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David Brooks: Obama Displays 'a Kind of ESPN Masculinity'
NewsBusters ^ | May 15, 2012 | P.J. Gladnick

Posted on 05/15/2012 6:36:03 AM PDT by PJ-Comix

It might have sounded quite reasonable to David Brooks and his tight  circle of media friends but to most of the rest of us, using the term "ESPN Masculinity" to describe President Obama is just flat out hilarious. Brooks performs a comedy encore at the end of The ESPN Man story in the New York Times with his psychobabble description of Obama's "manliness." These supposed traits listed by Brooks are the reasons why he claims Obama remains somewhat popular despite a lousy economy.

First, let us go right to the ESPN Man money quote:

Normally, presidents look weak during periods of economic stagnation, overwhelmed by events. But Obama has displayed a kind of ESPN masculinity: postfeminist in his values, but also thoroughly traditional in style — hypercompetitive, restrained, not given to self-doubt, rarely self-indulgent. Administrations are undone by scandal and moments when they look pathetic, but this administration, guarded in all things, has rarely had those moments.

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KEYWORDS: barackobama; davidbrooks
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I think Brooks wrote this to counter the impression left by the Newsweek cover this week.
1 posted on 05/15/2012 6:36:09 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

All the talk about gay marriage and Obama being the first gay President has David Brooks in a state of excitement


2 posted on 05/15/2012 6:39:55 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: PJ-Comix

“....rarely self-indulgent”?????

Did he really write this with a straight face or is he really that stupid?


3 posted on 05/15/2012 6:40:19 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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“ESPN Masculinity” to describe President Obama....
WHAT!.... If this president was anymore a be-itch..
he'd have a menstrual cycle
4 posted on 05/15/2012 6:41:07 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: PJ-Comix
Obama has displayed a kind of ESPN masculinity


5 posted on 05/15/2012 6:43:17 AM PDT by ILS21R (John Locke: When the social contract is broken, the people must revolt.)
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6 posted on 05/15/2012 6:44:53 AM PDT by Wizdum (My job is to get you to shoot soda out your nose)
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7 posted on 05/15/2012 6:45:12 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: freeangel
After seeing him speak, I would say the latter, definitely the latter.
8 posted on 05/15/2012 6:45:23 AM PDT by Corporate Law
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9 posted on 05/15/2012 6:47:01 AM PDT by skeeter
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Brooks is part of the New York Times.

He is SUPPOSED to be utterly surreal.

10 posted on 05/15/2012 6:47:52 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The so-called 'mainstream' media has gone from "biased" straight to "utterly surreal".)
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11 posted on 05/15/2012 6:47:56 AM PDT by skeeter
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Geeze...not *another* one with a thrill up his leg!
12 posted on 05/15/2012 6:48:12 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Julia: another casualty of the "War on Poverty")
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To: PJ-Comix

If the Onion wasn’t such a biased liberal POS, I’d say they wrote this!


13 posted on 05/15/2012 6:48:34 AM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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Does Brooks have a man crush on Obama?


14 posted on 05/15/2012 6:49:02 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: freeangel
rarely self-indulgent

That is the one that jumped out to me, too. Brooks lives in his own little bubble. Well, he and most of the media reside there.

15 posted on 05/15/2012 6:51:04 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: PJ-Comix

God help us. Homo Islamicus.


16 posted on 05/15/2012 6:52:18 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (nobody gives me warheads anyway))
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To: PJ-Comix

The pathetic Brooks has a crush on The First Gay President.


17 posted on 05/15/2012 6:53:37 AM PDT by txrefugee
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You mean he sexually harasses his female co-workers?


18 posted on 05/15/2012 6:55:11 AM PDT by relictele (We are officially OUT of other people's money!)
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19 posted on 05/15/2012 6:56:22 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: relictele
And swears at Jesus.


20 posted on 05/15/2012 6:58:14 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: PJ-Comix
MANLY MAN

Extremely Sissified Pretender Nancy

21 posted on 05/15/2012 7:00:36 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (When we cease to be good we'll cease to be great. Be for Goode.)
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Dana,what you like to drink? I’ll have two bottles of vodka!!


22 posted on 05/15/2012 7:01:01 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: PJ-Comix
Would this be the kind of ESPN masculinity displayed during the Gay Games?

Source: Outsports News from an article entitled, "The Gay-Friendly Worldwide Leader In Sports.

It may sound like a fantasy world to some, but it’s the ever-growing record of the self-proclaimed and widely recognized “worldwide leader in sports,” ESPN. Over the last 10 years, ESPN has developed a history of visible gay-friendly actions that have separated it from much of the rest of the sports world, including:

ESPN first aired their groundbreaking Outside The Lines special, "The World of the Gay Athlete," on Dec. 16, 1998. They followed that with a second OTL special, "The Gay Dilemma," on June 3, 2001.

Luke Cyphers from ESPN The Magazine and ESPN producer Craig Lazarus participated in the first Gay and Lesbian Athletics Foundation conference in March of 2003.

ESPN was a sponsor of the Gay Games in 2006, and ESPN Mobile sponsored a basketball team that participated in the Games; That team was captained by openly gay former ESPN The Magazine basketball editor LZ Granderson.

ESPN has recruited at conferences for the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association since 2004.

ESPN aired a five-minute segment over Memorial Day Weekend 2005 about Andrew Goldstein, the openly gay lacrosse goalie at Dartmouth (incidentally, they got the story from Outsports).

ESPN was honored at the 2006 Commercial Closet's Images in Advertising Award for "Outstanding Business-To-Business/Trade Ad."

Figures!

23 posted on 05/15/2012 7:05:05 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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...you mean like Robin Roberts?


24 posted on 05/15/2012 7:07:05 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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David must have just broken up with his boyfriend, and is looking for love...


25 posted on 05/15/2012 7:07:49 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: baddog 219

barry the fairy gets his ESPN masculinity by watching ESPN.

Spends a lot of time doing that.


26 posted on 05/15/2012 7:07:57 AM PDT by Texas resident (November 6 - Vote Against obama)
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To: PJ-Comix

This is insane. He is the most effeminate man to ever occupy the WH...and it’s not even close.


27 posted on 05/15/2012 7:11:10 AM PDT by woweeitsme
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“ESPN masculinity”???
When I think of ESPN, the first image that comes to mind is athletes with egos the size of Texas. For me, the comparison fits Mr. I-Me-My-MineObama.


28 posted on 05/15/2012 7:12:34 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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Dennis Prager has been noticing that the whole thrust of leftist culture is to eliminate all distinctions between men and women.

So a woman can be just as ESPN Masculine as Barry and ESPN Femine is exactly equal to ESPM Masculine.


29 posted on 05/15/2012 7:16:52 AM PDT by DManA
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30 posted on 05/15/2012 7:17:18 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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ESPN? How fitting. He went from pitcher to catcher.


31 posted on 05/15/2012 7:20:04 AM PDT by printhead (Standard & Poor - Poor is the new standard.)
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We need to repost the pic of 0 hanging curtains.


32 posted on 05/15/2012 7:22:17 AM PDT by printhead (Standard & Poor - Poor is the new standard.)
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I think Brooks wrote this to counter the impression left by the Newsweek cover this week.

It appears to have worked...uh...nevermind.

33 posted on 05/15/2012 7:30:32 AM PDT by moovova (OBAMA: The first US President to come out of the closet.)
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Another “inoculation” event by the liberal press.

They are warming us up to the disclosure that Obama is bi-sexual. Maybe Reggie Love did not like being fired...


34 posted on 05/15/2012 7:31:17 AM PDT by Andy from Chapel Hill
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Have they seen him wearing his “mom jeans”? I think Manny Pacquiao would punch obama, if he came near him wearing those jeans.
35 posted on 05/15/2012 7:33:22 AM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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I was going to post the pictures throwing a baseball, rising a girl's bike, watching judo, and the rest of the images that look like the real Obama, not like this fictional "ESPN masculinity", but people beat me to most of them.

Manly? No, I just don't see it. The only people who would use that word for Obama swish when they walk.

36 posted on 05/15/2012 7:38:16 AM PDT by Pollster1 (“A boy becomes a man when a man is needed.” - John Steinbeck)
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OK... first it was how Obama wore a pair of pants... now this.

Brooks has given all a reason to wonder... “is he or isn’t he?”


37 posted on 05/15/2012 7:49:58 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... so should voting!)
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To: Texas resident
barry the fairy gets his ESPN masculinity by watching ESPN. Spends a lot of time doing that.

..And watching gladiator movies.

38 posted on 05/15/2012 8:02:39 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... so should voting!)
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obama displays no masculinity whatsoever. No leadership or statesman-like qualities either. He’s a total fraud.


39 posted on 05/15/2012 8:06:39 AM PDT by jersey117
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http://snltranscripts.jt.org/78/78rcowperthwaite.phtml

The Adventures of Miles Cowperthwaite

Saturday Night Live Skit (John Belushi)

soo....

ESPN is a manly network with manly hosts broadcasting in a manly way. Reaching out to manly cities like key west, san franceeesco, and Grenich Village NY.


40 posted on 05/15/2012 8:26:16 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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ESPN is a manly network with manly hosts broadcasting in a manly way.

Exhibit A

41 posted on 05/15/2012 8:28:46 AM PDT by dfwgator
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That has to be the gayest guy on the face of the Earth.

42 posted on 05/15/2012 8:30:49 AM PDT by dfwgator
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But when I look at the data, a slightly different question comes to mind: Why is Obama even close?

The Bradley Effect.

43 posted on 05/15/2012 8:30:57 AM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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Maybe but what about the guy with the glasses on his head?
44 posted on 05/15/2012 8:33:27 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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That has to be the gayest guy on the face of the Earth.

And the guy on the left with the camera, gaping mouth, limp wrist and pink ribbon looks pretty gay, too.

45 posted on 05/15/2012 8:34:20 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Why did I have the feeling you were going to say that...LOL!


46 posted on 05/15/2012 8:34:48 AM PDT by dfwgator
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David Brooks and his tight circle

Wait, what?

47 posted on 05/15/2012 8:39:31 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The best diplomat I know is a fully-activated phaser bank. - Montgomery Scott)
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Like I need this guy, Brooks, defining what is manly....BWHAHAHAHA

48 posted on 05/15/2012 8:43:12 AM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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Hey David Brooks, is Mike Tyson also an example of ‘ESPN Masculinity’? http://bit.ly/LNV0q9, http://bit.ly/KrS7fE, #JustAsking #tcot


49 posted on 05/15/2012 8:57:17 AM PDT by Josh Painter ("The lesser of two evils is, by definition, evil." - Josh Painter)
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To: Hardraade

“Homo Islamicus.”

Excellent!


50 posted on 05/15/2012 12:43:23 PM PDT by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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