American Idol came up, believe it or not, as President Barack Obama went on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, becoming the first sitting president to appear on a late-night talk show.
Washington, D.C. “is a bit like ‘American idol’ except everybody’s Simon Cowell. Everybody’s got an opinion,” President Obama told Jay, according to the New York Times’ The Caucus blog.
(The Times reporter must not have time to watch the show, since he doesn’t seem to know it’s “American Idol,” not “American idol.”)
Is it possible that President Obama is watching American Idol?! It doesn’t seem like Jay Leno asked him that obvious question.
Back when he was running for president, President Obama did do a taped appearance for the Idol Cares charity show, along with Sen. John McCain. At the time, he said his daughters watch the show; so at the very least he’s probably watched some of it by accident.
If the president is watching the current season, I wonder who he’s rooting for… my guess would be Anoop Desai–the intellectual guy who’s actually pretty cool. Or Allison Iraheta–the young talent who’s startling people with her big voice.
Or, maybe Adam Lambert, the guy who does his own thing and has lots of people who love him, but a few who really, really don’t.
President Obama apparently made a few jokes during his appearance on Leno show, but spent a big chunk of time talking about the economy — trying to reassure Americans that it may take a while but we’ll get out of the current mess.
The entire point for President Obama to go on Leno was to try and reach millions of Americans who might not always be reading the newspapers and watching the news, but are still worried about the recession and will probably appreciate a chance to hear our president explain his policies (the show airs tonight, at 11:30 p.m. EST on NBC).
Hey, I know another show where President Obama could get his message out to lots of people… the biggest show on television, actually….
Just one piece of advice: It’s not a good idea to try and sing Whitney.
Would President Obama like watching this season’s “American Idol”? Who would he root for? Is it a good idea for him to go on shows like Jay Leno’s to reach people, or is that unpresidential? Tell us what you think in the comments, below. (Please don’t be vulgar or profane in your comments; those will be deleted).