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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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Jon Stewart Critiques President Obama in 'Daily Show' Interview (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 28th 2010 3:30AM

Jon Stewart Critiques President Obama in 'Daily Show' InterviewWhen Barack Obama ran for president, his slogan was "YES WE CAN!" On 'The Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), Jon Stewart criticized Obama's year and a half in office -- and offered a replacement slogan: "Yes we can, given certain conditions, blah blah blah ... blah blah."

During a historic 30-minute interview, Obama and Stewart argued -- but the pair also agreed about many things. Still, the host didn't let the president off easily. Jon critiqued Obama's attempts to reform the national health care system, calling the president's efforts "timid."

This led to a stern answer from the commander-in-chief: "I have a profound disagreement with you." Stewart said he hadn't suggested reform was "inconsequential." Obama shot back with a sarcastic response: "The suggestion was that it was 'timid.'"

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'Glee' Co-Creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan Meet the Press and Spill the Beans

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 9th 2010 9:00AM
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In anticipation of the Tuesday, April 13th premiere of Fox's musical hit 'Glee,' two of the co-creators, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, met with the press via a conference call the other day. TV Squad was in on the call and you'll be thrilled with some of the big news coming up in the last nine episodes of this award-winning first season. There were some insights revealed when the cast and the other co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy were on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' yesterday, but Gleeks want more, and that's what this is all about.

Among the highlights – for all you who need encouragement -- Jane Lynch does "Vogue" in the Madonna musical episode. Kristin Chenoweth was not paired up with Idina Menzel, but Kristin's episode (the third one back) is supposed to be wonderful. And if you liked Puck's performance of "Sweet Caroline," wait till you see him do a song like a member of the Rat Pack. For all the details, read on.

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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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President Obama Speaks on Passage of Health Care Bill (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 22nd 2010 4:15AM
Health Care Bill Passes, Obama SpeaksAfter much debate and frustration on both sides of the aisle, the health care bill passed last night, and President Obama had a few things to say about it on MSNBC.

"Today's vote answers the prayers of every American who has hoped deeply for something to be done about a health care system that works for insurance companies but not for ordinary people," he said.

Wait, he's calling us ordinary?

Watch the video after the jump.

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Bret Baier Interrupts Barack Obama (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 18th 2010 6:51AM
Bret Baier interviews Barack ObamaGood grief. Is there anything more frustrating than getting interrupted over and over when you're trying to get your message out? Especially if you're the President of the United States and have something to say.

On the other hand, maybe Bret Baier was just trying to get Pres. Obama to answer the darn questions. Watch the video from 'Special Report With Bret Baier' (weekdays, 6PM ET on FNC), and weigh in with your comments below.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Andrew Visits the White House on 'The Real World' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 18th 2010 2:00AM
The Real World, Andrew visits the White HouseWho knew the answer to all our problems lies in sending Andrew from 'The Real World' (Wed., 10PM ET on MTV) to the White House? He's got it all figured out.

Healthcare? Keep it in the hospitals, and make sure everyone has enough band-aids. Afghanistan? They really like us, so don't mess with it. And who else would compare President Obama getting off a helicopter to 'My Super Sweet 16'?

We see a write-in campaign for Andrew in the near future.

Watch the video after the jump.

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President Obama to Appear on Fox News

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 16th 2010 3:00PM
Fox News is about to welcome a special guest to the home of fair and balanced reporting: President Barack Obama.

As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, President Obama will appear on Fox News prior to the upcoming, hotly-debated vote on health care reform by the House of Representatives. The interview -- which is a bit of a surprise, considering the sometimes frosty relationship between the administration and Fox News -- will be conducted by 'Special Report' host Bret Baier.

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'America's Most Wanted' Targets President Obama

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 4th 2010 11:30AM
For the past two decades, escaped criminals and wanted fugitives have dreaded the moment 'America's Most Wanted' host John Walsh might target them. But now they'll have to face an even higher authority: the President of the United States.

Yes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, President Barack Obama himself will be making an unusual guest appearance on 'America's Most Wanted' as part of the show's efforts to mark their 1,000th episode. The series, which debuted in 1988, is credited with helping corral over 1,100 fugitives from justice as well as the rescue of 43 missing children.

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The Dalai Lama Stops by 'Larry King Live' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 23rd 2010 6:30AM
Larry King Live, Dalai LamaIs it just us, or does it seem weird that the Dalai Lama would stop by 'Larry King Live' (weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN) to chat. Whatever, it's probably a good venue for the holy one to get his message out.

And that would be ... "to create better world, more compassionate world, peaceful world." Sounds like a plan. Wonder if President Obama had a beer with him when they got together.

Oh, by the way, contrary to popular belief, the Dalai Lama doesn't have healing powers. In fact, he had his gall bladder out a while back, so that pretty much confirms it.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Shaun White on Gold Medals, Being Single and Meeting President Obama (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 19th 2010 8:10PM
Shaun White, Oprah Winfrey, OlympicsShaun White has some awesome hair, doesn't he? Every day must be a good hair day. But even more awesome is the gold medal he won for the Men's Halfpipe at the '2010 Winter Olympics' this week.

The studio audience at 'Oprah Winfrey' (weekdays, syndicated) went wild as White showed off the medal and talked about his future plans.

What we learned: 1) The medal is cut from one big piece; 2) White is single (like, when would he have time for a relationship?); and 3) He really wants to meet President Obama. We're guessing that will probably happen quite soon.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Obama Would Face Off With Jon Stewart But Not Stephen Colbert?

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 18th 2010 9:29AM
Stephen ColbertAccording to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, President Obama would happily appear on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' but is hesitant to appear on 'The Colbert Report'. Gibbs further explained that "I have yet to see a politician best Stephen Colbert in an interview on his show."

There could be another reason for the President's opinion given the different context of the two shows. Jon Stewart presents himself in a pretty straightforward fashion. He finds contradictions in public figures and makes them more obvious. Colbert's humor is more subtle and requires an understanding of satire and irony.

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President Obama to appear on the WWE

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 16th 2009 11:46AM
President ObamaPresident Obama will be appearing on the NBC special WWE Tribute to the Troops on December 19th. Granted, it will be a pre-taped message for the soldiers, but that still counts, right?

It won't even be Obama's first WWE appearance. There were pre-taped messages on one of the WWE broadcasts during the last presidential election by John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama (this was before Clinton ceded to Obama). The upcoming event is, to the best of my knowledge, the first WWE taping he has done as President of the United States.

Of course, in my imagination President Obama appears live at the event and steps into the ring. He then calls out WWE Champion Sheamus to a title match. He almost gets the pin until Captain Lou Albano comes back from the dead, runs into the ring with a steel chair and causes a disqualification on the whole match. This sort of thing is probably why my therapy bills are so high.

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President Obama to appear on Letterman this Monday

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 16th 2009 10:00AM
President Barack ObamaWriting about this is just asking for trouble from the more politically extreme, but it's television news so I'm writing about it. President Barack Obama will be appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman this coming Monday, Sept. 21. He is the sole guest and will take up the full hour of the program.

It is the first time a sitting U.S. President will be appearing on Letterman's CBS show. Obama is likely trying to promote his new health care reform. Usually a television appearance like this one is reserved for those on the campaign trail for the office. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Why stop with Letterman? He could stay another hour on CBS and appear on Craig Ferguson. And why not appear on Leno's new show? Or Conan? Or Jimmy Fallon? Or even Jimmy Kimmel? However, the President is likely a busy man and doesn't want to spread himself too thin. Letterman will do for now.

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