The president of the United States would have automatically been impeached if he hadn’t actively watched the national team lose 1-0 to Germany this afternoon, but advance to the knockout stage anyway. Luckily, they have a TV on Air Force One, where Obama was seen with snacks but no cell phone or laptop, implicitly approving an extra-long lunch for all Americans this afternoon. He wasn’t the only patriot watching by any means necessary.
Along with the president was New York Times reporter Doug Mills, who captured the photographic evidence:
And George Stephanopoulos, who happened to be along for the ride:
Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, Robert De Niro was filming a movie and apparently could not walk into a bar like a normal person, so he pulled a Bill Murray and showed up at a stranger’s house. Business Insider reports:
The neighbor told Business Insider, their apartment building got an email from Warner Bros. asking if they could help De Niro see the game.
“Our lead actor, Robert DeNiro, would very much like to watch the World Cup game, today at 12p,” the email said. “Would it be possible to place a small portable satellite on the building rooftop ASAP and run a cable to the street to help facilitate this request?”
According to the neighbor, De Niro apparently ended up getting invited to a nearby house where people were watching the game.
Governor Andrew Cuomo officially decreed an extended lunch for all New Yorkers today:
And took himself up on it:
Michael Bloomberg was at the office earlier in the tournament, looking excited as ever. He almost cracked a smile then, so we can only imagine he was equally pleased today:
While Steffi Graf, who is German, watched with husband Andre Agassi at home:
Also rooting for Germany was Rihanna (not American), who has shown herself to be the world’s most valuable World Cup tweeter, despite her questionable allegiances:
Alex Rodriguez could not be bothered. Of course: