Looks like Biden stole a page from the Obama playbook. When things are getting worse and he really needs to address the American people like a freaking President would—He’s choosing to go on a late-night show for some jokes. On Wednesday, CNN discussed Biden’s upcoming interview with late night host Jimmy Kimmel, CNN media analyst Bill Carter said that the president could use some “exposure that may not be too, you know, challenging for him.”
“New Day” host Brianna Keilar asked Carter what he thought the president was “hoping to achieve” in appearing on a late night show while suffering from low approval ratings. The president is set to join Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday for his first major interview in over 100 days.
“Clearly this is an appearance meant to, you know, give him a forum where he can be relaxed and maybe have some laughs and joke around, and you know it will be a positive thing for him,” Carter said.
He added that with late night shows, presidential candidates usually do it for exposure purposes but that it is rarely done by sitting presidents. Former president Barack Obama was the first sitting president to appear on late night TV.
“I think Biden could use a little bit of exposure that may not be too, you know, challenging for him. Although I would expect that Jimmy Kimmel, who is certainly a guy he expects to be sympathetic, will probably, you know, find some questions to ask him that were kind of serious questions because that’s expected of him,” Carter continued.
Carter said that former President Donald Trump didn’t appear on any late night shows while in office and rather went after the shows like they were “committing treason.”
Carter said Obama was a “coveted guest” on the late-night programs. “Biden has not really done that and I think, you know, his advisers have been looking for ways to get him out there and to have him be more public and this is certainly a way to do it,” the CNN media analyst said.
He told Keilar and co-host John Berman that Kimmel told him that the president had always had an “open invitation” to come on the show in Los Angeles. He said he didn’t think it was some “let’s get a strategy together type of thing.”
Trump knows television but he understood the assignment at hand. Whereas, Biden’s team plan to count his shits and giggles with Kimmel as ‘addressing the people’. I have never seen a president who dodged the podium more than this guy.
Meanwhile, the media is just glad that anything embarrassing Biden does on the show, they’ll have an easier time playing it off as a joke. What a weird world we’re living in.
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.