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Obama to Appear on 5 Sunday Talk Shows This Weekend

By Anne E. Kornblut
President Obama will appear on five Sunday talk shows this weekend, a senior administration official said Monday, becoming the first president to do so as he attempts to maintain momentum for his health care overhaul.

In making the rounds -- appearing on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and Univision back-to-back -- Obama will do a modified version of "the Full Ginsburg," as such a sweep was dubbed after Monica Lewinsky's lawyer, William H. Ginsburg, became the first person to do five broadcast shows it in 1998.

It is rare for a president to appear on a single Sunday show, let alone multiple ones. (The original "Full Ginsburg" included Fox News, which was cut out of the loop this time and replaced with the Spanish language Univision).

The appearances will cap a week of multiple trips and speeches for Obama, suggesting that White House officials are not concerned with the potential of his overexposure. If anything, they have an opposing view: Administration officials feel Obama's performance before Congress last week helped move his health care effort forward, and that it got another lift from his raucous health care rally in Minnesota over the weekend.

Obama is making three appearances on Tuesday -- at an AFL-CIO convention in Pittsburgh, a fundraiser in Philadelphia and an auto plant in Youngstown, Ohio -- and holds his next big health care rally in College Park on Thursday.

Posted at 7:13 PM ET on Sep 14, 2009  | Category:  Health Care
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"America mad the right choice"
Like a rabid dog? Ha. He's bombing, the polls show it, he's afraid of the non-boot lickers, he doesn't get ratings idiot, watch him go down the tubes even with his sycophants proping him up at every turn.

Posted by: haunches | September 19, 2009 4:27 PM

Obama chose the stations where he knows no one will ask the difficult questions: he doesn't know the answers, all he knows is what his advisers tell him and he's good at the campaign rheotric. It's obvious the critics of Fox News do not watch it or they would know better. You can not describe the other channels as "objective." They "left" objectivity a long time ago.

Posted by: tman19 | September 16, 2009 1:56 PM

Do they make teleprompters that are easily packed up, moved, and set-up. What a logistic nightmare for Obozzo's handlers and just imagine all the "impromptu dialogue" he has to memorize.

It is a really tough job when you have to memorize what you should actually already know from a foundation of understanding. That's the result of hiring someone with literally NO EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | September 16, 2009 8:58 AM

Eh, I think it's a given that he won't be on Fox News Sunday. Not that their viewers would even take Obama seriously anyways, so why bother. Besides they did such a great job interviewing Bill Clinton last time (sarcasm).

Posted by: Mrtraveler01 | September 15, 2009 11:20 PM

Fox is as far right-wing as MSNBC is left-wing.

I saw a sign at the TEA party rally last weekend, with all the networks written on it and all but Fox News crossed out. If you watch only Fox News, you have no idea what is going on in the world.

Good for you for skipping Fox, Mr. President.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 15, 2009 9:56 AM

Obama loves TV and thinks he's some kind of rock star. The people are getting overloaded with him on TV. He's like the old radio charactor "Chicken Man" "he's everywhere, he's everywhere"!
Nothing new, same old dribble and misrepresentations.
Trouble is, he's too dishonest to recognize that the people are speaking and he's not listening. WE DON'T WANT THIS MESS!!
His head is too full of CONTROL that he can't see the trouble he's stirring up....

Posted by: TexRancher | September 15, 2009 7:38 AM

I understand why Obama isn't going to Fox. Obama is making the rounds at all the big *news* stations. If Obama were to go around to various propaganda stations, then I'm sure Fox would be top of the list. But for now, Obama is going to stations that seek to objectively report facts, which fully explains why Fox isn't on the list.

Posted by: Dr_Bob | September 15, 2009 12:35 AM

ow, because he cannot attract any base.
Obama love is fading.
There is no support for anything he says or does now.
His shorts on television now in public places, meets with people yelling open your Court secrets or shut up at the TV.

If Obama blathers on, and on, and on, again.

Many will say,






Posted by: dottydo | September 14, 2009 11:38 PM

Check ratings everytime our wonderful President is on TV,a ratings winner..every time..It must kill some of the people on on this comment section to see that we have an articulate, intelligent, coherent and photogenic President..It must kill them every time they look in the mirror..President Barack Obama, America mad the right choice in November 2008..

Posted by: ruraledcomm | September 14, 2009 10:23 PM

That's OK. Fox can book Joe WIlson saying Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire!


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | September 14, 2009 10:10 PM

Obama is not afraid of Fox (guaranteed that Chris Wallace would kiss his arse harder than he kissed Cheney's), just smart enough to avoid wasting his time on the haters.

Posted by: DemoDevil | September 14, 2009 10:06 PM

The people plan to boycott those channels enmasse.

5 times only means
#1 No thank you, Obama = Moot

#2 No thank you, Obama = Moot

#3 No thank you, Obama = Moot

#4 No thank you, Obama = Moot

#4 No thank you, Obama = Moot

Others will say

Shhaadup liar
Shhaadup liar
Shhaadup liar
Shhaadup liar
Shhaddup liar

Posted by: dottydo | September 14, 2009 10:04 PM

You can only polish a turd so much. He's afraid to go on Fox where he would be challenged.

Posted by: DaMan2 | September 14, 2009 9:48 PM

Nice to see Obama has finally found someplace to call home on Sunday morning.

Posted by: chatard | September 14, 2009 9:42 PM

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