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Obama To Do Interview With Ryan Seacrest

posted at 4:34 pm on November 1, 2010 by

No, you have not accidentally linked to The Onion. The headline is true, and the information has got to be accurate. It comes, after all, from the Huffington Post.

On Election Day, no less, the president of the United States will be granting an interview with Ryan Seacrest, co-host of American Idol. Full disclosure dictates that I admit I had not clue #1 who Ryan Seacrest was. (My television viewing habits are limited to news shows, sports, cooking shows, and—my one current vice—Boardwalk Empire.)

How much more Barack Obama can debase the office to which he was elected is something that only he, his hair dresser, and (one guesses) Valerie Jarrett is privy to. He has appeared on late night “talk” TV, he has given his bracktelogical opinions on ESPN, and most recently he appeared on Comedy Central’s Daily Show, though that one doesn’t really count because Jon Stewart evidently held the president’s feet to the fire—sort of.

He has debased the office and diminished his own standing by bowing before the King of Saudi Arabia, and he has played golf 8 trillion times more than any previous president.

But American Idol? It is understandable that the administration wants to give the appearance of at least going through the motions of trying to mitigate the inevitable shellacking that awaits Democrats on Election Day and will do anything in its power to energize its beleaguered and fragmented base. But Ryan Seacrest?

The interview will take place on Seacrest’s radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest. On his Facebook fan page, Seacrest put out a solicitation for questions:

Do YOU have a question for President Obama? What issues concern you most? Let us know in the comments below and Ryan might ask it in the interview!

I am informed by reliable sources that questions posed for Seacrest’s consideration should be short, composed of little words, and of a level of difficulty not surpassed by questions on the show Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? I am assured by the same sources that Seacrest himself is not smarter than a fifth grader.

The White House has not released information on what the president will be doing after his interview. But perhaps at this point it’s best not to ask.

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Why would you do that? Is this all that would have you?

tarpon on November 1, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Tarpon: You lost me.

Howard Portnoy on November 1, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Shortly after the interview, Rove will comment on how an Alaskan travelog hurts Palin’s gravitas.

DrAllecon on November 1, 2010 at 8:26 PM

It wasn’t that long ago that Jesse Jackson was in Mississippi harranguing the local city council, which town I forget, regarding a Bingo Parlor license, no doubt in an area where minority desire for a Bingo Parlor was being racially denied. I guess you take the jobs that are offered if you’re a has-been community organerizator.

So it is with BarryO, now relegated to radio-lite, having fallen from packed arenas to half-filled auditoriums, bussed-in rallies, and persona non gratis standing at Democratic Party candidate orations for votes.

But, he done it to hisself, so to speak. Let’s hear a big round of nanna nanna boo booes!

Robert17 on November 1, 2010 at 9:33 PM