Obama so close to going full Coach Taylor

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Obama so close to going full Coach Taylor
January 13th, 2016
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SOTU wrap-up and beyond

"Obama sooooo close to going full Coach Taylor at the finish," remarks Yahoo's Chris Wilson, referring to some of President Obama's powerful closing words in his last State of the Union: "That’s the America I know. That’s the country we love. Clear-eyed. Big-hearted" (interestingly, it's a Medium post at 24,000+ shares right now). It all tied in with the ongoing theme from last night's speech: "SOTU word cloud: 'Americans' 'America,' 'America' 'change'," summarizes The New Yorker's Margaret Ely. "Belated rhetorical note: 'Middle class' doesn't show up in the SOTU once. It's all 'working families'," points out Washington Post's Lydia Depillis. There was plenty of room for jabs, too: "Obama jokes that he's going to make final #SOTU short, because 'I know some of you are antsy to get back to Iowa'," notes Fast Company's Marcus Baram. "Seriously, SOTU's conclusion on giving a shit about the voting process is giving me shivers. Get shiver-y," reacts Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica. Here was another line that had everyone quoting it on Twitter: "people of the world do not look to Beijing or Moscow to lead — they call us." As one might expect, not everyone was bowled over: "The most arrogant part of Obama's #SOTU speech brags about how much we spend on military," observes freelance journalist Rania Khalek.

Also required reading for today: Yahoo's deep dive into That Moment When You Realize You’ve Become a State of the Union Meme, as well as The Onion's investigation into Paul Ryan Quietly Doing Seated Ab Exercises throughout SOTU. "This is why The Onion was invented," posits Lanae Erickson. And then of course there's TIME kindly pointing out how President Obama has aged since his first address. Sam Jacobs there has an alternative suggestion for his publication's next interactive: "See how much you've aged during Barack Obama's 7 years in office." Also, those 10 U.S. sailors detained by Iran whom Obama didn't mention during the address might soon be released after all.

Relatedly, Joe Biden also has posted to Medium -- his plans for his moonshot to cure cancer. "Biden on tackling cancer - a goal they equate to putting a man on the moon," explains Al Jazeera's Erin Cauchi. "VP Biden's plans for a 'moonshot,' a renewed war on cancer spurred by the death of his son," further details Thomas Burton with the Wall Street Journal. "Proud to work for this President. Ready to take on this challenge. And, yes – fired up; ready to go," Biden tweets. Oh, and by the way -- nobody knew who invited Kim Davis to SOTU because even the congressman himself didn't know. "I think I'm actually the one who informed Jim Jordan that he invited Kim Davis to the State of the Union. Sort of," points out that story's author, Huffington Post's Matt Fuller. In other politics, a constitutional law professor makes the case that Ted Cruz is not eligible to be president. "My takeaway from this is that Cruz's eligibility may hinge on the simple question of when life begins," muses Texas Monthly's Erica Grieder. Still, the Cruz holds his 3-point lead, even as Donald Trump attacks, while Hillary's lead over Bernie Sanders looks to be slipping in a new Poll.

In non-politics, the NFL has already updated its old Los Angeles Rams placeholder page to include the actual Rams’ roster, which appears to make it official that they're headed back there.

What's new in media

Yes, the rumblings of rumors are true: Al Jazeera America will shut down in April only 3 years after it debuted to great fanfare. "RIP, al Jazeera America. Sad that good TV journalism simply never found an audience," laments Foreign Policy's Yochi Dreazen. "Excellent journalism, but downright shoddy management. What a waste," chimes in Alex Jafarzadeh. Simultaneously, however, Al Jazeera itself plans to expand its digital services in the U.S. "We’re sorry to hear the news about our Al Jazeera America colleagues. For those concerned, AJ+ is still operating," the AJ-plus Twitter account informs us.

In other parts of the industry, the news cycle churns on: Verge's co-founder is raising money for a new website while the Huffington Post unveils a new podcast talking with Washington’s biggest failures. Meanwhile, TIME is busy commemorating the life of an icon. And then there's the incredible story of the newspaper subscription that effectively saved an elderly woman dying on porch in 17-degree weather. "Proud to work with this guy, and now the nation knows what he did," declares Sally Ann Shurmer at the Casper Star-Tribune. And in case you've been wondering how tiny your chances are of winning the Powerball $292 million, WSJ says it's this tiny. Happy scrolling!

Question of the day

Our last question asked: Mark Zuckerberg's latest post of his infant daughter is stirring things up because of what reason? He posted a picture of his daughter as they waited for her vaccinations, which ignited an online debate in the comment section.

Congratulations to Thomas Feyer of the New York Times for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to Elisha Fieldstadt (who wonders, "Who didn't see this coming?"), Ken WalkerFabiola CamachoLaura AlixDagmar Ebaugh (who adds "#science for the win!"), Dan Rosenbaum (who adds "Like!"), Mark GibbsKim NewmanCarrie GrayCindi LashRobin Tierney (who jokingly asks, "which is not what a Facebook 'poke' means, right?") and WSPCC for all answering correctly, as well.

As for today's question, here it is: News media have just picked up on the fact that a certain voice command will trigger the iPhone's Siri to do what?

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)! 

... We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily!

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Wednesday

This morning's top career story:

  • The New York Times has finally revealed who will fill beloved media writer David Carr's shoes, and it's their chief political correspondent Jim Rutenberg (at right). Read all about it here.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the industry:

  • Carina Corral returns to San Luis Obispo NBC affiliate KSBY as a weekday anchor starting Jan. 19. Corral rejoins from NBC Fresno, where she had been a morning anchor.
  • Saira Mueller joins The Daily Dot as deputy esports editor, overseeing weekend coverage and assisting in growing the esports section as a whole. Mueller joins from the International Business Times, where she worked as a gaming reporter.
  • Jacob Wolf also joins The Daily Dot's esports team but as a reporter. Previously Wolf freelanced for a number of gaming publications including Esports Heaven, Gfinity, and TheScore.
  • Reporter Josh Raven is another new recruit joining The Daily Dot's on the esports beat. Raven joins from Esports Heaven.
Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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