Kid President, otherwise known as Robby Novak, sure is a cute 10-year-old. But he should keep his day job because what makes for great fake presidential qualities doesn’t necessarily translate into a good media interview.
Especially when his subject is Politico‘s Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen.
Allen is accustomed to asking the questions, not answering them. He’s also a pro at not discussing himself. Kid Prez, who YouTube videos have gone viral, couldn’t syphon much out of him this morning at the Politico Playbook breakfast except for the fact that Allen thinks the world would be more awesome if… everyone treated their mothers like it’s her birthday every day. Which gave him a perfect segue into promoting the famed birthday section of Politico Playbook. “In Politico Playbook it’s always someone’s birthday,” said Allen. (Groan, come on kid, if you’re going to play reporter, this is the so-called big leagues on the the most annoying suck-up weekend of the year. You cannot let him get away with those canned responses. Especially since his response is one that YOU have used before.)
Kid Prez was, however, rather adorable when he asked, “If the weekend is Nerd Prom does that make you the Nerd Prom king?” The obviously planted question got a lot of laughs, but the answer needed follow-ups. Allen replied, “At least he didn’t ask me if I was a nerd, which I saw coming.”
Allen emceed the Politico Playbook breakfast this morning at the Wooly Mammoth Theater in downtown Washington. The panel that followed Kid President included actors from ABC’s Scandal along with a couple real life political Washington people like Dee Dee Myers, former White House Press Secretary for President Clinton, and Andrew Card, former Chief of Staff under President George W. Bush. Also on the stage was Cosmo Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles, a British woman who’s not afraid to talk about how British people don’t have sex.