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President Barack Obama and his First Lady Michelle gave Walt Disney World a run for its money this week.

Even while dispensing unwelcome hugs and unwanted gifts, the Obamas managed to turn every venue they visited into the happiest place on Earth.

And that's great news... for John McCain!

Morning lineup:

Meet the Press: General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson; Roundtable: Former Bush Speechwriter Michael Gerson, John Harwood (CNBC), Katty Kay (BBC World News America), Author Joshua Cooper Ramo ("The Age of the Unthinkable"), and Rutgers University Professor/Economist Dr. Bill Rodgers.

Face the Nation: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; Perry Bacon (The Washington Post); Lara Logan (CBS News).

This Week: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice; Roundtable: Former Bush Speechwriter David Frum, President of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haass, Arianna Huffinton (The Huffington Post), Martha Raddatz (ABC News), and George Will (ABC News).

Fox News Sunday: Senior Advisor to President Obama David Axelrod; South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R); Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA); Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL); Roundtable: Bill Kristol (The Weekly Standard), Mara Liasson (NPR), Rich Lowry (National Review), and Jim VandenHei (Politico).

State of the Union: Fritz Henderson; Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN); Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI); Former Chairman & CEO of General Electric Jack Welch; David Axelrod; Reliable Sources: Matt Frei (BBC World News America); Author Danielle Crittenden; Political Analyst Keli Goff; Former Managing Editor of The Chicago Tribune Jim Warren; Carol Marin (The Chicago Sun-Times).

The Chris Matthews Show: John Hellemann (New York Magazine); Anne Kornblut (The Washington Post); Norah O'Donnell (MSNBC); Dan Rather (HD Net).

Fareed Zakaria GPS: Former Secretary of State James Baker; Moises Naim (Foreign Policy); Martin Wolf (The Financial Times); Nicholas Kristof (The New York Times).

Primetime viewing:

60 Minutes will feature a report on the recession's impact on health care; the first U.S. interview with Ahmed Batebi, who was tortured in an Iranian prison for eight years prior to escaping; and, a chat with country singer Dolly Parton.

The National Geographic Channel presents Explorer: Inside Guantanamo — offering an exclusive look at the day-to-day life of the prisoners and guards at the military prison.

Note: mcjoan will be reviewing this program Sunday afternoon.

Also of interest:

On Monday morning, Ex-New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer (D) will sit down with Matt Lauer on The Today Show for his first live network interview since resigning from office.

...

Jon Stewart bid a fond farewell to Rush Limbaugh, who is leaving New York for greener pastures.

The Daily Show

Monday: Actor/Author Michael J. Fox ("Looking Up")

Tuesday: Author Jehan Sadat ("My Hope for Peace"")

Wednesday: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Thursday: Author William Cohan ("House of Cards")

After making a mockery of Glenn Beck, Stephen Colbert set his sights on Russia, China, and space.

The Colbert Report

Monday: Former NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw; Editor of The National Review Rich Lowry

Tuesday: Queen of Jordan Queen Noor

Wednesday: Editor-at-Large of The San Francisco Chronicle Phil Bronstein

Thursday: Author Bart Ehrman ("Jesus Interrupted")

...


And speaking of space...

FOUR DAYS AND SEVERAL HOURS AGO

IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY

Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) struggled with the dark side:

"And so we need to once again decide, do we want to be free, or do we want to be slaves? We have to make that decision. And I know I've made my choice, you've made your choice. And we have to act in concert if we want to make sure that we can hold on to what we have."

On the bright side, she gained some support for her crusade against the non-existent plot to replace the dollar with a global currency.

...

Meanwhile, back on planet Earth...

Joe the Plumber, campaigning in Pennsylvania against the interests of real plumbers, laid out his qualifications for the assembled crowd:

“I know a little about a lot of things. But I don’t know a lot about everything.”

Apparently that wasn't enough to satisfy the greedy union members demanding more than they had coming to them.

When they pressed him for details about the bill he was spouting off about, Joe told them where they could stick their picket signs.

“Drop it, brother, drop it. I never said I was an expert, man.”

...

As it turns out, Joe isn't the only McCain campaign prop looking to extend his 15 minutes of fame.

Levi Johnston talked dirty to Tyra Banks, much to the chagrin of his baby mama's family.

"Bristol did not even know Levi was going on the show. We're disappointed that Levi and his family, in a quest for fame, attention, and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration and even distortion of their relationship," says the statement from the Palin family rep.

...

It's a small, small world.

- Trix

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Apr 04, 2009 at 10:44 PM PDT.

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