(CNN) – Did Barack Obama take a dig at pop star Jessica Simpson?
A transcription error set the Internet abuzz Monday as viewers debated an off-hand presidential comment about the pop star.
The remark came at the end of the President Obama's interview with NBC Sunday, when interviewer Matt Lauer held up a copy of the latest US Magazine, which features first lady Michelle Obama along with daughters Sasha and Malia. On the left side of the cover was a picture of Simpson, whom the magazine said is in a "weight battle."
Lauer noted the magazine had replaced the president's spot in the family photo with the Simpson headline.
“You got replaced by Jessica Simpson,” Lauer said.
“Yeah, who’s losing a weight battle apparently,” Obama said, according to the network’s interview transcript, sparking a firestorm online. “Yeah. Oh, well.”
But the transcript misquoted the president who visibly only re-read the magazine’s headline that Lauer was holding up - “She’s in a ‘weight battle,’ apparently” - and did not say that Simpson was "losing" that fight.
In the future, the president may opt for safer, less controversial subjects — like government-funded contraception, or the U.S. relationship with Iran.
Enough with all of the fluffy interviews............DO THE JOB THAT THE PEOPLE ELECTED YOU TO DO.............
wow keep it away from obama have something else to report cnn
I like this guy. Calls it the way he sees it or reads it. Too many politicians are wooden.
CNN, please report responsibly. You KNOW that there are still tons of angry, moronic republicans who will use BS like the above as an excuse to spew purely hateful about Obama, his wife and blacks in general.
Anyone that WATCHED the interview heard what he said..he was reading the headline..he never said that she was "losing" anything...try again...sad!!
I think people that hate paying taxes are the perfect people to bring about change to the system.
These comments can't be serious, right? OBVIOUSLY President Obama was poking fun at the magazine and the media and their obsession with "weight battles", NOT Jessica Simpson.
For the love of God...lose some weight girl!!
Ohh geez, I can't bare to look, my eyes are covered with acid...LOL!
This man is a very good father and husband. He respects women because he is surrounding by them since he was born. CNN don't start. Why don't you report from Gaza where children and wome are killed and Congo where women are raped every single day by the people in power?
Can we get some news that actually matters.
This is ridiculous.
This story has no merit.Lets fix the deficit by getting to and cleaning out all the untaxed cash the rich have in offshore banks right now.We could fix everything in four days.
Headline: Tells of sensational story!
Article: Says the opposite of what the headline implies.
Journalism: Takes another step back.
This is the lead Ticker story? What happened to the Wall Street CEOs who stole $18 billion of our bailout money? Not worth the digital ink anymore?
You can cover for him anyway you want to just like you did throughout the entire campain. You got him elected with biased reporting.
As far as the interview in question goes , I saw it, he made a joke and he laughed after he said it. This was no big deal until you made it one. She has gained weight, is a public figure, and is air game but don't insult my intelligence with YOUR spin.
He read the headline. She is turning into a porker. Trust me this guy you people elected is no saint, so just get it out of your mind.
Shame on you for the headline for this CNN.....talking out both sides of your mouth on this one....you know for a fact that he was misquoted but yet you pose a question to get everyones attention...Shameful on your part...
I only really worry about important stuff.
Why is this news.
Leigh and Bob... who said anything about race? Just stop.
Does anyone actually Read these days or just look at headlines and photos???
This is what you call a NON-ISSUE.
I did watch the interview and the President did say it! I laughed my butt off!! So he read the headline, leave it to the media and the oversensitive hollywood to get bent. There are more serious issues to worry about then what head the presiden is going to read on air. He read the headline from US Weekly ....why is no one trashing US Weekly for printing the headline??? I thought the interview was good and showed the Presdident's sense of humor..As for Jessica, who the heck cares....her daddy will fix everything...UGH!!!!
CNN is certainly NOT right leaning.
There is nothing wrong reporting a transcription error, except that CNN ticker cannot help to enjoy the stir of emotions from people who love to comment on news that are about people and not about policy, which does not require intellectual thinking.
Look at the long list of postings against Sarah Palin, or Bush, or even Hilary.
There is nothing improper with what the president said, reading the magazine headline as Laurer showed it.
I am not even a democrat.
hahah that is too funny.
LOL, I think our president is so funny and so sincere. He absolutely didn't mean to insult Jessica Simpson. He was simply reading the magazine headline. Ha ha...how cute.
Booo, lose some weight! Good lord just look at that...
if bush did this, there would be an uproar..be honest with ourselves