Week In Review
Obama Gets Reelected, Women in Senate Make History
Biography.com's "Week in Review" highlights interesting people who've made the news this past week—thanks to their endeavors, big ideas, triumphs, importance in history, or magnanimous gaffes. While there were many people to choose from this week, here are our top picks that made us either raise an eyebrow, roll our eyes, shed a tear, or just gave us a good chuckle.
Here's Your New President Again: Barack Obama
Even though Florida couldn't get its arithmetic together (nor Republican mastermind Karl Rove), the rest of the country decided to put the numbers in favor of President Barack Obama to make him a second-term president—and that under a weak economy. Such circumstances have only happened once in history, which was during President FDR's reelection in 1936 when the economy was at a staggering 17 percent unemployment. (Sure makes Obama's 7.9 percent not look all that bad.).
Although it remains to be seen if the Washington gridlock will end, many Republicans are starting to realize that the changing demographic landscape means their political strategy has got to attract—by way of inclusion—Latinos and single women. Don't take it from us; take it from Rove and Newt Gingrich who are harping on their Party to bring in those two demos.
2013: The Year of the Political Woman
Speaking of women, 2013 will be a record breaker for having the highest number of female U.S. senators, moving up from 17 to 20.
But it's not just the number of women that make for an unprecedented senate shift but also the level of diversity and state-by-state historical "firsts." Here's the mighty estrogen breakdown:
- Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp is North Dakota's very first Congresswoman.
- Republican state senator Deb Fischer became the first female senator in Nebraska since 1954.
- Republican Rep. Mazie Hirono is the first Asian-American woman to become a U.S. senator and the first Hawaiian female senator.
- Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin will be Wisconsin's first openly gay female U.S. senator.
- Democrat Elizabeth Warren became Massachusetts first female senator.
These ladies will find themselves in good company considering the female senators who just ran for reelection this past week were able to hold onto their seats. Some of the more popular names include California Democrat Dianne Feinstein (fourth term's a charm!), Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill (thanks, Todd Akin!), and New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand (Keep away, Harry Reid!).
Affairs of the Heart: Kirstie Alley and Patrick Swayze, Secret Lovers?
According to the Cheers-turned-DWTS-turned-Jenny Craig star, she and Swayze met while reading for a TV pilot in 1985.
"We were creating a future together," the 61-year-old actress told Entertainment Tonight early this week. "Both of us were married. We did not have an affair. But again, I think what I did was worse. Because I think when you fall in love with someone when you're married, you jeopardize your own marriage and their marriage. It's doubly bad."
Note to Kirstie: This tabloid admission of your affair is as "doubly bad" as Dirty Dancing Havana Nights.
All Cooked Up: The Search for Apple's CEO Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been all over the news now that it's been a year since he took over Steve Jobs' position, as well as the recent announcement he did some major reorganization (i.e. firing people) at Apple.
Considering these two major events, technophiles in the media have been asking: Who is Tim Cook? And what kind of leader is he?
Depending on whom you ask, you'll find very different answers. The Washington Post describes him as a humble man who isn't afraid of admitting his mistakes and putting his employees first, while a former Apple employee (who's got a book coming out, mind you) eviscerates Cook by saying he's "passionless," indecisive, motivated by fear, and "not a natural leader." Still there are others who describe him as a more open-minded CEO than Jobs, who forbade his top hires to sit on boards at other companies. (Cook just gave the green light for one of his top execs to sit on the board of Ferrari.)
Despite all of these diverging opinions on the 52-year-old businessman, it's pretty safe to say there's probably consensus on at least one thing: Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs...(but then again, who is, really?).
Always up for being in the spotlight, it appears Jermaine Jackson is also up for a little bit o' sunlight.
Opting for a brighter last name, Jermaine has filed court papers to legally change his last name to "Jacksun."
"It is something he has chosen to do, and it's fair to say that you cannot blame this one on the boogie, you've got to blame it on the sunshine," Jackson's friend Steve Dennis said, referring to the Jackson 5's disco hit, "Blame it on the Boogie." (Read the lyrics and you'll get the joke. Womp womp.).
Considering Jackson named one of his sons the worst name possible in the history of mankind (i.e. Jermajesty Jackson), maybe he should focus on making big changes to that poor kid's name, rather than making slight alterations to his own.
Source: New York Post
Lawyer, U.S. President, U.S. Representative / 1961 -
Barack Obama is the 44th and current president of the United States, and the first African American to serve as U.S. president. First elected to the presidency in 2008, he won a second term in 2012.
Film Actress, Television Actress, Reality Television Star / 1951 -
Emmy Award-winning actress Kirstie Alley played Rebecca Howe on the TV series Cheers and has struggled with weight problems in the public eye. She's also competed on the dance-competition show Dancing with the Stars.
Film Actor, Theater Actor, Television Actor, Singer / 1952 - 2009
Educator, Legal Professional, U.S. Representative, Government Official / 1949 -
Elizabeth Warren is a Democrat from Massachusetts who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. She previously worked as an assistant to President Barack Obama and helped design the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, among several other roles.