With the media left now turning — at least for the moment, and subject to change — on Obama, it’s going to be fun watching the most thin-skinned and paranoid administration since the days of Richard Nixon respond in kind.
But then, Nixon never owed anything to the press. In contrast, Obama is almost entirely a creation of the modern day Beltway media’s mythological prose.
First up, here’s video at Real Clear Politics of Robert Gibbs responding to Keith Olbermann:
“I appreciate the pulse, the hand on the pulse of America by those who live on cable table TV. I don’t actually think that’s where all of real America lives.”
Of course. That’s why the Obama White House has called into MSNBC on the air(!) to issue putative corrections, and spent much of last fall utterly obsessed with demonizing Fox News.
Meanwhile, back in the world of dead tree media, Maureen Dowd cluelessly asks, “How can a man who was a dazzling enough politician to become the first black president at age 47 suddenly become so obdurately self-destructive about politics?”
President Obama’s bloodless quality about people and events, the emotional detachment that his aides said allowed him to see things more clearly, has instead obscured his vision. It has made him unable to understand things quickly on a visceral level and put him on the defensive in this spring of our discontent, failing to understand that Americans are upset that a series of greedy corporations have screwed over the little guy without enough fierce and immediate pushback from the president.
Huh, I remember when people on the left thought that a cool, aloof, alienated, distant, detached president was a pretty good idea in 2008 and early 2009.
People like Maureen Dowd, for example.