05:17 AM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 11/07/2012 10:00AM
Barack Obama supporters had plenty to toast to Tuesday night when the President claimed victory over Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
Also saying cheers to the end of a tight election season: Diane Sawyer?
Amid the nail-biting unveiling of the presidential election results, some viewers of ABC's news coverage were just as focused on host Sawyer, 66, wondering on social media if her political celebrating got the best of her. Her seemingly odd conduct was even chronicled by the Associated Press, which noted her slow speech and the way she seemed to hold out her arms to prop herself up as the election night results trickled in.
Originally posted 11/06/2012 11:00AM
It's Election Day!
As the race between incumbent President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney approaches the finish line, many voters will host election night parties ... or at least eat dinner in front of the TV.
Whether you're partying for your candidate or just in need of a cocktail as you await the results, we found two fun drinks concocted just for Tuesday night.
Originally posted 10/23/2012 11:00AM
To say Republican candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama walked into Monday night's final showdown guns blazing may be up for debate.
Their weapon-of-choice, however, was a nod to simpler times (and we're not talking about words alone): Break out the horses and bayonets!
This 20th-century imagery is a stark contrast to the battlefield that is the Twittersphere, which lit up with 6.5 million Tweets about the debate, according to Twitter data. Among those firing up their opinions in 140 characters or less: troops and troops of celebs.
Relive the foreign policy-themed debate through their (fighting) words.
Originally posted 10/23/2012 06:00AM
Sarah Jessica Parker and True Blood's Alfre Woodard stepped out in Cincinnati on Saturday to campaign for President Barack Obama – but Parker managed to squeeze in a little shopping, too.
The actresses – who were encouraging women to vote in the upcoming election – stopped into Sloane Boutique in Over-the-Rhine, Ohio.
"Sarah was so nice and so pleasant to be around," the boutique's owner tells PEOPLE. "Very humble and very down-to-earth."
The I Don't Know How She Does It actress tried on Veda leather jackets and bought some bracelets for her twin daughters, Loretta and Tabitha.
"She told me she couldn't wait to come back and shop again," the boutique owner added.
– Emily Strohm
Originally posted 10/22/2012 05:00PM
Siding with the Democratic Party? Rooting for the Grand Old Party? In the interest of keeping our coverage nonpartisan, here's a nomination for a less-polarizing political affiliation altogether: the Cocktail Party.
As President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney prepare to face off in the final presidential debate Monday night, agree to disagree ... over which kind of beverage makes the perfect fuel for one last game of political ping-pong.
In the spirit of democracy, several choices await the politically active drinker: In the heart of Washington, D.C., Topaz Bar serves up two commander-in-chief-worthy concoctions less than a mile away from the White House itself. "As for inspiration, each drink was concocted as a fun and irreverent twist on each of their personalities and backgrounds," general manager Donte Johnson tells PEOPLE. (Fun fact: President Theodore Roosevelt once lived where the hotel bar now stands.)
Originally posted 10/17/2012 12:25PM
For the men and (binders full of) women who tuned in for Tuesday's town hall-style debate, Republican candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama's second showdown was enough to fuel 7.2 million Tweets, according to Twitter, not to mention countless Facebook and Tumblr pages, parody Twitter handles and trending topics.
Among those conversing in real-time with the candidates: plenty of celebrity voices, whose tones ranged from furious to funny.
Feathers were ruffled (just not Big Bird's this time), so let's revisit the night through the eyes of some of the people who aren't on the ballot this season.
Originally posted 10/04/2012 11:45AM
During the first of three presidential debates Wednesday night, the hottest topic on social media wasn't the economy. It wasn't job creation. It wasn't even the word "trillion" – although that word got thrown around a lot.
It was the 8'2" yellow feathered Muppet, Big Bird.
While debating President Barack Obama, Republican candidate Mitt Romney said he would cut programs funded by borrowed dollars from China – PBS included. "I like PBS, I love Big Bird," Romney said, "but I'm not going to keep on spending money on things, to borrow money from China to pay for it."
The comment ignited a firestorm, with parody accounts for Big Bird and his fellow, presumed unemployed Sesame Street residents springing up immediately, and Twitter's best snarkologists – and celebrities – took to the social network to share their thoughts on the childhood icon's endangered status.
Originally posted 01/13/2012 03:25PM
With some 2012 presidential aspirants considering dropping out after the New Hampshire and Iowa caucuses, one hopeful is just now throwing his hat into the ring.
Stephen Colbert announced his bid for "candidacy for the president of the United States of South Carolina" on Thursday's The Colbert Report, the satirical Comedy Central news show on which he poses as a conservative political pundit.
Colbert, 47, is polling at 5 percent in his home state, ahead of longstanding candidate Jon Huntsman.
The TV host's previous attempt to get on the ballot in South Carolina, for the 2008 election, was blocked by Democratic Party officials.
Originally posted 12/03/2011 02:00PM
It's official: Herman Cain is out.
The plain-talking GOP presidential candidate, who has been dogged by allegations of infidelity, has suspended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
"False accusations," he told supporters Saturday outside his campaign headquarters in Atlanta, have created "a cloud of doubt over me and this campaign and my family. ... It hurts my wife, it hurts my family, it hurts me, and it hurts the American people because you're being denied solutions to our problems."
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