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This seems to be the only handshake Time Tebow and President Obama will share anytime soon - when Tebow's National Championship Florida Gators visited the White House in 2009. | Getty Images

Fans of Tim Tebow reached out for help from a higher power to keep their favorite quarterback/punching bag in the NFL.

No, not that higher power. They took to the new favorite repository of lost causes and political screeds - the White House's We The People petition site in an effort to get First Fan President Obama to intercede on their behalf. Sadly for Tebow and the fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars who wanted to see him back in Florida, though, this drive ends in characteristic disappointment.

On Monday, the White House removed the petition, which sought to usurp the common sense of the Jaguars rookie general manager:

Jacksonville Jaguars fans want the team to sign recently released QB Tim Tebow. However, rookie general manager for the Jacksonville Jaguars David Caldwell is blocking this from happening. If the Jaguars sign & START Tebow, home games will be sold out, sales will spike, the team will win and the fans will be happy.Mr. Caldwell is ignoring lots of facts about the misunderstood Tim Tebow while in Denver: Passer rating of 125.6 is highest ever in Broncos postseason history. Most yards per completion (31.6) in NFL playoff history.100.5 QB rating is best ever for a Broncos QB in his first start.Third most passing yards in a game by a Bronco rookie QB. (308, in his 2nd start), First 15+ point comeback in the final 3 minutes of an NFL game since the merger, 7 game winning drives in just 16 games!

The petition only managed a few hundred signatures before being yanked - just shy of the 100,000 needed.

After all these years, The Worm is still in foul trouble.

Former Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman, fresh from a trip to North Korea, is on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" Sunday morning to talk about his new "friend," Kim Jong Un.

In Rodman's first post-Korea interview, he drops several Rodmanesque bombs, including the assertion that Un wants to call President Obama to talk not going to war with the U.S. and Rodman's suggestion of a basketball summit:

"He wants Obama to do one thing: Call him," Rodman told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week." "He said, 'If you can, Dennis - I don't want [to] do war. I don't want to do war.' He said that to me."

"[Kim] loves basketball. And I said the same thing, I said, 'Obama loves basketball.' Let's start there," Rodman said.

Rodman, when questioned on Un's and North Korea's horrendous human rights record and general animosity toward the United States and Western allies offered this defense:

"I don't condone that. I hate the fact that he's doing that. ... I didn't talk about that. ...I saw people respected him, his family. ... "[He's] only 28 -- 28. He's not his dad. He's not his grandpa. He is 28 years old. ... He's very humble. He's a very humble man. ... He don't want war - that's one thing he don't want. ... He loves power. He loves control, because of his father, you know - stuff like that. But he's just -- he's a great guy. He's just a great guy. You sit down and talk to him."

Rodman, who closed his interview with "don't hate me," said he wasn't defending the North Korean dictator following his trip last week - a trip he hopes to repeat soon. But he also made an effort to equate the imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of North Koreans in concentration and work camps to the U.S. prison system:

Stephanopoulos: "It sounds like you're apologizing for him."

Rodman: "No, I'm not apologizing for him. ... He was a great guy to me. He was my friend. I don't condone what he does. But as a person to person, he's my friend. ... What I did was history. ... He's a friend to me. That's about it."

[Via Politico]

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and former Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman speaking at a basketball game in Pyongyang. Flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman has become the most high-profile American to meet the new leader of North Korea, vowing eternal friendship with Kim Jong-Un at a basketball game in Pyongyang. AFP PHOTO / KCNA

Earlier this week, Kara Spak shared five fun facts you may not have known about Seth MacFarlane.

A sixth she might have included: the Lincoln assassination is funny to him.

Check out the clip of him cracking wise in a joke that landed with a thud.

Of course, as Lori Rackl points out, MacFarlane was mostly mediocre in a meandering Academy Awards telecast. So maybe a memorable thud was better than meh.

Because Inauguration Day is about style and substance and even a little bipartisanship, here's Beyonce singing the National Anthem. Because she's definitely stylish, has a substantive voice and, for the most part, both sides of the aisle would vote for her.

President Obama greets singer Beyonce after she performed the National Anthem during the public ceremonial inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

UPDATE: Or did Beyonce nail her performance? Not so fast on the kudos, says The Washingtonian.

Reporter Sophie Gilbert has a piece today calling out Beyonce - and the Marines! - for lip-synching and faking the performance. Gilbert points to a collection of proof - including Instagrammed photos from Beyonce herself - that indicate Mrs. Jay-Z was paying lip service:

But to close observers, it appeared the performer was not singing live. To press seated just below the podium, in front of the "President's Own" Marine Corps Band, it was evident that the band wasn't actually playing during the song--even though band director Colonel Michael J. Colburn was conducting energetically and the band members mimicked blowing into their instruments. Separately, at one point during her performance, Beyoncé removed her earpiece.

As if the Obama call-to-action speech wasn't controversial enough, now let the National Anthem arguments ensue.

Hat tip to Dylan Byers.


Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco is not President Obama's biggest fan. He's rapped about his disdain for Obama and has gone so far as to call the president a terrorist in 2011 in a CBS News segment:

"To me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America," Fiasco was quoted saying on video - apparently not available for streaming anymore.

He went on in a followup interview with to stand by his harsh assessment:

"I've got nothing to clarify. It's Obama and the U.S. government. [It's] every president that came before him and every president that comes after him."

Earlier this year, Fiasco went further - accusing Obama of killing children through use of drone attacks in foreign policy:

"One hand, you have someone who is a great speaker, but kills little children--our president. I'm talking about ordering a drone attack. Ordering drone attacks that go and kill mothers, innocent bystanders, children. Militants, too, but the collateral damage. You're responsible for that, too."

So, it's somewhat surprising that Fiasco, who contributes an occasional column to the Sun-Times Splash section, was tapped to headline an inauguration weekend concert. What's perhaps not surprising is what ensued.

Fiasco was, according to accounts on Twitter from attendees, eventually escorted from stage by concert handlers after a 30-minute protest screed, which included harsh words for President Obama. The show, StartUp RockOn, wasn't an official part of the inauguration festivities and isn't affiliated with the president. But it still left people stunned:

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza // Click to embiggen

Yes, the image that spawned a world-conquering meme is getting new life thanks to a White House visit by the gold-winning U.S. women's gymnastic team. It's a fantastic, fun photo and one that now will surely spawn a new meme: "Obama is not impressed."

If you can come up with some great Obama-inspired "not impressed" images, let us know. Maybe we'll run one in this space.



halle.jpegNear west suburban Riverside saw steady turnout traffic this morning, with a short wait around 8:20 a.m. for voters wanting to use the electronic voting booths (though there was no wait to use the old-fashioned paper ballots.)

A sample sheet used an example of how to use the paper ballots featured a couple unusual names. The handout, which a poll worker said came from the county, featured ex-Cub Carlos Zambrano up against ex-White Sox closer Bobby Jenks battling for "Favorite Pitcher." Meryl Streep was pitted against "Halle Barry," pictured, for "Favorite Actress." The
latter actress actually spells her name b - E- r- r-y.

Ne Jersey Gov. Chris Christie presides over a state that has suffered the bulk of the damage and destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy. The Jersey shore alone has accounted for scores of dead, millions of dollars in damage and miles of homes razed.

While federal relief pours in and private donations and efforts mount, Christie has reached out to a higher authority: Justin Bieber. He tweeted to his nearly 280,000 followers that he needs Bieber, of whom Christie's kids are "huge fans, to push people to the help line to get donations rolling for relief:

The Biebs, just shy of 30 million followers on Twitter, is working the donation angle. But no word from him yet on whether he'll join forces with Gov. Christie. It would certainly be bigger news that some simple words of appreciation for President Obama.

UPDATE: Bieber to the rescue. The Canadian Prince of All Media retweeted Christie's plea, garnering at least 1,441 retweets and 734 favorites. It will be interesting to see if that leads to an outpouring of assistance though.

Comedian Chris Rock adds to the odder celebrity endorsements rolling our of late with his choice of a president white America can believe in - Barack Obama. Or Barry, if that helps.

Rock offered his take on race relations in this piece for Jimmy Kimmel Live.

As if the prospect of another week of presidential campaigning - and ads - weren't scary enough, Joss Whedon has introduced zombies into the fray.

Whedon's may just have Clint Eastwood beat with this spot telling us that a vote for Romney is, essentially a vote for the inhuman walkin dead a Romney presidency would lead to. Maybe it's a side effect of Romnesia.

At least Whedon's getting into the halloween spirit. Though this guy may have stolen the thunder of the idea.