Ryan Responds To Meghan McCain’s Criticism of Obama Interview [AUDIO]
Meghan McCain took no prisoners Wednesday night on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” as she took shots at Christine O’Donnell, Bristol Palin, and Ryan Seacrest in the wake of Tuesday’s mid-term election.
The 26 year-old daughter of recently re-elected Senator and former Presidential candidate John McCain had some sharp criticism of President Obama‘s election day interview with On Air with Ryan Seacrest, explaining she felt the interview was beneath the office of the President.
“If I were President Obama I would be very nervous and not necessarily doing serious interviews with Ryan Seacrest,” said McCain on Jay Leno’s late night show. “I would be a lot more concerned with what the American public is thinking.”
Ryan taped the interview with President Obama on Monday for air Tuesday, as part of a sweeping radio tour in which the President spoke to a handful of influential radio shows in Philadelphia, Miami and Honolulu among other cities, in an effort to encourage the youth to vote.
“I just think it’s not too Presidential to do an interview with the producer of the Kardashians,” said McCain. “I’m one of the people that still holds the office of the Presidency very seriously and I think it’s kind of trashy.”
Ryan took to his radio show Thursday to respond to McCain’s late night slam.
“She thinks [On Air with Ryan Seacrest] is just low brow,” said Ryan on his nationally syndication radio show. “I just want to be clear, it is the low brow show she wanted to be on twice to come promote her stuff.”
During her father’s Presidential campaign, Ryan welcomed McCain onto the radio show to promote a children’s book she wrote about her experiences growing up.
The media has mixed responses to McCain’s ill-informed words as well. The Washington Post’s Lisa De Moreas writes McCain, “demonstrated her complete lack of understanding on the use of entertainment programming for political gain.” She continued, “Seacrest’s show has a reach of 100 million on-air listeners – including millions of mostly younger voters, who are hardest to get to the polls.”
McCain is no stranger to controversy though – the buxom blonde came under fire in October 2009 for a suggestive photo she posted to Twitter of her wearing skimpy pajamas showing off enough cleavage to make Katy Perry uncomfortable. After receiving a number of complaints, she fired off another tweet reading, “So I took a fun picture not thinking anything about what I was wearing, but apparently anything other than a pantsuit, I am a slut.” She later recanted saying, “I do want to apologize to anyone that was offended by my twitpic. I have clearly made a huge mistake and am sorry 2 those that are offended.”
Watch McCain’s original comments from the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” below!