The new portraits of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were unveiled today at the National Gallery. Here they are: Barack Obama’s portrait is by Kehinde Wiley, and …..
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Lt. General Michael Flynn celebrates his 59th birthday sometime this month. The trick is, nobody seems to know when. Oh, presumably his mother knows. But we looked pretty hard for the exact …..
What a year for being born was 1917! Actor Dean Martin, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and jazz star Thelonius Monk all hit their 100th birthdays this year… and they can’t even crack the top …..
President Donald Trump has five children by his three wives, and with his inauguration as president on January 20th, we’ve been seeing more questions about the Trump kids. Here’s a guide …..
Vice President Joe Biden was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom today by President Barack Obama in a surprise White House ceremony. Always emotional, Joe Biden cried openly during much of …..
Carrie Fisher died much too young, sadly: at 60 years and 67 days. However, age is relative. Some famous historical people we think of as “older folks” died right before …..
Coastal elites have been voting for the heartland for 50 years. The problem is that the heartland has been voting the other way.
Barron Trump is the 10-year-old son of President-elect Donald Trump and his wife, Melania. We’ve just added a new biography of the tyke, and with it comes a raft of Barron Trump …..
President Barack Obama met president-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office this week, two days after Trump’s surprise election as America’s next president. Another great photo by ace White House …..
Our Tiffany Trump biography is live. Now that Donald Trump has been elected president, it’s time for us to start expanding related biographies, and Tiffany Trump certainly qualifies. She’s Trump’s …..
Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States on Tuesday night. He will succeed Barack Obama on January 20, 2017. While final totals are not yet in, …..
If you like biography, interviews or Lyndon B. Johnson, don’t miss this Paris Review interview with Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Caro. Caro is now starting his fifth decade of work on …..
This week a young child wrote to former President George Bush (the elder) to proclaim his love of broccoli. The president’s reply: Proud of young Cooper’s interest in healthy eating. …..
Trump-ah, 2016! If this video won’t make you vote for Donald Trump, probably nothing will. Granted that he does destroy the entire planet with his robot hand-rays at the end, but …..
Photos of the White House Easter Egg Roll show that it was a little less educational and more freewheeling in the old days.
As we were prowling the White House Flickr photo feed recently, this photo of the White House situation room caught our eye. It’s from December 5 of 2015; President Barack Obama is …..
Presidents Day is the day we honor our former chief executives by closing banks, pruning roses and selling towels. Find out more with the Who2 grab bag of presidential biographies and facts.
Was the “war on poverty” a failure? Not hardly.
The year is 1888, and the departing president and the president-elect face off in an emotional encounter — recreated through the power of animation.
Remembering a president who would have turned 96 this year.
Our 30th president was shaving himself, wearing only underwear and a top hat, when his future wife first laid eyes on him.
Near the 50th anniversary of his famous visit, John F. Kennedy is still beloved in his ancestral home.
Well, she looks great. Let’s just admit she looks great.
Has a less-believable photo ever been issued in any presidential race?
The cancer-ridden president knocked out 10,000 words a day as he raced to complete his memoirs before his death.
The super-bassist plays one of Stevie Wonder’s most hopeful love songs at the White House.
She’s zipped through an even dozen presidents during her 60 years on the throne.
Millard Fillmore was born 7 January 1800 in Cayuga County, New York. Happy birthday, Millard! His presidency isn’t memorable, but his final words are.
The ace White House photographer releases his favorite shots of Barack Obama and family.
It wasn’t one of America’s prettiest elections.
The challenger and the president have had a post-election chat.
The cheerful vice president was born in Scranton on November 20th of 1942. Will he become the oldest first-time president in 2017?
The unhappy Olympic silver medalist takes her face to the White House.
Barack Obama or Mitt Romney or Green/Libertarian/other? Today’s the day to choose sides.
Wily Dwight Eisenhower used a combination of brains and befuddlement to keep nukes out of action in the 1950s.
Barbells, beige carpet and a beat-up couch — still a student apartment, all right!
The Toy Story composer goes back to his cynical roots with a song for Campaign 2012.
She was the first First Lady to die in the White House — and also the first to die while holding a fake rose.
The former president delivered a crowd-pleaser in Charlotte.
The First Family watches as the First Lady gives her speech to the Democratic convention.
President Barack Obama is now 51 years old.
“Mister President, how about you be JFK and I’ll be Marlene Dietrich?”
John Bryson will get a full health workup and treatment for the seizures said to have caused his hit-and-run crashes this weekend.
He isn’t getting any younger, but he is wearing the Presidential Medal of Freedom. What are you wearing?
Eating crabmeat soufflé and visiting Crawford, says The Daily Telegraph.
First Lady Edith Wilson ran the country for more than a year, to hear some people tell it. And she died 50 years ago today.
Gerald Ford was America’s longest-lived president, but a few of the younger boys are nipping at his heels.
President Nixon, still the victim after all these years.
“When he wants to be, the president is a brilliant and moving speaker, but his stories virtually always lack one element: the villain who caused the problem, who is always left out, described in impersonal terms, or described in passive voice, as if the cause of others’ misery has no agency and hence no culpability.”
Barack Obama turns 50 years old on this very day. Question: How many other U.S. presidents have turned 50 while in office? Take a guess, and we’ll give you the answer after this roll call.
Ever think to yourself as a kid, “Gee, I wonder where I’ll be when I’m 50?”If you’re Barack Obama, the answer to that question turned out to be: “In the White House, at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, as the duly-elected President of the United States.”
It’s all about conservative voter turnout, says Nate Silver:
President Nixon: The Jews are born spies. You notice how many of them are? They’re just in it up to their necks.Haldeman: Well, got a basic devious abil– deviousness that–President Nixon: Well, also, an arrogance, an arrogance that says– that’s what makes a spy. He puts himself above the law.
Michelle Bachmann announced today that she’s running for the 2012 Republican nomination for president.
Hubert H. Humphrey was born 100 years ago today.
He’s done for 2012, though he totally would have won:
The White House has released a remarkable series of photos from Sunday, as President Barack Obama and his national security team followed the attack on Osama bin Laden’s compound.
Osama bin Laden is dead.
Remarkable. The White House today published a copy of President Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate. Here it is:
Ellen Axson Wilson, the first wife of President Woodrow Wilson, has become Who2’s 3700th biography. Mr. Hehn finished and posted her profile just last night.
Every known photo of Abraham Lincoln from 1846 until his death in 1865. He was about 37 years old in that first shot, 56 when he died. My faves are …..
“This will be my final campaign, at least as a candidate.”So said Barack Obama in an email to supporters this morning, announcing that he’s filing the paperwork to run for president in 2012.
Geraldine Ferraro has died at age 75.
Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, declared today that he is forming a presidential exploratory committee for 2012. “Declared” isn’t quite right: he announced it via this video on his Facebook page:
For political wonks (and Chicagoans) only: David Axelrod talks about Obama’s first two years.
Over at Media Matters, they’re featuring a video clip from Fox News — in which former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin uses naughty internet slang — on national tee-vee! — to harp on President Barack Obama’s recent State of the Union address (hint: it’s not SOTU).
Here’s the text.Or try this clever video-with-highlighted-text feature from The NY Times.
Jazz great Herbie Hancock and Chinese phenom Lang Lang met at the grand piano during Wednesday night’s state dinner for Hu Jintao at the White House.James Fallows has the critical backgrounder.
Not so much. It was American Express what done it.
This is the beaver-and-silk hat worn by John F. Kennedy at his inauguration as U.S. president on this day 50 years ago.The John F. Kennedy Library describes the top hat this way:
Grab a bushel of corn and raise a toast: Tom Vilsack was born on this day in 1950. He has been America’s Secretary of Agriculture since January of 2009.
What if the Supreme Court had given the election to Al Gore instead of George W. Bush? New York magazine imagines.
Surprising but true: Richard Pryor died only five years ago today, on 10 September 2005, of a heart attack. He was only 65.
Andrew Sullivan puts the best possible face on the deal for Democrats.
Ted Sorensen has died of a stroke in New York City. He was 82 years old.
Simpler times.The Senate historian describes the day in 1945 that Harry Truman became president of the United States:
President Barack Obama, with his wife Michelle (at top) and daughters Malia (right) and Sasha, returned to the White House yesterday after the family’s 10-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. All four made a stopo
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One perk of being President of the United States: When filling out your tax return, under Your occupation you get to write “U.S. President.”It’s the little things that count.