The Magical Economy Tour continues on Leno tonight

posted at 7:01 pm on August 6, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Actually, this could have been more of a surprise, given how much the outgoing host of the Tonight Show has used Barack Obama and Democrats as the target of his jokes lately (and he’s not alone in that direction, either).  However, Leno still holds a commanding lead in late-night television, which of course prompts the question of why NBC is pushing him out again, this time in favor of Jimmy Fallon. Anyway, I digress from the main point, which is that the economic talk that flopped as a serious policy campaign will come to televisions tonight as entertainment:

Obama is scheduled to tape with Leno on Tuesday afternoon for the 11:30 p.m. show. Obama is making his sixth appearance on the show, third as president.

Obama has been on a national tour promoting a new “grand bargain” on the economy that would cut corporate tax rates while also closing loopholes. Under the plan, new revenue would then allow more money for public infrastructure projects to create middle-class jobs.

Even the traditional media is taking this as a joke.  The LA Times includes those two paragraphs explaining Obama’s agenda at the bottom of a traffic article explaining all of the road closures his appearance will generate.  The USA Today story at the first link doesn’t mention his agenda or the economy at all, instead focusing on the history and strategy of engaging the late-night hosts in general.

Count John Boehner among the unimpressed (via Twitchy):

“President Barack Obama, the joke’s on you,” reported the Associated Press Monday.  While the president had a “chuckle” last week about jobs hanging in the balance, increasingly, it’s he and his failed economic agenda that have attracted ridicule – and late night laughs.  We’re all for jokes, but with a “new normal” of stagnant wages, rising costs, and persistently high joblessness, there’s little funny about the president’s handling of the economy.  Still, that doesn’t seem to be a concern for the president, as he has adopted an if-you-can’t-beat-em-join-em approach and will travel to Los Angeles Tuesday to appear on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Yes, as part of his latest pivot to the economy, the president believes Leno is the perfect setting to discuss his ideas for jobs.  It makes sense, really.

Don’t be too quick to laugh, though.  Obama received a tremendous amount of criticism for eschewing serious media outlets during the 2012 campaign for appearances on frothy shows like Entertainment Tonight and glossy celeb magazines like People.  That turned out to be a good strategy for engaging low-information voters, thanks to softball interviewers and mass-publication outreach.  This is a repeat of that strategy, although one perhaps forced on Obama after the more serious news outlets lost interest in his retread speech and proposals.  Unless Republicans follow up with their own appearances on the entertainment-media circuit, Obama will have the floor to himself … like 2012.


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That turned out to be a good strategy for engaging low-information voters, thanks to softball interviewers and mass-publication outreach.

If he can somehow message it as something trendy and cool like he did with himself; however, it really comes down to economics and math and stuff that people have to actually think about and… zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

kim roy on August 6, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Leno is past my bedtime.

wolly4321 on August 6, 2013 at 7:04 PM

and of course Obummer’s going to tell Leno that because he’s so rich he needs to pay more of his fair share.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Maybe Jay will ask him about Benghazi?

tommer74 on August 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Unless Republicans follow up with their own appearances

Corpses aren’t very entertaining.

faraway on August 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM

We’re saved!

myiq2xu on August 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Actually, this could have been more of a surprise, given how much the outgoing host of the Tonight Show has used Barack Obama and Democrats as the target of his jokes lately (and he’s not alone in that direction, either). However, Leno still holds a commanding lead in late-night television, which of course prompts the question of why NBC is pushing him out again, this time in favor of Jimmy Fallon.

see your first sentence.

JR on August 6, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Yawn…..

tommy71 on August 6, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Obama will have the floor to himself

He already does.

Bmore on August 6, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Distraction and deflection….O’s Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals roaring full-speed ahead.

CoffeeLover on August 6, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Unless Republicans follow up with their own appearances

Corpses aren’t very entertaining.
faraway on August 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Dennis Miller might be a good foil. Somebody, ANYBODY, who can laugh at Obama with political impunity.
But that will never happen on Leno. Or the other late night guy.

egmont on August 6, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Unless Republicans follow up with their own appearances on the entertainment-media circuit, Obama will have the floor to himself … like 2012.

Except Obama won’t be running again.

myiq2xu on August 6, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Leno is past my bedtime.

wolly4321 on August 6, 2013 at 7:04 PM

And Benghazi was past Obama’s bedtime..

Electrongod on August 6, 2013 at 7:15 PM

My dog took an Obama today. And accordingly I had to clean it up.

Signed,

The American Tax Payer

patman77 on August 6, 2013 at 7:16 PM

he is the Frontman after all…the pitchman…a celebrity spokesman for the soft left…and behind the curtains is the hard left.

you have to admit, even tho the left has their boot on the neck of the economy…they have their finger on the entertainment pulse. Enjoy the circuses sheeple.

r keller on August 6, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Except Obama won’t be running again.

myiq2xu on August 6, 2013 at 7:14 PM

he is tho…it is 2014 where he’ll be on the line…if the house falls to the left, then 2 years of leftism…carbon taxes..you name it

r keller on August 6, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Maybe Jay will ask him about Benghazi?

tommer74 on August 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Under the unwritten Stasi rules of this administration, can drone launched hellfire missiles by used to take out cars being driven by Los Angeles-based talk show hosts?

Just asking in the (ahem) hypothetical.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Fallon replacing Leno? NBC going for the elusive “people who don’t bore easily” demographic, I see.

Bishop on August 6, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Obama received a tremendous amount of criticism for eschewing serious media outlets

There are serious media outlets?

malclave on August 6, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Obama to Leno: ‘Never mind these ‘phony scandals,’ let’s talk about my phony economy!’

Takeaways From Last Week’s Job Report

When Is MSNBC Going To Start Giving Obama Credit For This ‘Amazing Economy’?

Resist We Much on August 6, 2013 at 7:20 PM

And Benghazi was past Obama’s bedtime..

Electrongod on August 6, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Lol! The ole 3:00 a.m. phone call? ; )

Bmore on August 6, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Maan, that Boehner fella sure talks tough. Wish he would be more quiet and figure out ways to lead a on search and destroy mission—-and not against us.

arnold ziffel on August 6, 2013 at 7:28 PM

after the more serious news outlets lost interest in his retread speech and proposals

They didn’t lose interest. They’re just too chickenshit to ask hard questions.

BacaDog on August 6, 2013 at 7:29 PM

I wouldn’t be surprised if Leno treats him tougher than the press corps

RizzyG on August 6, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Nice Beatles reference, Ed. Plus, liberals not only believe in magic, they depend on it.

John the Libertarian on August 6, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Obama has been on a national tour promoting a new “grand bargain” on the economy that would cut corporate tax rates while also closing loopholes. Under the plan, new revenue would then allow more money for public infrastructure projects to create middle-class jobs

There’s something very familiar with that statement…..hmmmmmm

Obama has been on a national tour promoting a new “grand bargain” on the economy that wouldRomney proposed to cut corporate tax rates while also closing loopholes. Under the plan, new revenue would then allow more money for public infrastructure projects to create middle-class jobs.

OBAMA: He says that he’s going to close deductions and loopholes, but we don’t know the details. Is Gov. Romney keeping all these plans secret because they’re too good? No. The reason is, because these are tough problems and we’ve got to make choices.

ROMNEY: What I do is the same way that Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan worked together some years ago. Reagan laid out the principles that he was going to foster. My principles: I want to bring down the tax burden on middle-income families. I’m going to work together with Congress to say, OK, what are the various ways we could bring down deductions? One way, for instance, would be to make up a number, $25,000, $50,000. Anybody can have deductions up to that amount. That’s one way one could do it. One could follow Bowles-Simpson as a model and take deduction by deduction and make differences that way. There are alternatives to accomplish the objective, which is to bring down rates, broaden the base, simplify the code, and create incentives for growth.

Source: First Obama-Romney 2012 Presidential debate , Oct 3, 2012

Damn, that Romney had a good plan.

~BHO

BobMbx on August 6, 2013 at 7:31 PM

And Benghazi was past Obama’s bedtime..

Electrongod on August 6, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Lol! The ole 3:00 a.m. phone call? ; )

Bmore on August 6, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Can’t a guy just enjoy waffling in his cocaine?

John the Libertarian on August 6, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Ha! Excellent point! ; )

Bmore on August 6, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Nice Beatles reference, Ed. Plus, liberals not only believe in magic, they depend on it.

John the Libertarian on August 6, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Actually the past 5 years have been more like the version by The Rutles.

Tragical History Tour

Del Dolemonte on August 6, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Obama to Leno: ‘Never mind these ‘phony scandals,’ let’s talk about my phony economy!’

Resist We Much on August 6, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Oh come on RWM! This is a late night talk show hosted by a disciple of the rat-eared wonder. It won’t get into phony scandals or the economy. They’ll talk about the mini-moochers. They’ll talk about what the shaved Yeti says when the media shows him chowing down on a double bacon cheeseburger with fries. He’ll have plenty of opportunity to spread his lies about what his administration is doing.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Tragedy of the Land

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2013 at 7:47 PM

A ‘celebrity’ president.

I require an authentic leader of the United States.

Far as celebs go, I’m more interested about how goes Lindsay Lohan’s rehab and the maternity wear after Kim Kardashian got her 20-week ‘baby bump’.

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Let me uh be clear, uh Jay, uh I was on track to bowl 300, but uh the Republicans hit the lane reset button.

Christien on August 6, 2013 at 7:51 PM

I won’t be watching either. I’ll just have to wait until tomorrow to hear the knee-slapper jokes and sparkling repartee about “Osama’s dead and Detroit is alive,” and droll riffs on the phony scandals that are making this such a memorable Recovery Summer for us.

Drained Brain on August 6, 2013 at 7:55 PM

The lead salesman for the Progressive Ruling class is going to be mighty pummeled by the time 2016 rolls around….the jokes are only beginning.

Not to worry though…..they have Hillary and Christie in the wings to further take away our liberties and accumulate more power, influence and wealth for themselves.

Viva the Ruling class!!!!…….the jokes on us serfs!

PappyD61 on August 6, 2013 at 8:04 PM

King Barky the First is an economic illiterate with but two arrowwes in his quiver tax and spend.

We are just one more huge tax hike and another 50,000 pages of regulations away from the perfect progressive/socialist/communist/fascist Utopia.

jukin3 on August 6, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Obysmal the Economic YoYo claimed in Phoenix that immigration reform would boost home values.
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/315803-obama-immigration-reform-would-boost-value-of-homes

onlineanalyst on August 6, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Is anybody posting Greta’s interview with Rush Limbaugh?

onlineanalyst on August 6, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Sha-laaaaaaa… The Magical Economy Tour!
Sha-laaaaaaa… The Magical Economy Tour!

Glenn Jericho on August 6, 2013 at 8:47 PM

The BigO Housing Push for the economy is a deal for the hedge-fund managers, among other problems that it has.

Seven out of eight jobs are part time ones. How are people to afford to buy homes or pay bills under this type of economy?
http://confoundedinterest.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/obamas-old-deal-housing-speech-save-the-30-year-mortgage-as-7-out-8-jobs-created-are-part-time/

onlineanalyst on August 6, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Unless Republicans follow up with their own appearances on the entertainment-media circuit, Obama will have the floor to himself … like 2012.

Right on Ed. The GOP will need to learn to play on his turf. Obama can’t sell his plan to the informed, so he turns to the group that ensured his re-election. We laughed at Obama for going on those Hollywood gossip shows during the campaign, but he was the one laughing the mourning after Election Day. The GOP has to find a way to connect with these voters. And it shouldn’t be too difficult, just show them the numbers. Then again, they’re known as low-information voters for a reason. They don’t care for the numbers and raw data, they only want to be entertained; they enjoy the soaring rhetoric.

The one silver lining in all this is that the low-information voter is as unreliable as Obama’s policies. The only votes they reliably cast are for American Idol and America’s Got Talent. They got their American Idol in 2012, and probably don’t even know that mid-term elections exist.

ncconservative on August 6, 2013 at 9:45 PM

POTUS on late night comedy talk show.
What a silly little pecker.
Desperate for his mojo.

Mimzey on August 6, 2013 at 11:10 PM

Lied through his teeth.

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2013 at 11:53 PM

I’ve never seen a “real” man cross his legs like that.

PaCadle on August 7, 2013 at 8:05 AM