Jillian Harris and Casey
Strange invitations abounded this week, from "Would you like to date Michael Jackson?" to "Want to drink beers and talk about racial profiling?" Still, at least one proposal has worked out great — at least so far. Welcome to Top Moments, Indecent Proposal Edition.
7. Odd Couple Award: Katie Couric tells David Letterman that Michael Jackson once asked her out through a rabbi who was Jackson's spiritual advisor. Unfortunately, she was seeing someone and said no. We don't know which story is better: this, or Magic Johnson's tale of Jackson eating fried chicken. Why didn't we get to hear all these wonderful accounts while the man was still alive? They make him seem so... normal.
6. Best Poll: CNN's The Situation Room reports on a poll that shows that Americans are sharply divided over President Obama's health care plan, then drops a bombshell: There isn't one. People have all sorts of ideas about specifics, the network says, but the president hasn't offered any. The segment concludes with a good question: Should the president, Congress, or the news media do a better job of making the facts known?
5. Sudsiest Photo Op: Obama and Vice President Joe Biden gather with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Cambridge police Sgt. James Crowley for beers — and a talk about race. While Gates and Crowley disagree on whether race was a factor in Gates' arrest after breaking into his own home, everyone involved pledges to move forward. And not to drive home.
4. Filthiest Fake Insult: By sending a misspelled text message, Rescue Me's increasingly crazy and aggressive Sheila accidentally creates a brand-new cutdown, one too filthy to repeat here. (Hint: It rhymes with runf.)
3. Best Insult to Injury: Big Brother's Casey finds himself forced to (unsuccessfully) plead to Jessie to keep his spot in the house — while wearing a banana costume. It's hard to take anyone seriously who's wearing that shade of yellow.
2. He Said What? Award: Glenn Beck stops by Fox and Friends to offer his observation that Obama has "a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture." Challenged on his statement, he elaborates: "I'm not saying that he doesn't like white people. I'm saying that he has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist."
1. Best Proposal: Moments after spurned bachelor Reid's failed proposal to The Bachelorette's Jillian, Ed has the brilliant idea of asking what she thinks of him before popping the question, instead of after. It works: She says she loves him, and they're now engaged.
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