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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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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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56 Million Tuned in for President Obama's Bin Laden Announcement

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 4th 2011 7:35AM
President Obama Announces Death of Osama Bin LadenIt's been reported that President Barack Obama's televised address announcing the death of Osama Bin Laden was watched by over 56 million viewers Sunday night.

According to Reuters, the President's speech attracted 56.5 million viewers, which is a significantly higher number than either of his two State of the Union Addresses gained.

Its audience was also more than double the number of people who tuned in to watch his televised address in March justifying U.S. military action in Libya.

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President Obama Discusses Birth Certificate on 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 2nd 2011 6:30PM
President Barack Obama on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'Barack and Michelle Obama sat down for a taped interview with Oprah Winfrey the day President Obama released his long-form birth certificate to the press. That interview aired Monday on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated). Since the interview was taped before Sunday's news about the death of Osama bin Laden, much of the conversation centered on the birther issue.

When the issue first came up, President Obama said he didn't take the controversy seriously.

"When it first came up, were you thinking, 'I hope I was born here,'" asked Winfrey. Obama said no. "I was there," he said. "It seemed unlikely that my 18-year-old mother had plotted at the time, saying, you know what, he's going to be president, so let's pay off the newspapers." While the President found it amusing, Michelle Obama was less entertained.

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President Obama Announces Osama bin Laden Has Been Killed (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 2nd 2011 12:58AM
President Barack Obama announces Osama bin Laden is deadEast coast fans of 'Celebrity Apprentice' were probably quite surprised when NBC pre-empted the ending of the episode, before the elimination, with an unplanned 'NBC News Special Report' (Sun. 10:50PM ET on NBC) for a speech by President Obama.

Earlier in the night, word had come out that Obama was going to speak to the American people at 10:30 PM ET, but it was later than that by almost an hour. All the major broadcast networks carried the speech, pre-empting regularly scheduled programming on the East Coast and delaying start times on the West Coast.

By the time the president's speech began, CNN and all the other major news outlets were reporting that the president would be revealing that Osama bin Laden had been killed by American forces and that his body was in US custody.

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President Obama Cracks Salmon Joke in 'State of the Union' Speech (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 26th 2011 6:20AM
Obama Jokes During 'State of the Union'Anecdotes and examples from the citizenry are common in the annual State of the Union address. But jokes -- not so much. "Salmon" became a buzzword after President Obama's 'State of the Union' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC) speech, when he used a joke about the fish to exemplify excessive government bureaucracy.

"The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they're in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them when they're in saltwater," Obama said. "I hear it gets even more complicated once they're smoked," he quipped.

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Chris Rock Roasts Oprah, Obama and Paul McCartney at the 'Kennedy Center Honors' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 29th 2010 2:01AM
Chris Rock Roasts Oprah, Obama and Paul McCartney at the 'Kennedy Center Honors'Oprah, the President, and a Beatle sitting together in a box. It already sounds like the set-up for a joke. And luckily, comedian Chris Rock had a few jokes ready.

Oprah Winfrey and Sir Paul McCartney were at 'The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors' (Tue., 9PM ET on CBS) to be awarded for "lifetime contributions to American culture." President Barack Obama was just along for the ride. (Being president is not as important as being a British singer or hosting a talk show where you give away cars, clearly.)

Still, since the ceremony was held in D.C., the Prez got to hang out with Oprah and Sir Paul, in a box seat above the stage. And Chris Rock had a few quips involving Obama and Oprah. "I walk in this room, and it's an amazing feeling to look up and see the most powerful person in the world," Chris said. " ... And right next to her ... Barack Obama." Ouch! Mr. President, you have been zinged.

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Paul Rudd Got Busted by Barack Obama (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 15th 2010 5:15AM
Paul Rudd Got Busted by Barack Obama Actor Paul Rudd was shooting his latest film in Washington, D.C. While he was there, he ran into our nation's president -- and things went downhill after that. Paul was shooting 'How Do You Know' -- a movie where he plays a corporate executive. He and co-star Reese Witherspoon then went to the White House, where they met President Barack Obama.

So, what was that like? On 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), Paul gave us the straight dope. While talking with David Letterman, the actor discussed a tale of ritual humiliation that took place within the Oval Office.

As soon as he met President Obama, Paul broke out into a "flop sweat." Then, the president asked what his role was in the movie. "I'm playing this guy," Paul said. "He's getting indicted, his whole world is falling apart." " ... Oh, so you're playing a Congressman," Obama said.

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Steve Martin and Shepard Fairey Agree: Stephen Colbert Needs to Change His Picture (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 9th 2010 7:42AM
Steve Martin and Shepard Fairey Agree: Stephen Colbert Needs to Change His Picture It was time for Stephen Colbert to make a change. And Steve Martin had a suggestion. On the new 'Colbert Report' (weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central), the comedian admitted that he didn't like Colbert's self-portrait. Mr. Colbert was willing to listen -- so he brought on famed artist Shepard Fairey (who designed the Obama "Hope" poster) in order to switch things around.

But Fairey had a different message for Colbert than he had for Barack Obama. Instead of "HOPE," he spray-painted the word "OBEY" in big letters across Stephen's portrait. When the host asked Mr. Fairey why he did that, this was the artist's reply --

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Barack Obama Guest-Stars on 'MythBusters,' Wants to Learn About a Solar Death Ray (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 9th 2010 5:45AM
Barack Obama Guest-Stars on 'MythBusters,' Wants to Learn About a Solar Death RayFirst 'The Daily Show,' and now this ... President Obama must have a thing for basic cable shows. The commander-in-chief appeared on the new 'MythBusters' (Wed., 8PM ET on Discovery). But what myth or secret would Obama ask to have exposed? The secret of balancing the budget? The myth that you can get Democrats and Republicans to work together? The legend that Abraham Lincoln hid gold under the White House floorboards? (Okay, we made that last one up.)

None of the above! Instead, Obama expressed a more unusual desire. "I'm a big fan of 'MythBusters,'" he said. When hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage widened their eyes at this, the President said that the show made science "fun." "And occasionally, you blow things up," he added.

True, watching things get blown up -- or even get set on fire -- is cool. And so, Obama asked the hosts to research a solar heat ray for him -- which was ... an unexpected choice. A solar heat ray? ... Um, Mr. President? Are we planning on invading the North Pole or something?

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Jerry Seinfeld Dishes on Doing Comedy at the White House, Ribbing Paul McCartney (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 24th 2010 2:10AM
Jerry Seinfeld Dishes on Doing Comedy at the White House, Ribbing Paul McCartneyIt's been a while since Jerry Seinfeld has done live comedy. But on 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), he cracked some jokes, discussing the difference between the terms "this sucks" and "this is great." His theory -- there is no difference!

If, say, you're eating an ice cream cone, and the ice cream falls off and hits the ground -- then your reaction is "Sucks!" And what do you say out loud? "Great!" (In a sarcastic tone, of course.)

The beauty of the "sucks" equals "great" equation is that it applies to almost everything. For instance ... performing in front of the President. As Jerry told David Letterman, he recently did his act at the White House -- for an event honoring Paul McCartney. Seinfeld is a fan of Obama and The Beatles, so this was a big deal. But would it suck or would it be great?

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Leno Shows George W. Bush His Own Presidential 'Blooper Reel' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 19th 2010 4:41AM
Leno Shows George W. Bush His Own Presidential 'Blooper Reel' It's been a decade since George W. Bush appeared on 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC). So he and Jay Leno had a lot of catching up to do.

Leno started out with some basic praise for the former president -- and all the jokes he gave late night hosts a chance to make: "In the last ten years ... thank you for all the material." Bush was gracious in the face of this zinger, merely laughing in response.

Mr. Bush's presidency may be over, but Jay wanted to run through some highlights, and had compiled a presidential 'blooper reel' of sorts. Leno showed some classic awkward "Bush moments," including the time that Bush tried to escape a press conference in China -- only to find that the door was locked.

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Jamie Foxx Talks Prop. 19, Thinks President Obama Must Be Smoking Weed (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 10th 2010 5:05AM
Jamie Foxx Talks Prop. 19, Thinks President Obama Must Be Smoking WeedNow that Conan O'Brien has a new talk show, 'Lopez Tonight' has moved to a different starting time (weeknights, 12AM ET on TBS). 'Lopez' is now more of a late late night experience. In honor of the show's new schedule, actor Jamie Foxx appeared, got George Lopez a little drunk, and then started talking about drugs.

Foxx celebrated the "after hours" time slot by having Lopez do some shots of booze. Once the pair was a little tipsy, Jamie shifted the conversation to the topic of Proposition 19 -- the attempt to legalize marijuana under California law.

The actor discussed his own prodigious pot consumption, then advanced a novel theory -- that Barack Obama is stoned all the time.

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George W. Bush on Starting the Wall Street 'Bailout': 'We Had to Do Something Big' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 9th 2010 12:35AM
George W. Bush on Starting the Wall Street 'Bailout': 'We Had to Do Something Big'George W. Bush has been lying low for the past two years. The former president served two terms in office, leaving with the lowest approval ratings in modern history. But now, Mr. Bush is talking about the crises he faced -- including the 9/11 attack, two wars, Hurricane Katrina and the Wall Street financial collapse.

On 'Decision Points: A Conversation With George W. Bush' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC), Matt Lauer spoke with Mr. Bush. The former president was candid in his replies, and the man who called himself "the Decider" stood by his past choices -- including his decision to spend nearly $400 billion of taxpayers' money on the Wall Street "bailout."

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President Obama on '60 Minutes': 'I Do Get Discouraged' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 8th 2010 2:05AM
President Obama on '60 Minutes': 'I Do Get Discouraged'It hasn't been the greatest week for President Obama. His party suffered a historic reversal in the midterm elections, and the sitting president has faced criticism from all sides. And so, at the end of a very long week, he got to appear on '60 Minutes' (Sun., 7PM ET on CBS) and defend his record one more time.

At times, it seemed like all the criticism was getting to Obama. He said this: "I do get discouraged." Correspondent Steve Kroft used the interview to grill Obama on the economy. The president said he was pleased with his record, but added that there were elements that were beyond his control. "As president ... you're held responsible for everything, but you don't always have control of everything."

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