Top Ten Presidential Pets

In honor of President’s Day, we remember those who served our country most: the pets of our most esteemed presidents.  They’ve brought us (and their owners, I guess) joy, and should be admired and remembered.  Some wacky, some downright adorable, here’s a top 10 list of America’s best pets!

10. Rounding out our list at number ten, is Dick, Thomas Jefferson’s mockingbird.  Yes, you read that right, our founding father had a mockingbird which he felt appropriate to name “Dick.”  When Dick behaved badly, did Jefferson scold him by calling him Richard? We may never know, but one can only hope.

9. At Georgetown, we appreciate a symbol of diplomacy, especially when the symbol happens to be an adorable dog.  Pushinka, offspring of Strelka, a Soviet dog who entered space on Korabl-Sputnik 2, was adopted by John F. Kennedy, a gift from Nikita Khrushchev himself.  Cold War who? Pushinka doesn’t know her.

Fun Fact: Pushinka and Charlie, another Kennedy dog, had a whirlwind romance resulting in four puppies that JFK referred to as “pupniks.” JFK is a dad pun aficionado confirmed.

8.  Half of 16 is eight, so it’s fitting that Abraham Lincoln’s cat, Dixie, is number eight on our list.  Dixie, an icon, was, according to Lincoln, “smarter than [his] whole cabinet.” We have decided to stan an intellectual legend.

7. Fala, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Scottish Terrier, made headlines when FDR forgot him on a trip to the Aleutian Islands.  FDR, as any reasonable dog owner would do, sent a U.S. Navy Destroyer to retrieve him.  (Taxpayer money may have been spent on this venture, but we’ll overlook it.)  You can visit Fala in statue form at FDR’s memorial here in Washington, D.C!

FDR during his famous “Fala” speech

6. Three words.  Macaroni. The. Pony.  John F. Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline, owned a pony during JFK’s time in the White House.  Not only did Macaroni appear on the cover of Life Magazine, he also received thousands of fan letters! 

The ~real~ Macaroni and Caroline Kennedy

5.  John Quincy Adams owned an alligator.  It lived in a bathtub.

4. As strange as pets in the White House can get, a raccoon originally meant for a Thanksgiving feast was pardoned by Calvin Coolidge during his presidency and kept as a pet.  Rebecca Raccoon had her own tree house and was left to roam the White House halls freely.

Rebecca on her birthday, probably.

3. Socks, Bill and Hillary Clinton’s cat, is a Georgetown legacy, so clearly he’s number three on this list.  He was adopted by the Clintons as a stray and was in their family during their stay at the White House.  Unfortunately, Socks and Buddy, the Clintons’ dog, did not get along, and after the Bill left the presidency, Socks went to live with his secretary, Betty Currie.

Fun Fact: Socks the cat has an video game! Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill was originally cancelled in 1994, but a successful kickstarter campaign in 2017 brought the game to the public in 2018!

2. Sunny and Bo, America’s favorite power couple, take number two.  The Obamas got Bo, a Portuguese water dog, in 2009, after great speculation of what dog would continue the much beloved White House pet tradition (looking at you, number 45).  Sunny, Bo’s female counterpart, was adopted in 2013, and the pair has been unstoppable ever since!

1. Though this dog never lived in the White House, I’m sure we can safely say that Sully, George H.W. Bush’s service dog, is number one.  Here at the 4E, our hearts collectively broke over Sully’s Instagram (@sullyhwbush) in tribute to his departed owner.

Sully is officially (meaning by this arbitrary list) the goodest boy and deserves nothing less than the best moving forward in his career as a service animal.

source: Giphy, Instagram

GUSA Presidential Debate Drinking Game: 2017 Edition

It’s that time of year again. No, not the time to start getting ready for darties, freaking out about that perfect outfit for spring break or stressing out about midterms. It’s something even more important than that!

It’s the 2017 GUSA election!

Even though it seems like every year the election sneaks up on us, it’s important that we are aware of each campaign’s platform. So in true 4E fashion, we have prepared the perfect drinking game for tonight’s presidential debate.

The presidential debate begins tonight, February 20th, at 7:30 p.m. in the HFSC. Let’s learn more about our candidates and have a libation in our hand at the same time (for 21+ students only). Stay classy and drink responsibly.

Take a small swig…every time a candidate or a question uses the following word(s):

  • Advocate
  • 2018 Campus Plan
  • Issues
  • Diversify
  • Unique perspective
  • Increasing engagement with administrators
  • Barriers
  • Platform
  • Involvement
  • Awareness
  • Grassroots
  • Corp coffee

Take a big swig…

Chug the rest of your drink and go cuddle with Jack the Bulldog…

  • If a heckler begins a “Fire JT III” chant.

Election day is February 23rd! Vote on and Hoya Saxa!

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Thanksgiving FAQs

thanksgiving faqsIf you’re anything like us, you’re probably #hyped to be heading home for Thanksgiving. This is the perfect time to sleep in, eat some home-cooked meals and try not to think about how you’ll be back to eating Pringles out of the vending machine on Lau 2 at 3 AM in a few weeks.

But most of all, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to catch up with your family. To make sure your dinner table conversations with your relatives go as smoothly as possible, we’ve prepared some helpful Do’s and Don’ts for answering those fun Thanksgiving FAQs:

1. “So, do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?”

Do: Laugh casually and say something along the lines of “I’m too focused on my schoolwork to have time for a girlfriend” as you try not to think about the fact that you’re supposed to submit an essay you haven’t started yet by midnight.

Don’t: Mention the guy you met on the Vil A rooftop on Halloween. Don’t mention the guy from that Henle party the weekend before either.

2. “How about that election?”

Do: Change the topic as quickly as humanly possible. “Grandma, have you seen these hilarious Joe Biden memes?”

Don’t: Ask your relatives who they voted for. There’s a good chance that those of you in Wisconsin, Michigan, and/or Pennsylvania won’t like their answer.

Don’t: Think about the next four years. Your crippling anxiety is sure to put a damper on dinner.

3. “Are you eating/sleeping well?”

Don’t: Mention that you ran out of Flex Dollars two weeks into the semester and have resorted to signing up for clubs that you have no interest in for the sole purpose of getting free pizza at their meetings.

Don’t: Draw attention to the fact that you’ve gained the Freshman 15 despite the fact that you’re a junior.

Do: Say “O’Donovan’s at the Waterfront is an enjoyable and delicious dining experience. I frequently eat things other than chicken fingers there.” and “The fourth floor of New South is a quiet and relaxing place to sleep. Our RA does a great job of enforcing the noise rules.”

4. “How are classes?”

Do: Throw around some complicated-sounding buzzwords you’ve picked up from your IR class. “Hegemonic stability theory” and “Neoliberalist perspective” are two of my personal favorites. This is a great way to reassure your parents that you’re actually learning things and your tuition is money well spent.

Don’t: Mention that you haven’t actually gone to IR lecture in weeks and you’re less than 60% sure of what your TA’s name is.

5. “What’s a Hoya?”

Don’t: Worry about the fact that it’s been three years and you still don’t have a good answer.

Do: Just say any random sentence that combines the words “Stonewall” “Latin” “Greek” “a long time ago” and “Jack the Bulldog”.

So there you have it: some simple Do’s and Don’ts to make sure your Thanksgiving is a great one. From all of us here at 4E, safe travels and Happy Thanksgiving!

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SCOTUS Ruling: #LoveWins

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It is a life-changing day here in the United States. Only a few hours ago the Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that Same-Sex Marriage is a Constitutional right. Yes, that means that Same-Sex Marriage is legal and must be permitted and recognized in all 50 states. #All50

This decision is one that has been a long time coming. The movement began as an individual state matter and, in the last few years, has become a country-level issue. Today, people all over the U.S. are celebrating this life changing decision.

Many celebrities have expressed their excitement and support of this decision:

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  People all over the country and from all walks of life couldn’t be more thrilled:

 

 

  Some of the best reactions came from the Georgetown community:

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Government officials ran to Twitter as well to express their emotions:

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Thanks SCOTUS for changing lives and making the U.S. an even better place to live.

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Photos/Gifs: thefw.comfastcompany.com; nationofchange.org

Obama Is Joining Georgetown’s Snapchat

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If you didn’t already know, Obama will be speaking on campus this Tuesday for a summit on poverty in the U.S. Conveniently, he will be speaking only a few days after most of us Hoyas have left campus… but for those of you sticking around, listen up! Georgetown will be doing its own Snapchat story just for this event, so pull out your iphones and get snapping.

Here are some things we wish we could see Obama do on Georgetown’s Snapchat story:

1. Sit on JC’s lap just like a drunken undergrad. (Warning: Climbing up there is harder than it looks)

2. Step on the seal in front of Healy, it would make for a cringe worthy 6 seconds.

3. Have a casual meal at O’Donovan’s by the Waterfront, #yum.

4. Throw around the old hippy biscuit with the boys… newest member of Ultimate Frisbee?

5. Getting bitten by Jack (just kidding, we don’t need a repeat).

6. Selfie with the one and only Todd Olson (because who wouldn’t want one).

7. A dip in Dahlgren Fountain (actually, no one wants to see that).

8. A classic Obama fist bump, #change.

9. A selfie with Jack the Bulldog, just to make Bo and Sunny jealous.

10. Maybe an actual 10 second video of his speech.

Follow Georgetownuniv on Snapchat to keep up with the snaps!

See you soon, Obama.

Photos/Gifs: Giphy.com, utdstc.com, huffpost.com

Blogger Voices: “Mazel Tov, Obama”

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In Jewish tradition, when a boy turns thirteen he is called to read Torah in front of his family and friends, and in doing so, he becomes a man. He becomes someone who can shoulder adult responsibility. But, this is all lies. Voice cracks and braces overshadow the transition to adulthood, and so that pinnacle turning point remains a mystery. When does a boy become a man? Simple, when he cuts the bullsh*t.

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Likewise, last night, Barack Obama became the President of the United States. President Obama, despite the jeers and sometimes absent applauses, shouldered his responsibility and asked us to do the same. Last night, Obama cut the bullsh*t (for the most part) and thank God for that. He resembled the anomalous Jewish boy who experienced puberty before his Bar Mitzvah rather than after. Yes, he checked boxes off the public servant list, but he did so with a suave sternness that galvanized some Republicans to at least contemplate standing.

Don’t let Boehner’s Botoxed expression fool you; he’s just jealous his wife isn’t as hot as Mrs. Biden. Every party has petty people who assume the superior position as “observer“ and self-bequeath the right to judge those they spectate, and last night, the Republicans sat and watched. Of course that’s only their poor justification for why no has asked them to dance. Crossing the aisle requires participants, not spectators, and if the Republicans refuse to compromise then we are condemned to externalizing our prepubescent fears of rejection.

President Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address

Time and time again, thirteen-year-old boys have had to face their peers (invited by one’s parents without one’s consent) in a uniquely embarrassing ritual in the naïve hope of becoming a man, and in the end, the bullies and nerve-wracking cuties alike congratulate the boy out of respect for the ritual. The United States too holds itself to a holy ritual – that of democracy.

In last night’s address, Obama asked that we bear the weight of that platform in mind, because in moments where we may lose respect for one another we can reorient ourselves through the respect we owe our country. Obama acknowledged the bipartisanship of this country, because non-partisanship would be like an atheist Bar Mitzvah. Someone has to believe in something to sanctify the ritual in which they partake.

So when Obama inched closer to the podium ready to engage the congressmen before him, he did something somewhat unprecedented: Obama cut the bullsh*t (once again, for the most part). With regard to partisanship, Obama is not colorblind. Our ritual requires the vibrancy of the blues and reds we celebrate and purpling Congress will not make us stronger. Democracy breeds contention with the long-term goal of consensus. However, gridlock is not inevitable. Obama prescribed a new technique for Congress: rather than going backwards, try working backwards. Begin with the fundamental values both sides share because only from that origin do we honor the ritual that frames us.

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During the State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama poked holes in our binary understanding of America. Obama took a humble step back and outlined the often-missed big picture: if we don’t respect the ritual than we are nothing more than a prepubescent boy publicly committing social suicide.

Photos: Google Images, whitehouse.gov

4E Recaps the State of the Union

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On Tuesday night, President Obama gave his State of the Union address. I know all you politically minded, intelligent Hoyas have probably already watched it, but for those of you who might have missed it (maybe that twenty-minute nap turned into a two-hour one?), I’m here to recap it for you. Here is what you really need to take away from the speech:

  • Obama, Vice President Biden and speaker John Boehner like to wear coordinated ties with purple undertones. You’ve got your stripes, checkers and your solids there, good job boys.
  • The crowd is doing a lot of leg work. In the first ten minutes they go up and down at least four or five times. Hope no one skipped leg day today, you’re going to need your strength folks.
  • We meet Rebecca, and the story of her marriage to Ben and their family. Obama is telling us how great it is to be young and love in America… are you promising us love, Mr. President?
  • He also tells the nation that “more Americans finish college than ever before.” Obama believes in us. Remember that when you’re locked in Lau during midterms: you can do it!
  • Obama also winks at the crowd a one point; he’s slowly becoming a silver fox.
  • John Boehner gets the sniffles during the speech. Clearly someone hasn’t gotten their flu shot this year! But don’t worry, we’re entering a “new era of medicine”, so we got you covered, Boehner.
  • Everyone needs to start following Scott Kelly on Instagram immediately. He’s going to be in space guys, and Obama commands him to put it on social media.
  • Russia is a bully, and we don’t tolerate bullies. Or hackers – get off our Internet please.
  • SCIENCE… Nature is going to win every time, guys.
  • Stereotypes are bad, but the cynics are wrong. “We are still one people.”
  • Obama has no more campaigns to run, because he won them all.
  • We are more than red states and blue states… clearly we should be purple like the color of everyone’s tie.

So there you have it, President Obama’s State of the Union speech in a very small nutshell. While some of the policies proposed were a little vague, focusing more on values than a specific “checklist”, there were also some great ideas in there. So whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, just remember that we’re 15 years into this century. That’s right, we’re all starting to get old. How I long for good old 2002 and the debut of Avril Lavigne’s first album.

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‘SNL’ Takes a Jab at Ebola Czar Ron Klain

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This week’s “Saturday Night Live” cold open mocked President Barack Obama and his administration’s response to the Ebola crisis, including a special appearance from his newly appointed “Ebola czar.”

Adjunct professor Ron Klain (CAS ’83) made headlines last week when Obama designated him as coordinator of the federal government’s response to Ebola. Klain (a former member of The Hoya) portrayed in the skit by “SNL” cast member Taran Killam, wasn’t exactly portrayed in the most positive light, but the clip is still worth watching.

Check it out for yourself:

Don’t let “SNL” get you down, Ron. We still love you.

Rory Gilmore Goes to Georgetown

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All seven seasons of Gilmore Girls hit Netflix today, so if this weekend is a slow one, it’s because everyone is understandably busy. With the best show of the early 2000s/ever coming back into our lives, some people couldn’t help imagining where Lorelai and Rory and the rest of Stars Hollow would be in 2014.

According one fan-fiction writer on Decider, the answer is: Georgetown! After graduating Yale in 2007 and heading off on the campaign trail with Obama, Rory ended up in Washington.

When Obama moved to Washington in 2009, so did Rory Gilmore. She covered politics for the online magazine until it was inevitably rolled into Gawker Media in 2010. Feeling a bit tired of the journalism game, Rory called in an old favor and got a job supporting Samantha Power in the White House. She took night classes at Georgetown. There, she struck up a relationship with Dr. Howard Minkoff, her professor of Global Health. Howard was dependable. Howard was polite. “Howard would never consider jumping off a cliff in South America,” Rory assured herself while making Howard a dairy-free omelet one autumn morning.”

Is Howard Minkoff real? Can I find him? Where does he fall in the Jess/Logan/Dean debate? Why didn’t Rory learn from Paris and Asher Fleming not to date your professor in case he dies and you have to keep his printing press in your dorm room?

The other characters are doing pretty well, too. Lorelai had a show on the Travel Channel, Luke moved into Lorelai’s house and April comes to visit (ugh), Sookie and Jackson are trendy with their local food, Paris went to med school, Jess is still writing, Logan made a ton of money, and Miss Patty wrote The New York Times bestseller “I Always Get a Standing O.”

To be honest, I am not on board with this account because it does not involve Rory and Jess spending their lives reading books together. But Rory as a Hoya (GRD ’13? MSFS ’12?) is a very exciting development.

Rory for commencement speaker 2k15!

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