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Has Barack Obama officially Jumped the Shark by appearing on America's Most Wanted?


After numerous appearances on the late-night circuit, Access Hollywood, and countless other news magazines over the last two years, President Obama  can now add another prime-time program to his resume: America's Most Wanted.President Obama on Jay Leno. Photo: http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2009/03/22/alg_obama-leno.jpg

Really Mr. President? Really?

Obama will make his appearance Saturday night as the long-running Fox series broadcasts its 1,000th episode. He will be interviewed by host John Walsh, whose commitment to stopping fugitives since his son Adam's brutal murder in 1981 will be recognized by President Obama.

What Walsh has done with his program is remarkable and he deserves every accolade he gets. Although he lost his son, he has made a difference in the lives of thousands (if not millions) of people with his television show during its run that has spanned parts of four decades. The President will reportedly discuss the crime-fighting initiatives of his administration on the program, and Saturday's broadcast will almost undoubtedly have the highest ratings in the history of the show. But frankly, this isn't about ratings. America's Most Wanted has caught over 1,000 criminals: ALL without the help of President Obama. Enough is enough. And in my opinion (and I'm sure probably several others), President Obama has now officially "Jumped the Shark."

For those of you who aren't aware of the term, here are some quick examples. Remember some of your favorite TV shows that changed forever because two of the main characters "consummated their relationship" (Dave and Maddie on Moonlighting) or a new character was added to a show who had absolutely no purpose being there? (Sam from Diff'rent Strokes, or that special effects guy from The A-Team). Well, THAT isCharles Nelson Reilly photo: http://www.tv.pop-cult.com/images/match-game-4.jpg what Barack Obama has become to network television. If Match Game  was still on the air, he probably would be challenging Charles Nelson Reilly  for the highest number of guest spots. His fame is starting to come from the publicity surrounding him as opposed to what he has done since he has taken office.

To be fair, Obama is not the first President of the United States to break promises after his inauguration (cutting spending, possible tax increases), and he HAS stepped into the biggest mess in the history of our country. He has helped with unemployment extensions, although he has not had much help from Dr. Evil. The reason this was passed however, is because the job shortage in this country is pretty damn scary. Every time I see President Obama on television, I think of the soon-to-be 150,000 total troops in Afghanistan, and how the Pittsburgh Pirates have a better chance of winning the World Series than a Healthcare bill  that is still not even close to being passed by Congress.

So Mr. President, the honeymoon is indeed over. People are downright scared to death (myself included) wondering if their family has a future in this country. Americans no longer think you are "hip and cool" for appearing on Jay Leno (Part One) and Letterman.  We get the fact that you are trying to be "The People's President."

To be honest, you will earn our trust by your actions, which always speak louder than words.