September 16, 2009

The Full Ginsberg: Monday's Obama-Letterman Show Wraps Up a TV Free Weekend for Most Americans


Had enough? Oh yeah? Here's more. I'm proud that the Establishment Media, in cahoots with "the Most Media Savvy White House EVAH" is joining me in my quest to give America More Obama I Say. MORE O!-BA!-MA! Jake Tapper (surely in the Top 10 of the Current White House Enemies List) asks, Obama Over-Exposure?

This Sunday, President Obama will be interviewed on five shows -- ABC News’ “This Week With George Stephanopoulos,” CNN’s “State of the Nation”, CBS’s “Face the Nation”, NBC’s “Meet the Press” and Univision’s “Al Punto with Jorge Ramos."

It's a rare feat called "the Full Ginsburg." In modern media lore, the first time someone pulled a five-show feat was 11 years ago, in 1998, when Monica Lewinsky’s attorney William Ginsburg made the rounds to defend his client. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, did a Full Ginsburg in 2007 after launching her presidential bid....

Ostensibly this is because the more we hear about health care the less we like it:
Polls indicate that Americans say the more they hear about the president’s proposed overhaul, the less they like it. An ABC News/Washington Poll last week showed 54 percent of Americans feel that way. White House officials say that’s because Americans are hearing false attacks on Obama’s plan, not reality -- hence the PR blitz.
Short form: Had enough? Here's more.

Booking Letterman on Friday is just a way of warming you up or warning you off as the case may be.

President Obama Heading To Letterman’s 'Late Show' While Jay Leno had a fake presidential interview on his first show Monday night, David Letterman will have the real thing September 21.... He will be the sole guest on the broadcast.
Jay Leno's fake interview was at least somewhat funny, but with Obama and nothing but Obama chatting I'm sure the combined comedy talents at Letterman and the White House can come up with a few zingers.

Spoilsports from the opposite camp abound, however:

Republican strategist Kevin Madden says it’s too much. “I think the worry is it’s gone beyond over exposure and now we have what I would call the ‘Obama omnipresence.’ You almost can’t escape this president,” Madden said on ABC News’ “Top Line.” “It goes beyond just cable news and it goes into whether or not you’re flipping on ESPN and you’re seeing him talk about basketball or you turn on the Lifetime channel and you hear what Michelle Obama is wearing this week. And I think that begins to wear on a lot of people.”
Wearing is a light word here. Others that come to mind are "grating," "irritating," "exhausting," and "Hey, man, would you quit riding the country's ass for a week or so?"

Indeed, a brief look at the record shows that never has a President ridden the nation's ass so long and so hard to so little effect:

On the 233rd day of his presidency, Barack Obama grabbed the country's lapels for the 263rd time—that was, as of last Wednesday, the count of his speeches, press conferences, town halls, interviews, and other public remarks. His speech to Congress was the 122nd time he had publicly discussed health care. Just 14 hours would pass before the 123rd, on Thursday morning. His incessant talking cannot combat what it has caused: An increasing number of Americans do not believe that he believes what he says. -- Why No One Believes Obama | Newsweek George F. Will
Two. Hundred. And. Sixty. Three. Times. This is the President for whom the phrase, "The hardest working man in show business" was coined. The man is more over-exposed than a Hustler Centerfold which, if he keeps using the friendly media to plead his belly, is his next guest slot. In which case, "The Full Ginsberg" is starting to sound more and more apt.

Faced with a weekend beginning with Obama cracking wise with Mr. Bitter and the oil-soaked Paul Shaffer, the brownest second banana in show business, Obama-assaulted Americans may well desperately punch random numbers into their TV remotes hoping to change to an Obama-Free channel.

But wait, before you grasp that remote and begin jabbing it wildly looking for an Obama substitute like, say, lawnmower racing consider this chilling thought. You viewing habits may be grounds for convicting you of passive raaaaacism. Why? Not because you disagree with the President. Not because you've heard it all before. And surely not because you don't want to add to the already overwhelming stack of stuff called "The Wit and Wisdom of Barack Obama." No, as we were warned this week by the nation's most wet and wild ex-President,


It's a free country, but just remember if Neilsen calls, that your TV viewing habits may well become part of your permanent raaaacist conduct record.

Posted by Vanderleun at September 16, 2009 8:00 AM
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Sheesh, he's stalking the American public like a crazy boyfriend.

When can we get a restraining order?

Posted by: Russell at September 16, 2009 9:46 AM

And Leno had Michael Moore on last night. Moore threate . . . err . . . offered to sing something, and did. I clicked the channel as quickly as I could. Hey, waddayawant? I was channel surfing while drinking, like any proper American male at that time of night after a long day of producing income for the State.

Posted by: Roderick Reilly at September 16, 2009 11:32 AM

I'm sure I'm not the only baseball fan who was bummed by his blathering in the sportscasters' booth at the All-Star game. I quit watching the game in the third inning because I was afraid Narcisse Noir might come back for an encore.

Posted by: Connecticut Yankee at September 16, 2009 11:45 AM

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." Napoleon

Posted by: RKV at September 16, 2009 1:52 PM