TheDC’s top 2012 stories, part 1: The ‘Obama administration off the rails’ edition

“I don’t remember Diane Sawyer scolding her colleague Sam Donaldson for heckling President Reagan,” Carlson said. “And she shouldn’t have. A reporter’s job is to ask questions and get answers. Our job is to find out what the federal government is up to. Politicians often don’t want to tell us. A good reporter gets the story. We’re proud of Neil Munro.”

Five months later, to the day, a Bloomberg News reporter shouted out a question to President Obama as another event was ending. Instead of being panned by other media outlets, he earned praise from colleagues at The New York Times and elsewhere. Veteran White House reporter Keith Koffler was the only observer to write about the marked contrast.

But the joke is on the establishment media: As a photo of Munro daring to question the president quickly became a meme-worthy icon, TheDC ran with it — inserting him into slideshows with the Miami Heat players celebrating their NBA championship, in pivotal moments of pop-culture history through the last five decades, and even in photos caught between two sexy women — “just because he’s Neil Munro.”

Take that, dead-tree newspapers.

White House ‘secede’ petitions reach 675,000 signatures, 50-state participation

A funny thing happened on the way back to the White House: Despite a popular-vote majority and an Electoral College victory that no one was calling a “squeaker” on Nov. 7, President Obama couldn’t manage to please everyone.

Just days after his re-election, the Obama administration was smacked with an unusual populist reaction as Americans in all 50 states petitioned his White House for permission to secede from the union:

Less than a week after a New Orleans suburbanite petitioned the White House to allow Louisiana to secede from the United States, petitions from seven states have collected enough signatures to trigger a promised review from the Obama administration.

By 6:00 a.m. EST Wednesday, more than 675,000 digital signatures appeared on 69 separate secession petitions covering all 50 states, according to a Daily Caller analysis of requests lodged with the White House’s “We the People” online petition system.

A petition from Vermont, where talk of secession is a regular feature of political life, was the final entry.