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Alex Trebek says politicans are scared of him, and they should be - VIDEO

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 7th 2009 11:00AM
Alex Trebek hosting JeopardyThere are some forces in the universe that should never be messed with: the sun, black holes and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek. Take it from someone who knows.

The man has the unholy ability to make ANYONE look stupid on national television. He can make an Ivy League PhD appear as though he went to city college. He can turn a Midwestern elementary school teacher into someone no parent would entrust their child with for eight hours a day. His trademark "Oh, sorry" alone can make a world renowned neurosurgeon look like a jabbering mental patient who doesn't know the name of the bone that houses the human brain.

So it's no wonder that politicians are scared to be seen in the same camera shot with the man.

Trebek spoke to Politico.com during a contestant search stop in Washington D.C. Naturally, the topic of the nation's public leaders appearing on special celebrity editions of the show came up, and the former mustached-one had this rather interesting observation (about 35 seconds in).



Just imagine what that statement means. This makes Jeopardy! the most powerful television show in the history of American, nay, global broadcasting. If politicians aren't willing to go on your show and subject themselves to 30 minutes of free air time, what you do must frighten them down to the core of their souls or what's left of them.

I think it's time we took the opposite approach to Jeopardy!. Instead of making their contestant search voluntarily, it should be mandatory. And the people who get put at the front of the line are people seeking public office. Just imagine the hilarity that would ensue when Joe Biden is forced to prove just how much he knows about the Marxist Revolution, or Dan Quayle is forced to tackle a Food Spelling "Daily Double," or Sarah Palin tries to recall her Russian geography.

Not only would it serve as a perfect litmus test for gauging the intelligence of our political leaders, but it would make for the 30 most entertaining minutes of television in the history of anything.

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Brent Schmidt

Holy crap... his eyes are moving ridiculously fast left and right throughout the whole interview. How could he do that... it hurts just trying and nothing's in focus.

April 07 2009 at 2:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Crystal

THANK YOU! I thought I was the only person to notice!

April 08 2009 at 5:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mail4bh

I don't hate him, but do you know who else has said that he would be afraid to go on Jeopardy? Alex Trebek. That's right. I can't quote you chapter and verse, but I seem to remember him saying something like that a few years ago.
Any politician is afraid to go anywhere and talk or answer any questions in an uncontrolled environment.

That's the thing that should be forced on them.

April 07 2009 at 1:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zachary

I hate Trebek soooo much. Game show hosts need to be taught that it is not about them. Any time he tells a contestant "you forgot about..." or looks at the camera and makes some lame "joke", I want to smash the television. The studio audience is a bunch of trained chimps, so any joke-like phrase will earn a laugh.
Have you seen the ads for the Galapagos vacation with Trebek? That sounds horrible. It is an anti-prize. Unless the winner could feed him to a giant tortise.

April 07 2009 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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