WASHINGTON (CNN) — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is either about to score a major public relations coup for the Obama White House or wind up with some egg on his face.
On Thursday Salazar will be a guest on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," which is like playing with fire for politicians. Some emerge unscathed, while others get skewered by the host's sharp wit.
Another top Obama official, White House Budget Director Peter Orszag, appeared on the show earlier this year and generally won high marks after getting a chance to promote the president's economic plans.
Interior officials are expecting Salazar to at least get ribbed about his trademark Stetson and bolo tie, which he showed off when Obama introduced him as Interior Secretary-designate during the presidential transition.
Interior spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff told CNN that Salazar is looking forward to talking about "his work implementing President Obama's vision for building a clean energy economy and his efforts to protect America's treasured landscapes. Time permitting, of course, the Secretary will be glad to offer Stewart some fashion tips, including how best to sport a cowboy hat and bolo tie."
It's probably a safe bet that Stewart will also tweak the secretary about the scandal in the previous administration, which featured Interior officials improperly getting sex and drugs from oil company executives they regulated.
Correction: White House Budget Director Peter Orszag did not say the deficit is a “[bleep]ing big mess" in an interview on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," as was reported earlier in this post. Cross-talk between Orszag and Stewart gave the appearance that the budget director had made the comment. Further review of the tape showed he had not. CNN regrets the error.