Comedian David Spade, well known for his razor-sharp wit, criticized Obama as being a little “too thirsty” for the limelight and lacking dignity, according to a video TMZ posted on Sunday.
Spade was heading out of Craig’s, a popular Hollywood restaurant, when he stopped to complain that the president was becoming an embarrassment to the office of the presidency, reports TMZ.
Spade was not happy with Obama seeking the limelight by inserting himself into so many reality shows. He referred to Obama’s appearance on Running Wild with Bear Grylls earlier in the month.
“I criticized Obama because I thought, you know, a president should have a little more dignity… but what president’s doing reality shows? It just sounds weird to me, you know, it’s just too much.”
The Mirror reports that Grylls said the White House had approached him with the idea for the show, which ended with President Obama and Grylls heading out on a three-day Alaskan adventure to film the Running Wild episode.
The pair built a fire and feasted on the half-eaten remains of a salmon that a wild bear had left on the riverbank. Obama said that he would have preferred it if he had a cracker to go with it.
The Obama and Grylls discussed climate change and drinking your own urine. The president asked me about drinking pee, said Grylls.
“Lavatory humour is always a great leveller.”
In the video, Spade went on to discuss the first lady and her frequent television appearances on talk shows.
“I think that, you know, Michelle Obama’s on ‘Ellen’ more than I am. I mean, what first lady – it’s just a new world, it’s just I’m not used to it, and they’re out … It just seems a bit thirsty to me, that’s all.”
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He even slammed Barak Obama on all the appearances on magazine covers.
“Like, he’s on GQ – I’m like, leave that to Bradley Cooper. You don’t need to go – the president, you’re above all of us, you’re above stars, you’re above everything. When he’s trying to get in the mix, like, I want to present at the MTV Awards – all right guy, you got it, relax.”
Obama has another appearance in the limelight already scheduled. He will be appearing with Jerry Seinfeld on December 30 in the web premiere of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee on the streaming site Crackle, reports CNN. The episode consists of the men taking turns driving a silver blue 1963 Corvette Stingray Split Window Coupe around the White House grounds before retiring to a staff dining room in the basement for coffee and a chat.
Spade is well known for his sarcastic wit. He rose to fame when he landed a role as a full-time cast member on Saturday Night Live in the 1990s, reports IMDb. After six years on the show, he began filming movies. He made Tommy Boy and Black Sheep with buddy Chris Farley before Farley’s death in 1997. Since then, he has appeared in other movies, including Joe Dirt, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, and The Benchwarmers.
His television career earned him an Emmy nomination in 1997 for his turn as secretary Dennis Finch on Just Shoot Me! He also worked on 8 Simple Rules as the nephew after John Ritter died.
He starred in Comedy Central’s The Showbiz Show with David Spade in 2005 and co-starred in the sitcom Rules of Engagement in 2007.
Spade more recently starred in Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser and Adam Sandler’s The Ridiculous 6.
Do you think David Spade was out of line when he slammed Obama for being undignified and too “thirsty” for the spotlight?
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