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"Today" led with WH '08 and hosted Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. "Early Show" led with WH '08 and hosted Clinton and Obama. "GMA" led with WH '08 and hosted Clinton and Obama.

Tim(e) After Tim(e)

Barack Obama, who appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" with Tim Russert for the full hour 5/4, made the TV rounds this a.m. During his appearance on NBC's "Today," Obama repeatedly referred to Matt Lauer as "Tim." After the third time, Lauer corrected him.

 

Lauer, who just returned from his "Where in the World is Matt Lauer?" travel segment: "I just want to say, I know you've had a very long week, and so have I. You're saying 'Tim.' It's Matt Lauer. But believe me, I completely understand."

Obama: "Matt, I'm sorry."

Lauer: "We've both had a long week, senator, believe me."

 

Lauer: "By the way, if you're going to compare me to anybody, Tim Russert's a good one, so I don't mind that at all."

Obama: "It's the same station" (NBC, 5/5).

"No, why would I have any regrets?"
--Hillary Clinton, on whether she regrets her comments about Iran, "This Week," ABC, 5/4.

Keeping The Reverence Alive

U.S. News' Bedard writes, "How many times have we heard" MSNBC's Chris Matthews "rant when potential" WH candidates like Mike Bloomberg "refuse to give a Shermanesque, iron-trap denial that they are planning to run? Well, it's apparently contagious." Amid indications he's working backstage to take on Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) in '10, Matthews "tells us he loves being a reporter but still has the hots for Specter's seat."

 

Matthews: "I've had a reverence for the U.S. Senate since high school. It's real, and it's not going to go away. That said, I've made a serious commitment to journalism, to covering politics, not engaging in it. Besides, I'm having the time of my life covering this historic, unpredictable election." Some insiders say the Senate talk is posturing for his next contract with the cable network, rumored to be offering a low-bid salary ("Washington Whispers," 5/2).

Laugh Track

Jay Leno: "According to the latest CNN poll, President Bush's disapproval rating [is] 71%. 71%. That's unbelievable, isn't it? That 29% still approve? Who are these people? Who are they? Where is that? That makes him the most unpopular president in history, and math and science, too. It's amazing. Well, a federal study released today shows that President Bush's $1 billion a year 'Reading First' program has done nothing to increase the reading skills of young students. However, his 'Oil Company First' program [is] going like gangbusters. Going unbelievable! ... And what else? Oh, Hillary Clinton told 'People' magazine this week she's never had cosmetic surgery. She said it it's not for her. You know how politicians hate anything that's fake. You know, they don't like that. Actually, there was a rumor she had cosmetic surgery back in the '90s. They said she had her eyes done when she was First Lady. It turns out it was right after the scandal. They just took the blinders off. That was all. No actual surgery was involved. Oh! ... Did you see Hillary visited a gas station in Indiana the other day? She bought gas for a guy in a a pick-up truck, did you see this? Some sheet metal worker. I think she's getting a little desperate for campaign funds. I don't know if you saw what happened after she pumped. And you know, Barack is gonna be all over this. Show what happened after she pumped the gas. [on screen: Video of Clinton in Indiana]. Now, here she is. Okay, she gets out of the truck. Okay, she looks around. Now watch, now she goes into the store. Watch what happens here. This is very disturbing. Look, she pulls a gun on the clerk. She robs the store. ... This is unbelievable. ... Now she's being chased by the police. ... The Republicans will have a field day with that. Speaking of Republicans, because of where John McCain was born, he was born in the Panama Canal Zone, you know, not in the United States. There was a question as to whether he could legally become president. You have to be born here to become president. Well, this week, the Senate declared McCain is eligible to become president, and listen to this, because of his age, also eligible to be a greeter at Wal-Mart. So that worked out great for him. And a little bit of history for you. It was this week in 1803 that Thomas Jefferson completed the Louisiana Purchase. That was back in the day when presidents actually cared about what happened to Louisiana" ("Tonight Show," NBC, 5/2).

Conan O'Brien: "I don't know if you're aware of this. We just passed a big milestone yesterday. True story. Yesterday was the five-year anniversary of President Bush's speech in front of the 'Mission Accomplished' banner. Yeah, to celebrate, today, President Bush gave a speech in front of a banner that said 'Economic Recession Over.' ... In Zimbabwe ... that's how I like to start a joke. Anyone here from Zimbabwe? Okay. Yeah, right. In Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe has lost the election, but he refuses to step down, saying he still has a chance to win. That's right. Yeah, Mugabe said he got this idea from Hillary Clinton. Apparently, it's a good idea. Speaking of Hillary, I don't know if you've seen this. One of the most popular videos on YouTube right now is footage of Hillary Clinton trying to make herself is a cup of coffee, but not being able to get the machine to work. Yeah, when he saw the video, Bill Clinton said, 'Yeah, she's not very good at turning things on'" ("Late Night," NBC, 5/2).

Jimmy Kimmel: "The race for the White House of course is underway. Hillary Clinton sat down with Bill O'Reilly for a two-part interview on Fox News this week. They actually got along pretty well. Fox, of course, has been milking for every drop of, um, milk I guess they can get" ("Jimmy Kimmel Live," ABC, 5/2).

This article appears in the May 5, 2008 edition of Latest Edition.

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