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On PBS, David Remnick Praises Obama Administration As Scandal-Free, Pro-Science
NewsBusters.org ^ | January 21, 2014 | Paul Bremmer

Posted on 01/21/2014 1:51:15 PM PST by Kaslin

David Remnick of The New Yorker showed up on PBS’s Charlie Rose Monday night to discuss his long, mostly sympathetic profile of Barack Obama from the January 27 issue of the magazine. Near the end of the interview, Rose focused in on the president’s reported desire to be “big.” The host wondered, “[W]hat's his definition of 'big,' and does he believe in his deep recesses of his own mind that the chance of that has slipped away?”

Remnick replied that no, Obama does not think his chance of being “big” has slipped away. The editor then rattled off a laundry list of Obama achievements that might be considered hallmarks of a “big” – meaning “great” – president. Among them were these two gems: [Video below. MP3 audio here.]

On PBS, David Remnick Praises Obama Administration As Scandal-Free, Pro-Science

The fact that there's been no scandal, major scandal, in this administration, which is a rare thing in an administration. The fact that science is now discussed as science.
 

No scandal? Really? I guess Remnick doesn’t consider the administration’s failure and subsequent coverup in Benghazi to be a scandal. I guess he doesn’t care that the IRS singled out conservative-sounding organizations for extra scrutiny. I guess he doesn’t care that Obama’s Justice Department spied on journalists like him. I guess he doesn’t consider Fast and Furious to be a scandal.

The whole “no scandal” routine is just ridiculous. But it was also absurd to see Remnick pull out the “only liberals understand science” card. You would think that such a scientific administration might have been able to find some better computer programmers to get Healthcare.gov up and running sooner. Also, the president claimed in his interview with Remnick that he believes marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol. However, scientists are far from a consensus on which substance is more dangerous.

Rose interrupted Remnick’s list of achievements to ask, “Does this measure up to greatness for you?” After some prodding, Remnick confessed his adoration of the president: “Well, I think those achievements are huge, yes.

Below is a transcript of the relevant part of the discussion:



CHARLIE ROSE: You report that Obama told Doris Kearns Goodwin that he wanted to be “big.”

DAVID REMNICK: I guess they all start out wanting to be big. They don't want to be Franklin Pierce.

ROSE: Not just a name on a long list of presidents, you see their pictures lined up on the wall, he said. This is back to the Clinton question. They all -- what's his definition of "big," and does he believe in his deep recesses of his own mind that the chance of that has slipped away?

REMNICK: No, I don't. I think he is -- his -- despite all his dramatic doubt, despite that tone of -- that kind of slightly autumnal tone to the -- especially the end of this piece –  I think –

ROSE: Meaning he's in the fall of his presidency?

REMNICK: Getting there, sure. It's September.

ROSE: Yes, okay.

REMNICK: That the fact that this country didn't fall into a depression, an economic depression, which it could easily have done. The fact that we are out of Iraq for all the problems in Iraq. Getting there in Afghanistan. The auto industry saved. Gay rights more and more ensured, not without help from the president of the United States. The fact that there's been no scandal, major scandal, in this administration, which is a rare thing in an administration. The fact that science is now discussed as science. The fact that climate change, however woefully inadequate the measures for it, is now –

ROSE: Does this measure up to greatness for you?

REMNICK: Well, let's wait till the end. Let's wait till the end. A lot of things could go wrong and –

ROSE: But all those things have already happened.

REMNICK: Well, I think those achievements are huge, yes.

ROSE: Huge?

REMNICK: Yes


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1 posted on 01/21/2014 1:51:15 PM PST by Kaslin
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2 posted on 01/21/2014 1:52:37 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Kaslin

3 posted on 01/21/2014 1:54:28 PM PST by maddog55
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To: a fool in paradise

Great pic. America’s sweethearts....vintage 1947/1948


4 posted on 01/21/2014 1:55:12 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Kaslin

No major scandal in this regime? Really? Where’s that thread about parallel universes? I’m pretty sure we just found someone who comes from there.


5 posted on 01/21/2014 1:55:30 PM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: Kaslin
No scandal? Really? I guess Remnick doesn’t consider the administration’s failure and subsequent coverup in Benghazi to be a scandal.

Oh come on... it's not really a scandal unless the MSM says it's a scandal, like bridge-gate. Now that there's a bonifide scandal right there. (/sarc)
6 posted on 01/21/2014 1:57:07 PM PST by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: Kaslin; GeronL
The fact that science is now discussed as science.

Like using NASA to boost Islamists sense of self.

7 posted on 01/21/2014 1:59:07 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: maddog55

Charlie Rose colored glasses


8 posted on 01/21/2014 2:00:11 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Kaslin

Obama DESTROYED NASA.

And the alleged absence of “scandals”
demonstrates the absence of the reporter’s integrity.


9 posted on 01/21/2014 2:01:01 PM PST by Diogenesis
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10 posted on 01/21/2014 2:02:35 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise

I’m waiting for some FR wizard to post a pic of the spawn of Julia and Pajama Boy.


11 posted on 01/21/2014 2:04:33 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Diogenesis; GeronL

We are told that Chris Christie was vindictive and did something petty like snarl traffic because he did not have the endorsement of a mayor.

But we were told that the decision to award NYC a space shuttle and not the Johnson Space Center in Clearlake/Houston Texas wasn’t a partisan petty rebuke.


12 posted on 01/21/2014 2:05:00 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Kaslin
The fact that there's been no scandal, major scandal, in this administration, which is a rare thing in an administration. The fact that science is now discussed as science.

...I've fallen into an alternate dimension, apparently.

13 posted on 01/21/2014 2:06:11 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: nascarnation
I’m waiting for some FR wizard to post a pic of the spawn of Julia and Pajama Boy.

It was aborted.

#DOYOUGOTINSURANCE????

14 posted on 01/21/2014 2:06:19 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Kaslin

Libs have been carrying water for Dems for at least one hundred years. Imagine if it was like during the Wilson admin. when dissenters were being thrown into jail. These same lib scribblers would denying any kind of problem/scandal because a Dem was in the White House. When that happens lib scribblers put their fingers in their ears and blindfold themselves.


15 posted on 01/21/2014 2:07:22 PM PST by driftless2
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To: OneWingedShark
>>The fact that there's been no scandal, major scandal, in this administration, which is a rare thing in an administration. The fact that science is now discussed as science.

...I've fallen into an alternate dimension, apparently.

And what fine clothes they are.


16 posted on 01/21/2014 2:07:49 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise

nicely done...


17 posted on 01/21/2014 2:07:56 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Kaslin

I’m surprised he didn’t mention that it was the most transparent administration in history/s


18 posted on 01/21/2014 2:08:21 PM PST by teacherwoes (obamacare--like you need a hole in your head)
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To: Kaslin

Pathological liars covering for The Pathological Liar.


19 posted on 01/21/2014 2:11:17 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: a fool in paradise

...that tale is disturbingly accurate in how the government thinks.


20 posted on 01/21/2014 2:19:48 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Kaslin

No major scandal? I guess Remnant doesn’t feel that the systematic shredding of the Bill of Rights, one amendment at a time constitutes a major scandal. He is probably right. High treason would be a more apt term.


21 posted on 01/21/2014 2:20:19 PM PST by fhayek
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To: Kaslin

News for the low info voter.


22 posted on 01/21/2014 2:24:17 PM PST by RginTN
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To: OneWingedShark

Does the Sodomy Party have any knowledge of histology?


23 posted on 01/21/2014 2:24:25 PM PST by gasport (Will operate for food.)
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To: Kaslin

I hate the lying left. Any one of Obama’s little scandals would have torn a Republican Administration apart. When a Republican has a scandal, no matter how insignificant, the media is all over it until every little detail does its damage. When Obama has a scandal, the media goes into damage control. Take “Fast and Furious,” Benghazi, or Obamacare, or Solyndra and the hundreds of millions wasted on failed green energy. Take the use of the IRS and federal agencies to attack political enemies, and so on. This is the most scandal ridden administration in the history of the United States, even if the media refuses to do its job. A lot of white media types and leftists are afraid they will be accused of racism if they treat the scandals of a black president and his administration as news to be investigated.


24 posted on 01/21/2014 2:51:20 PM PST by pallis
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To: pallis

They hounded Tom DeLay out of office and his partisan conviction in Austin was eventually overturned. That (and two outed homosexuals) was Nancy’s “Culture of Corruption that rises to the top ranks of the party” meme of 2006.

She promised THE MOST ETHICAL CONGRESS EVAH.

How did that work out?


25 posted on 01/21/2014 3:02:57 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Kaslin

These people live in a fantasy world


26 posted on 01/21/2014 3:21:23 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Kaslin
Unfortunately, to most scientists, being "pro-science" means spending lots of tax money on grants to scientists. It has nothing to do with whether the administration promotes good science.
27 posted on 01/21/2014 3:28:30 PM PST by JoeFromSidney (itYe)
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To: Kaslin

Your tax dollars at work.
Defund PBS!


28 posted on 01/26/2014 12:32:03 AM PST by kik5150
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