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Thursday, 1 September 2011

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New York -- President Barack Obama met with top television executives today to present a concept for a weekly reality show that would feature the entire Obama family.

Called "One Big Happy Family," the show would focus on the Obama's' problem-solving capabilities. Each week, they would invite the dysfunctional American family to stay at the White House for five days of conversation, analysis and cure.

The president called for the creation of the show after he had trouble getting a prime time slot for an upcoming speech. He wound up scheduled against an NFL football game, virtually ensuring a diminished audience for his talk.

"If I have to invite Snooki and her family into the White House to get my face on TV, so be it," the president said. "America needs to see that its president has every situation under control."

Mark Burnett of "Survivor" fame is producing the series' pilot, and reportedly has worked closely with Pres. Obama in creating the program's format.

"'One Big Happy Family' is going to show the world that America is still the leader when it comes to family values," Burnett said.

"Each week, we are going to bring in a collection of characters who happen to have the same last name. They will share meals with the Obamas, talk with them, compete with them in special games. And by the end of the week, they will walk out as one big happy family."

Although no contestants have been contacted as of yet, Burnett did release the names of several families he would like to sign for the show.

"I'd imagine the Clinton's would be up for spending some more time in the White House," he said. "Perhaps we can have an intern reunion one day and maybe bring Monica back. I think that might be very cathartic for the whole family."

Burnett also mentioned the Osborne's. "They seem to be as obnoxious as ever, but I think the Obama's are up to the challenge. I would hope Ozzie is still up to doing his chicken trick."

Congressional Republicans, meanwhile, are said to be developing a reality series of their own. They are still deciding whether to call it "Don't Mess with Texas" or "Don't Mess with Taxes."

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