I know this post will turn into a hate fest on the President in the comments. But I don’t care.
This is an awesome GIF.
more likely a hate fest on karp
i would be surprised about that
was there a net neutrality question?update: no net neutrality question. i assume Barack’s team vetted all the questions in advance.
I guess this provides the context 🙂 http://whitehouse.tumblr.co…
History will treat him very well.
only because historians are wearing blindfolds.
Yeah, just like Lady Justice…
Lady Justice is not blind.She has been kidnaped by a politicized supreme court that has failed to properly execute their duty by failing to anchor their decisions within the larger historical arc of justice.They are partisan hacks who diminish and disgrace a pivotal institution.
Well yeah, if you want to get technical. But that didn’t jive with the witty comment I was going for. 🙂
. . .and because social mythology is more memorable than personal truth. Today history transforms into myth in internet time, so there is never going to be an end to this captured revisionism.[Em]
He will replace Jimmy as the worst President. EVER
You’re delusional when it comes to this president.
Assuming you’ve tried to look at facts and watch the news… I’d say you’re speaking to a mirror.
That position will always be occupied by W for his remarkable and flawless ignorance.
I was going to stay out of this because if Fred’s insinuation regarding those of us who are not Obama fans … But I do think you need to check your facts and maybe watch the news.Message from ordinary independent.
I learned to never say EVER. Every time the US election nominates Worse vs. Worser – the chance to earn the Worst President Title becomes that much easier and easier.[Em]
It is awesome. And as Tom Labus has said, “History will treat him well.”
Truth is….History is a business.
Nice rhythm. Where’s the background music?
Boom goes the dynamite!!!
This is cool. Karp is doing the student loan debt exploder fist bump. I can’t tell if Obama is also doing an exploder.
Cool. So this confirms President Obama is left-handed.
The last three or four Presidents have been lefties. Coincidence?
GWB was not left handed: https://www.youtube.com/wat…
Better than 50 Cent’s pitch.
better than most Presidential pitcheshttp://youtu.be/Ri2DgCIWSiQ
is that a Moto 360?
That’s nothing. Here’s our glorious leader (Irish PM) with dance moves. Boom – take that fist bump.https://www.youtube.com/wat…
Riverdance! Michael Flatfeet 😉
David Karp: Thank you, Mr. President, for inviting Tumblr to your house.President Obama: Well, it’s a rental houseQuality.
That was a tweet, not a blog post. Where’s today’s blog post?
I must be the only one who never enjoyed the GIF.
Ha! All great shows need a Statler/Waldorf http://youtu.be/14njUwJUg1I
A day late and a Bitcoin short.
had to prepare for a board meeting yesterday 🙂
I heard something about that.
For saints have hands that pilgrims hands do touch, And palm to palm is holy palmers’ kissRomeo and Juliet | Act 1, Scene 5Discuss !
I think anytime you get a chance to meet a sitting President it’s pretty cool. Take that opportunity if it’s given to you. I have met lots of politicians, but never a sitting President. Met Bush before he was President and had a nice brief conversation with him. I don’t have anything nice to say about Obama-not my cup of tea.
I grew up in Kennebunkport, Maine. My family owned an inn (The Breakwater) down the street from the Bush compound. I waited on him (the elder) and his family (including the younger) so often I got nonchalant about it. Meeting Presidents, Prime Ministers, etc. when I was 16 and 17 – and learning to handle myself around famous and powerful people – was a good life skill to acquire, but to your point it’s also a huge honor to meet a sitting President no matter how many times it happens and regardless of one’s politics.On the topic of politicians, the biggest thrill I’ve had was meeting Mikhail Gorbachev, though that was in Kyoto, Japan.
When does something become a compound as opposed to a house. I guess when it’s all cordoned off and not accessible without getting by some security. Would love to be able to find the first mention of “Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port”. My guess is that it came by way of the press either when Kennedy was elected or after he was killed.Separately here’s a question for you.Why do people get so excited when they meet someone famous? (I have my theories on this but would like to hear what anyone else has to say on the subject first.)
The Bush “compound” is a long shot from Hyannisport. It’s a old cottage that is barely ok for a 4 season use. It just happens to be on a point which makes it somewhat isolated and hence the compound term from the Kennedy place has stuck. But though it may look like a mansion from the outside, it’s your typical Maine summer cottage on the inside.I’ll let others answer your second question. I’d guess some people get more excited than others and it is highly dependent on the level of fame. A President is a far cry from, say, a bit actor on an HBO show. Meeting Gorbachev was a thrill as if you had to make a list of top 25 people who changed the course of world history in the 20th century, his name would probably be on it. It may have felt more special because of when I met him (1993), soon after the fall of the Soviet Union, and the time I spent around him (a number of hours over the course of 4 days). He is not quite Churchill in terms of century impact, but close.
So since nobody has chimed in and it’s late in the day and most have gone home I will give my theories.The two most important prominent reasons are:a) The halo effect, in other words the impact of the initial contact with the important person. In the flesh. Someone you’ve only read about or have seen on tv. And so on. Feels good. Impact.Of course that often wears off. To wit you said:so often I got nonchalant about itAs I’m sure that someone working the White House feels differently after being there for a year obviously.b) (And this is really the bigger factor imo): Because it’s something that you can brag and share with others that elevates you either in your mind (the party in your mind) or in their mind or both.Most people have a need to share especially when that sharing will be viewed positively or with envy by others.To wit:My family owned an inn (The Breakwater) down the street from the Bush compound. I waited on him Forgetting that you even actually waited on him the fact that your parents “owned an Inn” that was near “the Bush compound” is definitely a great story in itself. As opposed to just “my parents owned an inn” or “my dad works for UPS”.I’ve always felt this way about this stuff. And that was before essentially facebook, instagram, twitter has pretty much proven out how people need a venue to spread their feathers.Also spreads to infamous things as well. “Yes it was my neighbor that was the mass murdered I actually knew a mass murderer”. And so on.
Not the case with the Karp fist bump but anytime I see a picture of someone posing in a certain type of picture with a famous politician (President or otherwise) I think “what a tool. So they donated money and got a staged picture “.Consequently you must not have ponied up enough money, eh?
hahaha, pols will take lots of photos for money. I post them sometimes on TBT on Instagram. Got some beauties.
Here’s some love:https://www.youtube.com/wat…
“Love is all you need”that song might seem naiveuntil you start unpacking that abstract noun”LOVE”
Yes! and also, when you consider the nature of “love” as a verb…
Yes indeed ! Nice catch.I thing that is really more to the point.I sure missed that one, especially for I a guy who love to go around pointing out”there are no nouns just verbs”that look like nouns at low resolution
Someday we will stop treating politicians like rockstars. By any measure, not one sitting politician deserves it. Not one. Let’s return the rockstar status to musicians, where it belongs. I listened to a youtube video dated 1982. The politician was talking about his concern for a 60 million dollar federal annual deficit. Need I say more.
Tech founders are the new rock stars.
Tech Products are the new rockstars.
Humility is the new rock star.
not really. actually, not at all.
Oh, drat, I forgot to add the smiley face.
.The play is SHORT humility, no?JLM.
The press makes that the rock star if they have nothing else to say that is of interest. Or it juxtaposes well with the stature of the person they are talking about. The angle then becomes “drinks cup of coffee in local shop” it’s a fish out of water story. Simple billionaire shit. Dog and pony show. Or “drives 15 year old car”. Great. My mom doesn’t care about cars either why don’t you write about her or my aunt. I’m sure when someone writes a story about Fred they will mention that his jeep is 10 years old and has a manual transmission.That old man (you know, Michael’s business partner of sorts) that was shot in the airport in Florida was just a retiree living on a pension as well. They love to report that the pope checks himself out of hotels and drives a simple car. Because he is just like us and all of that. Was going around when I was in business school about Sam Walton. Drove a pickup all of that.
#2 is true. My Dad interviewed for the CEO slot in that pickup truck
not at all is the new rock star
An invention of the press, new merchandise for them to market.
Agree with the latter
Proviso, tech products like Queen, not tech products like the Bay City Rollers.
Our sense of empowerment and need to believe in our leaders is not that different now than it was 30 years ago.To me.Leadership is essential. The game has changes somewhat. Our need to believe and identify, not at all.
a leader is required for a structure that requires a leader.a peer to peer structure requires no leader.isn’t peer to peer the most efficient, the most intelligent?
yes–in abstract as an aspiration.no–in reality as I view it.certainly the most dynamic orgs and teams have p2p layers as the core of their success.but people want and assign leadership whether overtly or not. that’s human nature. It’s neither intelligent nor not, just how people and groups are wired.this is not a computing paradigm, it is life and that’s how groups self organize.politics breaks it into shards as the structure feels mutated, perverse and unproductive. nothing self organized here in where I view it from.
Peer to peer is the most efficient and most intelligent when it is a good marriage of capabilities. If capability is divorced then it devolves into argument – and while argument can be intelligent, it is often divorced in terms of how best we learn. A marriage of capabilities in a P2P world is something one has both to appreciate and work at – but when that magic happens, so does intelligence.[Em]
Clinton did, he even had groupies. 🙂
You mean “groupie”, to be fair we only know of one ?
You know what they say about roaches…for every one you see….
Yes a lot more !becauseHistorical comparisons are nothing without the larger context .
.Finally, something THAT GUY is good at?JLM.
Sound extreme !
I wouldn’t be so sure. Most decent people who disagree with the President’s policies still like him as a father, husband and human being.
If he was such a good father, and was so concerned about his children, he wouldn’t have subjected them  to a life in the fishbowl.More specifically what about him makes him a good father?I was watching a documentary the other night and I think one of the characters claimed he was working 16 hours a day “for his children and their future”. Which of course is total BS he was working 16 hour for totally different reasons.This also comes into play with people who live in NYC. Living in NYC isn’t about your children (although there are benefits for sure). It’s about you wanting to live in NYC because you like NYC. Your children could have a fine life and upbringing in the suburbs in many communities. You are living in NYC because you want to live in NYC. And wouldn’t give it up to live elsewhere even if it was better for your children. Who would have a great life regardless as a result of having parents that went to Harvard, Princeton, Harvard Law etc.
That’s a stretch !
“like him as a father, husband” — how many people is that — 3? As for “as a human being,” no, I don’t like him as a human being.
And as a world class liar, no?
Let’s say “showman.” 😉
For sure they’re fist bumping (and likely moonwalking too) about Eric Cantor’s primary defeat.
Are they saying “Yay! Immigration reform is dead!”?
Quote of the Day:”This victory (Cantor’s defeat) is the ‘Pulp Fiction’ equivalent of the adrenaline needle plunged into the chest of the Tea Party.”–GOP Consultant, Ron Bonjean
Other quote of the day:”Tell me more about how money buys elections” — @andyswan:disqus
Brat was outspent 25-to-1, but his ads struck a cord. This one featured one of Karp’s fellow young tech CEOs, Mark Zuckerberg:
I hate the ‘take your country back’ line when it’s paired with an anti-immigration platform. Just screams racist to me and it’s intentional. It’s not intentionally racist, the line refers to taking your country back from the corporations but it will be easily taken to mean take your country back from the foreigners. Ugh. Wouldn’t have gotten my vote for that reason alone.
Scary thing for me was the realization that the #2 guy in the house was soooo out of touch w/ his OWN constituency. His people were predicting 60% of vote leading into primary. Talk about a disconnect.
His “people” were out of touch. A man only has so many hours in a day. In this case his head rolled but that generally happens when someone in a power position that relies on others and can’t possibly know and see everything has a screw up down the line.Someone messed up really that’s all that happened here. His advisers, the polling etc.That said he got to where he is with the same support staff I’m assuming (but don’t know).The opposition will turn up many things on this Brat guy for sure. He hasn’t been fully vetted in the court of public opinion because he wasn’t taken as a serious candidate.The only question is when they will get that info out to kill him. My feeling is they will wait to reveal the juiciest stuff until right before the election.
It is hard to do quality pandering without good polling metrics.
They made tactical errors with that money and it was turned against them. So in a sense this was friendly fire. Doesn’t mean we stop buying more weapons.Money will continue to buy elections. If it didn’t work overwhelmingly they wouldn’t be spending it.Do I think things will change? No I just think some heads will roll and they will not make the same mistake (which was, you have to agree, a total outlier which is why it took everyone by surprise).
I do agree but think money is given too much credit. The flow of money into a campaign is as much a measure of electability/enthusiasm as it is a weapon. It’s not just “money buys wins”
Would have loved some discussion on net neutrality – was there any?
Two things I’ve learned about my american friends. Never discuss politics or religion. Real cool gif!
Isn’t a friend someone that will tell you what they really think despite the costs 🙂
Indeed! and I respond with a contemplative nod.
Counters:Man in a non-speaking role: http://i.minus.com/iWQplxdp…Presidential gif: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-P…Best special effects: http://i.imgur.com/dld4p4H.jpgBest Fail: http://i.imgur.com/aoeAb.gif
How did you get these into Disqus?
Just posted the image url
I wasn’t a fan of President Bush (II) but I still found throwing shoes at him disgusting. He’s still the President of The United States. If you can’t respect the man at least respect the office and all those who voted him there.
I just love that he ninja-dodged both shoes
Nice, almost as good as the President’s workout video: http://www.youtube.com/watc…
I didn’t think I had empathy until this embarrassed me.
Rip offers his assistance: http://startingstrength.com…
Rip for prez
Rip teaches his Starting Strength seminar a couple times a year at our CrossFit gym (CrossFit South Brooklyn). I just did my squat-bench-clean day this AM. Rip rules.
That’s awesome. I love that day.
Stop by CFSBK if you’re in Brooklyn sometime and we’ll get a workout in.
word. Love that idea. Pinsen can join us
Excellent. As I’d hope our dear host would affirm, if I put an idea out there, I act on it. My e-mail info is at http://about.me/brooklynrob. Let’s really do it. Our “box” also has a yoga program if the afore mentioned host would like to join.
Done. Also, I forgot to mention the best idea I’ve ever had — a coding & CrossFit/Power Lifting weekend biathlon. Brawn and brains hackathon. Code a solution to a certain problem and then do a team max deadlift. Fun stuff like that.
Go, David Karp! I got to hear David at Activate NY last Nov and he is probably the most approachable and likeable founder out of the batch of $billion startup founders. I’m a fan.We talked for a while before he excused himself because he and his girlfriend had to scoot off for a date.
I love the President. F the Haters! 🙂
Woa! I shook hand with someone who fist bumped Obama!
I am staying out of politics: http://giphy.com/gifs/RGvGe…
I tried posting it under my own name, then deleted it because the GIF did not run, but Disqus left it as a “guest” post, on the Internet things are here forever to stay.
High school dropout (turned millionaire) gets to pound the president. Pretty awesome.
70 years to D-Day. Another data point about leadership:”… when Churchill informed the King that he intended to observe the D-Day landings from aboard HMS Belfast, a cruiser assigned to bombardment duties for the operation. The King, himself a seasoned sailor and a veteran of the battle of Jutland in the First World War likewise announced that he would accompany his Prime Minister. The two were at civil loggerheads until meeting with Admiral Ramsay who flatly refused to take the responsibility for the safety of either of these two luminaries…”source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wik…
This is what Ayn Rand called the “sanction of the victim.”
That made me smile.
I think our President had a good run so far;1. Did not start any wars that I know of,2. Ended one war, winding down a second…both that he inherited,3. Started a new nation wide health care system – has some warts…but a good first attempt4. Started to address our energy & Climate issues.
Prez has been despised by the stoogie GOP due to his hipsterness…