The Obama McJobs economy. Toward the middle of the interview, Leno teed Obama up to deliver his usual boilerplate talk on the economy — it needs to be fair, level playing field, etc. — with this question:
Q Welcome back. We’re talking with the President of the United States, Barack Obama.
Hey, let’s talk about the economy. Things seem to be getting better, seem to be improving.
That’s slow-pitch softball. The fact is, more than 90% of the jobs created in America since 2009 have been part-time jobs. Unemployment among teens and blacks is at historic levels. The labor force participation rate is at an historic low level. Obamacare is directly driving the rise of the part-time economy. Obama has pivoted to jobs just as his scandals have heated up and his poll numbers have sunk. Leno never asked the president to comment on any of that. He let Obama’s boilerplate comments on jobs and infrastructure go by unchallenged, when he could have asked why the 2009 stimulus that Obama fought for didn’t create those kinds of jobs years ago.
Obamacare. President Obama has temporarily swept the Obamacare employer mandate aside, despite the fact that the law he signed doesn’t allow for such a delay. Obamacare is being blamed for rising health insurance premiums, the rise of part-time jobs, and the lack of hiring across the U.S.. The government is also woefully behind its building of data security for Obamacare, which is sure to be a magnet for hackers and identity thieves. Leno never asked about any of that. Instead, he teed up Obama to deliver another speech, with this question.
Q So what’s the latest in health care? What’s new?
Leno then followed up with an endorsement of the unpopular law.
Q Well, I was able to get health care from — the guys who worked at my shop for me are all over 50. They never had health care. And I was able to get it now because you can’t be turned down. So thank you for that.
Leno is wealthy enough that he could have paid for all of those shop workers’ health care out of his own pocket.
Leno wrapped up with another softball about Trayvon Martin, then asked the president about how much he loves to eat broccoli, and they discussed Leno’s love of cars.
Of course, the neglected questions above are why Obama chooses late-night talk shows over sitting down for real interviews.