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Off the Record

Greta: Obama, Dems also guilty of 'entertainment' politics

By Greta Van Susteren

 

Let's all go "Off the Record." President Obama said this today about the 2016 presidential race.

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BARRACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I just want to emphasize the degree to which we are in serious times and this is a really serious job. This is not entertainment. This is not a reality show. This is a contest for the presidency of the United States and what that means is that every candidate, every nominee needs to be subject to exacting standards and genuine scrutiny.

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Not entertainment? Not reality TV? Well, that's a thinly-veiled reference to Republican candidate Donald Trump. And I realize this is politics, and both parties can't resist getting their digs in, making cracks. some use crass language, some use a calm voice, but I do agree with president Obama. Running for president is not about entertainment.

It's a very serious job, but let's be honest: It isn't just one party in the entertainment business. Remember President Obama's appearance on "Between Two Ferns"? Or what about being interviewed by a woman who is known for eating cereal out of a bathtub? That's not exactly hard-hitting news. It's showbiz, and yet they all do it. 

But, of course, each denies it. That's my "Off the Record" comment tonight.