The hot topic on talk radio in Austin this morning was President Obama carrying on like a "common" person, trivializing the "image" of The Office. I was trippin' off people calling in talking about how the president shouldn't be going to sporting events an going on comedy talk shows or talking about his picks for the college basketball championship contest...because of the state of the economy. So because he's the president, and the economy is screwed up, he's supposed to what?
So what if the president wants to go on a talk show with crazy-high ratings to have a casual conversation in front of the American people. So he'll reach a broader cross-section of people than he does in his State of The Union address--how dare he want to actually communicate with The People directly rather than through a spokesperson in the White House press room.
So what if he's making public his picks for the championship games.
So what if he actually attends an occasional NBA game.
Was he supposed to check his previous life, interests and experiences at the White House door and disappear behind the curtain only to be seen exiting Air Force One, walking across the White House lawn and at press conferences? Something tells me if he had done that, the same people who are complaining right now, would be complaining as fervently about that.
I don't know about you, but I want a president who has outlets...that don't necessarily involve dressing up in camo', hiding in bushes and shooting wild animals. Plus, Obama is so handsome. I'd hate to see him looking all dull and stressed out. The office will age him soon enough--no need to speed that up by being closed up and stiff.
President Obama has the hardest job on the planet right now. If he wants to have a beer or shoot the occasional breeze with Leno or whomever else, be my guest.