President Obama Drops By Manhattan Gap Store

President Obama taking a shopping break at the gap. (Photo: Twitter/@Phil_Mattingly)
President Obama taking a shopping break at the gap. (Photo: Twitter/@Phil_Mattingly)

President Barack Obama, in town for a pair of big-money fund-raisers, made a stop this afternoon at the Gap for a symbolic shopping session.

At just after 4 p.m, the president’s motorcade pulled up to the chain’s East 42nd Street location so he could do a little shopping for his wife and daughters, according to a White House pool report. Continue reading “President Obama Drops By Manhattan Gap Store”

The Anthony Weiner Show Goes Grocery Shopping

Anthony Weiner shops for his food stamp challenge.
Anthony Weiner shops for his food stamp challenge.

On Wednesday, Anthony Weiner became the latest official to embark on the “Food Stamp Challenge,” where privileged politicians live on just $31.08 a week–or $1.48 per meal–to raise awareness of the hardships faced by those living in poverty.

“In New York City, there’s an enormous amount of need right under our nose,” said Mr. Weiner, who intends to participate for a week, and said he started the day with nothing but a cup of tea for breakfast–which he’d dunked repeatedly to try to capture maximum caffeine.

That might explain why Mr. Weiner–usually brimming with confidence and at no loss for words–seemed strangely unprepared, requesting a press release from his spokeswoman and reading directly from the page until he found his groove in the midst of the pricey green market in Union Square, surrounded by $6 pints of strawberries, $8 rhubarb pies and artisanal cheeses that likely wouldn’t last him through the day.

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Joe Biden’s ‘Extended Costco Shopping Spree’

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Joe Biden paying for his purchases at Costco. (Photo: Getty)

Vice President Joe Biden visited a newly-opened Costco in Washington D.C. this morning. While there, according to a series of White House Press Office pool reports filed by McClatchy’s Lesley Clark, Mr. Biden “engaged in an extended Costco shopping spree, to the delight
of shoppers and employees at the store.” Continue reading “Joe Biden’s ‘Extended Costco Shopping Spree’”

Obama Campaign Store Selling Sweatshirt Made By Alleged Sweatshop Owner

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Alexander Wang's sweatshirt designed for the Obama campaign. (Photo: BarackObama.com)

A $95 sweatshirt currently being sold in President Obama’s campaign store is the work of Alexander Wang, a designer who’s facing a class action suit in federal court for allegedly running a sweatshop where garment workers were forced to work 100 hour weeks in a factory with conditions “comparable to those of third world countries” while being subjected to racial discrimination, verbal abuse and threats. C.K. Lee, the lead attorney representating the workers who are suing Mr. Wang told The Politicker he thinks the presence of the sweatshirt is “inappropriate.”

“Hopefully, the campaign would be more educated on the background of Alexander Wang and his sweatshop facilites and the abuse of worker’s rights,” Mr. Lee said. “I wish Obama would be more–or at least his campaign would be more in tune with what’s going on.” Continue reading “Obama Campaign Store Selling Sweatshirt Made By Alleged Sweatshop Owner”

GOP Visualizes Peace (With Bombs)

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The "Peace Through Strength" T-Shirt. (Photo: GOPStore.com)

According to a list of “hot items” in the Republican National Committee’s online store, the top seller on the site right now is a t-shirt that features the peace sign made out of a B-52 Bomber. Accompanying this illustration is the old Ronald Reagan campaign slogan “Peace Through Strength.” Continue reading “GOP Visualizes Peace (With Bombs)”

Roundup: Pundits Want Obama to Put God Back In Thanksgiving; Gov. Brownback's 'Mean Girls' Moment

Conservative critics were angered President Obama didn’t mention God in his Thanksgiving address.

Staffers for Kansas Governor Sam Brownback sent a high schooler to the principal’s office after she wrote a nasty Tweet about the governor.

From Zuccotti Park, to Oakland and now, Wal-Mart. Pepper spray is the winter’s hot new trend.  Continue reading “Roundup: Pundits Want Obama to Put God Back In Thanksgiving; Gov. Brownback's 'Mean Girls' Moment”