CBS Late-Night Comic Mocks ‘Totally Checked Out’ Obama Doing Soft Media Appearances

On CBS’s Late Late Show on Tuesday – aired early Wednesday morning – host James Corden ridiculed President Obama for abandoning the job of commander-in-chief in favor of doing a series of appearances on YouTube and reality TV shows: “...there is one guy who's definitely not interested in being the President of the United States, and that's the President of the United States, Barack Obama, who, I don't know if you've noticed, seems to totally have checked out recently.”

Corden pointed out the absurdity of one recent Obama sit-down: “...the President did an interview on YouTube, where the biggest debate was who would win in a rap battle between Kendrick Lamar and Drake....But this is not a question for the President, guys! This is a question you ask the guy who sells you weed just to make the whole transaction seem less weird.”    

Taking a shot at the President for recently appearing on NBC’s Running Wild with Bear Grylls, Corden observed: “Like this had to be the first time a U.S. president ever appeared on TV with a man who regularly drinks his own urine.”

Wrapping up the monologue, Corden noted: “Obama even recently appeared on Jerry Seinfeld's show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Like how about less Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and more, you know, Presidents in the White House getting legislation passed through both houses of Congress?”

The audience cheered and applauded the admonishment of Obama.

Here is a transcript of Corden mocking the President, aired January 20:

12:39 AM ET

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JAMES CORDEN: However, there is one guy who's definitely not interested in being the President of the United States, and that's the President of the United States, Barack Obama, who, I don't know if you've noticed, seems to totally have checked out recently. Just watch how he ended a recent press conference.

BARACK OBAMA: 20 years, probably, before we reverse some of these major trends. Okay, everybody, I've got to get to Star Wars.

[LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE]  

But it's like Obama has total senioritis, doesn’t he? And if you want proof of this, he's started signing every bill in Congress with: "Have a great summer! Stay cool. Barack."

[LAUGHTER]

But speaking of staying cool, last week, the President did an interview on YouTube, where the biggest debate was who would win in a rap battle between Kendrick Lamar and Drake. He said Kendrick Lamar, right? Is what he said. Yeah, we all agree. But this is not a question for the President, guys! This is a question you ask the guy who sells you weed just to make the whole transaction seem less weird.

[LAUGHTER]

I'm trying to look at the faces of people who are like, “That was funny.” And I can see this guy right here, I can tell, he’s like, “Where are we? It's called the Late Late Show, it’s not even late.” We tape it now, it goes out later.

 [LAUGHTER]

And remember when Obama appeared on the NBC reality show Running Wild with survivalist Bear Grylls? Like this had to be the first time a U.S. president ever appeared on TV with a man who regularly drinks his own urine.

People were shocked that during the show because Obama actually ate fish that had been gnawed on by a bear, right? That's nothing. Chris Christie once ate half a ham straight out of a dumpster.

[LAUGHTER]

I'm joking. He didn't. It was a whole ham.

[LAUGHTER]

Obama even recently appeared on Jerry Seinfeld's show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Like how about less Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and more, you know, Presidents in the White House getting legislation passed through both houses of Congress?  

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]  

With all these TV appearances, I gotta say, Obama could be nominated for an Emmy. He really could. Not an Oscar, of course. For that, you have to be in a movie, and also, you have to be white.

[LAUGHTER]  

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Kyle Drennen
Kyle Drennen
Kyle Drennen is the Senior News Analyst for MRC