The year of our good lord 2016 is upon us.
Besides the breathless fever-pitch anticipation around the release of the third Bridget Jones movie and the eventual fall of the human race into anarchy we also have a presidential election and the transfer of power from Barack Obama to his successor to look forward to.
It’s often said that the goal of a lame duck president is legacy-building.
How will history remember you after they take your drones away?
Based on the last few months of his tenure in office Obama must want to be remembered as Will Smith in Independence Day – cracking wise and saving the day with relative ease – while avoiding the flip side of the cool guy overreach: looking like a pompous twit.
Which is to say looking like Will Smith performing Wild Wild West at the MTV Movie Awards.
In between giving speeches after mass shootings Obama’s been on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, HBO’s Vice – Jimmy Kimmel Live – Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis – Ellen – the Tonight Show – Bill Simmons’s podcast – Mythbusters – Saturday Night Live and (for real) Steve Harvey’s morning show.
Obama has been on so many shows that even David Spade thinks he’s desperate – the very same David Spade who said yes to Joe Dirt 2 without his participation resulting from a complex extortion plot.
Criticism like that hasn’t stopped the president from homing in on Spade’s territory and guesting on Jerry Seinfeld’s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
(ed:..i’ve just watched it..it’s worth watching..)