President Obama, who has been faulted for having a teleprompter erected in front of him at virtually every public appearance, may wish he had had one operating during his interview with Jay Leno on Thursday night's Tonight show. During a light discussion of Obama's notoriously poor bowling skills, the president remarked, "It's like, it was like Special Olympics or something." Almost immediately after the show, the White House issued a statement saying that the president had "in no way intended to disparage the Special Olympics. ... He thinks that the Special Olympics are a wonderful program that gives an opportunity to shine to people with disabilities from around the world." Asked by Leno earlier if he thought he was being judged too quickly after only two months in office, Obama replied, "In Washington, it's a little bit like American Idol , but everybody is Simon Cowell. Everybody's got an opinion." The most startling comment of the night came from Leno, who remarked during his monologue, "A lot of people were surprised that the president came to NBC. You'd think by this time he'd be tired of big companies on the brink of disaster with a bunch of overpaid executives."

20/03/2009