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Obama: The Endless Honeymoon?
Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2009 | Larry Elder

Posted on 01/29/2009 4:16:48 AM PST by Kaslin

"When," someone recently asked me, "does President Obama's media 'honeymoon' period end?"

Answer: It won't.

Oh, sure, every relationship experiences peaks and valleys. But the "mainstream media" wanted Obama to win, and helped him do so. If Obama were a stock, the media would be "fully invested."

During the Bush administration, we saw many "Big Stories" of "Bad Actions." Let's liken these stories to crimes. If Bush committed no crime, they reported an infraction. If he committed an infraction, they reported a misdemeanor. If he committed a misdemeanor, they reported a felony. If he committed a felony, they reported a capital offense. With Obama, the media reverse the procedure. Any future capital offense will get reported as a regular felony, a felony as a misdemeanor and so forth.

Obama's inauguration showed the double standard on full display. The final tally for all the expenses won't be out for a few months, but clearly the cost of Obama's inauguration meets or exceeds Bush's four years ago, even adjusted for inflation. And expect a higher price for security, in large part because about 400,000 people attended Bush's last inauguration versus Obama's 1.5 million to 1.8 million. Obama's inaugural committee budgeted about $45 million for the fun stuff -- such as balls and concerts and parades -- with taxpayers putting up $49 million more, and local jurisdictions are asking federal taxpayers for another $75 million to cover their costs.

But back in 2005, when Bush's second inaugural costs (excluding security) reached $42 million, the media attacked. Unseemly! Exorbitant! Extravagant! How can Bush justify the spending during wartime? Not only does the country remain at war, but our country now suffers a serious recession.

So what do the mainstream media say about Obama's inaugural "extravagance"? Virtually nothing. One Associated Press article, headlined "For inaugural balls, go for glitz, forget economy," opened with this lead: "So you're attending an inaugural ball saluting the historic election of Barack Obama in the worst economic climate in three generations. Can you get away with glitzing it up and still be appropriate, not to mention comfortable and financially viable? To quote the man of the hour: Yes, you can. Veteran ballgoers say you should. And fashionistas insist that you must." Four years ago, an Associated Press article that attacked Bush's "extravagant" inauguration listed things $40 million could buy -- from Humvees to vaccinations.

Here are just a few examples -- from the new president's first few days -- that caught little flak from the media:

--Obama's nominee for Treasury secretary. When now-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner worked for the International Monetary Fund, the IMF informed all employees -- in writing -- that they owed payroll tax. They actually increase their compensation with an allowance to offset the taxes. Geithner took the money but failed to pay the $34,000 in taxes. He called it an honest "mistake."

--Obama restricts lobbyists. Obama announced "tough" new ethics rules to restrict lobbyists from jobs in his administration. The President then granted a "waiver" for deputy secretary of defense nominee William Lynn, a former Raytheon lobbyist. So the anti-lobbyist ethics rules apply -- until they don't. Oh.

--Obama ends "torture." Obama announced the end to "torture" and restricts the methods of questioning terrorist detainees to the 19 psychological techniques set out in the Army Field Manual. The manual prohibits threats, force and physical contact, including waterboarding. But wait. Obama intends to set up a special task force to determine the adequacy of the Army manual and to recommend "additional or different guidance for other departments or agencies." So Obama intends to restrict the methods of interrogation, unless and until he doesn't want to restrict them. And Obama's choice for national intelligence director, retired Adm. Dennis Blair, refused to say during his confirmation hearings whether he considers waterboarding "torture." Oh.

--Obama closes Gitmo. Obama fulfilled a campaign promise and signed an executive order to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. He says the process will take about a year. Bush, by the way, wanted to close Gitmo, too (as did Republican presidential candidate John McCain), but ran into the same challenges that now face Obama. Where will the detainees go, reporters asked Obama. What kind of legal procedures apply? Will he transfer any of the detainees to American soil? If so, how would that affect their legal status? What about the Pentagon's claim that 61 prisoners released from Gitmo have returned to extremist activities and battlefields?

What about Gitmo detainees like Said Ali al-Shihri, whom we released to Saudi Arabia? After "anti-jihad re-indoctrination," the Saudi government considered him rehabilitated and released him. Authorities now call him al-Qaida's No. 2 guy in Yemen. What about these questions, Mr. President? Well, we'll get to them.

The major news media saw former President George W. Bush as a villain and themselves as sheriff. Obama, on the other hand, enjoys their support. To the news media, Obama represents a combination of Martin Luther King, Gandhi and rock star. They will downplay errors, explain away mistakes, and -- if efforts fail to achieve the desired results -- they can always blame Bush.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bho2009; bho44; elder; enemedia; liberalmedia; mediabias; msm; obama; obamedia

1 posted on 01/29/2009 4:16:48 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

It ended sooner then you think. Think EL Rushbo. Here is a quote.

“I, El Rushbo — and I say this happily — have hijacked Obama’s honeymoon.”


2 posted on 01/29/2009 4:20:23 AM PST by Biggirl (GO UCONN!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: Kaslin

And the sheep still wearing their rose colored glasses.


3 posted on 01/29/2009 4:22:18 AM PST by bikerman
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To: Biggirl

Good


4 posted on 01/29/2009 4:22:39 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I am going to give the media the benefit of the doubt on this one. I mean we are only week 2 of this Administration.

I have faith that the media’s innate hatred for all humanity will trump its temporary love affair with Bambi.

The sub-humans that drive the media culture are so loathful of themselves that they will come to hate Obama for thinking he is better than they are; or that he doesn’t need them; or they just get tired of the uppity black guy.


5 posted on 01/29/2009 4:22:56 AM PST by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit (Bomb Liechtenstein!)
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To: Kaslin
The New National Form of Dress in the White House and the Oval Office. Shame!

A "stud" from the get go!

Getting older, as seen in Georgetown.

Speaking of Hawaii, my shot of the Fire in the Sky taken in Maui.

Mad Magazine has it right!

Here's the casual picture of BHO thinking!

Here are the troops, paying "all due respect".


6 posted on 01/29/2009 4:23:41 AM PST by jws3sticks (Hillary can take a very long walk on a very short pier, anytime, and the sooner the better!)
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To: Biggirl

Rush is the reason elected GOPers act like wimps.

Rush is the reason for “Compassionate Conservatism.”

An elected GOPer who espouses conservative principles is going to be accused of “sounding like Rush Limbaugh” or of being “Rush Limbaugh Lite.” No one wants to be described in those terms, and no one is going to be elected if that’s how he’s (or she’s) perceived.

Much better (the politicians think) to position yourself a little to the left, a little to the “moderate side,” of Rush Limbaugh. Guess where “Compassionate Conservatism” comes from.

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. I’m not trying to be negative here. Just realistic.


7 posted on 01/29/2009 4:26:08 AM PST by Steely Tom (RKBA: last line of defense against vote fraud)
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To: Kaslin
If Obama were a stock, the media would be "fully invested."

Fully Invested means Fully Exposed

8 posted on 01/29/2009 4:27:48 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Kaslin

If people cannot trust their news providers, they will find other news providers they can trust. If the MSM insists on having an extended honeymoon with The One, they will be accelerating their decline.

Any failing newspaper in America could immediately reverse their fortunes by taking their watchdog responsibility seriously and reporting honestly on the new Administration. It is informative that, time after time, they choose not to, and accept failure as a result.


9 posted on 01/29/2009 4:29:48 AM PST by gridlock (QUESTION AUTHORITY)
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To: Kaslin

“When,” someone recently asked me, “does President Obama’s media ‘honeymoon’ period end?”

Answer: It won’t.
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Yeh—the talkin’ heads are happy as pigs in sh!t w/”h”!


10 posted on 01/29/2009 4:32:06 AM PST by gunnyg
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To: Kaslin

It’s hard for the msm to be objective when they are on their knees....


11 posted on 01/29/2009 4:38:16 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: Kaslin

The obamedia may hide it under the bed, but the new media is going to grab a flashlight.

Pray for America, Our Troops and obama’s Guidance


12 posted on 01/29/2009 4:42:24 AM PST by bray (Time to organize a Rebel Republican Party around Palin)
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To: Kaslin

Its been less than two weeks, Larry....


13 posted on 01/29/2009 5:03:27 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: Steely Tom
No one wants to be described in those terms, and no one is going to be elected if that’s how he’s (or she’s) perceived.

Honestly the "name calling" is just one shade of paint from a pallete of many colors. If they couldn't accuse them of being "like Rush", it'd be something else, probably something that's actually bad. This type of behavior is classic socialist "shouting down" and is thug-politics at best. No argument on merrits or principles, just destroy the opponent by character assasination and proceed with the agenda over their ashes.

14 posted on 01/29/2009 5:16:59 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Kaslin

The honeymoon will wane, just as they all do. This one, aided and abetted by the “media” (i.e., P.R. branch of the DNC) will last somewhat longer, but it’ll expire. The media was slobbering itself over Clinton, too, but that faded over time as well.


15 posted on 01/29/2009 5:26:54 AM PST by ScottinVA (Make my world PURRRFECT, Lord Obama!)
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To: jws3sticks

Why the helmet on older bike photo? I don’t get it....nothing will ever penetrate that thick skull.....common sense especially.


16 posted on 01/29/2009 6:00:37 AM PST by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: Kaslin

Larry’s right - with the exception of a handful, the world adores this guy. He’ll continue on to a second term because he’ll have to “finish what he started.” People will blindly buy that nonsense. Only into his second term will he overreach - demanding allegiance. Then many will realize the danger...but it will be too late.


17 posted on 01/29/2009 6:40:20 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Kaslin

The media honeymoon will end when they think Barack Hussein Obama has made a decision that George Walker Bush would have made.


18 posted on 01/29/2009 7:21:00 AM PST by Ipberg
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To: Kaslin

Honey, it’s over. That’s what getting mooned means.


19 posted on 01/29/2009 7:44:48 AM PST by Paladin2 (No, pundits strongly believe that the proper solution is more dilution.)
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To: Kaslin
The media won't end this affair. For another reason the author doesn't mention -- the first black president.

They will apologize for Obama forever.

20 posted on 01/29/2009 9:41:23 AM PST by GVnana ("I once dressed as Tina Fey for Halloween." - Sarah Palin)
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To: Steely Tom

If Rush didnt exist, the Liberal MSM would find soe other real conservative to beat up. It’s what they do.
Rush isnt the problem. Grovelling to a biased liberal MSM is. The liberal MSM needs to be defeated, not catered to.


21 posted on 01/29/2009 9:54:39 AM PST by WOSG (Oppose the bailouts, boondoggles, big Government -)
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To: Steely Tom

Well this week, the GOPers are starting to come home, get a pair, grow a spine, starting with the House GOPers voting against. Good start.

Remember that Rush is the “gold standard” for conservative talkradio.


22 posted on 01/30/2009 3:17:16 AM PST by Biggirl (GO UCONN!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: anniegetyourgun

Maybe even sooner then that, during the first four years.


23 posted on 01/30/2009 3:18:46 AM PST by Biggirl (GO UCONN!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: jws3sticks

Like the “Mad Magazine” picture. Thinking of GWB while flying home to TX having the last laugh knowing no its THE ONE’S MESS to deal with.


24 posted on 01/30/2009 3:20:28 AM PST by Biggirl (GO UCONN!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: jws3sticks

Opps, forgot to spell “now”.


25 posted on 01/30/2009 3:21:27 AM PST by Biggirl (GO UCONN!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: Biggirl
From now on, it's BHO's fault.

Obama Count Down Calendar

Actual Date Days In Days to Go Done!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 1, 1,461 x

Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 2, 1,460 x

Thursday, January 22, 2009, 3, 1,459 x

Friday, January 23, 2009, 4, 1,458 x

Saturday, January 24, 2009, 5, 1,457 x

Sunday, January 25, 2009, 6, 1,456 x

Monday, January 26, 2009, 7, 1,455 x

Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 8, 1,454 x

Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 9, 1,453 x

Thursday, January 29, 2009, 10, 1,452 x

Friday, January 30, 2009, 11, 1,451

We have a long way to go unless he is proved to not be a "Natural Born US Citizen" and thus "de-throned".

26 posted on 01/30/2009 10:50:42 AM PST by jws3sticks (Hillary can take a very long walk on a very short pier, anytime, and the sooner the better!)
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