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Has Barack turned the US Presidency into a laughing stock of the world by appearing on Leno during a crisis?

Do you think this was a bold move by this articulate clean man to test his hand at comedy during such a trying time ?What kind of message did this send to other Nations after the US having lead the Worlds economy down the crapper just 3 months prior to his debut on Leno?

Asked By: How do you like me now? - 3/21/2009
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No. But it was a tactic to "calm the masses" infuriated over the AIG bonuses. He is willing to be the scape goat saying he will take full responsibility. But is it in our best interest to let him? The whole "evil other party" rhedoric is to keep "We the people" divided and looking the wrong direction for who did what... More
Answered By: PrivacyNowPlease! - 3/21/2009
Additional Answers (35)
yup
Answered By: IWIU - 3/21/2009
 
YES!!
Answered By: I eat liberals for breakfast - 3/21/2009
 
Yes. He is the president our leader, not a celebrity. People are treating him as if he was the Winner of American Idol.
Answered By: William F - 3/21/2009
 
If he had anything to do with the economy going down the crapper perhaps it might be an issue, but he did not, therefore it is a non issue.
Answered By: Ed J - 3/21/2009
 
I doubt the rest of the world could care less which talk shows he goes on... More
Answered By: ZCT - 3/21/2009
 
No, absolutely not. It is the President's job to communicate with the citizenry. That includes TV and by whatever means necessary. If America had paid attention to Bush perhaps we would not be in this mess.
Answered By: Moose - 3/21/2009
 
He turned it into a laughing stock before he appeared on Leno.
Answered By: Don M - 3/21/2009
 
Yes. Going on there was bad enough, but he had to make fun of the handicapped. He can not go without his teleprompter.
Answered By: Job Killing Socialist - 3/21/2009
 
yes
Answered By: Christine O - 3/21/2009
 
No but this kind of questions will never end. They are boring, not creative, not helping your cause so give it up already you are just helping dems laugh at you. My finances are improving.
Answered By: clear clutter - 3/21/2009
 
That or he could be like your idol McCain who turned down Letterman and lost mass support as a result.
Answered By: badboynheat - 3/21/2009
 
You're always in crisis mode, aren't you? Huddled there, in your fallout shelter, hugging your guns.
Answered By: avi - 3/21/2009
 
Sartah Palin appeared on Saturday Night Live during this very same financial crisis. George Bush appeared on Deal or No Deal in the midst of two wars. Nixon appeared on Laugh In at the height of the Vietnam War. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/3/20/9265/03084
Answered By: bdouglasharris - 3/21/2009
 
He's show casing to his liberal base.Liberals get their news from comedy shows not news organizations.I think the world sees how stupid our voters can be.
Answered By: lightsofmarfa - 3/21/2009
 
send in the liberals to fight the wars......lets see if their might is as big as their complaints......sissy's
Answered By: Ron R - 3/21/2009
 
No. Bush made us the laughing stock of the world, when he tanked the richest country in the world, the USA.
Answered By: ponpon - 3/21/2009
 
WALDO... WE CAN DO BETTER, WE CAN GET REAL AND GET MAD AND CHANGED THEM ALL... More
Answered By: maxofny - 3/21/2009
 
not at all. I am glad to have a president willing to communicate with the people of this country for a change. you are delusional if you think Obama "led the economy" anywhere.
Answered By: justm399 - 3/21/2009
 
No. That was Palin and the Couric interview. Followed up by the "phone call " from the President of France. I still chuckle at that one.
Answered By: Leni Treetop Flyer - 3/21/2009
 
Pretty much. How terrible is it for our president to make fun of disabled kids like that?!
Answered By: sportychic10120 - 3/21/2009
 
no President in History took more vacation time than GW Bush. Bush felt clearing brush in Texas was more important than our service members funerals. Bush and Cheney both got our service members killed while they went on vacation. Republicans had 8 years to fix the economy and did nothing. Obama has done more work in... More
Answered By: jl_jack09 - 3/21/2009
 
Yes. Among other things.
Answered By: Pied Hussein Piper - 3/21/2009
 
It certainly was not what one could call "Presidential". One thing to be making appearances when you are campaigning, quite another to be acting like a frivolous Hollywood Star. I suppose a pretty good case could be made that it does not inspire confidence in the rest of the world. *
Answered By: Jacob W - 3/21/2009
 
Why do you jerks have to be so utterly childish?
Answered By: seekerinnm - 3/21/2009
 
And even worse than the embarrassment of the appearance he managed to turn the easiest interview in the world into a scandal by insulting the disabled as soon as he got away from the teleprompter. What a complete joke this guy has turned out to be!
Answered By: Bill G - 3/21/2009
 
I think it was a great way to kick off 'National Make Fun of the Handicapped Week' Maybe Trump wouldnt let him be on 'Celebrity Apprentice' I dont think they let you use a teleprompter on 'American Idol', besides, the 'American' part might offend him
Answered By: Nan - 3/21/2009
 
No, he did that before he appeared. The appearance was another "campaign-style" ploy, one he's most comfortable with.
Answered By: Gabriel V - 3/21/2009
 
Unfortuneately YES! Not just here in America! But, the Whole World! Guess what the Latest News Is: We are the Third Top Power! # 1 - Russia, # 2 - China then US! Is this what the Democrats Voted For? Honestly - I'm just asking... More
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Answered By: Jane M - 3/21/2009
 
You did not watch it, did you? He was only explaining a little more about the budget. Something DUBYA, not just failed to do BUT hid much of it. The State of the Union Address that Dubya would give was just an insult to all of us.
Answered By: just me - 3/21/2009
 
Yes especially with the dumb comment he made , and even though he apologized , I remember a similar situation , something about comparing obama with an aape where no one would accept the apology offered . Is this a double standard ?
Answered By: Loyd/Mary P - 3/21/2009
 
It was at least poor judgment. He is performing all of the time so it probably seemed natural to him. Maybe the confines of the White House doesn't afford him enough applause. But he needs to get to work with his cabinet and try to come up with a real plan to help the economy besides throwing money at it.
Answered By: Jani - 3/21/2009
 
No, he did not turn the US Presidency into a laughing stock by appearing on Leno. I can only speculate what motivated him to make the appearance, and I question the wisdom of it, but I don't see the appearance as diminishing the office. Having answered the question, let me point out I firmly believe that many of his... More
Answered By: IQ185 - 3/21/2009
 
No bush already turned hte presidency into a laughing stock, Clinton started it, bush iconisized it, Obama is just continuing the legacy, while (not sure about clinton) bush and obama have been robbing us blind with 700Billion bailout/tarp to 700Billion stimulus /bonus. yeah 1.3 billion deficit you can explain to your... More
Answered By: Steven S - 3/21/2009
 
It's better than an" interuption of regularly scheduled programming to bring you an important announcement".
Answered By: sometimeswrong - 3/21/2009
 
W. flushed that toilet in '07 along w. the infinite credit economy anyone w. half a brain saw it coming years ago. Being from another country I wouldn't have cared if he juggled and sawed a girl in half, he didn't create the credit and assets bubble he just has to clean up the mess post bursting... More
Answered By: Smudgeward - 3/25/2009
 
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