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Obama, Up to Speed on Latest Kardashian Crises



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President Obama deserves all of the credit he gets, as he’s always focused on the big questions before him:

Obama nails Kardashian quiz, tongue-tied by ‘50 Shades…’ question

You might think that Barack Obama’s crazy presidential schedule makes it difficult for him to stay on top of popular culture. You’d be half-right. Quizzed on ABC’s “The View” on Monday, Obama slam-dunked a question about Kim Kardashian but got whipped by a query seemingly about the erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Over at Entertainment Weekly, television critic Ken Tucker thinks it’s time for President Obama to stop doing the entertainment shows:

At a moment when a New York Times poll says that most people think Obama’s “evolving” position on gay marriage was “mostly for political reasons,” going on places like The View just adds to the idea that many public statements are mere media calculations. Had Obama made his gay-marriage announcement on The View, that jaded public belief might have been increased. If you’re going to spend time on TV, Mr. President — and Mr. Romney — do us all a favor and skip Whoopi and The Daily Show and Jay and Dave and the Jimmys and all the celebrity news anchors on the networks. Just speak to us directly, or engage in debates that are real debates which will allow for considered thought and direct questioning of your opponent’s positions.

What does it say when Entertainment Weekly says it’s time for the president to put aside the fluff interviews on comedy and chat shows and focus on serious issues and take hard questions?


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