President Obama to Visit Dave After Sunday Beltway Interview Orgy
One day after setting a presidential record by appearing on five Sunday Beltway shows in one day, President Barack Obama will make more history when he becomes the first sitting U.S. President ever to visit David Letterman's "Late Show."
This coming Monday is the first night of the new 2009-10 TV season and, of course, he will be appearing almost immediately after the season debut of David Caruso's starring vehicle, "CSI: Miami," though Obama is not expected to weigh in on that and instead focus on lobbing for his healthcare reform plan.
Obama last appeared on Letterman's show in September of '08 when he was running for president.
In appearing on Letterman's show, Obama will have just one day to rest up from a planned orgy of blah, blah, blah-ing with the Sunday morning Beltway shows. On Sunday, Obama will appear, not only on ABC's "This Week," but also NBC's "Meet the Press," CBS's "Face the Nation, " on CNN and on Univision. He's giving Fox News Channel a miss, as well as the Fox broadcast network which has in recent weeks steadfastly refused to pre-empt its primetime schedule for Obama news conferences or addresses to the joint session of Congress.
Obama is subjecting himself to this excess of talk and news show hosts less than two weeks after giving a speech to the joint session of Congress in primetime and appearing on "60 Minutes" a few days later.
More than 32 million watched Obama address Congress last week on Wednesday night; about 11 million people caught him Sunday on the CBS newsmag.
This past Monday, Obama also made an appearance, of sorts, on the unveiling of Jay Leno's new NBC primetime series. Leno had pretended to be interviewing Obama and asked stupid questions about fruit tarts, and dates with First Lady Michelle Obama, and Leno's own primetime debut performance, which were intercut with short clips of Obama that appear to have come from that "60 Minutes" interview.
Lisa de Moraes
September 15, 2009; 2:29 PM ET
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