President Obama’s Talk Show Stint

Tomorrow night, President Barack Obama will make his first live sit-down appearance, since becoming elected President, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The show will air on CNBC at 11pm. For those of you that haven’t ventured past ITV2 on your EPG, you will find CNBC on the following platforms: Sky (channel 505), Virgin (613) and Tiscali TV (510).

Among other topics, President Obama will be sitting down to talk about his economic plan. This marks the first time a sitting US President has appeared on a late night talk show so it’s a pretty big deal in America. As for the UK? Well, if it were any other man in the White House, I’d probably find something more interesting to watch – a blank screen, for example.

However, this is President Obama and although it’s likely to be an extremely US-focused agenda, there’s still so much goodwill for the man outside of America that I’ll happily watch him yawn or belch. The show will be repeated on Saturday March 21 and Sunday March 22 at 8pm. Will Jay Leno ask his opinion of the controversial ending to The Sopranos? Somehow, I don’t think so…..

Today I am mostly lovin’ – Countdown to The Wire coming to BBC2: 11 days. Not that long to go now folks!

Today I am mostly hatin’ – OK! magazine’s ‘living tribute’ to Jade Goody. Tacky, tacky, tacky. 


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9 Responses to President Obama’s Talk Show Stint

  1. Tina says:

    I think it\’s a good thing that Obama appeared on the Jay Leno show. I have only seen snippets of it, but I have heard it went down well, apart from when Obama made that less than tactful comment about his bowling abilities…I think that by appearing on shows like this, whilst some could argue he is flaunting himself in a somewhat Hollywoodised manner, he is getting his political messages across in a HUMAN manner, in a real way people are going to touch base with, and more importantly, understand. It also shows that he cares about the people and that he is only human, and not this detatched alien entity most people wind up seeing any politician as, since once they gain their seats of power, they seem to detatch from their respective societies completely. I hope he continues to do things like this, and like you Coops, I can happily watch him yawn, belch or whatever. He does seem to be a genuinely good guy, a wild change from Bush, and a much needed one for the people of America. Let\’s hope it continues. Would be nice to see Mrs Obama do more things like this but put the focus more on her role as First Lady, rather than good lady wife of the president who loves her kids and man and loves all the designer clothes she\’s getting to wear, the impending baby, etc etc etc…

  2. kim says:

    unbelievably how he cannot think on his feet – we need to get past seeing him as a \’representative\’ and symbol for how far things have come – but make him accountable -it was appalling what he said – that he could even in his mind make that form of connection says much more about him than the colour of his skin and a catchy slogan of change

  3. Coops - says:

    On the whole, he did very well. But that comment about the \’Special Olympics\’ was tactless and thoughtless in the extreme. He should know better. It\’s not the first time Barack Obama has demonstrated an ability to let his mouth run away with him…

  4. Tina says:

    I agree wholeheartedly, Coops.

  5. Bobbie says:

    I think the comment Obama made about the "Special Olympics" is just what the ordinary man in the street would have said…but because of his position, people are bad mouthing him….We all make jokes about colour, race, religion, and disabilities, just because the world is looking you have to be more careful…who hasn\’t made a comment about themselves at sometime, I normally say my son runs like a bag of spanners, does that make me prejudice against spanners, I think more people need to get a grip on real life, he was describing himself, no one else.

  6. Coops - says:

    With respect Bobbie, I think you\’re missing the point. Barack Obama isn\’t \’the ordinary man in the street\’ anymore; he\’s the most powerful man on Earth and that position comes with responsibilities. Now, it\’s one thing for him to shoot hoops with his buddies and mouth off in private – we can all do that – but on TV, he has to be \’Presidential\’. An unfavourable comparison of his bowling skills with less able-bodied athletes (who may well include soldiers invalided out of the army – the man is Commander In Chief, don\’t forget) just isn\’t \’Presidential\’. Other than that, he was great fun.

  7. shaun says:

    I disagree with tiny patterson because she is wrong. 🙂 I dont care

  8. Tina says:

    How can a person be wrong for agreeing with someone else\’s statement?Bobbie – it is wrong to assume that we all make jokes about race, religion and disability – all of these things are things that affect my life, and I can only peak for myself but I would never joke about these things. It makes people lose respect for who you are as a person, and that\’s something that\’s hard to get back.

  9. Jacob. says:

    my point // he\’s different many complained about bush and yes he was a rascist and other things ,but barack is a breath of fresh air wen u see him u don\’t think poltics u think of a man who loves his dam "people" in the country and nothings wrong with thath his role is harder but people expect to much , but jus remmber he said he will bring change but what ecaxtly is he bringin?nwo

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