*Video* Obama recovers from podium malfunction

A particularly powerful fist-thump from the president sends the presidential seal to the floor.

Thumping his fist for emphasis while making a no-doubt powerful and important point, President Barack Obama causes the presidential seal to fall from the front of his lectern.

To uproarious laughter from the assembled media, he says "That's alright. All of you know who I am."

Caroline Crampton is assistant editor of the New Statesman. She writes a weekly podcast column.

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The NS Podcast #230: It's (New) Party Time

The New Statesman podcast.

Helen is joined by Anoosh to consider whether a new political party would have any chance of success in the UK. Then they discuss the TV shows everyone really likes to watch but doesn't admit to and analyse why the quality of Don't Tell The Bride has declined. Finally, a bumper You Asked Us section including listener questions on social care, punching Nazis, the Tory economic agenda and more.

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Further reading:

The NS centenary debate from 2013 - did the left win the twentieth century?

Meet the Ivanka Voter by Anne Helen Petersen on Buzzfeed.

Anoosh on the EDL.

Why is Love Island so Tory?

How Don't Tell the Bride lost its spark

Take Me Out and the failures of feminism by Alan White.