March 25, 2009 — Santa Monica, CA. For the second time in as many months, Barack Obama scheduled a primetime news conference that preempted must-see-TV and caused panic and anger across the nation. Some experts say it may have been a big mistake and his overall popularity may plummet.
Mario Owen, a political strategist, weighed-in on the debate by saying, “Americans are suffering enough these days. Barack can’t just take away things like American Idol whenever he wants. When viewers tune-in on a Tuesday night and unexpectedly see the President instead of Simon Cowell, it can cause a range of emotions, from panic to madness. And both can have a negative effect on his Presidency.”
Not surprisingly, many agree with Owens’ comments. “Being a New Yorker, when I turn on the TV and see Obama instead of NCIS in prime time, I fear the worst has happened. I ran to my windows and looked for smoke and listened for sirens. Thank God he was just doing a press conference on the economy,” said Vinnie Nash. And Phoenix resident, Tracy Melbourne felt a different type of fear. “I know the economy is in shambles. When I saw re-runs on every channel, I figured the TV networks had finally gone bankrupt and we’d never ever get a new show again. I cried until I found out what was really going on.”
Even President Obama’s biggest fans are miffed at his latest move. “I love the man, I voted for him. But I have had it up-to-here with him screwing up my TV schedule. I was buzzed, in my shorts, and ready to watch The Mentalist. But I got a re-run because of this economy crap.” Another anonymous fan had one simple message for the President. “This is not change we can believe in, and it’s not the change we voted for. Stop effing-up our TV and give us back our Idol.”
Obama’s speech was broadcast live across the nation at 8 p.m. eastern standard time, right in the middle of prime time. Viewers on the west coast got re-runs of their favorite shows in their regular timeslots. The reporters here at Thank God For the Internet Blog will continue following this story and provide updates when news breaks.