Why was President Obama hanging out with a 17-foot robot giraffe on the White House lawn?

On Wednesday, President Obama snapped some pictures with a giant robot giraffe named Russell on the South Lawn of the White House. The 17-foot giraffe was on display as part of the first annual White House Maker Faire, which was meant to highlight the inventions of the American people. During Thursday’s Daily Briefing, Glenn lamented just how far American ingenuity has fallen.

  • Anonymous

    All under the watchful eye of Bill Nye the science guy (because Obama knows the ill-educated millennials love this celeb-scientist).

    Geoffrey lives on!

  • AlexisJaime

    I am a millennial and I actually like Bill Nye, but I disagree with him on several things.

    Also, not all millennials are “ill-educated”. You probably are correct that the use of a commonly known “scientist” by people my age is more than likely an attempt to glamour us. However, just because we are young, don’t mean we are that naive.

  • landofaahs

    Because it reminds him of his birthplace in Africa?

  • Anonymous

    My apologies, not intending to imply that all millennials are ill-educated just specifying a specific group “ill-educated millennials” vs. “ill-educated baby-boomers”. Well-educated millennials can like Bill Nye as well, but I suspect, as a group, the “ill-educated millennials” who fancy themselves as world-changing scientists prefer Bill Nye more.

  • Anonymous

    1960″s Disney returns except the Disney version talks and now it interacts. That is so 5 years ago or um so 50 years ago. Come on guys cover it with fur and get on with it.
    {oops I miss clicked and liked my own comment trying to edit}
    Now where did I put those emails ….. Oh yeh, the giraffe ate them.

  • https://www.facebook.com/TheAngryAmericans?ref=hl The Angry American

    Obama was probably trying to find a way to make the robot a patsy for another scandal after he taxed him to death

  • landofaahs

    Because he could not find a 17 foot tall jackass to associate with?

  • Shawn Cameron

    Because he doesn’t wanna grow up, because if he did.
    He wouldn’t be a Toys R Us kid??

  • Shawn Cameron

    They like him because he’s pushing what they want to buy. Also that crowd identifies more with celeb-anything. Which is why they love Obama so much, he’s more a celebrity than anything else really. The same people that make fun of Fox News but take Stewart and Colbert seriously.

  • Memphis Viking

    It wasn’t a robot giraffe. It was actually John Kerry. Common mistake.

  • Anonymous

    “doesn’t mean we are that naive….” would be the correct tense…….sorry, I can’t help it.

  • Anonymous

    land, you just earned “Comment of the Day!” Gratz!!

  • Anonymous

    Taking ‘Deep Throat’ lessons from one-of-the-deepest?

  • Mike Nelson

    I remember when “glamour” was a noun :`(

  • Anonymous

    This from the guy who raved about a giant moon ?! It’s art..to each their own. So critical. .

  • AlexisJaime

    I sometimes do the same to others, especially when they argue against me. I actually noticed my “don’t” vs “doesn’t” mistake, but the millennial in me kept me from fixing it… LOL

  • AlexisJaime

    It still is. It is a brand of clothing.

  • Mike

    Simple enough. It’s the closest he can come to hangin’ with another mutant homie like himself . . .

  • Jonathan

    Bill Nye is awesome though. He’s extremely intelligent, relate able, puts complicated subjects into easy to understand terms. I grew up with him in the school room and vividly remember learning many things that I still remember to this day. And where I learned it.

  • Jonathan

    How is this a reliable, accurate representation of America’s robotic process? I know this is just a sit around a table general discussion but you can’t use this one event as a representation of our entire robotic industry. The Japanese have always been ahead in robotics. For 30-40 years at the very least. And in terms of actual usefulness as a robot it may have no point. But how do you know that the technology that is within it isn’t innovative?

  • Jonathan Leibowitz

    Since moral standards, customs, and traditions form the basis of our liberty and prosperity, their destruction undermines the civilized culture that has evolved upon them.