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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Bad Idea: Obama to Appear on Jay Leno

Bad idea.

He's the president, not a comedian. If he doesn't infuse the office with gravitas, who else will?

Thirty years ago Jimmy Carter famously carried his own luggage in an effort to look like one of us. A few years later, people were saying his successor restored dignity to the office.

People don't want their president to be "one of us" -- they want to think their president is just a little bit better than they are (even when it's an illusion).

With no disrespect intended to Jay Leno, the President -- any President -- lowers himself if he appears on that show, or anything similar, while in office.

There will be plenty of time for that sort of thing in retirement.
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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:16 AM

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