Obamas Attending ‘A Raisin In The Sun’ On Broadway Tomorrow

By | Thursday April 10, 2014 @ 7:20pm PDT

dezel washington barack obamaBroadway has made no secret of casting Hollywood A-listers in the past few years in an effort to fill more seats, and tomorrow the Great White Way will be getting two particularly prestigious patrons. If all goes to … Read More »

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David Letterman’s Competitors, POTUS, React To Retirement News (Video)

When David Letterman announced his retirement, various talk show hosts reacted. Seth Meyers, who currently hosts Late Night, the show Letterman created before moving to CBS, noted correctly on the show that he would not be there without Dave:

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‘SNL’: Louis C.K., ‘Black Jeopardy’ And Pop Icons Promote Obamacare (Video)

Louis C.K. prepares his own material, which explains why his monologue last night was genuinely funny with thoughtful jokes instead of the usual SNL opening shticks. For those who like the show’s recurring themes there’s the latest Jeopardy take off, Black Jeopardy. The cold open, supposedly about President Obama‘s efforts to promote the Affordable Care Act on social media, gave cast members an opportunity to impersonate pop celebrities.
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President Obama Begs To Differ With FNC’s Bill O’Reilly, Thinks Lincoln Would Have Appeared On ‘Between Two Ferns’

ObamaFerns_c__140312170620President Obama, responding to a question about Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly’s criticism of his appearance on Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns, said today that President Lincoln had a sense of humor. ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd asked Obama today about criticism that Abraham Lincoln would not have appeared on the web series hosted by Zach Galifianakis. (Obama did, last week, as part of a media tour to urge viewers and listeners to sign up for Obamacare before the March 31 deadline. The ESPN Radio interview was part of that campaign.)

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“One of the hardest things about being president is being in this bubble that is artificial, and, unless you make a conscious effort, you start sounding like some Washington stiff,” Obama told Cowherd. “If you read back on Lincoln, he loved telling the occasional bawdy joke and, you know, being out among regular folks.”

Related: Dave Letterman, Bill O’Reilly Debate Obama’s ‘Between Two Ferns’ Appearance

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Obama Enlists Record-Re-Tweeter Ellen DeGeneres In Obamacare Push: Video

By | Thursday March 20, 2014 @ 9:05am PDT

Continuing to urge Americans to sign up for Affordable Care Act coverage before the March 31 deadline, President Obama today turned to the Obama-Hollywood-c__131126053020__131207184450__131212224847__131217180859woman who’d broken his re-tweet record, Ellen DeGeneres. Obama appears on her syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show via live shot from the White House –  his first appearance on the show since being elected to the White House. “I thought it was a pretty cheap stunt myself,” the president says of Ellen’s Oscar selfie,  “Getting a bunch of celebrities in the background…you feeding them pizza.”

It’s been about a week since Obama appeared on the Funny or Die web series Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis to tout the benefits of Obamacare; some members of the media had a field day with that one, but they’re pretty busy now with the missing Malaysia Airlines plane story so you may not see so much hair-tearing about today’s appearance, in which POTUS discusses his having eaten carrot sticks with potato chips while FLOTUS Michelle Obama is in China with their daughters; his Practically Perfect Tattoo Deterrent for his two teenagers;  and how life at the White House is not nearly so sexy as it’s played in House Of Cards and Scandal. (Check out the video below.) Read More »

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UPDATE: Obama’s ‘Between Two Ferns’ Interview Boosts Healthcare.gov’s Traffic 40%: Video

ObamaFerns_cUPDATE, 9:30 AM: White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett tells CBS This Morning that Healthcare.gov’s traffic has increased 40% since the launch of the Funny or Die video featuring President Obama and Zach Galifianakis early yesterday morning. In an … Read More »

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White House Appoints HBO’s Michael Lombardo To Kennedy Center Post

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 4:55pm PST

HBO's "Eastbound & Down" Final Season PremierePresident Obama has just named HBO programming president Michael Lombardo an appointee for General Trustee, Board of Trustees at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, an administration post. Lombardo, … Read More »

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George Clooney & ‘Monuments Men’ Headed For White House

By | Monday February 17, 2014 @ 4:00pm PST

monuments-men__131108120434-575x431President Obama on Tuesday will host cast and crew members of Sony’s The Monuments Men for a screening at the White House. George Clooney, who co-wrote, directed and stars in the pic, will be attending the closed-press evening event, we’re … Read More »

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‘Community’s Joel McHale To Host White House Correspondents’ Dinner

By | Friday February 14, 2014 @ 7:14am PST

Joel McHale White House Correspondents DinnerThey’ve had late-night hosts for the past two years, but now the White House Correspondents Association Dinner is going primetime. Straight out of NBC’s Thursday lineup, Communitys Joel McHale will be the headliner … Read More »

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Fan-In-Chief Obama Tweets “No Spoilers” For ‘House Of Cards’ Season 2 Debut

By | Thursday February 13, 2014 @ 4:04pm PST

Obama-Hollywood-c__131126053020__131207184450__131212224847__131217180859Well, guess we know what President Obama will be doing this long weekend while hanging out in Rancho Mirage after meeting with the King of Jordan: binge-watching the new season of Netflix’s House Of Cards“Tomorrow: @HouseOfCards. No spoilers, please,” tweetedRead More »

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UPDATE: Stephen Colbert At Head Table For White House State Dinner; JJ Abrams, Bradley Cooper, Viacom’s Philippe Dauman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & CNN’s Jeff Zucker Also Attend

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 3:52pm PST

white_house-300x168UPDATE: 7:01 PM: Michelle Obama could have turned to the guy seated next to her at the head table during tonight’s White House State Dinner and asked if he’s heard any good jokes lately. That would be none … Read More »

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White House Gives Shout-Out To Jay Leno: “End Of An Era”

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 4:00pm PST

Obama Leno FinaleWhite House press secretary Jay Carney had some nice parting words for Jay Leno ahead of tonight’s taping of the final Tonight Show With Jay Leno. It’s fitting because Carney’s boss was the first sitting president to appear in late-night. … Read More »

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Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Scores 4.2M Viewers With Obama Interview Round 2

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 1:41pm PST

ObamaSuperBowl__140202224238-575x323Things may have been testy between the participants at times, but the ratings for Bill O’Reilly‘s interview with President Obama last night on Fox News Channel were full of nothing but love. With 4.204 million watching the continuation of the pre-taped White House sitdown from the Super Bowl pregame show, The O’Reilly Factor at 8 PM ET drew its best total audience numbers since its coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombing. Back in April 2013, Fox News drew 4.825 million viewers April 15, the day of the marathon attack, and 7.626 million viewers April 19 during a Shep Smith-hosted special in the slot on the night of the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ended with his capture. Last night’s Factor also garnered 626,000 viewers in the key adults 25-54 news demo.

Related: Obama Slams “Successful” Fox News Again In Taped O’Reilly Interview
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UPDATE: Obama Slams “Successful” Fox News Again In Taped O’Reilly Interview

By | Monday February 3, 2014 @ 5:18pm PST

Obama Super Bowl InterviewUPDATE, 5:18PM: ”Absolutely, of course you are Bill but I like you anyway,” President Obama told Fox NewsBill O’Reilly tonight when asked if the cable news network host was “unfair” to him. “We just went through an interview where you asked about healthcare not working, IRS wholly corrupt, Benghazi,” Obama said referring to his testy live Super Bowel pregame interview with O’Reilly yesterday (see below). “The list of issues are defined by you guys in a certain way, but this is OK. If you want to be President of the United States then you know that you are going to be subject to criticism..” the President added. “But I want to know if it is unfair,” asked The O’Reilly Factor host to a smiling, laughing and deflecting Obama, “It’s my job to give you a hard time,” O’Reilly added. “Here’s what I would say, regardless of if it is unfair or not, it has made Fox News very successful,” responded Obama. “Here’s what you guys have to figure out, what are you going to do when I’m gone,” the President added. Today’s 10-minute interview shown on The O’Reilly Factor was taped immediately following the live 10-minute one-on-one the duo conducted Sunday. The taped interview also touched on support for veterans, the Keystone pipeline and how Obama thinks Richard Nixon was more liberal than he is.”Mr. President, always a pleasure to talk to you,” O’Reilly concluded the interview with. Afterwards, O’Reilly showed portions of the live interview from Sunday.

fnc1__131008010658-150x150PREVIOUS, SUNDAY PM: Things turned tense quickly today between President Obama and Bill O’Reilly in their Super Bowl pregame interview. “OK, Bill, you’ve got a long list of my mistakes,” Obama said to The O’Reilly Factor host near the start of their 10-minute live interview on Fox. That remark — in response to a question from O’Reilly whether it was the biggest mistake of Obama’s presidency when he told Americans no one would lose their healthcare under Obamacare — was one of a number of points on which the two butted heads.  The duo sparred almost from the beginning in the interview live from the White House this afternoon. Obama also took on Fox News Channel when O’Reilly asked him about reports the IRS was investigating Tea Party-related groups for political reasons. “These kind of things keep resurfacing in part because you and your TV station will promote them,” Obama said. “When you look there have been multiple hearings.” Obama denied any corruption, just some “boneheaded decisions.” Earlier, the Fox News host interrupted Obama with a “you’re not going to answer that?” as the President replied to a question about why he didn’t fire Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius after the botched online launch of Obamacare.

Super_Bowl_XLVIII_logoThe face-to-face marked the first time O’Reilly has interviewed Obama since Fox last broadcast the Super Bowl in 2011. The two covered several topics today including the Obamacare rollout, the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, and the IRS scandal. Obama wouldn’t offer a prediction for the game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. I can’t make a prediction, I don’t know, these guys are too evenly matched,” he said. “I think it is going to be 24-21 but I don’t know who is going to be 24 and I don’t know who is going to be 21.”  Just before the interview ended, O’Reilly told the President he thought his heart was in the right place. O’Reilly and Obama are set to chat more today for an additional taped portion that will be shown Monday on O’Reilly Factor.   Read More »

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First Lady’s Rescheduled L.A. Fundraiser Raises Over $650,000; Draws Barbra Streisand & LA Mayor

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 9:55pm PST

Obama And First Lady Host Event On Expanding College Opportunity At White HouseThird try is a big-ticket charm for the First Family and the Democratic National Committee when it comes to getting some Hollywood cash. Paying between $1,000-$32,4000 a pop, about 200 donors came out this evening for Michelle Obama’s DNC fundraiser at the home of Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal and his wife, actress Monica Horan. As President Obama took to the road today to drum up support for last night’s State of the Union speech, Mrs. Obama made her long-awaited trip out West to raise money for the Democrats’ midterm election war chest and to add another voice to that chorus. The First Lady, who earlier pre-recorded an appearance on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show set to air Thursday morning, spoke for about 20 minutes tonight, hitting many of the themes of her husband’s speech before Congress yesterday. In her speech tonight, the First Lady urged the crowd to “write a big fat check. Write the biggest check you can possibly write,” according to the White House pool report.  ”I know some of you may be tired of always being asked for money, and I understand, because it’s not always easy to ask you for it. But we do this because writing the checks is the single most impactful thing you can do right now to affect the outcome of those midterms,” she told the Tinseltown audience. Among those in attendance were  longtime Democrat supporter Barbra Streisand and her husband James Brolin, Tim Robbins, and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and his daughter, according to the pool report. The event is estimated to have raised more than $650,000 according to sources close to the DNC. The First Lady is the second major Democrat out in L.A. in a week after NY Gov. Andrew Coumo was in town last Thursday raising more than $600,000 for his re-election.

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Obama Name Drops ‘Mad Men’ In State Of The Union Speech

By | Tuesday January 28, 2014 @ 7:17pm PST

US-POLITICS-STATE OF THE UNION-OBAMAWell, we know one thing for sure from President Obama’s State of the Union speech tonight – somebody in the White House watches Mad Men. Maybe it’s Obama himself, who has expressed a preference for the Matt Read More »

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‘2016: Obama’s America’ Filmmaker Pleads Not Guilty To Campaign Contribution Fraud

By | Friday January 24, 2014 @ 12:21pm PST

DJP LEGAL BADGEDinesh D’Souza, co-director and star of the second-most-successful political documentary in American box office history, faced a federal judge in New York today on charges of campaign finance fraud. The 2016: Obama’s America 0A2K2031filmmaker pleaded not guilty to District Judge Richard Berman at a noon ET hearing in Manhattan. He was released on $500,000 bail as the case was pushed back to March 4. D’Souza’s 2016 has made more than $33 million since it was first released in July 2012. In an indictment handed down Thursday, the conservative author and former aide to President Reagan faces a maximum of two years in prison for allegedly donating more than $20,000 to the unsuccessful 2012 GOP Senate campaign of longtime friend Wendy Long through other people. He also faces a max of five years behind bars for causing false statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission in connection with those contributions,” according the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

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Bill O’Reilly To Interview President Obama During Fox’s Super Bowl Pregame Show

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 10:14am PST

O'reillyobamaThe primetime Fox News Channel host will conduct the live sit-down from the White House during the Fox Super Bowl Sunday pregame show February 2. Bill O’Reilly‘s interview with President Obama is set to begin around 4:30 PM … Read More »

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Michelle Obama Reschedules Hollywood Fundraiser At Phil Rosenthal’s Place That Got Nixed By Government Shutdown

By | Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 3:36pm PST

Don’t try to get around town on January 29 — that’s the day first lady Michelle Obama has re-scheduled her scrubbed DNC fundraiser at the obamamichelleHancock Park home of Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal and his wife, actress Monica Horan. This clambake previously had been scheduled for mid-October at same place but got nixed because the government shutdown made it seem icky — FLOTUS glad-handing Hollywood types who’d forked over $1,250 to $32,400 for the privilege, while many government workers aren’t collecting their paychecks just did not pass the cringe test. Back in October, she’d also pulled the plug on a planned San Francisco fundraiser.

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