Have we forgotten what a president is? What he does? How he should comport himself as chief representative of the country?
Seems we have. You need look no further than the disgraceful performance of President Obama this week on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. In case you missed it, here it is:
This is a campaign, ad and a sleazy one to boot. First off, “slow jam;” “slow jammin’ the news.” The Urban Dictionary defines slow jam as “the personal soundtrack for love making that every playa has for when he needs to do that thang.” Stay classy, Barack!
Isn’t this insulting to black people? Do they want to be characterized as shallow entertainers/rappers/ghetto talking/preacher men? How do you think Thomas Sowell or Clarence Thomas feel about this? And wouldn’t you be insulted to have a white man interpreting in a black way for a black president? Doesn’t it demean the office and the man?
Is this what the American people have come to? Do we need our president to be cool, to entertain us, to talk down to us? Seems this falls way short of the gravitas the same media demanded with George W. Bush. Contrast his language to Lincoln’s rhetoric. It’s trash talk, not serious engagement of a people.
Lots of commentators said Obama “jumped the shark” on this performance. Please! Does everything come down to a dated TV reference? We’re not talking about Fonzie; we’re talking about the president of the United States. He took the office to new lows.
Breitbart.com’s Ben Shapiro characterized it this way: “aside from the fact that this was possibly the worst “comedy” segment in the history of mankind: it violated campaign finance law.”
He points out that “The equal time rule states that if a licensee permits a person ‘who is a legally qualified candidate for any public office to use a broadcasting station, he shall afford equal opportunities to all other such candidates for that office in the use of such broadcasting station.’
“There are exceptions to the rule: appearances on (1) a bona fide newscast, (2) a bona fide news interview, (3) a bona fide news documentary, or (4) on-the-spot coverage of bona fide news events.
“Only the second provision could be construed as saving NBC from giving Mitt Romney equal time. But this was not a bona fide news interview. In fact, it wasn’t an interview at all – no questions were asked, no answers were given. It was literally Obama reading a campaign speech over a guitar, a horn, a keyboard, and some drums.
“Not only was this appearance in violation of equal time law, it was clearly an in-kind contribution by NBC to the Obama campaign. As the Federal Elections Commission states, “A donation of services is … considered an in-kind contribution.” Under applicable law, contribution of broadcast time is considered such a service. This was a campaign commercial for Obama, and the Obama campaign was not charged for it. A minute of network time can cost up to a couple million dollars; this segment ran a full five minutes. There is no doubt that Obama was given millions of dollars of free advertising time, and the Romney campaign should invoke all available law to make that clear.
“NBC should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Mitt Romney should be given equal time, and an equally sycophantic propaganda piece by Fallon. Obama should be ashamed of himself (though, of course, he has no capacity for shame).”
I hope the Romney campaign takes a look at this, as well as Republicans in the House and Senate.
As for the Obama campaign, they’ll do anything to get back the youth vote. Let’s hope the youth are smarter than that.