TIME White House

Watch a Mashup of President Obama Getting Heckled

"As a general rule, I am just fine with a few hecklers—but not when I’m up in the house"

President Obama is no stranger to hecklers.

But, every man has his limits. Watch the video above to see how the Commander-in-Chief has responded to various interruptions throughout his two terms in office.

One key takeaway: You can heckle him all you want, but when you’re an invited guest to the White House, too much heckling can get you thrown out.

As Obama said after being heckled at a recent event at 1600 Pennsylvania: “I am just fine with a few hecklers—but not when I’m up in the house. You know what I mean? You know, my attitude is if you’re eating the hors d’oeuvres—you know what I’m saying?”

 

TIME The Answers Issue

This Is the Safest Place to Sit on a Plane

Where you should sit next time you get onboard

Statistics show that the middle seats in the rear of an aircraft historically have the highest survival rates.

This is based on a study of aircraft accidents in the last 35 years. TIME went through the Federal Aviation Administration’s CSRTG Aircraft Accident Database looking for accidents with both fatalities and survivors. We found 17 with seating charts that could be analyzed. The oldest accident that fit our criteria was in 1985; the most recent was in 2000.

The analysis found that the seats in the back third of the aircraft had a 32% fatality rate, compared with 39% in the middle third and 38% in the front third.

Looking at row position, we found that the middle seats in the rear of the aircraft had the best outcomes (28% fatality rate). The worst-faring seats were on the aisle in the middle third of the cabin (44% fatality rate).

After a crash, survivors who are near an exit are more likely to get out alive, according to a study published in 2008 from the University of Greenwich which looked at emergency exit usage after an accident.

Of course, the chances of dying in an aircraft accident have less to do with where you sit and more to do with the circumstances surrounding the crash. If the tail of the aircraft takes the brunt of the impact, the middle or front passengers may fare better than those in the rear. We found that survival was random in several accidents — those who perished were scattered irregularly between survivors. It’s for this reason that the FAA and other airline safety experts say there is no safest seat on the plane.

But one thing is certain: Flying is very safe, and it’s only gotten safer in recent decades. This is especially true compared with other means of transportation. The lifetime odds of perishing in a car are 1 in 112. As a pedestrian, the odds are 1 in 700 and on a motorbike, they’re 1 in 900. But on a plane? The odds of dying drop to just 1 in 8,000.

This article was originally published in the July 13 issue of TIME.

TIME Crime

Watch South Carolina Governor Give Emotional Speech After Shooting

"We woke up today, and the heart and soul of South Carolina was broken," the governor said on Thursday

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley fought back tears as she addressed the media following a shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., that left nine people dead.

“We have some grieving to do, and we’ve got some pain we have to go through,” she said. “We are a strong and faithful state. We love our state, we love our country and most importantly, we love each other.”

Authorities arrested the suspected shooter, Dylann Roof, 21, on Thursday during a traffic stop.

TIME Books

AIDS Activist Larry Kramer: ‘I Don’t Regret Anything I’ve Done or Said’

The novelist, playwright, and advocate talks to TIME about his life and work

Larry Kramer isn’t ready to slow down.

In an interview with TIME, the AIDS activist, novelist, playwright, and subject of a new HBO documentary says that he has no qualms about his reputation as a provocateur: “I don’t regret anything I’ve done or said. No matter what you say, some people are going to like it and some people aren’t. So it hasn’t shut me up at all. Inside I’m just as tempestuous.”

Indeed, provocation has been how Kramer has gotten results throughout his public life. Kramer’s work with ACT-UP brought attention to the AIDS crisis at a time when it was considered easier to look away; his work, including the play The Normal Heart and new novel The American People: Volume 1, has served as a sort of literary canon for gay America.

Kramer has a long memory. He still recollects Frank Rich’s review of the first Normal Heart production. And he also remembers a more activist time in gay culture. “Now,” he says, “we don’t have people who are as frightened as we were”: A happy change, to be sure, but one that’s led to an abatement of protest.

The American People is on sale now, and the HBO documentary Larry Kramer in Love and Anger airs June 29 at 9 p.m.

TIME Crime

Watch Pastor Killed in Charleston Shooting Speak on His Church’s Mission

"Sometimes we've got to make noise," he said. "Sometimes maybe you have to die"

Two years before he was shot dead along with eight other victims in the church he led, Reverend Clementa Pinckney gave a haunting speech about what it means to be both American and Christian.

Pinckney, 41, a Democratic state senator for South Carolina’s 45th district, was the first victim identified in the massacre at the historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Wednesday night.

In October 2013, he gave a speech as part of the Civil Rights Ride 2013 saying that America “is about freedom…equality, and the pursuit of happiness.”

“And that’s what church is all about,” Pinckney continued. “Freedom to worship, and freedom from sin, freedom to be full [with] what God intends us to be, and have equality in the sight of God. And sometimes we’ve got to make noise to do that, sometimes maybe you have to die like Denmark Vesey to do that, sometimes you have to march, struggle and be unpopular to do that.”

Vesey was one of the church’s founders and organized an attempted slave rebellion in 1822, for which he was executed.

In the speech, Pinckney also discussed why he was called to public service. “There are many people who say why would you as a preacher be involved in public life?” he said. “Our calling is not just within the walls of the congregation, but we’re part of the life and community in which our congregation resides.”

TIME World

Watch Ian Bremmer on the Wobbly Transatlantic Alliance

Divides over Russia and other issues have shown cracks in a once unbreakable alliance

Ian Bremmer, TIME editor-at-large and the president of the Eurasia Group, discusses the problems in the relationship between the U.S. and its European allies, and the way Russia is taking advantage of the rift.

TIME BMW: A Company on the Edge

The Race to Sell BMWs

How the car maker uses the track to shape its image and its product

On a crystalline day in late-July 1894, the Parisian gazette Le Petit Journal organized what is widely considered the first motoring competition. The paper’s editor, Pierre Giffard, surmized of contest of then-new, so-called horseless carriages from Paris to northern Rouen would boost circulation. It was a rough trial. Many of the 69 vehicles that entered never made it. Those that did traveled at a glacial average speed of 11 miles per hour. But the stunt coincided with the beginning of the automotive era, and manufacturers ever since have seen in racing a chance to test their technology and influence potential customers in the process. (A vehicle made by Peugeot was among the top finishers.)

Today, automakers from Ford to Ferarri count on motorsports to help spread word of their worth. It gives engineers and designers bragging rights over their competitors. The marketing doesn’t hurt either. In this video, TIME takes a look at BMW’s racing history and how its participation in motorsports influences the cars even the most cautious customers drive.

TIME Apple

4 Things Apple Just Announced That You Need to Know About

See what's new and what's updated

Out of the bevy of Apple’s announcements on Monday at this year’s developers conference, known as WWDC, four stood out the most: Apple Music, a more robust Siri, native Apple Watch apps and the News app.

Both Apple Music and the News app are new products rising from the ashes of old ones. Apple purchased Beats last year, and repurposed its streaming service into Apple Music; News is taking the place of the lackluster offering Newsstand. Siri and the Watch’s software are getting welcome updates to their capabilities.

Read next: See the 6 Coolest Things Apple Announced on Monday

TIME Apple

See Everything Apple Announced Today in 2 Minutes

A new streaming service and more

Apple made several big announcements Monday at its 2015 Wordwide Developers Conference, including a new streaming service, a major iPhone software upgrade and improvements to the Apple Watch.

Check out the best of the event in under two minutes.

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