The Democratic Media Notes the Emperor’s Lack of Wardrobe
During the 2008 presidential campaign, the Democratic media’s obsequiously worshipful coverage of Barack Obama reached the point of Saturday Night Live parody.
Then during the first half of the Obama Administration, the Democratic media could be relied upon to stubbornly defend all of the President’s policies and overlook the dozens of campaign promises he broke. However, the mood of Barack Obama’s media fan boys and girls palpably changed by the summer of 2011.
One of Obama’s most faithful and enthusiastic cheerleaders, The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd, penned an absolutely scathing op-ed entitled entitled Why Is He Bi? (Sigh) discovering to her horror that Barack Obama talks out of both sides of his mouth:
Our president likes to be on both sides at once.
In Afghanistan, he wants to go but he wants to stay. He’s surging and withdrawing simultaneously. He’s leaving fewer troops than are needed for a counterinsurgency strategy and more troops than are needed for a counterterrorism strategy — and he seems to want both strategies at the same time. Our work is done but we have to still be there. Our work isn’t done but we can go.
On Libya, President Obama wants to lead from behind. He’s engaging in hostilities against Qaddafi while telling Congress he’s not engaging in hostilities against Qaddafi.
On the budget, he wants to cut spending and increase spending. On the environment, he wants to increase energy production but is reluctant to drill. On health care, he wants to get everybody covered but will not press for a universal system. On Wall Street, he assails fat cats, but at cocktail parties, he wants to collect some of their fat for his campaign.
On politics, he likes to be friends with the other side but bash ’em at the same time. For others, bipartisanship means transcending their own prior political identities. For President Obama, it means that he participates in all political identities. He does not seem deeply affiliated with any side except his own.
President Obama’s performance in his June 29, 2011 press conference further appalled his media supporters. When asked about his lack of participation in the negotiations to cut spending and raise the debt ceiling, the President arrogantly dismissed the complaint: “I am very amused when I start hearing comments about ‘well the President needs to show more leadership on this.’” Then Obama attacked Congress for going home to their constituents during the July 4th holiday weekend instead of cutting a deal on spending and the debt. What the President left unsaid is that he has spent most of the past month at fundraisers and playing golf and is off to yet another vacation.
The next morning, CNN’s Gloria Borger asked: Where are the adults in Washington?
Call me old-fashioned, but when the president and congressional leaders get into a tussle over who should be “leading” the country in matters of real national consequence, I feel like sending them to their rooms.
“Call me naïve,” President Obama said at his news conference today. “But my expectation is that leaders are going to lead.“
So imagine my surprise when the president came to his own press conference — which he called — without anything much new to say on possible ways get to a deal to raise the national debt ceiling. Plenty of talk about gamesmanship, about deadlines and about how even Sasha and Malia are mature enough to do their schoolwork before it’s due…
What might actually have counted as news is if the president, as the nation’s leader, had proposed a definitive way out of the budget mess — or at least drawn some lines in the sand.
MSNBC’s Mark Halperin was decidedly less polite in his choice of words to describe what he considered the President’s effort to sabotage the debt negotiations and blame the Republicans, using the four-letter slang term for a male penis to describe the President’s behavior at the news conference.
My only question is, what took you so long?
About Bart DePalma (20 posts)
Bart DePalma is a solo country attorney practicing in the mountain town of Woodland Park, CO. Bart's new book "Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste - Barack Obama and the Evolution of American Socialism" is scheduled to be released during the Fall of 2011.