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Lawrence O'Donnell Slams Conservative Pundits, Presents Presidential Talk Show Montage (Video)

The MSNBC host put together an historical video guide to Presidents appearing on late night shows in response to Fox News criticism of Obama's Tuesday "Late Night" appearance.

Lawrence O'Donnell
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President Obama's slow-jamming of the news with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night earned him a lot of headlines, internet video plays -- and criticism from conservative commentators.

Voices from Fox News hosts to Rush Limbaugh said that the president did not belong on comedy shows (Limbaugh criticized the comedy's substance, too, saying that it would require controlled substances to find funny), with commentators saying that Obama's appearance "lowered the stature of his office" and that "you can't swing a cat without finding President Obama on a comedy show."

In response, MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell put together a montage of past presidents appearing on late night comedy shows.

The clips included Ronald Reagan speaking at a Dean Martin Roast, George W. Bush (then a candidate in 2000) on the Late Show with David Letterman, and Richard Nixon (as a candidate in 1968) on Laugh-In.

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