth of July. Drink responsibly!

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Word Wednesday: Yuge

tkpsnqhdzzo1y9lco6nsEvery Wednesday, we at 4E aspire to teach the rest of the Georgetown population about relevant and hip words that everyone should use in their everyday conversation.

This week’s “Word Wednesday” is all about “YUGE”.  As cited from Urban Dictionary, “YUGE” is a variation of the word HUGE used by Donald Trump.  Examples include “Hey Don, are you building that tower across 5th avenue?”  Donald: “Yes, it’s going to be YUGE!!”

And in case, you still don’t know what this may sound like, 4E has even included a video starring the very entertaining Jimmy Fallon and Trump himself.

Now here are some examples of “YUGE” can be used at Georgetown….

Hey Billy, are you going to that Brown House party tonight?  Billy: Yeah, it’s going to be YUGE!!!!

Hey Matt, are you ready for that Vineyard Vines sale on M St.?  Matt: Yeah, it’s going to be YUGE!!

Hey Ben, are you going to Chicken Finger Thursday this week? Ben: Yeah, it’s going to be YUGE!!!  

Thank you, Trump, for helping us out with our Word Wednesday.

This article in no way endorses Trump.

Videos/Gifs: youtube.com, giphy.com

MINDBLOWN: GOP, Women and Dolla Bill$

GOP_Logo1Whether you are politically inclined or you spent the first couple hours of the debate thinking it was reality TV, we all can agree that there was some level of personal utility to be gained from the GOP debate, whether it be entertainment or education. We want to commemorate the absurdity of one question in particular, and what it means for half of our population: women.

Candidates were asked which woman should be on the ten dollar bill. A question that, if posed to children ages elementary through college, could likely be answered with a little bit of homework, some google searches and a short paragraph. The GOP candidates, however, took it to a whole ‘nother level. 

First up: Rand Paul.

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He says Susan B. Anthony, served up with an acknowledgement of women’s suffrage. Not bad Rand Paul, thank you for at least looking over your homework.

Next we have Mike Huckabee with a charming digression from a serious answer.

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“Now that’s an easy one,” he said. “I’d put my wife on there.” He then explained, saying that if she were on the ten dollar bill, she could “spend her own money,” a well thought out implication on the role and priorities of women in America at large. Thank you for using your opportunity to support the great women of our history by perpetuating the idea that all women do is spend money. Also, super glad to hear that the act of putting up with you warrants recognition on the $10 bill.

Marco Rubio:

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“Rosa Parks, an everyday American that changed the course of history.” Okay, 1 point for you Marco Rubio.

Ted Cruz agrees with Rubio,

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But first, takes all of his time to acknowledge the significant role Alexander Hamilton played in history. Thanks for that Ted Cruz, but why not use your time to talk about women?

Then there’s Ben Carson, also not choosing to take the question seriously.

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He says his mother. Thanks Ben Carson, if only we could put all of our mothers on the bill… But wait, women are more than just mothers aren’t they?

Then we have America’s boy Donald Trump, whose answer, in relative terms, did not outshine his counterparts.

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“Ivanka Trump” because she’d been sitting there for 3 hours. Followed up by the acknowledgement that he was joking (ahem Huckabee and Carson). He then added to the more credible Rosa Parks talley.

Trump was followed by Jeb Bush.

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Scott Walker:

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Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. Okay, Scott Walker, I see you.

Carly Fiorina follows with perhaps the biggest plot twist of all.

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Perhaps the deepest thinker of them all, Carly Fiorina said that we should would not make any changes. In her deep analysis, she indicates that this “gesture” is only a gesture and implied that we need to acknowledge our history not change it.

Governor Kasich:

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Mother Theresa. You really can’t think of one women in America’s history? Is this just the first woman that came to mind that wasn’t a member of your direct family?

Alas, Chris Christie followed with another (less) thorough analysis.

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(Side Note: Perhaps this silhouette could be fit for the bill?)

“Our country wouldn’t be here without John Adams.” *Queue suspenseful music* So, naturally, he says “Abigail Adams,” because everyone knows a great man doesn’t do anything great without a woman in his shadow.

Thank you GOP candidates for paying attention in your elementary school history classes, preparing for the debate and really giving thoughtful acknowledgement to the salient roles of women in this country’s history.

Great to know the (dishearteningly low) respect you hold for women and America.

See for yourself.

Photos/Gifs: youtube.com, wikimedia.org

Breaking News: AP U.S. History is Un-American

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As a college student, you likely find yourself fairly removed from the high school scene. Your days are no longer plagued with mystery meals from your school cafeteria, lockers you can’t remember the combination to and, of course, AP courses. While all of these things may seem like a distant memory, they unfortunately still exist. Well, at least for now.

Recently, politicians in Oklahoma have been pushing to put a ban on AP U.S. history classes. They have deemed the course unpatriotic as it portrays America in a negative light. At the forefront of the crusade against the College Board is House Representative, Dan Fisher, who does not support the AP course because it teaches students “what is bad about America”. As any true patriot knows, America has never been at fault in the course of its history so naturally any class that claims otherwise is just plain wrong.

Representative Fisher is obviously the embodiment of patriotism as he understands the importance of preventing high school students from receiving a comprehensive education on American history. After his great reform, the only Trail of Tears students will know about is their own as they cry over their pitiful AP scores! While 4E loves Representative Fisher’s initiative, we would like to encourage him to consider restructuring other AP courses that are clearly pushing anti-American agendas as well.

Here are the top five AP courses Oklahoma needs to ban:

AP Spanish/French/Italian/Etc.: Do you know what America’s official national language is? Trick question, America doesn’t actually have an official language. Ever wonder why? Well, it’s probably because it goes without saying that it’s English. Therefore learning and speaking any language other than English isn’t necessary and shouldn’t be allowed.

AP Biology: For those of you who took this class, you may recall learning a thing or two about modern day genetics. What you may not recall is that the founder of modern day genetics is none other than Gregor Mendel. Why exactly does this matter? Well, he was Austrian and not American. Any course that stresses the contribution of someone who is not American must not support this country’s ideals. I’m sure there are plenty of great American geneticists students should be learning about instead.

AP Calculus: While Calculus was invented by Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz, neither of whom are American, it should be banned for another, more pressing issue. At its core, AP calculus involves subjecting students to torture as they are forced to derive and integrate functions for hours at a time. This clearly isn’t American, and definitely should not be allowed in schools.

AP Psychology: A lot of AP psychology curriculums focus on the contributions of Sigmund Freud and Ivan Pavlov. While these psychologists may have made a few minor discoveries, their work shouldn’t overshadow that of great American psychologists like Stanley Milgram! Milgram’s work may not have been completely ethical, but if that part is just left out of the text then it never happened, right?

AP European History: This really shouldn’t even need an explanation. If students will no longer have the option to take AP U.S. history then taking its European equivalent is completely out of the question because ‘MURICA.

Thanks to the Washington Post for notifying us of this serious American issue.

Photos/ Gifs: tumblr.com; alan.com

House of Cards: Take 3

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Due to our proximity to the White House and abundance of “politically inclined” students, it is no wonder that House of Cards is one of the most popular shows on everyone’s Netflix.

If you are an avid reader of 4E, which obviously you all should be, you would know that we are obsessed with Frank Underwood and everything he does. That is why when the newest season’s trailer come out yesterday during the Golden Globes, we could hardly control our #emotions.

First things first, the drama. It is completely and totally unreal. Power stance anyone?

 

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The romance. They are undeniably the most powerful couple in America.

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The mentorship possibilities. Claire is a force to be reckoned with. Werk that pantsuit.

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The iconic-ness. *Makes the picture the background on her computer*

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Check out the trailer now, before you are too behind to be considered a real person. It WILL be the best 45 seconds of your week.

OH, and make sure you don’t miss out on Feb. 27 when this glory finally becomes available on our favorite binge-watching site. Because after all, What Would Frank Underwood Do?

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Emoji Dictionary

Guide to EmojisBy now it should be obvious that we love emojis. As we wait anxiously for the emoji update that promises hundreds of new emojiis, let’s make sure we’re taking advantage of the emojiis currently at our disposal. But first we have one question: tumblr_n6z1izqDbX1qk08n1o1_500 1. Flag This emoji seemed particularly necessary recently with the World Cup and summer traveling. Since communication apparently doesn’t slow down no matter what continent you’re on, these emojis can be used as a constant reminder that as you suffer through your unpaid internship or commuting from suburbia, your friends are having fun on vespas in Italy or bar hopping in Germany. Basically they are Lizzie McGuire in The Lizzie McGuire Movie and you are Gordo. emoji12. Flag + Soccer Ball A fun little twist on the Flag (see #1). For all you World Cup watchers, combine a flag with a soccer ball and you can pretend that you know something about soccer (football?) despite having no idea who Cristiano Ronaldo was three weeks ago (myself included). emoji2 3. The little chick with her hand up This is your basic bitch. It is probably the most fun emoji to send and the most annoying to receive. It’s like this little tiny lady is telling you that she is better than you. She holds more power in her left hand than you do in your whole body.emoji3 4. The single tear drop  This emoji is used when your friend has told you bad news and you want to express sympathy. Warning: this is only for when your friend has missed the bus or she has to spend the night in Lau. It would be an extremely inappropriate response to actual bad news. If your friend tells you horrible news, pick up the phone and call her instead of sending a little crying man.emoji4 5. Serious face + Gun  This combination is the best of way of saying “I hate everything and everyone, you may kill me now.”emoji5 6. Food  I always wonder about the taste of whoever created the food emojis because while it seems like there are many options to choose from, there are only a few that represent foods I eat often. I personally don’t ever crave flan enough to text about it, but to each their own.emoji6

Ragin’ Cajun: The Many Faces of James Carville

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On April 22, 2013, the Georgetown University Lecture Fund will present a lecture by James Carville, one of America’s leading Democratic political strategists. Carville, who has garnered national and international acclaim for his campaign work for Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and more, will soon be bringing his Southern swagger to ICC Auditorium.

To help prepare for Carville’s fiery antics at the event, here are some of the many faces of this famous, feisty, New Orleans strategist:

This is James Carville:

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He loves politics and pointing. Here he is on Meet the Press:

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And here he is on Fox News giving a salute. How patriotic!

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Sometimes politics make him angry…

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…but other times he is very happy, as he is here with Bill Clinton.

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In fact, he was this happy when Slick Willy won the presidency in ’92!

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Carville, a native Louisianan, loves New Orleans.

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And when we say he loves New Orleans, we mean he loves New Orleans.

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Married to Republican political strategist, Mary Matalin, you could say Carville’s a simple family guy.

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In fact, he’s even been on Family Guy!

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And Saturday Night Live … Wait a second. That’s just an impersonation on Weekend Update. Silly Bill Hader, tricks are for kids!

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Or maybe even Lord of the Rings?

Regardless, Carville is a big name in American politics — almost like a Founding Father!

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And even though we can’t explain this …carvilbeth

… we still think he’s a pretty cool guy. We can’t wait to see him on the Hilltop next week!

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Photos: Wikipedia, CNN, Entertaining City, Gawker, Vanity Fair, EW.com, Family Guy Wikia, Short Form, Jammie Wearing Fool, Politico, Zimbio, Skylighting City, GOP 12 The Hill, NY Times

Casual Thursdays: Red, White and Booze

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U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A! It’s inauguration weekend! You know what that means! Beyoncé is FINALLY being recognized as the real president of the United States of… wait…what? She’s not? Well that’s just absurd … your day will come, Beyoncé. Your day will come.

This weekend, kick back and be an American in style with this Patriotic Margarita.

“Red, White and Booze”

  • Frozen strawberries
  • Dark rum
  • Coconut milk
  • Pineapple juice
  • Lime juice
  • Crushed ice

1. Puree thawed frozen strawberries.

2. Put 2 tbsp. each of strawberry puree, dark rum, coconut milk, pineapple juice,  lime juice, and a 1/2 cup crushed ice in a blender

3. Blend until smooth

4. Pour 2 to 4 tablespoons of HPNOTIQ into a glass, and top it off with 2 to 4 tbsp. of the strawberry mixture.

 

“My Date With The President’s Daughter” Drinking Game

Best movie ever. Get together some friends for a night in and get in the presidential spirit!

Take a sip every time…:

-They say “President”

-They say “America”

-Every time Duncan’s (Will Friedle) jaw drops at how attractive the president’s daughter is

-Every time Hallie (Elisabeth Harnois) does something rebellious

-Every time they play the “My Date With The President’s Daughter” song. SO catchy.


Finish your drink every time…:

-They lose the secret service

-Every time you think of how much you miss the show ‘Boy Meets World’

 

Take a shot when…:

-Duncan (Will Friedle) spends $730 on a super-ugly dress for Hallie … poor dude …

 

Photo: Coastal Living, Load Paper