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Oprah Snags Second George W. Bush Interview

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 22nd 2010 4:00PM
George W. BushTalk show queen Oprah Winfrey has snagged the first daytime interview with George W. Bush.

Though Matt Lauer will sit down with the ex-president in a primetime special airing Mon., Nov. 8, the following day's 'Oprah Winfrey Show' will be dedicated to all things Dubya.

According to the New York Times, not only will Oprah interview Bush, she will also talk to his parents and air footage from an exclusive visit to the Bush compound it Kennebunkport, Maine.

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Was George W. Bush Dumb? David Letterman Tries to Answer This Question (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 6th 2010 3:35AM
Was George Bush Dumb? David Letterman Tries to Answer This QuestionThe presidency of George W. Bush is still a contentious topic in America. He left office with one of the lowest approval ratings of any U.S. leader. Arguments still flare up over Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina, and the invasion of Iraq. And some people kind of think that Bush was just plain ... dumb. David Letterman is apparently one of these people.

On 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), Dave talks with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Mr. Blair was one of the few foreign leaders who supported the American war on Iraq -- and he paid the price for it. Blair was forced to leave office a few years later, based mainly on his support for Bush.

While talking with one of President Bush's greatest supporters, Letterman essentially posed this central question: "Is Bush dumb?"

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Obama Speech on Aug. 31 Announces End of American Combat Mission in Iraq (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 31st 2010 11:42PM
In his Aug. 31 speech from the Oval Office on Tuesday, President Barack Obama declared the end of the American combat mission in Iraq.

"Tonight I am announcing that the American combat mission in Iraq has ended. Operation Iraqi Freedom is over," he said in his primetime address.

As for the 50,000 American troops still stationed in Iraq?

"Consistent with our agreement with the Iraqi government, all U.S. troops will leave by the end of next year."

His 17-minute speech also touched on the war in Afghanistan and the sluggish U.S. economy, but was clearly centered around the milestone in Iraq.

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The End of the Iraq War on 'Colbert' -- Was the War Worth It? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 20th 2010 12:58AM
The End of the Iraq War on 'Colbert' -- Was the War Worth It?"WE DID IT!" This is the message emblazoned on the screen in huge capital letters during 'The Colbert Report' (weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central). Yes; it's time to celebrate the last American combat troops leaving Iraq. So, let's do it up; Stephen Colbert-style.

Balloons fall -- and Stephen yells, and lifts his arms in victory. The combat phase of the Iraq War is officially over! And now that it is over, Colbert remembers to give credit where credit is due. And the person who deserves all the credit? President George W. Bush.

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Stephen Colbert Talks With Richard Clarke, Tries to Figure Out If He's a Double Agent (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 17th 2010 3:45AM
Stephen Colbert Talks With Richard Clarke, Tries to Figure Out If He's a Double Agent?How would you know if you were a spy? Like, what if you were such a deep undercover agent that even you didn't know about it? This the is ominous question that Stephen Colbert confronts on the new 'Colbert Report' (weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central).

Colbert interviews Richard Clarke -- the former counter-terrorism expert for Presidents Bush, Clinton, and Bush (Jr.). And Stephen has a few questions for him about the whole "spy game." Mr. Colbert points out that there are so many undercover agents out there that almost anyone could be a spy. In fact, the pair discusses the fact that are nearly as many intelligence agencies as there are "Starbucks" coffee houses. Which means that ... there's quite a lot of them.

Then, Stephen asks a question of Mr. Clark, the expert: "Is there any chance that I'm a spy and don't know it?"

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Matt Lauer Lands First Post-Presidential George W. Bush Interview

by Chris Jordan, posted Aug 2nd 2010 3:41PM
George W. Bush has named the chosen journalist lucky enough to nab the first post-presidency interview with the former commander in chief: Matt Lauer.

A Bush and Lauer interview will air Monday, Nov. 8 in primetime during a 'Matt Lauer Reports' special, NBC has announced. Bush, who will also join Lauer live on 'Today' during the Wednesday, Nov. 10 broadcast, will discuss "key choices he has made in both his political and personal life" and his book 'Decision Points,' due to be released Tue., Nov. 9.

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Bush and Cheney Take Power on 'The Special Relationship' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 31st 2010 9:15PM
Bush and Cheney Take Power on 'The Special Relationship''The Special Relationship' (Sat., 9PM ET on HBO) covers the so-called "golden years" of the Clinton administration. The film focuses on the president's friendship with British Prime Minister Tony Blair (played by Michael Sheen). We get to see Blair's rise to power, the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and the war in Kosovo. At the end, we are given a glimpse of the years to come, as George W. Bush and Dick Cheney take power in the U.S.

[Spoiler alert.]

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Laura Bush Explains Racy Photo on 'Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted May 11th 2010 7:15AM
Laura Bush Explains Racy Photo on 'Tonight Show'When former first lady Laura Bush dropped by 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC), Jay Leno had a few questions for her about photos in her new autobiography, 'Spoken from the Heart.' In particular, Leno asked her to explain a slightly racy (for the 1940s) black-and-white picture in which a woman is smiling up from the middle of a bubble bath. After all, it's not the type of image one would expect in a book by the buttoned-up librarian.

"That is my mother," explained Bush. "And that's a picture she sent to my father when he was overseas during World War II ... He carried [it] with him for the whole time he was there."

Leno's curiosity didn't end there, asking, "Did your dad ever ask your mom who took that picture?" and, "Have you ever sent George a picture like that?"

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Frank Caliendo Imitates Bush, Obama on 'Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted May 5th 2010 4:13AM
Frank Caliendo Imitates Barack ObamaFrank Caliendo, the former 'MADtv' funnyman and impressionist extraordinaire, was in fine form on 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC), imitating past presidents and our current Commander in Chief.

He told Jay Leno how former Vice President Dick Cheney responded to his impression of President Bush at the Congressional Correspondents Dinner a few years ago. "I'm doing the Bush impression. Right next to me is Vice President Cheney, laughing his rearend off," said Caliendo.

The comedian also pulled out former President Bill Clinton and his latest imitation: President Barack Obama. "I've been working on the Obama, he's a great communicator... First of all, I think he's a Jedi. He's got this cadence," began Caliendo, before launching into a perfect rendition.

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'SNL's' Presidential Reunion Video Hits Funny or Die

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 4th 2010 8:45PM
Nearly 30 years of one of American television's most storied and beloved traditions (i.e. portraying our presidents as moronic simpletons whose inability to tie their own shoes could send the country to Defcon 3) came to a glorious fountain of awesomeness at Funnyordie.com.

The website premiered a new public service announcement on federal finance laws directed by Ron Howard in the form of a very funny "Presidential Reunion" sketch that features the likes of Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, Dana Carvey, Dan Aykroyd and even Chevy Chase reviving their classic impressions of former presidents including (respectively) George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr., Jimmy Carter and (the most hilarious in my opinion) Gerald Ford who come together to help the beleaguered Barack Obama, played by Fred Armisen. Jim Carrey also stepped in the room to play Ronald Reagan probably because Randy Quaid is nuttier than a Payday bar these days.

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Don't count on Fox giving up Glee for Obama

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 4th 2009 10:08AM
President_ObamaThe only way Fox will air President Obama's prime time address next Wednesday will be if he joins the glee club. No, seriously, if the Prez could sing or dance with the kids at McKinley High School on the new Fox series, Glee, he'd have a better chance of getting air time than he does as the Commander in Chief. Fox is not expected to show President Obama's address to Congress.

Fox has already shown an unwillingness to interrupt prime time for President Obama. Back in March, the network chose not to air a press conference. To be honest, Obama has been on TV a lot more than President George W. Bush. All that prime time real estate is expensive, and the networks have squawked about how often Obama has requested the air time.

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George W. Bush canceled Reading Rainbow

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Aug 29th 2009 2:30PM
LeVar Burton, host of 'Reading Rainbow' Did you watch Reading Rainbow yesterday? If you missed it, that's too bad, because PBS' third-longest running show (behind only Sesame Street and Mr. Roger's Neighborhood) ended its 26 year run on Friday.

According to NPR, the children's program is being cut from the PBS stable of educational programming because of ... wait for it ... the Bush administration.

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Will Ferrell's Broadway Bush - VIDEO

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 15th 2009 11:09AM
Bush FerrellWho knew this was George W. Bush in reflection week? I must have missed the memo. But when I tuned in to watch the HBO debut of Will Ferrell: You're Welcome, America, his take on President Bush since the end of this presidency, I couldn't help but recall that just a couple of days ago on Hard Ball, MSNBC's Chris Matthews was going at Bush's former press secretary Ari Fleischer hammer and tongs as Fleischer defended his old boss.

Don't these post-mortems usually take a few years to take place? But this post isn't about politics. It's about Will Ferrell, and my thoughts are mainly about Ferrell's show, which has a certain raunchy charm, which apparently offended quite a few people when it played on Broadway. All the raunch is still in place in the HBO version, so if you're curious about Bush's little George (allegedly), check it out.

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President Bush wants fifteen more minutes

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 13th 2009 11:11AM
George W. BushPresident Bush has asked the networks to give him fifteen minutes of prime-time air on Thursday night to give a farewell address to the nation. The networks were non-committal at first, but the odds are in favor them granting the request. As a warning, this will likely delay the start of all your favorite Thursday shows.

Great, now among his other failings Bush has to preempt the first Smallville since November. The series was finally getting interesting again with the departure of Lana as a steady character and now the President is delaying the very special Legion of Super Heroes episode written by Geoff Johns. How dare he!

Seriously, he is the President and even with only days left in his administration, the office does deserve respect. I admit some curiosity about what he'll say on Thursday. Perhaps he'll declare martial law or start a coup d'état. Or perhaps it's all a big promotional scheme by Will Ferrell.

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On the 4th day of Festivus, TV gave to me... - VIDEOS

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 20th 2008 11:34AM
...Four impressions we'll be missing

When John McCain and Barack Obama became the clear front runners, no one thought anyone could pull off a decent impression of either guy. They were both bland, articulate politicians who could speak in clear, concise sentences and didn't sound like someone had stepped on their larynx with a golf cleat.

But in the zero hour, we were saved ... and not just by Sarah Palin.

These are the impressions that we're sorry to have to say goodbye to, even if we're glad the people they poke fun at may not be coming back.

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