Saturday, January 23, 2010

Jay Leno and the White House Correspondents Dinner Conspiracy Theory-- How Far Does it Go?

Things are looking down for Barack Obama right now. In Massachusetts, voters elected their first republican senator since 1972, at least partly as a rebuke of Obama's agenda.
Just what squeamish Democrats signaling they are ready to punt on health care reform didn’t need to hear: A brand new post-election poll of Massachusetts voters shows two-thirds of the respondents say their vote was in part to send the message that they oppose the Democratic agenda.

(Also, it didn't help that the democrat who ran for that seat was a total scumbag).

Obama's approval numbers are way down.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 24% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19.
Another poll shows that "health care reform" is also unpopular.
[P]olling released earlier today shows that 61% of voters nationwide want Congress to drop the health care plan and focus on the economy and jobs.
The final tracking numbers indicate that public expectations for the legislation fell sharply following Tuesday’s Senate vote in Massachusetts. Prior to Republican Scott Brown’s stunning victory in that overwhelmingly Democratic state, 70% of voters nationwide said it was at least somewhat likely the legislation would pass. Polling on Wednesday and Thursday nights found that number had fallen to 42% while 50% said it was unlikely to pass.
Can things get any worse for the president? Yes, they can! Because he has chosen Jay Leno, so widely-reviled by the media and the twitterverse, to perform at a ridiculous event called "The White House Correspondents Dinner."
Timing is everything. Unfortunately, the White House's stinks.

How else to explain why President Obama's crew thought it would be a good idea to enlist Jay Leno—the reigning Most Hated Man in Prime Time Late Night—as the emcee of this year's White House Correspondents Association dinner?

Granted, the organization made the decision to hire the comic several weeks ago, when CoCo fever hadn't even started, let alone reached fever pitch. And the group no doubt felt it was making a moderately safe and relatively under-the-radar choice with Leno, a comic who, up until a couple weeks ago, didn't have a controversial bone in his body.
Everyone knows the cool kids are on "Team Coco"!

Neither the president nor Oprah Winfrey is on "Team Coco."

All the cool kids except Oprah Winfrey, that is:
Jay Leno is set to appear on'The Oprah Winfrey Show' next Thursday in a one-on-one interview, according to a report in Entertainment Weekly.
Leno and Winfrey are friends so he can expect few, if any, pressing questions -- just air time to polish his image.
I don't want to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but I have a conspiracy theory about this. As the E! online article (which is pretty poorly written, actually... do they have editors over there?) states, the decision to use Mr. Leno was probably made awhile ago. They can't back out of it now, even though the cool kids are on "Team Coco," as I've already said. So, Mr. Obama goes to his good friend and campaigner Ms. Winfrey and asks her to help this Leno guy rehabilitate himself in time for the correspondents dinner thing.

Jay Leno has friends in high places-- like the presidency.

Also, Mr. Leno has been a "good soldier" for NBC, which is (for now at least) owned by GE. The CEO of GE is Jeff Immelt. Jeff Immelt is a member of Mr. Obama's economic advisory board:
President Barack Obama has named Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of NBC Universal parent GE, to his new economic advisory board.

The new board is modeled on the foreign intelligence advisory board created under President Dwight Eisenhower, according to the White House, and will "provide an independent voice on economic issues and will be charged with offering independent advice to the President as he formulates and implements his plans for economic recovery."
This is clearly a massive conspiracy involving the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, the most popular woman on television, the head of a huge megaconglomerate, and the host of a prime time and soon to be late night talk show.

It's also telling that, in an age where the president has criticized "shameful" bonuses doled out on Wall Street, Mr. Obama has remained silent on Mr. O'Brien's huge payday. The implication of this is clear: Let's just shut Mr. O'Brien up, get him out of the way, and let Mr. Leno take over the show again.

Can it be a coincidence that the supreme court just announced that they are striking down some "campaign finance laws"?

This is clearly an abuse of power meant to rehabilitate the image of Jay Leno. "Team Coco" hasn't got a chance! From now on, the only job Mr. O'Brien will be able to get will be doing dinner theater performances of my own play, "The Swedish Catamite," at Shakey's pizza.

Casting now, by the way!

Team Coco pic source.
Jay Leno pic source.

1 comment:

shampoo said...

there are no coincidences ... o.k., there aren't nearly as many as people think, but this is a distraction. while they're showing us the saga of jay leno, something way more important is going on and barely being covered.