‘GET A ROOM’
“Obama and the fawning press need to get a room,” the San Francisco Chronicle’s Phil Bronstein writes in a blog at www.sfgate.com.
“When Barack Obama decided that questions from the German press about his trip agenda in that country were too pesky, he told the reporters, ‘So, stop it, all of you!’ He just wanted them to ask things he wanted to talk about. Well, what politico wouldn’t want that?” Mr. Bronstein said. “OK, Dad. We’ll behave. “And according to a new Pew Research Center poll, we are behaving … like fans. On domestic press, it showed that ‘President Barack Obama has enjoyed substantially more positive media coverage than either Bill Clinton or George W. Bush during their first months in the White House’ with ‘roughly twice as much’ Obama coverage about his ‘personal or leadership qualities’ than was the case for either previous president.
“Back in the U.S., NBC’s Brian Williams’ two-part ‘Living Large With the Top Dog’ feature on Mr. Obama’s life included a plug for Conan O’Brien’s new show and mention of cable talkies where Mr. Obama only cited MSNBC personalities. Accident? I don’t think so. There were a few probing moments in there, but they were overshadowed by the flash of hanging out in the back of the Auto One limo and having burgers. A little navel-gazing among journalism standards hall monitors about whether the thing had been too soft came and went.”
Mr. Bronstein added: “You can’t blame powerful people for wanting to play the press to peddle self-perpetuating mythology. But you can blame the press, already suffocating under a massive pile of blame, guilt, heavy debt and sinking fortunes, for being played. Some of the time, it seems we’re even enthusiastically jumping into the pond without even being pushed. Is there an actual limit to the number of instances you can be the cover of Newsweek?” tor across civilizations, redeemer of our faith in America, a salver of wounds and a teacher — Mwalimu, in the Swahili of his forefathers — of all good things. Mwalimu Obama made Schoolboy Brown stumble, and it was piteous to behold.
“When a politician is worshiped to the extent that Obama has come to be, those who answer to a different liturgy, a different creed, are reduced to a kind of impotence. That is the state today of the Republican Party, which cannot counter his charisma, his rhetoric, his prosody. The Republicans should, by sense and by logic, seek to counter his ideas, for this is where he is weakest. But here, too, although weak, he is not vulnerable; his halo disarms his opponents, not merely shielding him from attack but turning attack on him into an option that is unseemly.”
His Worshipfulness: President Obama