Then tomorrow on “Today” Matt Lauer sits down with first lady Michelle Obama in her first interview since the State of the Union address. Mrs. Obama will talk about her first year in the White House and the launch of her new initiative to fight childhood obesity.
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NBC’s Lester Holt will give the 2010 graduation keynote address at The University of California, Merced in May.
Merced is the newest of the University of California system campuses; it graduated its inaugural class last year, with First Lady Michelle Obama delivering the keynote commencement address. Holt, a California native, reported from Merced last spring on the student-led effort that brought Obama to campus.
Bob Schieffer, whose Face the Nation Sunday morning program finished second last week in total viewers — coming within 230,000 viewers of first-place Meet the Press — is profiled by Marketwatch‘s Jon Friedman.
Excerpts of what Schieffer had to say:
• On his interview of former VP Dick Cheney last week, in which Schieffer asked Cheney if the GOP would be better off with radio host Rush Limbaugh or former Secretary of State Colin Powell (Cheney chose Limbaugh): “I’ve never done anything that had as much resonance…It was all over cable television.”
• On what he would have done differently during the interview: “I wondered whether there was a difference of opinion between him and (George W.) Bush…I wish I’d asked that. Ah, there’s always that one question you don’t ask.”
• On “the most unexpected moment of [his] career,” as Friedman asks, Schieffer says it was when President Clinton‘s lawyer Bob Bennett was on Face to address Paula Jones‘s claims that Clinton had ‘unique characteristics’ and said, “‘I just want to say that the president is normal in size, shape and direction.’ My mouth just dropped open when he said it. He said it on live television!”
• On who his “number 1 get” would be for Face: “‘I wouldn’t mind getting Michelle Obama, unless I could get the dog,’ Schieffer laughed.”
The Hill reports on next weekend’s White House Correspondents Association Dinner – the party of the year where the media elite, politicos and Hollywood stars come together.
But, The Hill reports, “news outlets are grumbling” about ABC’s guest list. “Several people pointed to ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos‘s close friendship with [Obama Chief of Staff Rahm] Emanuel, and questioned how the network got so many big names.” Those names include Emanuel, adviser Valerie Jarrett, CIA Director Leon Panetta and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.
Rice was an easy get. Her husband is the Executive Producer of Stephanopoulos’ Sunday show.
The big three anchors are wrapping up their anchoring from across the pond. Katie Couric will anchor Evening News from New York tonight, while Diane Sawyer will sub for Charlie Gibson and Ann Curry will be in for Brian Williams. (Couric/Sawyer/Curry – The Three Amigas)
Meanwhile, WaPo’s Howard Kurtz writes about the media’s fascination with first lady Michelle Obama‘s first turn on the international stage: “The Michelle gush-a-thon is growing louder by the day. To be sure, she is a fascinating first lady with a 76 percent approval rating in this week’s Washington Post-ABC News poll… But this first lady has generated endless media chatter about everything from her sleeveless dresses to her vegetable garden…” Kurtz continues:
NBC’s Dawna Friesen noted “her Ivy League education and relaxed, easy charm…
Couric reported that “all of Britain seems to be embracing America’s new first lady,” before tossing to a CBS piece on the Brits being gobsmacked that Obama doesn’t carry a handbag.
…CNN asked its hyperactive London correspondent, Richard Quest, for his reaction: “Michelle Obama is an absolutely extraordinary woman in an extraordinarily ordinary way… She’s taken the city by storm.”
ABC News’ Robin Roberts will sit down with Michelle Obama for her first interview since becoming First Lady. The interview, airing Friday on Good Morning America, takes place during Obama’s first official trip, to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
Portions of the interview air on World News and Nightline.
Roberts interviewed Michelle Obama on the campaign trail in August, and conducted the first interview with President Barack Obama from the Neighborhood Ball (which ABC had exclusive broadcast rights to). ABC News also conducted the first interview with former First Lady Laura Bush.
“Last year, 378 listeners emailed me complaints and frustrations about things Williams said on Fox,” writes Shepard, while noting 56 came recently from his comments regarding Michelle Obama last month on The O’Reilly Factor. “As a result of this latest flap, NPR’s Vice President of News, Ellen Weiss, has asked Williams to ask that Fox remove his NPR identification whenever he is on O’Reilly.”
But what about when he’s on Special Report, where he appears regularly? Or “Hannity,” where he appeared last night (and was introduced by Sean Hannity as “a senior correspondent for National Public Radio, I say propaganda, he doesn’t mind”)?
“Maybe it’s that people have trouble with the fact that I cross political lines regularly,” said Williams. “I try to be curious, to ask questions and to get answers. And I tell you what I see as I see it.”
Fox responds to NPR’s request on Politico: “We were actually doing NPR a favor by even plugging them but we have no problem dropping the mention on the chyron along with their exposure to millions of O’Reilly Factor viewers.”
He was the first reporter to interview the Pres.-elect and Michelle Obama after the election.
Portions of that interview and several others, including previously un-aired material, were used to produce the special.
• Earlier on TVNewser: Kroft on the Big Get: “We Were There First…”
• Soledad O’Brien: “Working mothers will absolutely be watching her to see the decisions she’ll make. She epitomizes the modern mom-a woman who is well educated and had an important job-and yet she is making that choice to step away from full-time work to be home with her girls because her husband is going to be president of the United States.”
• Barbara Walters: “All First Ladies are encouraged to have a platform. Michelle Obama has made it very clear her daughters will be her first priority.”
• Rene Syler: “When I was a cub reporter and didn’t have children, I’d look at the women in the office that were making sacrifices for their families and think, ‘You’re selling yourself short. Why would you do that?’ I didn’t understand. It’s my hope that she stands up there as the ‘Mom-in-Chief’ and says, ‘Listen, I’m doing this for my family’ and people like me 20 years ago say, ‘Oh, I get it.’”
The interview will air as a one-hour prime time special Wednesday night at 10pmET/PT.
The interview will focus on the faltering economy, Obama’s cabinet picks, the Obama family’s move to Washington and if he were a tree what kind of tree he’d be (okay, maybe not that one.)