Ryan Seacrest Interviews President Barack Obama on Election Day

Ryan Seacrest interviewed President Barack Obama this election day morn.

I’m not going to comment on the interview, but to say…I just got back from voting. Yay me.

ETA: Hm. Ryan did a pretty good job!

Listen to the interview here:

Ryan – President

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43 Comments

  1. My response to that interview: “Blah, blah, blah…yada, yada, yada…”

    The best part of Election Day is that it marks the end of political commercials and phone solicitations.

    Regarding what to expect from the vote: Obama and company are gonna take an ass-whuppin’ of epic proportions tonight.

    What a difference two years can make.

  2. I didn’t listen but it seems like an odd interview for a POTUS to do. I wouldn’t think most of Ryan’s listeners are old enough to vote! LOL. I guess he was trying to reach the young voters.

  3. Regarding what to expect from the vote: Obama and company are gonna take an ass-whuppin’ of epic proportions tonight.

    Oh what a surprise that Negativo and I disagree on something. Heh. Let’s see whose ass gets whupped when the President is actually on the ballot.

    Good interview and a few good laughs. I think that’s a good place for the President to reach out to those lazy younger voters who can’t be bothered to turn out for mid-terms.

  4. The best part of Election Day is that it marks the end of political commercials and phone solicitations.

    I wonder what time it will be safe to turn on the teevee?

  5. I think that the mid-term elections NORMALLY go to the opposite party. It happened to Clinton. It happened to Bush. America is fickle that way. The question is will it be a total Republican Fest and Democratic Blow out? Or will things swing to the Republicans by not nearly as huge a margin as previously expected? I think it won’t be “epic proportions”. Yes, it will swing to the right, as was expected, but not epic. I think it’s good that the president is making himself available to news outlets other than Meet the Press and such in order to contact a broader audience. He was on the Daily Show last week.

  6. Oh what a surprise that Negativo and I disagree on something.

    Oh, come on, Sally…every single poll foresees a GOP rout this year! I’m not expressing a controversial opinion – hell, even Obama surely knows this is bloody Tuesday for the Dems.

    Whether you personally identify as a conservative or a liberal, the math is still the math!

  7. Negativo, you are my hero!! :-)

    I think Obama acts like a child. He chooses the strangest places to do interviews….Ryan’s show, The View, Jon Stewart…this man’s desperation knows no bounds and it shows.

    Now onto India? Why is he going? People are going to bed hungry in this country Mr. President! Could this trip be anymore expensive?

    Can anyone tell that I am a staunch conservative? And yes, I vote for Bristol because I think she is what the show is about (poor thing is so shy, but has improved so much) and I am sick of people that have experience in something that would help their dancing winning!!

    I am holding my breath that Bristol is not eliminated on election night. Oh, I can hear the jokes now!! And, I am not a Sarah Palin fan! So there! HA! :-)

  8. Actually, that’s not really true. The polls show a greater chance of Republican wins, but most of those races are actually only about 2% lead over the democratic opponents. In other words, it’s not in the bag. There will be a Republican gain, but nothing shows it to be a proven landslide. This isn’t a 2+2=4 situation.

  9. There will be a Republican gain, but nothing shows it to be a proven landslide. This isn’t a 2+2=4 situation.

    Bi-partisan polls predict the GOP to have the largest gain in the House by any political party in over 50 years.

    According to Real Clear Politics, the GOP will gain anywhere from 45-89 seats. Most likely, they will gain around 65.

    In the Senate, RCP predicts the GOP will gain 8 seats, with an outside shot at 10 seats and an outright Senate majority.

    In the Gubernatorial races, the Republicans are predicted by RCP to pick up at least 7 more states.

    This is historic stuff.

  10. And yet, if the Democrats beat the projections by a mere 3% across the board they’ll still control the house. Yes the chance of the Republicans getting a landslide are high, but that still does not equal fact, nor take into consideration the actual close call between candidates. Either way, the gains still wouldn’t add up to enough to steam roll laws, just create an even greater standstill then we’ve had. It’s a lose-lose situation for the general public.

  11. Reminder:

    NO PERSONAL ATTACKS PLEASE. Please don’t question the motives of posters.

  12. I think Obama acts like a child. He chooses the strangest places to do interviews….Ryan’s show, The View, Jon Stewart…this man’s desperation knows no bounds and it shows.

    It isn’t childish or desperate to go anywhere that there are citizens who want to hear what the president has to say. It’s part of his job to reach out to all Americans, even the ones who watch cable tv and silly morning shows and American Idol.

  13. Either way, the gains still wouldn’t add up to enough to steam roll laws, just create an even greater standstill then we’ve had. It’s a lose-lose situation for the general public.

    If this is not an expression of political opinion than I’m Fred Flintstone!

    Anyway, I really don’t know or care either way what your political ideology happens to be, and I wasn’t presuming to know how you believe ideologically, because I’m simply pointing out that one doesn’t need to be a conservative in order to read the polls and understand that the results tonight are going to be butt ugly for the Dems.

  14. If they do get the full numbers possible, they still wll not have a veto proof control. President doesn’t like something, it won’t pass. Lose. If they don’t get a majority, they can prevent other side from getting to the president to pass. Lose. This isn’t about political belief, just pure fact. When nothing can get done, period, how is that a win for either side? How do the American people benefit from 2 years of deadlock?

    Also, this is wy I say, and still do, that it’s not so simple. Politics is never simple, even when it seems to be.

    http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/01/house-forecast-g-o-p-plus-54-55-seats-significantly-larger-or-smaller-gains-possible/

  15. No worries… no matter which side of the aisle you sit on… no worries… i heard your party said they’ll fix everything this next year. LOL

  16. How do the American people benefit from 2 years of deadlock?

    They don’t. On top of that, are the Republicans that gain power going to try and passify those in the Tea Party movement?

    Bill Clinton, after losing Congress during his first term, learned to govern from the middle. I hope Obama and the new Congress do the same.

  17. When nothing can get done, period, how is that a win for either side? How do the American people benefit from 2 years of deadlock?

    Bill Clinton’s most successful years as president came when he was forced to submit to the legislation of a GOP dominated congress. Obama will be similarly forced to acquiesce, and Americans will once again benefit as a result.

  18. The current state of our country and politics is sickening. Why can’t Democrats and Republicans just get along? Is it hypocritical of me to be voting when I’m thinking this in the slim chance that something good will happen to our country?

    The best part of Election Day is that it marks the end of political commercials and phone solicitations.

    God, yes. And for me, I see less political bickering. Granted, it’ll never go away, but it’ll be less obnoxious.

    I think that the mid-term elections NORMALLY go to the opposite party.

    I think this is usually the case, and it kinda makes me feel uncomfortable with voting. Well, at least it seemed like the case in the Presidents I’ve lived through (Bush Sr. through Obama, but I was way too young to know anything when Bush Sr. was President).

  19. They don’t. On top of that, are the Republicans that gain power going to try and passify those in the Tea Party movement?

    Exactly. And let’s face it, most who are part of the Tea party don’t really know what they are arguing about and aren’t going to be placated easily, Republican control or not.

  20. How do the American people benefit from 2 years of deadlock

    Like undercooked said, they don’t. The republicans are going to spend their time passing bills to repeal everything obama put in place. Obama is obviously not going to sign those bills. Than for the presidential election, both sides will be playing the blame game on whose fault it is that nothing got done for the past 2 years.

  21. I think that the mid-term elections NORMALLY go to the opposite party.

    This is true. The president knows this from the day he/she is elected and does everything he/she can to move their agenda forward in the first two years. It is all just politics as usual —EXCEPT for the amount of money Carl Rove and company are pumping into this election. It’s obscene.

  22. I think this is usually the case, and it kinda makes me feel uncomfortable with voting. Well, at least it seemed like the case in the Presidents I’ve lived through (Bush Sr. through Obama, but I was way too young to know anything when Bush Sr. was President).

    Yeah, this is pretty much where I am at. I’m tired of voting for the least of two evils. Unfortunately, I don’t see that changing in my lifetime. It’ll always be such a choice.

  23. Like undercooked said, they don’t. The republicans are going to spend their time passing bills to repeal everything obama put in place. Obama is obviously not going to sign those bills. Than for the presidential election, both sides will be playing the blame game on whose fault it is that nothing got done for the past 2 years.

    I’m inclined to think that after this, BOTH parties will be to blame, and politics will just seem like a childish game of scapegoating. Democrats and Republicans won’t realize that they are both to blame and mindlessly attack the other. I do have a preference from the two because I think one party is the lesser of two evils, but it’s a bit discomforting to think of the blame game.

    Political discussion on mjsbigblog. Hm. Interesting.

  24. Unfortunately, scapegoating is a major part of the political process. Always will be. I would love to see one year where all political campaigns are only allowed to state what the politician’s own goals and platform are. No hyperbolic attacks on opponents, no “look what they did/didn’t do.” Just run on their own merits.

  25. This is true. The president knows this from the day he/she is elected and does everything he/she can to move their agenda forward in the first two years.

    Losing a few seats is the norm. If the GOP gains 60 or more seats (as expected) it will be the biggest party gain since FDR 72 years ago.

  26. Well, I think its great that Obama is thinking outside the box and getting out there talking to all possible voters. This is, after all, what a thriving democracy is all about – inclusion of all citizens, no matter their economic, gender, race or musical preference. The main point which Obama emphasized is if we want to see a country that works for we, the people, we need to stay informed on the issues, do our civic duty and vote and participate. As they say, democracy is not a spectator sport.

    And after you vote, should you feel so inclined, you can go on twitter and say #Ivoted and get a little digital sticker on your tweet, courtesy of Twitter.

    And with that, I’m off to do my part and volunteer to get out the vote. Later.

  27. Losing a few seats is the norm. If the GOP gains 60 or more seats (as expected) it will be the biggest party gain since FDR 72 years ago.

    You keep repeating this like it is somehow means something. It honestly doesn’t. It’s like someone just dumped a truckload of bricks in the middle of a highway that was already backed up. The only difference is it’ll just take longer for traffic to get moving.

  28. The President will and is getting a lot criticism for talking with Ryan but I happen to think it was fine. His popularity is quite high from comparison of past presidents and I think one reason is that he is not afraid to connect to people no matter the age or group. I happen to like the fact that he isn’t sitting in an untouchable position. I have no doubt that if something of great importance were to come up during the call he would be off like a flash. ( I also am comforted by his great love for his girls……)
    Having said all this I happen to agree that having to work with the House with the majority being Republicans will be a good thing. I happen to value the balance of power a great deal…..he promised to work with everyone when he ran…..now he will HAVE to. Win win IMO!

  29. I would love to see one year where all political campaigns are only allowed to state what the politician’s own goals and platform are. No hyperbolic attacks on opponents, no “look what they did/didn’t do.” Just run on their own merits.

    Actually, I think there is great value in seeing how a candidate walks their talk. It’s easy for those outside of political office to speak grandly of all the great things they can do, and all the bad things the person in power has done. They are not in office yet – the real testing place – the place where, since this is a democracy, compromises are made by necessity. I find it very helpful to see what a person’s voting record is – what they do when push comes to shove. As far as I’m concerned, preventing almost any bill from even getting an up or down vote is not my idea of a representative of the people, and it saddens me that folks are rewarding that type of behavior. I mean, many of these bills were actually co-written by the folks who then blocked any vote from taking place (see Republicans). Seems like the ultimate definition of a bully to me. An not great role models for a working democracy.

  30. I’d agree with that in theory. The only problem is that opponents rarely provide context to such information. Politician A points out that B voted no for military spending during a time of war, but fails to include that B did so because of pork attached that would have had negative consequences. The things just dissolve back into attack, counterattack adds.

    Personally, I don’t have a problem with the president doing some interviews like this. They all do around election times, anyways. It’s good to not be too distant from the public as to be unknowable, but he does run a risk of becoming too familiar. Hope he knows where to draw that line.

  31. I mean, many of these bills were actually co-written by the folks who then blocked any vote from taking place (see Republicans).

    The House majority leader (Pelosi) is the one who puts “up or down” votes to the floor of the House. The Democrats have held a solid majority in the House for four years, plus a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate for the past two. Republicans could not, and did not, prevent any votes from being presented before congress over the past four years. If you were unhappy with the lack of bills presented on the floor of the House for a vote don’t blame the GOP.

  32. HS, That’s where you have to do your own research. Granted, few people do. But I think these ads at most should be simply starting places to inquire further. If a citizen’s sole criteria for voting came from candidate’s ads, they’d always vote for the incumbent, who, after all, always have an unblemished record. Personally, I make my decisions entirely outside of advertising.

    I wish all ads had to pass a honesty litmus test since many are outright lies. That’s where watchdog groups like Media Matters, etc. are essential if you want to discern truth from fiction.

  33. Nope. That was entirely on the backs of the Dems. Had the Dems (president included) acted with any spine, they may not be in this situation. Instead, they hemmed and hawed and procrastinated under the absurd notion that doing nothing was somehow going to keep them in place.

  34. negativo, I have been very happy with Pelosi’s leadership in the House. The problem lies entirely with the Senate, where the threat of the filibuster by the Republicans is the only game in town.

    From 1917-1969 – averaged less than 1 filibuster/year
    1970-1980 – averaged 17/year
    2008 – 1 out of every 5 Senate votes was a cloture vote
    Obama’s administration – 113 cloture votes as of 9/9/10. Basically, no bill can move forward without 60 votes – a super-majority, and that was never the way the Senate was intended to, or has ever operated before. BTW, there are 57 Dems and 2 Independents in the Senate, so while they are the majority, they are not the super-majority, so the way Repubs are playing it, all progress stops. That’s not bi-partisanship or working together. It is blocking all forward progress in the hope that the public is not watching. Well, I and many others are.

  35. BTW, there are 57 Dems and 2 Independents in the Senate, so while they are the majority, then are not the super-majority, so the way Repubs are playing it, all progress stops.

    The Dems had a Filibuster-proof majority until January 19th, 2010 when Tea Party favorite Scott Brown took the late Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts senate seat. Even after that, they did succeed in passing House legislation (with some compromises to liberal Republicans), but when the bills went back down to the House for confirmation the Dems didn’t have the votes because so many Dems broke party ranks.

  36. I think that the mid-term elections NORMALLY go to the opposite party. It happened to Clinton. It happened to Bush. America is fickle that way.

    Very true indeed. The problem is that neither party has any idea what the fuck they are doing!

  37. Yeah, how dare the President talk to Ryan Seacrest and his listeners? He should be snooty and look down on everyone that isn’t a “pundit” or “high class”. Screw the young folk!

    He’d be better off having a reality show about life in Alaska or having his daughter on DWTS! :p :p

    It’s not like he guest appeared on the Kardashian show or something. It was a RADIO show. And one that happens to get a big audience of young people.

  38. Bill Clinton, after losing Congress during his first term, learned to govern from the middle. I hope Obama and the new Congress do the same.

    Geez. And so many of us already thought he was too far right.

    I love Nancy Pelosi. You would think she would have at least one child appropriate for Dancing With The Stars.

  39. Isn’t there a saying about not talking about politics and religion among friends? Ha ha! Bless you, you brave souls that shared your feelings. I am pleased with myself for just voting, and my husband voted because I told him too. So yeah, it’s all good here.

  40. Kudos to Ryan. He did actually do very well with this interview. No cringeworthy moments or annoying remarks out of him. XD

    As many things as I may disagree with Obama about, I don’t think he is a whole lot different than each president before him who makes the rounds with the press like this. Trying to get people to vote, trying to get their support, trying to make sure people don’t forget about him and his staff. Same old song and dance, IMO. I see no harm done with a few simple, maybe pointless interviews on shows like this.

  41. Whatever you think of Obama, at least he can speak English in complete sentences. My disappointment with Obama is that he has become so timid. He needs to talk more with the people who voted for him.

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