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Do You Mind When the President Preempts Primetime?

President Barack Obama will address the nation tonight in his second primetime news conference, throwing the TV schedule into disarray. American Idol shifted its performance show to Wednesday, NBC moved The Biggest Loser an hour later, and several other shows have been preempted entirely. Though many of you think the networks should move over for Obama, the networks have been grumbling about the lost advertising and saying apparently the economic stimulus doesn't apply to them. As for you, I'm curious: Are you tired of the interruptions, or are you fine with the president breaking into your regularly scheduled TV?


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dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
Princess, where is the acknowledgement of how we got to this place? It certainly wasn't by careful spending/oversight/planning/execution by the previous administration. I would like to hear someone come up with a better idea for stimulating the economy, rather than b*tching about what they think is wrong with Obama's plan. And my point about watching his address is hearing it from the source and formulating your own opinion, whether you think it is rhetoric or not. The best debators can use quotes from their opponents, mixed with facts of course, against their opponents should the need arise. I also find it offensive that you equate him to a "talking head". I was NOT a bush fan, but I would never say that about him and I would watch his addresses when available. That "talking head" is running our country. I would like to see you try it.
PrincessLtrain PrincessLtrain 8 years
dm8bri, "President Barack Obama's budget would generate deficits averaging almost $1 trillion a year over the next decade, according to the latest congressional estimates, significantly worse than predicted by the White House just last month" Let's see...that's from the Washington AP and last time I checked, the general media was anything but a "conservative pundit." Still think I'm uniformed? Here are some fun little facts from his own proposed budget. In 2,967 pages of legislature with over 9,000 wasteful earmarks he has (just to name a few): - 1.7 million dollars going towards pig odor research in Iowa. - 2 million dollars for the promotion of astronomy in Hawaii. - 6.6 million dollars for termite research in New Orleans. - 2.1 million dollars for the center of grape genetics in New York. - 1.7 million dollars for a honey bee factory in Texas. During the presidential debates in Oxford, Mississippi he said "We need earmark reform and when I'm president I will go line by line to make sure we're not spending money unwisely." How is ANY of that funding helping the average American in "these hard times?" So I think I'm informed enough to know that I didn't need to waste my time listening to his rhetoric last night. Looks like you picked the talking head after all.
piper23 piper23 8 years
I mind. I mind a lot. But I did go to bed early for a change. So thanks, POTUS.
krazykarot krazykarot 8 years
Wow I have to say I'm disappointed that the majority do mind when the President speaks. I didn't even mind when Dubya pushed tv out of the way to speak. I think Presidential addresses are far more important than tv shows that will be re-run and are more than likely available to watch online. Prioritize people!
nessa17 nessa17 8 years
Yes especially since I live in Canada, it annoys me sometimes but as long as its not monday or thursaday nights and does not interrupt lost then I am okay with it.
divinelight divinelight 8 years
I haven't minded, but that's just because he hasn't preempted Lost. :D I don't care how important it is; you don't cut into my Lost time. Other than that, I'm fine with it.
buzzlightgirl buzzlightgirl 8 years
I know it's important and all that jazz. But American Idol!!! Really??????
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
Princess - your opinion is exactly why you should watch his addresses, so you can be better informed of his proposals/policies when arguing against them, rather than just regurgitating whatever the conservative pundits are saying.
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
Right now I think it's important and I would rather watch him than an over-produced reality show.
PrincessLtrain PrincessLtrain 8 years
I love how everyone keeps touting "these hard times" and yet fails to acknowledge that his current budget will only succeed in putting us trillions of dollars into debt. He has cost us more in a single month than the entire Iraq war.
musicjunkieha musicjunkieha 8 years
I don't mind it if he has something new to say. He is good at prepared speeches, but on the fly, he's as bad a fumbler for words as Bush. I'd rather him do formal addresses than see him on friggin Leno or ESPN showing his bracket selections. What a crock. Get to work and stop doing frivolous tv shows!
girlinthesun girlinthesun 8 years
i love seeing president obama on the tv. especially in these hard times. he explains things in ways that i totally understand. i rather see him discuss the issues than the talking heads on tv. based on the number of people that watched him on leno and 60 minutes, obviously other love seeing him too.
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
Yes, I do mind. I realize that he likes to keep us updated, but does he have to hijack EVERY channel with Primetime shows on it just to keep us updated? I was not amused when he took over what would have been a new House hour. I am as obsessed with House as I am with Sherlock Holmes (as long as it's written by Doyle). I threw a cow when he did that.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
Yes I do! But I realise sometimes its important.
jclarev jclarev 8 years
I absolutely mind when any President interrupts prime time TV. Like it or not, our nation very invested in it's television shows and 3 hours each night that we can escape from reality. I read the paper and watch the news and since I watched the news this morning before work, I already know what the President is going to say tonight, I don't need to actually watch it. For all the people saying that we should listen every time the President speaks, because he makes the decisions that affect our lives, I hope you are watching CNN everyday and all of the confirmation hearing for cabinet members and every debate on the House floor and I hope you read the stimulus plan, because that is actually what's happening right now, not the very well crafted, well written, political speech that will put the President and his administration in the best light possible. Put the President on CNN for those who want to watch it and keep regular programming for the rest of us.
PrincessLtrain PrincessLtrain 8 years
LOL "now that our president can adequately form sentences" - yes, and when he does he makes fun of the Special Olympics. Based on his track record for the last 100 days, I don't care to hear more about his plans to "help us" by sinking us into even greater debt.
ForeverTaylor ForeverTaylor 8 years
No I don't mind now that our president can adequately form sentences. I think that especially now, when we are facing these tough times it is important to be informed and not only from what people report or write about. It also gives people an opportunity who don't watch CNN 24/7 or watch the news or whatever to know whats going on. Sure some people may not watch but the chances increase that they may.
CYL CYL 8 years
There are more important things in the world than fluffy TV. So no, I don't mind if my Prime Minister (I am from Canada). I put it this way, TV is like Candy for your brain, mostly horrible for you, but great fun, every now and again you gotta have the veggie and and pres/PM addresses.
care0531 care0531 8 years
Dude! Why can't he stick to the radio? I know these are important issues but they is why they have reports there to filter through everything and give us the report on it at 11 pm when we watch the evening news. Have him speak only on CNN or MSNBC not the major networks that ruin my weekly tv programs!
kaykayelle kaykayelle 8 years
I'll totally admit it. It bothers me. I rarely have shows I watch preempted (thank God The CW is a lesser network and cable exists), but 9 times out of 10 he (or any president that I can remember) says pretty much nothing. Hold a press conference, put it on the 6 and 11 o'clock news. Unless something really really major is happening or just happened that day, don't take up my TV time. I completely feel for the networks. Like what are they supposed to do? Not carry the president?
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
I kinda hate myself for saying this but it does bother me sometimes. I wish I wasn't so attached to my shows.
esmerb esmerb 8 years
I don't mind it because he is trying to be transparent and talk to the citizens and be open about all the issues and decisions he is making that is greatly affecting us.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
Yeah. I hate it. And it's not just that they move shows around. It's that I positively loathe him and avoid seeing/hearing him at all costs. I'm quite interested in politics, but I'd prefer to read it later than listen to his BS live. And he's been doing it a lot. I recall Bush preempting other shows a few times, but it seems like BO has done it frequently. And yeah, there's a lot going on, but I don't need him to blather on about it for an hour every other week. Gee, I was angrier about that than I thought.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Yeah, I do, because just because it preempts a show doesn't mean that I'm going to sit and watch a speech for an hour. The debates, sure, but otherwise I'd rather watch at my leisure.
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