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Damon Lindelof on President Obama: That feather duster!

Winter TV Press Tour 2010

Winter TV Press Tour 2010 has been one of unprecedented browsing and sluicing for The Reporters Who Cover Television. Among the stories on which they have grazed at the tour:

* NBC whacks Jay Leno's prime time show
* NBC gives Jay back his 11:35 p.m. start time
* Conan O'Brien says to NBC "Nuts to you"
* Simon Cowell signs document on stage whereby he leaves "American Idol" to host "Idol" knockoff for Fox's fall lineup, driving another nail into the "Idol" coffin.

But here's another Press-Tour first, that maybe did not get so much attention: "Lost" co-creator calling President of the United States a name that sounds like "feather duster" and implies Oedipal complex.

It happened when a TV critic asked "How does it feel to beat President Obama for the premiere date, Feb. 2?" during a Q&A session for the intensely weird drama series.

The reference was to the news earlier this month that the Obama White House was mulling whether to schedule Obama's State of the Union address for that night in primetime, which would have necessitated ABC moving its scheduled two-hour debut of what the network swears will be "Lost's" final season.

Then, a couple of days later, in response to questions on the subject, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said "I don't foresee a scenario in which millions of people that hope to finally get some conclusion in 'Lost' are preempted by the president."

So, asked the above-mentioned question, Carlton Cuse, the older, less-prone-to-foot-in-mouth-disease showrunner on the intensely weird drama series, calls it "one of those surreal moments that you can't quite believe" and adds, "it was exciting for us to see that it got to that level."

Then Damon Lindelof, in the engage-mouth-before-brain way that is part of his charm, says, "What's amazing is you realize how fickle your political affiliation is. I'm a lifelong Democrat but when I first heard that they were considering Feb. 2, I was, like, 'that [Oedipal feather duster]!"

"Being honest," he adds, as TV critics titter and ABC execs in the room get the vapors.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 13, 2010; 2:25 PM ET
Categories:  Winter TV Press Tour 2010  
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