(Image source: NBC)

 

BY JIM FLINK

ANCHOR MEG MURPHY
 

 

President Barack Obama is doing the late-night TV tour. Which comes with some schtick.

 

Here’s part of his appearance on the North Carolina campus during a special edition of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on NBC.

Obama: “Now is not the time to make school more expensive for our young people.”
Fallon: “You should listen to the President, or as I like to call him, the Preezie of the United Steezie.”


Some in the media, like two anchors on CNN, saw humor in the gig. Albeit acknowledging the Preezie’s political stance.

Anchor 1: “That was my favorite Jimmy Fallon show so far.  And you know what I liked, he was kind of calmly staring ahead, the whole time behind Jimmy Fallon.”
Anchor 2: “I needed him to bop more.”


Of course, along with that came criticism. Like this, from one “Fox Nation” contributor and Washington Examiner writer.

“President Obama's 'celebrity status' reached perplexing new levels last night on comedian Jimmy Fallon's comedy show last night. After watching this sketch, I think it's fair to say that he has 'jumped the shark.'”

And “Fox and Friends’” Gretchen Carlson — who didn’t seem to approve.

“I don’t care.  I think it’s nutso.”
“I just personally do not agree with the highest office in the land, the most important figure in the world, going on these comedy shows.”


Fox News pointed out on another show, this isn’t exactly new for sitting presidents.  Here’s George Bush on the Jay Leno Show.

But Fallon has a bit of recent history with the GOP. Politico notes, the comedian and his band caught some heat for a 2011 introduction of then-GOP-presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.

“During a November appearance on Fallon's show, the Roots greeted Michele Bachmann with a wordless rendition of a Fishbone tune whose sanitized translation would be ‘Mendacious female dog.’”

All of which, has media pundits questioning the value of such appearances.
The Christian Science Monitor says Mr. Obama is trying to rally the young voter base and to appear hipper than his counterpart — Mitt Romney.

“What will the Romney camp do in response? Hmmm. Doing a Letterman ‘Top 10’ list would only partially counter the current hipster imbalance. Maybe he’ll get into a push-up contest with the folks on ‘Fox & Friends.’”

Fallon and Obama Slow Jam the News

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Apr 25, 2012

Fallon and Obama Slow Jam the News

(Image source: NBC)

 

BY JIM FLINK

ANCHOR MEG MURPHY
 

 

President Barack Obama is doing the late-night TV tour. Which comes with some schtick.

 

Here’s part of his appearance on the North Carolina campus during a special edition of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on NBC.

Obama: “Now is not the time to make school more expensive for our young people.”
Fallon: “You should listen to the President, or as I like to call him, the Preezie of the United Steezie.”


Some in the media, like two anchors on CNN, saw humor in the gig. Albeit acknowledging the Preezie’s political stance.

Anchor 1: “That was my favorite Jimmy Fallon show so far.  And you know what I liked, he was kind of calmly staring ahead, the whole time behind Jimmy Fallon.”
Anchor 2: “I needed him to bop more.”


Of course, along with that came criticism. Like this, from one “Fox Nation” contributor and Washington Examiner writer.

“President Obama's 'celebrity status' reached perplexing new levels last night on comedian Jimmy Fallon's comedy show last night. After watching this sketch, I think it's fair to say that he has 'jumped the shark.'”

And “Fox and Friends’” Gretchen Carlson — who didn’t seem to approve.

“I don’t care.  I think it’s nutso.”
“I just personally do not agree with the highest office in the land, the most important figure in the world, going on these comedy shows.”


Fox News pointed out on another show, this isn’t exactly new for sitting presidents.  Here’s George Bush on the Jay Leno Show.

But Fallon has a bit of recent history with the GOP. Politico notes, the comedian and his band caught some heat for a 2011 introduction of then-GOP-presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.

“During a November appearance on Fallon's show, the Roots greeted Michele Bachmann with a wordless rendition of a Fishbone tune whose sanitized translation would be ‘Mendacious female dog.’”

All of which, has media pundits questioning the value of such appearances.
The Christian Science Monitor says Mr. Obama is trying to rally the young voter base and to appear hipper than his counterpart — Mitt Romney.

“What will the Romney camp do in response? Hmmm. Doing a Letterman ‘Top 10’ list would only partially counter the current hipster imbalance. Maybe he’ll get into a push-up contest with the folks on ‘Fox & Friends.’”

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