Obama

  • Obama-Zuckerberg and Expeditionary Economics


    Thanks to the revolutions happening in the Middle East, our leaders have been touting social media as the new force for democracy. President Obama went out of his way to schmooze Facebook employees this week. He told them that when it comes to solving the challenges our country faces and to precipitating changes in the rest of the world, they were “at the cutting edge of… Read More

  • President Obama Wants A ‘Cool’ Phone

    There’s a good chance that your office or home is more tricked out, tech-wise, than the Oval Office. President Obama complained yesterday, in what the AP calls “off-the-cuff remarks,” that what the Oval Office lacks is a “really cool phone.” Can someone get the president a Droid or something? Read More

  • President Obama Owns His Own Computer

    President Obama spoke to Univision yesterday at one of those town hall meetings the TV networks like to organize. What’s pertinent to us here is that our president, the man who’s famous for carrying a BlackBerry wherever he goes, does, in fact, own his own computer. Read More

  • Good Thing For Green Tech? GE Chief, Jeff Immelt, To Chair Obama's Council On Jobs

    On Friday, President Obama appointed General Electric’s chief executive, Jeff Immelt — an advocate for carbon cap-and-trade — chairman of his panel of outside economic advisors, the newly branded Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. GE is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of clean energy and related technologies. The company makes everything from large wind… Read More

  • Video: Obama Meeting Japanese Robots


    The APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) 2010 summit, which high-ranking politicians of 21 countries attended (and which ended yesterday), isn’t normally something of interest for CrunchGear. But this time, the event was held in Japan, which used the opportunity to show off its dominant position in robotics. Read More

  • White House To Install Solar Panels By Next Spring

    Our very own White House is going green. Well, trying to go green. Solar panels will be installed on the roof of the White House by next spring, ending all of our nation’s problems in one fell swoop. Read More

  • Michelle Obama Program Blames Sony PlayStation For Making America's Children Fat

    Consuming more calories than you use makes you fat. That’s a fact, Jack. Figuring out where these calories come from, OK, that’s a noble endeavor, but let’s not pretend there’s anything secret going on here. Like, you see this graphic here? It’s the winner of some Michelle Obama-headed design contest to help folks figure out how to best fight childhood obesity. Read More

  • Behind Healthcare.gov: How Washington Is Drawing Inspiration From Silicon Valley, Twitter

    “We were working 24/7, working in very, very rapid cycles, with very, very short deadlines and milestones. We were working in a very, very nimble hyper consumer focused way…all fused in this kind of maelstrom of pizza, Mountain Dew, and all nighters, and you know idealism.” That may sound like the caffeine-fueled, sleep-deprived rant of a typical Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Read More

  • Obama Shines Light on Solar with $2B Investment

    In his weekly address on Saturday, President Obama announced the Department of Energy will loan almost $2 billion to two solar energy companies: Abengoa Solar and Abound Solar Manufacturing. The loans will go towards developing solar energy plants. With the funding, Abengoa will build a solar plant in Arizona that can power 70,000 homes. When completed in 2013, the plant will be one of… Read More

  • Relax: President Obama will not flip an Internet kill switch

    Part of me wishes President Obama would flip that so-called “Internet kill switch.” Imagine: a world without the Internet! That would be grand, indeed. But let’s not indulge in fantasies: there is no such kill switch. Well, there is, but it’s not as if the president is going to say, “I disagree with Nicholas’ opinion of anti-virus protection, I’m going… Read More