Imagine for a moment that you are the leader of the free world, the President of the United States of America. You lead the strongest country on earth and you have to make the case to your constituents that your path is just and correct. You have constitutional power steeped in tradition and hundreds of millions stop and listen to you when you speak.
Okay, are you imagining? Now let's say that Dancing with the Stars comes on at the time that you want to make your speech. Would you change course because of a reality TV show? Well, if you are President Barack Obama, the answer is "yes."
When the President announced that he would address the nation on Monday night, he was met with criticism. Not only from the American people, but higher-ups at ABC. They complained that, should the speech begin or cut into prime time, that they could lose viewership.
The New York Times reports:
After some friendly negotiations, all parties agreed to a mutually acceptable time: 7:30 Eastern, which meant the speech on the military situation in Libya could be delivered — and analyzed – in time for the fans of “Dancing,” as well as other scheduled network shows, to see the shows they expected to see at their regularly scheduled times.Well, I'm glad that a speech about our men and women in the military bombing a country in northern Africa can be pushed about by, as some call it, "Dancing."
Hopefully in the future no other crisis happens in prime time. What would the President do if Saturday Night Live or Conan were preempted? Dear lord, he might have to cut in!
But all kidding aside, are we really led by a man who couldn't interrupt a reality TV show to make an important speech? Actually, forget I asked.
And one more thing. Imagine once again that you are the President of the United States and a friend of yours says that 'the United States should invade Israel.' Would you hire her? In President Obama's case, the answer (yet again) is "yes." She is now the Special Assistant to the President.