Play of the Day: Is Obama Nixonian?

By Ross Gianfortune

May 16, 2013

The three scandals surrounding the White House remained the main topics of conversation on late-night television Wednesday. The Late Show’s David Letterman was the only one mentioning one of the scandals, saying that he goes easy on Barack Obama because Letterman values his phone privacy. Letterman also took a shot at Congress, explaining that these scandals could “bring gridlock to a screeching halt.” TBS’ Conan O’Brien enumerated Obama’s hurting of Democrats around the country, while NBC’s Jimmy Fallon found a familiar punchline in Vice President Joe Biden.

The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno mentioned Benghazi a few times in his monologue, and compared the White House to rotting fish. He also brought Richard Nixon’s legacy into the discussion, comparing Obama’s scandals to those of the 37th president’s. Leno also compared Nixon favorably to Obama on the back of Nixon’s lower unemployment rate.

Fast forward to 2:55 to see The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart explain the difference between a president being Nixonian and Magoovian.


By Ross Gianfortune

May 16, 2013

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