Obama to Appear on 5 Sunday Talk Shows This Weekend
By Anne E. Kornblut
President Obama will appear on five Sunday talk shows this weekend, a senior administration official said Monday, becoming the first president to do so as he attempts to maintain momentum for his health care overhaul.
In making the rounds -- appearing on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and Univision back-to-back -- Obama will do a modified version of "the Full Ginsburg," as such a sweep was dubbed after Monica Lewinsky's lawyer, William H. Ginsburg, became the first person to do five broadcast shows it in 1998.
It is rare for a president to appear on a single Sunday show, let alone multiple ones. (The original "Full Ginsburg" included Fox News, which was cut out of the loop this time and replaced with the Spanish language Univision).
The appearances will cap a week of multiple trips and speeches for Obama, suggesting that White House officials are not concerned with the potential of his overexposure. If anything, they have an opposing view: Administration officials feel Obama's performance before Congress last week helped move his health care effort forward, and that it got another lift from his raucous health care rally in Minnesota over the weekend.
Obama is making three appearances on Tuesday -- at an AFL-CIO convention in Pittsburgh, a fundraiser in Philadelphia and an auto plant in Youngstown, Ohio -- and holds his next big health care rally in College Park on Thursday.