While the JournoList was busy defending Obama from attacks, it was a member of Obama’s campaign in 2007 who mashed up the viral video that launched Obama’s presidential bid via social media, by accusing Hillary Clinton of being the reincarnation of Big Brother from George Orwell’s 1984.
The terrorist attack on Benghazi on September 11th 2012, and the eventual feckless “What difference does it make?” response to the Senate by Obama’s Secretary of State — the same Hillary Clinton his election campaign repeated denigrated would eventually turn the message of Obama’s earlier Orwell-inspired video in on itself. Not the least of which because the man responsible for the piece of social media that the Obama administration initially tried to pin the attack on, during their initial modified limited hangout, is still rotting in jail.
So yes, we know “the rise of the internet media and social media and all that stuff — [President Obama] hates it. Okay? He hates this part of the media.” Every day that YouTube user Nakoula Basseley Nakoula remains incarcerated is proof enough:
Obama’s loathing of social media is yet another reminder of at least two underlying questions about the president. The first is: like so many of his fellow “Progressives,” does Obama really wish he were living in the past or what? As Michal Barone wrote last year, Obama offers “Industrial Age Solutions to Information Age Challenges.”
The other question is the more important and interesting one. “Social media” is the American people (those bitter clingers). Other than the taxpayer revenues that fund the myriad vacations involving Air Force One and giant motorcades to trek across Martha’s Vineyard* and his various crony socialist fiscal sinkholes, what is it about this country — and the American people themselves — that the 44th president actually likes?
Related: Looking back at how the Blogosphere has changed in the years since (and not always for the better) “Where Were You in 2002?“, Stacy McCain asks this weekend. Right here, beginning my own experiment in social media.
* Including this one in August of 2011 to meet with the CEO of Comcast, which owns Chuck Todd’s network, ironically enough.
More: Richard Fernandez picks up the topic at the Belmont Club: Why does Barry hate social media? “It’s making his life a misery,” Richard writes. Gee, that’s a shame; BHO may just be the only man elected to the White House who went in thinking that the job would be easy.