State of the Island

What, is Ben Linus on a no-watch list or something?

The White House is currently dithering over when to schedule the State of the Union address. They can’t decide between Jan. 26 and Feb. 2. But here’s the thing: Feb. 2 is the scheduled premiere of the final season of “Lost.”

That would mean (facial tic) pre-empting (slight spasm) maybe even delaying (on the floor, convulsing) the show’s eagerly awaited kick-off. TV Guide says if President Obama speaks on Feb. 2, ABC might push the start of “Lost” ahead a week to Feb. 9.

In a pure lesson of politics and not pleasing everyone: If Obama picks Jan. 26, he’ll have another TV audience up in arms. That’ll interrupt “American Idol.”

Fellow Losties, join the protest: there’s already a #NoStateofUnionFeb2 hash tag on Twitter. The Facebook group “Americans Against the State of the Union on the Same Night as LOST” also notes that Obama already bumped “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in some markets for his Afghanistan speech.

Which world is more important to you on Feb. 2: the real world or the island?

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