Hi. It’s Chad once again. Here’s hoping none of the candidates have to sing to get into the White House.
The three major remaining presidential candidates were scheduled to be on FOX’s “American Idol” last night. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain were going to give taped messages as part of “Idol Gives Back,” a telethon for needy children.
Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times has a transcript of what Obama is going to say. I couldn’t find a transcript for either Clinton or McCain.
The show says the presidential candidates will be on tonight’s edition at 8 p.m. Eastern.
The jokes are obvious: “We’re running the presidential election like ‘American Idol’.” “Well, at least Obama, Clinton, and McCain can all agree on one thing.” “Hope they don’t have to sing their way through the race.”
The bar for media appearances by presidential candidates or presidents has long-shifted since Richard Nixon asked American to “Sock it to me” on “Laugh-In.” Al Gore, while vice president, appeared on “Futurama,” a show where one of his daughters was a writer.
And the “American Idol” audience is huge and young, two things presidential candidates love to be exposed to.
But is it too much? Is there a standard where presidential candidates or presidents should not cross the line?