A few weeks ago, Bill Maher opined that President Obama had not yet appeared on his show, that he'd appeared on so many other shows. So he started a White House petition calling for Obama to appear on his show.
The deal is, if you get over 100,000 people to sign the petition, the White House will reply. Over 320,000 people signed Maher's petition. So the White House did respond
. Given that they were responding to a comedian, the response has a bit of humor in it.
Thanks to every one of you who signed the We the People petition asking the President to appear on Real Time with Bill Maher. With more than 320,000 signatures, Bill has once again demonstrated he knows how to inspire and motivate his viewers!
Plenty of us around here watch Real Time because we admire Bill's passion for spreading the science on climate change, asking tough questions about money in politics, and trying to burst "the bubble" where some of our politicians -- and too many of our nation's critical political debates -- exist.
The President's communications team thinks strategically about scheduling presidential interviews, and we have made a concerted effort over the last couple of years to broaden the array of venues where the President appears -- from talking to young people about health care on "Between Two Ferns" and a post-State of the Union conversation with YouTube stars, to a CNN Town Hall on gun violence and an interview with Mic.com on the Iran deal. Consistent with this approach, we'll keep in mind Bill's open invitation for a presidential appearance and give it the respectful consideration that Bill and his large audience deserve.
Thanks again for raising your voices (we know Bill always raises his). We hope you'll continue to use the platform to call on the Administration to address the policies and priorities you care about.
-- The We the People Team
P.S. Before we forget, happy belated 60th birthday, Bill! You haven't lost a step, and the gray hair makes you look, dare we say it, presidential. We hope our card didn't get lost in the mail.
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Does this sound like a kiss off rejection to you?
Me, I'd love to see Bill talk to Obama about some of his favorite issues. Maybe he'll even light up and offer him a joint, like he did on his February 12th show guests.
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