Which is More Old Fashioned: Mad Men or Congress? Christina Hendricks Knows

Earlier this year, during President Obama’s State of the Union Address made a Mad Men reference that got him a lot of attention:

“Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. A woman deserves equal pay for equal work. She deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job. A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or sick parent without running into hardship – and you know what, a father does, too. It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a “Mad Men” episode.”

Well, now Funny or Die has an awesome new video up with Christina Hendricks of Mad Men talking about today’s modern offices


Maddow: Congress’s lawsuit against Pres. Obama is going to be awesome for Dems

Genius TV news journalist Rachel Maddow has said exactly what we’ve said all along: Boehner and the GOP’s lawsuit against President Obama is going to end up hurting the GOP.  To quote Charlie Young, “Voters aren’t stupid. People treat voters like they’re stupid during elections.”

America gets that this is a partisan political game, just like it was during the late 90’s when Newt Gingrich used Congress to attack the President for partisan purposes.  We’ve seen this movie before. It ends exceptionally well for Democrats, particularly in a year where Congress is choosing politics and party over passing actual legislation.


Historic perspective on Executive Orders shows double standard for Boehner

So it turns out that when Republicans do something, it’s ok, but when Democrats do something similar it isn’t ok. House Speaker John Boehner is suing (or at least will try to sue) President Obama and the Office of the President of the United States for signing a series of Executive Orders that he feels are illegal and excessive.

The real facts? It turns out if you compare President Obama to other presidents his number is among the lowest. Oops.
Here’s a fun meme I caught online about it


Here’s a helpful timeline of Executive Orders per day via the MaddowBlog


And here’s the data that proves the point:

Executive Orders: Washington – Obama via The American Presidency Project


Total Orders1



Average / Year EO Number Range
George Washington Total 8 1.00 unnumbered
John Adams Total 1 0.25 unnumbered
Thomas Jefferson Total 4 0.50 unnumbered
James Madison Total 1 0.13 unnumbered
James Monroe Total
0.13 unnumbered
John Quincy Adams Total 3 0.75 unnumbered
Andrew Jackson Total
1.50 unnumbered
Martin van Buren Total 10 2.50 unnumbered
William Henry Harrison Total
0 unnumbered
John Tyler Total 17 4.34 unnumbered
James K. Polk Total
4.50 unnumbered
Zachary Taylor Total 5 3.71 unnumbered
Millard Fillmore Total 12 4.52 unnumbered
Franklin Pierce Total
8.75 unnumbered
James Buchanan Total 16 4.00 unnumbered
Abraham Lincoln Total 48 11.66 unnumbered
Andrew Johnson Total
20.32 unnumbered
Ulysses S. Grant Total 217 27.13 unnumbered
Rutherford B. Hayes Total
23.00 unnumbered
James Garfield Total 6 11.00 unnumbered
Chester Arthur Total 96 27.77 unnumbered
Grover Cleveland – I Total 113 28.25 unnumbered
Benjamin Harrison Total
35.75 unnumbered
Grover Cleveland – II Total 140 35.00 unnumbered
William McKinley Total
40.83 unnumbered
Theodore Roosevelt Total 1,081 144.64
William Howard Taft Total
Woodrow Wilson Total 1,803 225.38
Warren G. Harding Total
Calvin Coolidge Total 1,203 215.14
Herbert Hoover Total 968 242.00 5075 – 6070
Franklin D. Roosevelt Total 3,522 290.71 6071 – 9537
Harry S. Truman Total
116.57 9538 – 10431
I 504 133.40 9538 – 10029
II 403 100.75 10030 – 10431
Dwight D. Eisenhower Total 484 60.50 10432 – 10913
I 266 66.50 10432 – 10695-A
II 218 54.50 10696 – 10913
John F. Kennedy Total 214 75.40 10914 – 11127
Lyndon B. Johnson Total
62.90 11128 – 11451
Richard Nixon Total 346 62.30 11452 – 11797
I 247 61.75 11452 – 11698
II 99 63.87 11699 – 11797
Gerald R. Ford Total
68.92 11798 – 11966
Jimmy Carter Total 320 80.00 11967 – 12286
Ronald Reagan Total
47.63 12287 – 12667
I 213 53.25 12287 – 12499
II 168 42.00 12500 – 12667
George Bush Total 166 41.50 12668 – 12833
William J. Clinton Total 364 45.50 12834 – 13197
I 200 50.00 12834 – 13033
II 164 41.00 13034 – 13197
George W. Bush Total
36.38 13198 – 13488
I 173 43.25 13198 – 13370
II 118 29.50 13371 – 13488
Barack Obama Total 182 33.58 13489 – 13670…
I 147 36.75 13489 – 13635
II 35 24.65 13636 – 13670…



Colbert wants to know if Pelosi has naked pictures of Boehner.

Pelosi considers Colbert a friend… Colbert considers Pelosi a nemesis. The two tangled on the Report this week. Pelosi appeared in efforts to encourage Colbert Nation viewers to support the Middle Class Jumpstart, because “when women succeed, America succeeds.” The crowd went wild! Because… who doesn’t love a populist message that supports women and families, right?

“When will you start jumping on the middle class?” Stephen wanted to know.

The goal is to pass a bill to stop giving tax breaks to corporations who ship their jobs overseas and instead give tax breaks to companies who keep good paying jobs right here at home. The second piece of this plan is to build roads, bridges, broadband networks, and water systems by closing tax loopholes for special interests in the tax code.

In true Colbert form, the conversation then devolved into that line few can cross with the former House Speaker.

“Do you have naked photos of John Boehner doing something?” Stephen asked with a smirk. “And if you do, is the tan uniform?”

Part 1:

Part 2:

Via the House Dems site on Middle Class Jumpstart:


  • Republicans voted to give tax breaks to companies that ship American jobs overseas
  • Democrats will introduce the “21st Century Make It In America Act” to provide tax incentives for creating good-paying jobs here at home
  • Republicans blocked legislation to make long-term investments in our nation’s aging highway system and opposed creating clean energy jobs of the future
  • House Democrats will pass the “Build America Bonds Act” to boost job growth and modernize America’s infrastructure by building roads, bridges, broadband technology and investing in clean energy initiatives – paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.
  • Republicans refused to raise the minimum wage but gave massive tax giveaways to corporate special interests and the ultra-wealthy
  • House Democrats will pass the “Fair Minimum Wage Act” and the “CEO/Employee Pay Fairness Act” to deny CEOs the ability to claim tax deductions for pay over $1 million unless they give their employees a raise


  • House Republicans refused to ensure equal pay for equal work, and voted to reduce access to child care and against paid sick leave
  • House Democrats will pass the “Paycheck Fairness Act” to guarantee both women and men get equal pay for equal work, pass the “Healthy Families Act” to ensure paid sick leave for men and women, and increase access to affordable child care
  • House Republicans voted to weaken domestic violence laws that protect women and voted to defund Planned Parenthood
  • House Democrats will strengthen the “Violence Against Women Act” and will expand women’s access to comprehensive health care and family planning.


  • House Republicans voted to pile more debt on the backs of students and families by preventing Americans from refinancing their student loans and by voting to cut Pell Grants
  • House Democrats will pass the “Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act” to help Americans refinance their college loans to new, lower rates, and will increase access to Pell Grants for higher education
  • House Republicans voted to limit access to quality early childhood education
  • House Democrats will pass the “Strong Start for America’s Children Act” to increase access to effective early childhood learning