In the fall of 2008, Joe Biden got a pass from Katie Couric over his FDR going on television in 1929 in the wake of the crash of the stock market mega-gaffe. (To what, interrupt Felix the Cat test patterns four years before entering the White House?) Similarly, note the following quote, which goes unremarked at the end of the New York Times’ article on President Obama lamenting that he’d rather be president of China:
How Mr. Obama manages to do that while also balancing American interests is a question that officials acknowledge will plague this historic president for months to come. Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China. As one official put it, “No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao’s words in Tahrir Square.”
Why would Egyptians be losing much sleep over anything said by the rulers of China?
Oh, and Thomas Friedman, call your office. Your next article just wrote itself.