President Obama is the only person outside of HBO who will see advance screenings of new episodes of “Game of Thrones.” So journalist Vanessa Golembewski filed a FOIA request for them. [Vanessa Golembewski – Refinery29]
I was surprised that this form also asked me how much I’d be willing to pay for this information. My editor said, “You can expense up to $10.” But then, I thought about how I already owe the government a shit ton of money in student loans. So, I wrote that I was willing to pay nothing, but that if they insist on charging me, they can effectively “put it on my tab.”
There was also a field that asked me if I’d like this request to be expedited. According to the guidelines, you should only select “yes” if it’s a timely, life-threatening matter. And while I am not in any physical danger myself, I thought about how Jon Snow’s life is very much in question and decided that was close enough.
Golembewski notes that Obama is now in the “IDGAF years” of his administration and therefore might be “delighted to help a girl out.”