Actor and comedian David Spade was among the latest celebrities to criticize Barack Obama on social media, using Twitter this month to blast his penchant for reality television appearances.
The online exchange prompted one TMZ reporter to corner Spade and ask him to elaborate on his opposition to the president’s appearance on a recently aired episode of NBC’s Running Wild with Bear Grylls.
“I criticized Obama,” he said, “because I thought, you know, a president should have a little more dignity.”
Calling it a “new world” of politics, Spade mocked Obama for failing to exhibit presidential decorum.
“I realize that Woodrow Wilson went on Dancing with the Stars once,” Spade joked, “but what president is doing reality shows? It just sounds weird to me.”
Barack Obama is not the only culprit in the White House, he maintained.
“Michelle Obama is on Ellen more than I am,” he said, saying the behavior “just seems a bit thirsty to me, that’s all.”
The search for friendly media coverage, Spade suggested, might have more to do with the Obamas “plotting” their post-White House lives than advancing any policy positions.
“Like, he’s on GQ,” he said of Barack Obama. “I’m like, leave that to Bradley Cooper.”
The president should be “above all of us,” Spade concluded, though Obama has failed to meet that expectation.
“You want to present at the MTV Awards,” he said. “It’s like, all right, guy. Relax, you got it.”