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Obama on '60 Minutes': Some of Least Ethical Behavior on Wall Street Was Legal (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 12th 2011 6:00AM
President Barack Obama, '60 Minutes'President Barack Obama sat down with Steve Kroft on '60 Minutes' (Sun., 7PM ET on CBS), where he was asked about the government's handling of the current financial situation. Kroft said that 42 percent of Americans believe Obama's policies favor Wall Street, while only 35 percent said they favor average citizens.

While Obama said that he couldn't talk specifics in regards to the lack of prosecutions on Wall Street, as that's controlled by the Justice Department, he did offer one key observation.

"I can tell you ... some of the least ethical behavior on Wall Street, was indeed legal," Obama said. "That's exactly why we had to change the laws. And that's why we've put in place the toughest financial reform package since FDR and the Great Depression."

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President Obama Talks Reality TV, Ignoring the GOP Field on 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 26th 2011 1:00AM
President Barack Obama, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'Barack Obama has managed to do something that many Americans are finding quite difficult. He's managed to avoid both the Kardashians and the current GOP field of candidates vying to take his job. On 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC), he admitted that while he doesn't want his daughters watching the Kardashians on television, he's never seen the show.

"I am probably a little biased against reality TV," he admitted. "Partly because there's this program on C-SPAN called Congress."

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Hill Harper Reminisces About His Days at Harvard With President Obama (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 9th 2011 3:30PM
Hill Harper talks about Barack Obama on 'Access Hollywood Live'Hill Harper and Barack Obama went to Harvard together, and wound up acting on 'CSI:NY' and the President of the United States, respectively. So you might not imagine they had too many classes together. But Harper said on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) that he actually got to know Obama in college.

Harper called Obama "a great guy" and said he's still the same person he was at Harvard. He especially praised his sense of humor. "I'll tell you, the thing I wish more people know about our president is seeing his sense of humor. Super funny, super fun. He is, he's very witty and he has this kind of really kind of acerbic kind of cool sense of humor."

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Jon Stewart: The 24-Hour News Networks Manufacture Conflict (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 7th 2011 5:05AM
'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'Fans of 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) know how much Jon Stewart hates the 24-hour news networks.

Because they have to play the ratings game to succeed as a network, he believes their integrity as news organizations is next to nil, as they can sensationalize anything, no matter how trivial, into something huge and meaningful.

His most recent example is the recent rescheduling of a Presidential Address to Congress, to accommodate a Republican presidential candidates debate. Stewart called this a Tale of Reasonable Accommodation, and he applauded the politicians for simply taking care of this minor scheduling issue amicably.

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President Obama vs. NFL Season Opener: NFL and NBC Tackle Scheduling Conflict

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 1st 2011 6:15AM
Barack ObamaUPDATE 09/02/11: It's been announced that President Obama will deliver his speech at 7PM ET on Thursday Sept. 8.

With all the lockout drama off the field over the summer, in recent days NFL fans have been sitting back and taking a few easy breaths as they await next week's season opener.

Now, however, comes news of a possible TV scheduling conflict: President Obama vs. football.

The president had planned to deliver a televised address on jobs and the economy to a joint session of Congress at 8PM ET on Sept. 7. However, that's when the Republican party is holding its televised Presidential Debate in Simi Valley, Calif.

After Speaker of the House John Boehner balked at Obama's request for an address on the 7th, the president yesterday agreed to move the speech to 8PM ET on the 8th. Unfortunately, that's led to a potential conflict with the Saints-Packers game on NBC, which kicks off at 8:30PM ET.

The White House is said to have been keen to avoid such a conflict, so what to do?

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Jon Stewart Has a 50th Birthday Present for Obama, But it Kind of Sucks (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 5th 2011 3:45AM
'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'August 4, 2011 was the 50th birthday of President Barack Obama. It's a milestone worthy of celebration, which may be why Jon Stewart had a present for him on 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central).

Unfortunately, it's probably not the kind of gift most of us would be lining up to receive.

It was a box filled with clips from the various news outlets detailing the DOW plummeting, and the S&P 500 experiencing the 14th worst single-day point decline in its history. So, happy birthday?

We couldn't take our eyes off of Stewart's eyes, though, as he tried to keep the package lined up properly so the blue screen magic would work and we could see the images properly. It was like he was looking into our very souls ... or maybe just below them.

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It Didn't Go So Well When Neil Patrick Harris Met President Obama (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 28th 2011 4:33AM
Neil Patrick Harris, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'Meeting someone with the stature of the President of the United States is one of those moments you kind of need to mentally prepare for. That could be why things were a little awkward when Neil Patrick Harris met Barack Obama recently, as he detailed on 'Late Night' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC).

NPH was hosting an event "about LGBT stuff" for the DNC, and there was a line for photo ops with President Obama. Harris was moving through the room, getting ready to get back on stage and continue with his next part of the show when he was ushered around a curtain.

"You turn around a curtain and there's the freaking president of the United States," he said. "And you quickly panic because, what do you say?"

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Jon Stewart: President Obama Is Asking Us to Call Congress About the Debt Ceiling?! (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 27th 2011 4:19AM
'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'With the deadline looming to either raise the debt ceiling, or risk all kinds of potential trouble if we don't, Jon Stewart looked at the Presidential Address from Monday night on 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central). After all, the deadline is August 2nd, so he was expecting some harsh rhetoric.

Instead, Barack Obama turned to the American people. "If you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, let your member of Congress know," he pleaded. But you'd better do it soon, and you'd better hope they pick up.

"That's your idea?" Stewart asked, after a moment of stunned silence. "Call your Congressman? Did the president just quit?"

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President Obama Urges Congress To Get Debt Ceiling Deal Done Before Deadline, Like His Daughters Do Their Homework (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 29th 2011 5:15PM
President Obama discusses the debt ceiling on Fox NewsIn his first press conference since March, President Obama urged Congressional leaders to come together to reach a deal on the debt ceiling in advance of the looming August 2 deadline. Speaking live at an event carried by all the major networks, Obama argued that the game of political brinksmanship being played was harmful to the economy and downright irresponsible. Adding a dose of humor to the proceedings, he used his young daughters' homework habits as an example of what he'd like to see from Congress.

"That's not how responsible families act," Obama said. "Malia and Sasha generally finish their homework a day ahead of time. Malia's 13, Sasha's 10. It is impressive. They don't wait until the night before, they're not pulling all-nighters."

"You know, Congress can do the same thing," he continued. "If you know you've got to do something, just do it." Now, some might say that international economics are slightly more complicated than Algebra I, but he's got a good point anyway.

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Bill Maher Likens President Obama to Wayne Brady, Wishes He Was More Like Suge Knight (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 6th 2010 5:50PM
During his on appearance on 'Fareed Zakaria GPS' (Sunday, 10AM ET on CNN) Bill Maher bemoaned the fact that President Obama didn't behave more like Suge Knight, the often incarcerated hip-hop impresario who has a history of violent behavior and unethical business practices.

"He looks beaten down, that's what disturbs me," Maher said, in response to a question about how Obama is handling his mid-term defeat. "I thought, when we elected the first black president, as a comedian, I thought in two years that I'd be making jokes about what a gangsta he was. Not that he's President Wayne Brady, but I thought we were getting Suge Knight."

"(Obama) just seems to be another in a long line of democrats that comes across as wimpy and wussy or whatever word you want to ascribe to it," Maher continued.

Apparently, the word Maher uses for wimpy and wussy is "Wayne Brady," which seems a bit unfair to the Emmy-winning actor and comedian. Maybe if Brady assaults someone -- or dangles Vanilla Ice off a 20 story balcony -- he might finally earn Maher's respect.

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Walter Mondale Criticizes President Obama For Use of 'Idiot Boards' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 5th 2010 5:49PM
Former Vice-President Walter Mondale was on 'The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer' (weekdays, 6 PM ET on CNN) and the talk turned to the dip in popularity President Barack Obama has experienced over the last two years. Mondale stated that he believes Obama's over-use of the teleprompter is hindering his ability to connect to the American public.

"I think he's very bright. As a matter of fact, brilliant," Mondale said about Obama. "And he uses these idiot boards to read speeches on television and I think he loses the connection that he needs emotionally with American voters."

"If you're looking at the teleprompter, you're here, you're here, you're here -- and your audience is right there," Mondale continued.

It should be pointed out that Ronald Reagan, who was famous for his ability to connect with voters, relied on a teleprompter almost as much as Obama does. Reagan also famously beat Mondale forty-nine states to one in the 1984 presidential election, so that might be where some of Mondale's disdain for "idiot boards" is coming from.

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Michelle Obama's Brother on 'The Colbert Report' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 22nd 2010 4:30AM
Michelle Obama's Brother on 'The Colbert Report'Craig Robinson -- brother of Michelle Obama -- appeared on 'The Colbert Report' (weeknights, 11:30 PM on Comedy Central). Upon meeting his guest, Stephen Colbert commented on Robinson's resemblance to his sister. "I've met [Michelle]," Colbert said. "And I have to say that you guys look a lot alike." Colbert then suggested that Robinson should put on a wig to disguise himself as the First Lady.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Michael Steele: African-American Leaders Have Slimmer Margin of Error (VIDEO)

by Michael Olson, posted Apr 5th 2010 2:22PM
Embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele defended his leadership this morning on Good Morning America (weekdays, 7AM ET, ABC), making his first comments since the RNC's $2,000 expenditure at a sex-themed nightclub in Hollywood was made public. But it was Steele's comments on race that may end up drawing the most attention.

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Harry Smith and Barack Obama Play One-on-One Basketball (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 2nd 2010 1:30PM
On 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS), Harry Smith and President Barack Obama take to the court for a game of one-on-one basketball that doesn't go particularly well for either of them. Smith completely misses a three-point shot, and then Obama himself fails to make two consecutive shots from the three-point line.

It seems there are perks to being Commander-in-Chief, though. According to Smith, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and others laughed loudly at his air ball. But the court was conspicuously silent when Obama missed his shots.

Watch the video after the jump.

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President Obama Talks College Hoops with Matt Lauer (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Mar 30th 2010 4:00PM
President Obama Talks College Hoops with Matt LauerBarack Obama appeared on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC) to talk a little college basketball with Matt Lauer. There, it was revealed that the President had picked none of the Final Four teams correctly.

"How's your bracket look?" Lauer asked Obama. Obama replied, "It is completely blown up ... It is a sign that I was paying singular focus on heath care." "That's your excuse and you're sticking with it?" asked Lauer.

Since Obama's college basketball picks have all lost, Lauer asked the President for his revised choice for the team that will win it all. Obama's choice? West Virginia. Changing your college picks in the middle of the tournament? Is this what was meant by "Change You Can Believe In?"

Watch the video after the jump.

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