On Tuesday's edition of the syndicated Entertainment Tonight, co-anchor Rosci Diaz did her part to pump up the President by giving Barack Obama the same sort of celebrity treatment that she would give Matt Damon as she asked Michelle Obama what it’s like being married to a "sex symbol."
Diaz, in a sitdown interview with the First Lady, initially compared Mrs. Obama's style-sense to former First Lady Jackie Kennedy and then went on to praise the President's, as Michelle Obama called it, "swag."
The following exchange was aired on the April 2 edition of Entertainment Tonight:
ROSCI DIAZ: Jackie's [Kennedy] portrait still hangs on a wall inside the White House. The First Lady's style often gets compared to hers. Of course Michelle deflects all the attention on to her husband. What do you think about your husband looked upon as a sex symbol?
MICHELLE OBAMA: He's got a little swag. You know? That's, that's okay. I mean I'm proud of him. But no he's, he's, he's a stylish - I think - man who is healthy and he's smart and he's passionate and he's inspiring and who wouldn't fall in love with that? You know?
ROB MARCIANO: Aww, that's sweet.
DIAZ: And you know what I love about it? Was the First Lady saying our president has swag.
MARCIANO: First Lady can say that. Great interview Rosci.
While Diaz is an entertainment reporter it’s hard to tell the difference between the way she talks about Barack Obama from the way supposedly hard-hitting political journalists like Chris “thrill up my leg” Matthews and Piers “Obama is handsome” Morgan have described the President.
"When you watch the President like that, I always feel he's got so many
pluses, doesn't he? In a sense, he's personable, he's handsome, he can
be funny. You know, abroad he has this great image for America. A lot of
things are just perfect about Barack Obama."
— Host Piers Morgan to Obama strategist David Axelrod on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, December 5, 2011.
"I have to tell you, you know, it's part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama's speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don't have that too often" — Chris Matthews during MSNBC live Democratic primary coverage on February 12, 2008.
-- Geoffrey Dickens is the Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. Click here to follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.