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After the Swoon
Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2010 | Marvin Olasky

Posted on 01/05/2010 5:04:09 AM PST by Kaslin

How favorable will press coverage of President Obama be at the end of this year?

Jon Stewart's The Daily Show on Comedy Central is often a leading indicator of sentiment among younger voters. Stewart last month waxed sarcastic regarding not only Democratic spending and deficit-creation, but also about Obama's personal style of implying frankness and then serving up bromides.

Following one set of Obama video clips Stewart cried out, "C'mon—are these the people we've really been waiting for? This sounds like the people we got rid of." That realization that the Obama administration is politics as usual is important, since Obama won because voters thought he represented "change."

Maureen Dowd's New York Times column is often a leading indicator of sentiment among older liberal voters. She wrote recently, "The animating spirit that electrified his political movement has sputtered out. If we could see a Reduced Shakespeare summary of Obama's presidency so far, it would read: Dither, dither, speech. Foreign trip, bow, reassure. Seminar, summit. Shoot a jump shot with the guys, throw out the first pitch in mom jeans. Compromise, concede, close the deal. Dither, dither, water down, news conference."

Dowd may just be getting warmed up. In 2000, when taken to task for slamming Al Gore and thus hurting The Cause, she responded, "I was just teasing him a little bit because he was so earnest and he could be a little righteous and self-important." Hmm . . . does someone currently in the White House fit that description?

Washington's inner rings are starting to worry. One well-networked D.C. journalist, Elizabeth Drew, recently reported in Politico that those who once held "an unromantically high opinion of Obama" and were key to his rise are now concluding that the president isn't "the person of integrity and even classiness they had thought." She wrote that late last year "a critical mass of influential people who once held big hopes for his presidency began to wonder whether they had misjudged the man."

Glenn Reynolds, the internet's Instapundit, recently offered a perceptive summary: "I think Obama's 'charisma' was based on voter narcissism—people excited not just about electing a black president, but about themselves, voting for a black president. Now that's over, and they're stuck just with him, and emptied of their own narcissism there's not much there to fill out the suit."

Psalm 146 offers a warning: "Put not your trust in princes." Hundreds of journalists in 2008 and early in 2009 did just that. Tom Brokaw compared Obama's inauguration to the overthrow of Communism in 1989: "I was in Prague when that happened. . . . The streets were filled with joy." CBS Early Show co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez rhapsodized, "A new day is dawning here in the nation's capital. . . . Does it get any better, or more beautiful, or more spectacular, than this?"

Most major television networks were over-the-top propagandists. ABC's Bill Weir: "Can national pride make a freezing day feel warmer?. . . Never have so many people shivered so long with such joy. From above, even the seagulls must have been awed by the blanket of humanity." CNN's Carol Costello: "It was like you're standing in the middle of these strangers, and all of a sudden you had a million friends around you. That's what it felt like yesterday." Andrea Mitchell on NBC's Nightly News: "The mass flickering of cell phone cameras on the Mall seemed like stars shining back at him."

ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN are not as important as they used to be, but we also have less margin for error than we used to. A big problem, as Arthur Brooks says—see WORLD's interview, "The next 100 years," Jan. 16, 2009—is that at the end of this year almost half of Americans will pay no federal income tax. Brooks worries that many will say, "'You know what? This is pretty sweet. I kinda like this system because someone else is paying.' That's what one side is counting on actually happening."

Three questions for 2010: Will lots of non-payers refuse to sell their votes? Will lots of evangelicals who supported Obama in 2008, hoping that he would be above politics, see that he needs a Congress that will stand up to his politics? I believe so, but a third question is crucial: Will mainstream press cheerleaders stop dishonoring journalism?


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1 posted on 01/05/2010 5:04:10 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Funny thing - my lib friends and family are still defending him. All I ever get is, he ain’t Bush. Please God, wake these people up!


2 posted on 01/05/2010 5:08:24 AM PST by ohiogrammy (12)
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To: ohiogrammy

Unfortunately by the time these people wake up, it will be to late


3 posted on 01/05/2010 5:19:33 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for 0bama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
"Glenn Reynolds, the internet's Instapundit, recently offered a perceptive summary: "I think Obama's 'charisma' was based on voter narcissism—people excited not just about electing a black president, but about themselves, voting for a black president. Now that's over, and they're stuck just with him, and emptied of their own narcissism there's not much there to fill out the suit." That is the best explanation of Election 2008 I've read, it was not that Obamao was a great candidate, it was PC being fed. "Oh joy, I can vote for the black candidate, I'm special!" When the thrill leaves, it leaves, now that the concept has been fulfilled, there is not much left for such an out of the mainstream President to do other than run for the center-right, or govern to the left and call it "compassion". At least he is not Bush? No, he is worse than Bush ever was.
4 posted on 01/05/2010 5:20:34 AM PST by padre35 (You shall not ignore the laws of God, the Market, the Jungle, and Reciprocity Rm10.10)
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To: Kaslin
people excited not just about electing a black president, but about themselves, voting for a black president.

There you have it - How this total incompetent won the election. Can't imagine any white person with zero's lack of qualifications winning or even being nominated.

5 posted on 01/05/2010 5:21:29 AM PST by Graybeard58 ("Get lost, Mitt. You're the Eddie Haskell of the Republican party." (Finny))
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To: Kaslin
the president isn't "the person of integrity and even classiness they had thought." She wrote that late last year "a critical mass of influential people who once held big hopes for his presidency began to wonder whether they had misjudged the man."

His lack of class was apparent to some of us. These people did not misjudge him, I would say these people were blinded by prejudice.

6 posted on 01/05/2010 5:21:29 AM PST by stayathomemom (Beware of cat attacks while typing!)
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To: Kaslin
Let me be perfectly clear. This is not about me...

No one's going to give a rats arse about what the man child or bomb belt Michelle do or say when they're smack dab in the middle of Obamaville.

Living your life on false hope and spare change won't get you very far.

7 posted on 01/05/2010 5:25:30 AM PST by RU88 (Bow to no man)
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To: Graybeard58

Indeed. It didn’t matter if he was qualified or not. The only thing was that he was the first black man to be elected and that he was a democrat


8 posted on 01/05/2010 5:27:48 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for 0bama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: ohiogrammy

One oblah-blah voter has said, “I’m not so sure I like what he’s doing.” Hey, it’s a start.


9 posted on 01/05/2010 5:34:29 AM PST by Josa
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To: Kaslin
One well-networked D.C. journalist, Elizabeth Drew, recently reported in Politico that those who once held "an unromantically high opinion of Obama" and were key to his rise are now concluding that the president isn't "the person of integrity and even classiness they had thought."

Gee, maybe, just maybe, if they had looked further into Obama's associations with the likes of Ayers and Wright, his lied about such, his completely hidden history and the stench of corruption that surrounded him (such as his wife's $300K job that was created for her after he became US Senator), the truth might have come out in time. But nooo, it was all just dismissed as right-wing sour grapes.

10 posted on 01/05/2010 5:35:18 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Kaslin
...but a third question is crucial: Will mainstream press cheerleaders stop dishonoring journalism?

Good question with a tragic answer. The mainstream journalists will never support a conservative over Obama. In this regard they are just like the 97% of African-American voters. The best we can hope for is that they just stay home and keep their bias to themselves.

Obama was run for president by a group of ideologues and the media failed the nation and the GOP failed the nation and here we are - three long years remain and all we can do is hang on and pray for some opposition to be elected in 2010.
11 posted on 01/05/2010 5:47:39 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: ohiogrammy

Pride is on the line with folks like that... its awfully hard to have offered your soul to an idea or man and then turn around and say, “man was I wrong”, especially when it was such an easy thing to do, to go with the flow... points you out as delusional and cheap.


12 posted on 01/05/2010 6:00:30 AM PST by dps.inspect
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To: AD from SpringBay
If Obama had been a CONSERVATIVE black man, does anything think the DBM would be voicing such drivel as the following?

Most major television networks were over-the-top propagandists. ABC's Bill Weir: "Can national pride make a freezing day feel warmer?. . . Never have so many people shivered so long with such joy. From above, even the seagulls must have been awed by the blanket of humanity." CNN's Carol Costello: "It was like you're standing in the middle of these strangers, and all of a sudden you had a million friends around you. That's what it felt like yesterday." Andrea Mitchell on NBC's Nightly News: "The mass flickering of cell phone cameras on the Mall seemed like stars shining back at him."

13 posted on 01/05/2010 6:02:57 AM PST by randita (Chains you can bereave in.)
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To: Graybeard58
Glenn Reynolds, the internet's Instapundit, recently offered a perceptive summary: "I think Obama's 'charisma' was based on voter narcissism—people excited not just about electing a black president, but about themselves, voting for a black president. Now that's over, and they're stuck just with him, and emptied of their own narcissism there's not much there to fill out the suit."

Yep - this was my take-away from the article...

14 posted on 01/05/2010 6:45:52 AM PST by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: Graybeard58

My liberal, Obama-voting relatives said exactly that; they voted for him to be “part of history”. Not sure where they stand on him now, I don’t talk to them much.


15 posted on 01/05/2010 7:27:31 AM PST by OldBlondBabe
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To: GlassArson

Ping...very insightful!


16 posted on 01/05/2010 7:42:51 AM PST by Joan912 (where are you, planet x?)
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To: Kaslin
Elizabeth Drew, recently reported in Politico that those who once held "an unromantically high opinion of Obama" and were key to his rise are now concluding that the president isn't "the person of integrity and even classiness they had thought." She wrote that late last year "a critical mass of influential people who once held big hopes for his presidency began to wonder whether they had misjudged the man."

And yet when conservatives pointed out that Obama was an unqualified fraud we were accused of being racists. So, welcome to the ranks of the great unwashed racists you liberals who are waking up. Better late then never I suppose...but next time LISTEN to those who are wiser than you are!

17 posted on 01/05/2010 9:25:09 AM PST by highlander_UW (There's a storm coming - little kid at a Mexican gas station in The Terminator)
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To: Kaslin; maggief; Grampa Dave; stephenjohnbanker; Landru; GOPJ; hoosiermama; ...
Let's keep in mind that candidate Ohaha was an empty suit---dressed up by the Chicago mob as presidential material.

PR guru Axelrod and his best friend Wonder Boy Rahm Emanuel did the deed.......and both got top WH jobs.

It always makes me laugh when conniver Axelrod goes on TV with that deer-in-the-headlights-look, trying like heck to look "harmless."

Wily Emanuel duped the American electorate time and time again.

(a) Marxist Ohaha was presented to the electorate as a clone of Ronald Reagan. Rahm even had puppet Ohaha say to voters, "I want to be another Reagan."

(b) As 2006 Dem Congressional Campaign Committee Chair, Wonder Boy Rahm ran Godless, lefty Congressional candidates in solid Republican districts as "reverential believers"....and won.

Rahm softly/coyly speaks the language to appeal to American values, but this conniver is nothing more than a latter-day Uriah Heep. Like Uriah Heep, power-hungry Rahm feeds on others, and deploys self-serving strategies for his own self-absorbed purposes.

Dickens' ingratiating scoundrel (from David Copperfield) fits Rahm to a tee. Uriah Heep was notorious for wielding undue influence, a manipulative bounder who was always planning and plotting, ingratiating himself into the confidence of others. Uriah Heep was obsequious, manipulative, and wormed his way into positions of influence. Uriah was a consummate con man, and not to be trusted.

Translated into the language of the popular culture, Uriah Heep Rahm, positions himself as amenable to American values but is insincere in these feelings; he uses issues and crises to advance his hidden agendas and political ambitions

Rahm The Wonder Boy's motto: "Party First, America Last." The Wonder Boy is obsessed with party politics. Installing a permanent leftist majority of Dims is his game. This nasty toad evinces an utter contempt for US culture.

18 posted on 01/05/2010 11:30:38 AM PST by Liz
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To: Liz; All

I notice C-Span is locked out of House & Senate negotiations on Obamacare

Obama: “ We will be the most open administration in history, and will broadcast all legislative negotiations on C-Span”


19 posted on 01/05/2010 12:25:43 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINO's!)
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To: Liz

As far as I am concerned, he is still an empty suit


20 posted on 01/05/2010 12:30:34 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for 0bama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Liz; AT7Saluki; writer33
"I want to be another Reagan."

You think Sarah Palin can be the next one?

21 posted on 01/05/2010 8:24:47 PM PST by Libloather (Tea totaler, PROUD birther, mobster, pro-lifer, anti-warmer, enemy of the state, extremist....)
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To: Libloather
You think Sarah Palin can be the next one?

Could be, but we'll see what develops in the coming months.

22 posted on 01/05/2010 8:29:58 PM PST by writer33 (Rush Limbaugh Is "The Passion" of Conservatism And Pretty Good At That Radio Thingy)
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