The Presidency and the Country were Diminished by Obama’s Leno Appearance
Obama has made America into a laughing stock among the world.
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Everybody’s talking about — well, not everybody. The chairman of the RNC wrote letters to CNN and NBC, “You guys, we’re not gonna show up at your debates anymore if you do these miniseries on Hillary.” I think you ought to send the letter, just take out the part about the miniseries on Hillary. “We’re not gonna show up in your debates anymore.” They’ll never do that, but that’s what they should do. Anyway, the RNC is very much concerned about all these miniseries on Hillary. Last night, while everybody’s worried about a miniseries on Hillary that hasn’t happened, Obama showed up for, what, the sixth time on The Tonight Show.
Last night, to show you how the country is changing in a very serious way, last night was the first time since this massive upgraded terror warning was put into effect on Sunday, this was the first time the president of the United States spoke to the American people about this. We closed 21 embassies in the Middle East on Sunday for a full week. The president of the United States of America, the world’s lone superpower, the president, by reputation, by tradition, the leader of the free world — that’s somewhat dubious now, but traditionally that’s how our presidents have been referred to and thought of. The president of the United States went to a late-night comedy show for his first-ever statement about this increased terror threat. A late-night comedy show.
Now, nothing against late-night comedy shows, don’t misunderstand. I mean, I’ve had my own appearances and fun with Jay Leno. There’s nothing wrong with late-night comedy shows, but this would not have happened with any prior president. Matters of such consequence, matters of such seriousness would have been dealt with in a far more serious and appropriate way and forum and time of day. And by virtue of appearing on a late-night comedy show, the president saw to it that these events — and it wasn’t just the ramping up of the terror threat level or any of that. There were serious items on the agenda in our relationship with Russia, and all of it was treated as a joke. All of it was treated as unserious, halfhearted, nothing to really be concerned about.