Seacrest is, after all, not a member of the White House press corps, so the president was able to stick to his talking points on the economy, immigration and a question about last week’s foiled terrorism plot. His primary goal, though, was to encourage people — especially young adults — to vote in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
“I’m optimistic about this country because of young people, because of their energy, their enthusiasm, their ideas,” the president said. “But that doesn’t make a difference if they don’t participate.”
]]>Michelle Obama try to keep a sense of normalcy for daughters Malia and Sasha (“The girls are thriving”) and whether he was offended when Jon Stewart called him “dude” on “The Daily Show” last week. “Of course not,” Obama replied. “As president, you’re called much worse than ‘dude.'” Seacrest closed the interview by asking if — as depicted in the movie “The American President” — it’s really that hard for the president to order flowers. Turns out writer Aaron Sorkin kind of made that up. “The truth is, I get to keep my credit cards, and if I want to go to the florist I could order some flowers and pay for them,” Obama said. “[Although] it’s true that if I tried to order them by phone, they might not believe me.” Having his own means to buy flowers and plan dates is key with his wife, he added: “If she thinks someone else did all the work, then I wouldn’t get all the credit.” Polls are open until 7 or 8 p.m. local time in most states Tuesday. Check with your local elections board for times and polling places. Follow Zap2it and Zap2itRick on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest TV, movie and celebrity news. Photo credits: Getty Images