ABC’s Terry Moran displays his Obama man-crush:
TERRY MORAN: Good evening, Martin. Well, this old house behind me here has seen a lot of history, but nothing quite like today. You know, they say that Richard Nixon in his final days in office was wandering the halls of the White House, talking to the portraits and maybe even the ghosts of former presidents. And you had to wonder that if in fact the house is haunted, what the spirits of those former presidents, many of whom were slave owners themselves would have made of what happened there today? Barack Obama crossing the threshold of the White House. Walking into the Oval Office preparing for the transition of power. It was an extraordinary day. The president-elect of the United States began his day as just dad, dropping off his daughters at school. How their lives will change. Today as Barack Obama flew on a chartered American Airlines jet from Chicago to Washington, that change began in earnest. Arriving in the nation’s capital, he was the President-elect in shades. The Obama cool on display. A sign of the low key way he played his first visit to Washington after his election. But how could anyone be cool about this?
At the south entrance to the White House, the president and the First Lady greeted the next president and First Lady. A formal tableau for the cameras but it seemed cordial. You could see the power shifting though.
Moran should read Obama’s ironic description of a meeting with President Bush:
“The President’s eyes became fixed; his voice took on the agitated, rapid tone of someone neither accustomed to nor welcoming interruption; his easy affability was replaced by an almost messianic certainty. As I watched my mostly Republican Senate colleagues hang on his every word, I was reminded of the dangerous isolation that power can bring and appreciated the Founders’ wisdom in designing a system to keep power in check.” (“The Audacity of Hope” pgs 45,46)
Remember that when the Obamessiah starts issuing edicts.
NBC’s Lee Cowan gets weak in the knees covering Obama:
“When NBC News first assigned me to the Barack Obama campaign, I must confess my knees quaked a bit.
Chris Matthews got a “thrill up his leg”
“It’s part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often.”
CBS’s Maggie Rodriguez promotes Obama’s foreign policy:
Maggie Rodriguez discussed Barack Obama’s foreign policy goals with foreign correspondent Lara Logan and asked about Logan’s July interview with the president-elect: “…he said many times during the campaign, that Afghanistan, and not Iraq, needs to be our central focus in this war on terrorism. And this morning in the Washington Post we’re seeing that’s he’s already tackling strategies in Afghanistan.
More here: http://www.thepeacock.pubgroup.com/article/26023.html
Guess which frothing leftwingnut commentator doesn’t vote?
“I don’t vote,” (Keith) Olbermann said, saying it is the only thing he can do to suggest journalistic objectivity. “It’s a symbolic gesture.”
Just for that Olbermann, you get the “Worst Person in the Universe ” Award.
Did you know that Jesus Christ himself got resurrected by fawning Obamabots just to run for President in 2008?:
Some princes are born in palaces. Some are born in mangers. But a few are born in the imagination, out of scraps of history and hope. Barack Obama never talks about how people see him: I’m not the one making history, he said every chance he got. You are. Yet as he looked out Tuesday night through the bulletproof glass, in a park named for a Civil War general, he had to see the truth on people’s faces. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for, he liked to say, but people were waiting for him, waiting for someone to finish what a King began.
—Nancy Gibbs, Time Magazine
E.J. Dionne, a New York Times hack who has a Washington Post column, gushed this post-election orgasm:
Yes, it is time to hope again.
Time to hope that the era of racial backlash and wedge politics is over. Time to imagine that the patriotism of dissenters will no longer be questioned and that the world will no longer be divided between “values voters” and those with no moral compass. Time to expect that an ideological label will no longer be enough to disqualify a politician.
Above all, it is time to celebrate the country’s wholehearted embrace of democracy, reflected in the intense engagement of Americans in this campaign and the outpouring to the polls all over the nation. For years, we have spoken of bringing free elections to the rest of the world even as we cynically mocked our own ways of conducting politics. Yesterday, we chose to practice what we have been preaching.
I think I threw up in my mouth a little.
Too bad Dionne doesn’t explain the epithets, strong-arm tactics, vandalism, voter fraud, and vicious anti-Palin and anti-McCain smears on the part of the Obama campaign.
He must have done a hell of a job tuning out all that ideological labeling going on the last 8 years (“Bush=Hitler”), by the Dems.
The ‘dissent’ of anti-American/pro Islamic antiwar protesters involved hate speech toward, spitting on, and entire newspaper columns devoted to denigrating the military, but don’t you dare question their ‘patriotism’. I wonder what Dionne’s ‘embrace of democracy’ would have been had McCain won, and indeed, what kind of hissy fit he’ll have when a Republican wins the next election.
CBS’s Jon Friedman consults with a Time Magazine editor over get this—’How Obama can win over the media’:
Rick Stengel, the managing editor of Time magazine, didn’t hesitate when I asked him what advice he would have for the nation’s next president.
It was around 9 p.m. on Tuesday night, and Stengel was weaving his way through the throng at the CNN Grill, an election-night party thrown by Time Warner, which was attended by… everyone in town, or so it seemed.
“There has to be a new era of transparency,” Stengel told me, raising his voice to be heard over the din.
I asked Stengel what the next president’s priority should be.
“Communicator-in-Chief,” Stengel said animatedly. “That’s his main job.”
Speaking for the media, who have been frustrated by outgoing President George W. Bush’s infrequent public pronouncements over his eight years, Stengel urged Obama to be a constant presence in our lives.
“The more press conferences, the better,” Stengel said, suggesting one a week. “The new president should also post his daily schedule online.” Stengel said he looked forward to the day when there was so much transparency that Americans even knew with whom the president had lunch each day.
When you’re done laughing at the notion that Obama needs to ‘win them over’ and that the primary job of the president is to ‘communicate’ his daily schedule including the lunch menu, drop a line to Friedman and ask him where the hell he got the impression that the MSM wasn’t in Obama’s corner to begin with.
In the words of Brent Bozell, the Obama-smitten media “made the gooey 1992 Clinton campaign look like a fistfight by comparison”.
Starry-eyed CBS Early Show hosts, Harry Smith and Julie Chen, are a mouthful of molasses:
JULIE CHEN: The new first family has been compared to JFK and Jackie and their young children. Can the Obamas bring that ‘one brief shining moment,’ that was known as Camelot, back to the White House?
HARRY SMITH: As the nation prepares for President-Elect Barack Obama to move into the White House, many Americans can’t help but draw similarities between him and the late President John F. Kennedy. It was a presidency filled with idealism, glamour, and excitement.
Here’s a rarity: The WaPo Ombudsman admits its use as an Obama campaign vehicle:
The Post provided a lot of good campaign coverage, but readers have been consistently critical of the lack of probing issues coverage and what they saw as a tilt toward Democrat Barack Obama. My surveys, which ended on Election Day, show that they are right on both counts.
My assistant, Jean Hwang, and I have been examining Post coverage since Nov. 11 of last year on issues, voters, fundraising, the candidates’ backgrounds and horse-race stories on tactics, strategy and consultants. We also have looked at photos and Page 1 stories since Obama captured the nomination June 4.
The count was lopsided, with 1,295 horse-race stories and 594 issues stories. The Post was deficient in stories that reported more than the two candidates trading jabs; readers needed articles, going back to the primaries, comparing their positions with outside experts’ views. There were no broad stories on energy or science policy, and there were few on religion issues.
Bill Hamilton, assistant managing editor for politics, said, “There are a lot of things I wish we’d been able to do in covering this campaign, but we had to make choices about what we felt we were uniquely able to provide our audiences both in Washington and on the Web. I don’t at all discount the importance of issues, but we had a larger purpose, to convey and explain a campaign that our own David Broder described as the most exciting he has ever covered, a narrative that unfolded until the very end. I think our staff rose to the occasion.”
The op-ed page ran far more laudatory opinion pieces on Obama, 32, than on Sen. John McCain, 13. There were far more negative pieces about McCain, 58, than there were about Obama, 32, and Obama got the editorial board’s endorsement. The Post has several conservative columnists, but not all were gung-ho about McCain.
Stories and photos about Obama in the news pages outnumbered those devoted to McCain. Reporters, photographers and editors found the candidacy of Obama, the first African American major-party nominee, more newsworthy and historic. Journalists love the new; McCain, 25 years older than Obama, was already well known and had more scars from his longer career in politics.
The number of Obama stories since Nov. 11 was 946, compared with McCain’s 786. Both had hard-fought primary campaigns, but Obama’s battle with Hillary Rodham Clinton was longer, and the numbers reflect that.
……But Obama deserved tougher scrutiny than he got, especially of his undergraduate years, his start in Chicago and his relationship with Antoin “Tony” Rezko, who was convicted this year of influence-peddling in Chicago. The Post did nothing on Obama’s acknowledged drug use as a teenager.
……One gaping hole in coverage involved Joe Biden, Obama’s running mate. When Gov. Sarah Palin was nominated for vice president, reporters were booking the next flight to Alaska. Some readers thought The Post went over Palin with a fine-tooth comb and neglected Biden. They are right; it was a serious omission.
No shit. But you also neglected to mention the connection with domestic terrorists, religious hate spewers, ACORN, radical Islamists, and socialist/communist organizations, in this OpEd piece.
Nice admission, though.
The absurd hyperbole and wild proclamations from leftwing media pundits, bloggers, and ‘journalists’, has brought a circus atmosphere rivaling that of a evangelical revival.
Frank Rich, another New York Times hack not known for his acumen of what constitutes strong leadership in the face of world wide threats, contrasts the United States with post-Saddam Iraq:
On the morning after a black man won the White House, America’s tears of catharsis gave way to unadulterated joy . . . The festive scenes of liberation that Dick Cheney had once imagined for Iraq were finally taking place — in cities all over America.
Don’t count on them to quit playing the race card, even though a (half) black man will be in the White House. Condoleeza Rice, Michael Steele, Larry Elder, Thomas Sowell, and Ken Blackwell, are disavowed as ‘legitimate blacks’ because they’re Republicans.
At least one media pundit is a little apprehensive over the Obama-media relationship:
Newsweek’s Evan Thomas and Jon Meacham shared a bizarre Obama love-fest session with Charlie Rose on the PBS host’s program on Wednesday. Meacham stated that he was “very struck watching the stagecraft” of Obama and pointed out how Obama gave his victory speech by himself: “…Have you ever seen a victory speech where there was no one else on stage? No adoring wife, no cute kid –he is the message.” Thomas went one step further in this vein: “There is a slightly creepy cult of personality about all of this.”
WaPo columist Eli Saslow’s man crush:
The sun glinted off (Obama’s) chiseled pectorals sculpted during four weightlifting sessions each week, and a body toned by regular treadmill runs and basketball games.
The next four years of an Obama-covering media will be very entertaining to say the least. We’ll see if he remains a media darling or if he gets vilified for (incredibly) not being leftwing enough.