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Obama on The Tonight Show

President Barack Obama's Thursday night appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno seems to be a controversial topic among the public. Aside from his somewhat off-color remark comparing his bowling to that of a Special Olympian, I'm not sure why it's become such a big deal. As the first sitting president to appear on a late night television show, I understand where the interest and potential excitement comes into play. However, the amount of outrage is what astounds me. The public always complains of how they want to hear more about what the president is doing; for communications to be more open and available to people outside of Washington politics. So our new president chooses to appear on a late night talk show that reaches an enormous audience, and suddenly the complaints change and people think the president isn't spending enough time working. There is essentially no way for President Obama to win in this situation. If he makes himself available to the public, he is “wasting” his time that should be spent influencing policy and analyzing data about national security, etc. But if Obama were to take a few steps away from the spotlight, the public would cry out that they were being left out of the loop and wanted to know more about what he was up to. Obama needs to address different audiences however he chooses so that he can best get his message across. Whether that be by appearing on late night television or sky-writing over every mall in America, as long as he is getting the message out then I don't see what the problem is.

Sat, 21 Mar 2009 18:07:58 +0000

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Title: History in the Making
Weblog: NeoSciGen
Excerpt: Stepping into history, Barack Hussein Obama grasped the reins of power as America's first black president on Tuesday, saying the nation must choose "hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord" to overcome the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. In frigid temperatures . . .
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