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?
Among them was Keith Olbermann, who made some shocking assertions on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC).
Talking about Weiner's spectacular fall from grace, Olbermann dished out the criticism pretty evenly. Democrats, he said, abandoned Weiner because they "don't support their own." Republicans, on the other hand, "love to be on the right side of a scandal like this because it doesn't happen that often."
So why the intense media coverage of the scandal? It's gathered international interest, with footage of Weiner's chaotic resignation press conference airing all over the world last night. Olbermann think it's because Weinergate is easy for reporters to understand: It's given them "something that they can actually understand: A penis."
After Jimmy Fallon referred to Weiner's last name as "comedy gold", Olbermann then disclosed that Speaker of the House John Boehner answers to a rather salacious nickname of his own.
A recent survey by Public Policy Polling found that 51 percent of those who plan on voting in the GOP primary believe that Barack Obama wasn't born in the U.S. On 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Weeknights, 10PM ET on HBO) Maher offered up a theory as to why so many conservatives embrace "birtherism," and then applied that same theory to Speaker of the House John Boehner, with strange results.
"When they go a little deeper into the polling, they find out this is just based on a general sense," Maher explained. "It just feels to them like [Obama's] a foreigner. Well, you know, John Boehner wears bronzer and goes on crying jags. He just feels like a female to me. Maybe liberals should demand to see his penis."
Bill O'Reilly Thinks President Obama Tried to Make John Boehner Cry During State of the Union (VIDEO)
In the past, the often emotional Boehner has broken down and cried when reflecting upon how far he's come from sweeping the floor in his father's bar as a young man. Which is why on 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8PM ET on Fox News), Bill O'Reilly suspected the president's compliment may have had an ulterior motive: Getting the speaker to cry on national television.
"Boehner almost cried again in the State of the Union," O'Reilly pointed out. "I think Obama tried to make him cry, by the way."
This has got to be the kindest and gentlest conspiracy theory we've heard Fox News report on all year.
The show pasted his crying head into a hockey game and placed a snippet from '60 Minutes' (in which Boehner cried about "these kids [having] a shot at the American dream, like I did") into a sex scene. "What a weird thing to say during sex," Stewart mused.
Boehner's crying became a topic of discussion on 'Hannity' (weekdays, 9 PM ET Fox News), as dyed-in-the-wool conservatives Sean Hannity and Rich Lowry agreed that the publicly-shed tears were bound to turn into a problem for Boehner.
"I think because of what is going to become a running attack on him, I wish he wouldn't (cry)," Hannity said.
Rich Lowry, editor of the conservative news magazine 'The National Review' was more blunt in his assessment of Boehner's tears:
"Sean, let's be honest here, men who cry in public all the time are going to be made fun of, and probably should be."
Ouch, fellas. So has Boehner lost Fox News and the National Review already? Excuse us while we shed one lonely tear for the new Speaker.
Chris Matthews Calls Out Female Republican Politicians For Double Standard on John Boehner's Tears (VIDEO)
"Now, their numero uno, the man in charge, the stud duck of the Republican Party, the man right at the front is Mr. Tears, lonely tear drops, and they got no problem with it," Matthews complained.
Matthews probably has a really good point somewhere about double standards and the blindness of partisanship but, really, once he uses awesomely awkward and archaic phrases like "stud duck" and "lonely tear drops" we're just left to marvel at his wordsmanship.
On '60 Minutes' (Sunday 7 PM ET on CBS) Lelsie Stahl asked Boehner why the occasion had moved him to tears. Boehner explained that there are certain things he finds hard to talk about, and mentioned that he can no longer visit schools, which he used to do often.
Why?" Stahl wondered.
"Making sure these kids have a shot at the American dream," Boehner explained, as he started to get choked up. "It's important," he added, before losing it completely.
"What you see is what you get," Boehner said, after composing himself. "I know who I am. I'm comfortable in my own skin, and everybody who knows me knows that I get emotional about certain things."
John Boehner: Our first openly "Emo" Speaker of the House.
It wasn't one of SNL stronger political skits, as most of the humor veered toward the cheap and obvious:
"Hello, young man," was how Rangel greeted Maddow. "Orange you glad I didn't mention the color of your face?" Maddow asked Boehner.
John Boehner Breaks Down During Election Night Speech, and Joe Scarborough Can't Help But Make Fun of Him (VIDEO)
The gang played the clip of Boehner's waterworks on 'Morning Joe,' (weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC), and Joe Scarborough couldn't help but take a little dig at Boehner's man tears.
"Even John Boehner can't believe he's Speaker," Joe quipped, triggering laughter on the panel and in the live audience.
"That was nice," Mika Brzezinski opined.
It should be pointed out that this isn't the first time the perpetually tan Boehner, who is known for getting emotional when speaking, has cried in public.
Whether you think these salty displays show sincerity or are a bit much, we can probably all agree that between Boehner's tan and his tears, the folks over at Saturday Night Live should have some really good material to work with.
"No, we don't. But first thing that happens is I come in and (Obama) will say, 'Oh Boehner, you are almost as dark as me,'" the notoriously (and possibly artificially) tan congressmen told Hannity.
"We talk about golf," Boehner continued, mentioning another habit both he and Obama have received criticism for overdoing. "We'll talk about our skin color. We have a nice relationship."
Actually, it is nice that both our president and the leader of the opposition are so, ah, comfortable in their own skins.
Boehner was on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC) and George Stephanopoulos made sure to bring up Boehner's most famous characteristic:
"I have to note, if you do win, and you do become speaker, you'll probably have the deepest tan of any speaker in American history."
Then Stephanopoulos produced a poll that stated that 30 percent of the people in Boehner's home state believe he spends too much time on his tan, and asked Boehner if his tan could become a problem.
"They probably weren't there yesterday when I was out cutting my grass, or when I was out riding my mountain bike, alright," Boehner shot back, eliciting studio laughter.
"So no worries there?" Stephanopoulos asked.
"Thanks George," Boehner responded, after a comic pause that suggested he won't be doing too much elaborating on his tan going forward.
"Showdown at Justice: Hereunder referred to as the 'Nonvoluntary Lawyer Disemployment Program' vis a vis certain events on or around 7 December 2006 (C.F. Appendix B, Codicil IX, Paragraph 7)": Alberto Gonzalez isn't doing so hot. So, what else is new?
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