Topic: Barack Obama

Can Everyone Stop Talking About Michelle Obama’s ‘Eye Roll’?

Can Everyone Stop Talking About Michelle Obama’s ‘Eye Roll’?

The 57th Inaugural Ceremonies featured Richard Blanco, who is the first Hispanic, the first openly gay man, and the first immigrant to recite an inaugural poem; the first-ever inaugural mention of gay rights; and this doozy of a fashion statementby Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and yet the Internet can’t stop talking about Michelle Obama’s eye roll. More »

Presenting The Grindstone’s Election 2012 Masks For Lazy Halloweeners

Presenting The Grindstone's Election 2012 Masks For Lazy Halloweeners

You have probably been so busy this fall watching the Presidential and Vice Presidential elections that you forgot to come up with a Halloween costume. Well, don’t worry. The Grindstone has taken your favorite players from the debates and turned them into easy, realistic masks that you can wear on the big day! From Obama to Candy to Big Bird! We’ve got them all and if you click on them and print them out, you can wear them! Take a look!
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Debating Flex Time, Equal Pay, And Mitt Romney’s Binders Full Of Women

Debating Flex Time, Equal Pay, And Mitt Romney’s Binders Full Of Women

Last night’s debate was expected to be a bit of a snooze, since the “town hall” format doesn’t usually lead to much man-on-man verbal combat. Boy, was that conventional wisdom wrong! At times it seemed almost as if President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney were going to start an actual fight. They didn’t, but they did do something else to get us jumping out of our seats: They spent real time talking about the wage gap and flex time! More »

Ask A PR Girl: 4 PR Lessons We Can Take From the Presidential Debate

Ask A PR Girl: 4 PR Lessons We Can Take From the Presidential Debate

Last night, I along with millions of Americans tuned in to the first every Presidential debate to hear the candidate’s positions on healthcare, the economy and how they envision shaping the country.

As a publicist, I have a tendency to consume media in a different and more critical way than the general consumer. I often say that working in PR makes reading a magazine feel like your mom telling you there is no Santa Clause. We notice the placements, the messaging and how brands present themselves publicly. The debate was no exception. I was fascinated by the way that the media was discussing the debate. While a good portion of the coverage was around the actual issues, most of the coverage focused on how the candidates looked and the way that they presented themselves, proving that a good publicist could be the key to becoming President.
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After Fundraising Video Debacle, Mitt Romney Desperately Attempts To Court Female Voters

After Fundraising Video Debacle, Mitt Romney Desperately Attempts To Court Female Voters

It’s been a tough week for Mitt Romney. A video was released yesterday of the presidential candidate speaking at a private reception in May with wealthy donors this year, Mitt Romney described almost half of Americans as “people who pay no income tax” and are “dependent upon government.”This, as you can imagine, has not gone over well. Obama’s campaign accused Mr. Romney of having “disdainfully written off half the nation.” There is talk that this will be a major hit for the Romney campaign and possibly a game changer. With this situation out of his control now (despite standing by his “not elegant” remarks) the campaign is focusing on what they can control: television ads. The newest one focuses on an audience Mitt is desperate to court: women. President Obama has a significant lead with female voters but Mitt is not going to give up. More »