April 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM ET
President Obama may have gotten a little ‘too cool for school’ when he opted to slow jam the news with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday.
Appearing for the first time on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” at a taping on the University of North Carolina campus, the “Preezy of the United Steezy” had some fun with the talk show host, while also discussing his goals for reducing interest rates on student loans. It was his bluesy, R&B mock of the headlines, however, that had many political commentators calling foul, with both conservatives and liberals claiming his move was “undignified,” or, at the very least, unnecessary.
“If Romney is this year’s Reagan, Obama is this year’s Clinton,” said “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart on his Wednesday report. “Mr. President, you’re the president. You don’t have to do this s*** anymore.”
Fox News' Gretchen Carlson was more blunt. "I personally do not agree with the highest office of the land, the most important figure in the world going on these comedy shows. I think it lowers the status of the office."
When asked by her co-host if she thought Obama’s idea was an effective way to appeal to young votes, Carlson replied, “I don't care…I think it's nutso."
And there was Rush Limbaugh, who felt the satire was more comparable to Richard Nixon’s appearance on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” in 1968.
“Remember that show? And everybody thought that it was a descent into no dignity whatsoever. So beneath the presidency, so beneath the office of the presidency,” Limbaugh said on his radio program Wednesday. “He's just trying to show that he's hip. But people under 30 live in the Obama economy, too, and Obama can't lower the voting age. Can't do that. He can't do away with the draft. He can't give them amnesty. None of that's relevant or going on now. So he has to resort to going on shows like Jimmy Fallon and promising to pay for everybody's college tuition.”
As all have pointed out, nevertheless, Obama was aiming for the younger demographic when he went on the show, a group that supported him in 2008 and who could play a significant part in this year’s election.
Furthermore, his opponent, Mitt Romney, has also done a stint for the variety circuit.
On his Thursday edition of “The Colbert Report, host Stephen Colbert compared Obama’s comedic turn to Mitt Romney’s appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman” in December.
“Now if Obama must go on these shows, he should do it like Romney did on Letterman,” remarked Colbert then cutting to a clip from Letterman’s Top Ten list, where the Republican politician chirped, “What’s up gangta? It’s the M-I-double tizzle.”
Commented Colbert, “That’s the kind of gravitas we want… Clearly, Mitt is down with the homies.”
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