We all know that the media coverage of President Obama has been stridently tilted and biased towards every favorable angle possible. Not since John F. Kennedy has such slobbering press coverage been disguised as journalism, according to Robert Samuelson in IBDeditorials.com recently.
Samuelson describes it as "collective fawning". From the campaign trail to the White House, the treatment continues. The President and his administration are a thin-skinned bunch and one tactic to tamp down opposition is to use Press Secretary Robert Gibbs to mock critics and act as though questions are not serious enough for answers. It is a smug and condescending White House press office. We will see how long the White House press corps goes along with the scenario.
"The infatuation matters because Obama's ambitions are so grand. He wants to expand health care subsidies, tightly control energy use and overhaul immigration." "He envisions the greatest growth of government since Lyndon Johnson."
Despite one campaign pledge after another broken or re-vamped, the press declines to notice. Candidate Obama pledged a bi-partisan approach to governing. Instead of showing true leadership, he has farmed out his legislative agenda to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who in turn excludes Republican input. He maintains most of the Bush years national security policies, very quietly, and with Executive Orders. He was an outspoken critic of the Bush policies and the use of Executive Orders as a candidate.
This is the problem with a President with no governing experience and no apparent true leadership qualities. He has been a perpetual candidate for his political career and it shows. His core is empty. He relies on promising everything to his base of support and then, in office, pursuing whichever path will be most fruitful to him for the next election.
Candidate Obama criticized the national deficit and now has committed the U.S. government to spending that is more than his predecessors, all combined. There is a national deficit, thanks to Obama policy, for as far as the eye can see, and the press is silent about inconsistencies.
There is hope: "A great edifice of government may arise on the narrow foundation of Obama's personal popularity. Another Pew survey shows that since the election both self-identified Republicans and Democrats have declined. Independents have increased, and there has been no consistent movement away from conservatism, nor a shift toward liberalism."
"No consistent movement away from conservatism, nor a shift toward liberalism." Good news indeed.
The press has much invested in this President. They are determined to do everything possible to see that he does not fail.