Someone sent this video to me with the comment, “illustrates how the press despised Bush. How they hated him!”
Well, duh. Of course they did. They spent 7 years doing their very best to make sure that everyone else hated him, too, and yes, they succeeded. Not saying Bush’s own errors didn’t help it along, but the non-stop (sometimes untrue, frequently unfair and almost always unwarranted and disproportionate) pounding given Bush, 24/7 by every media outlet -news, books, sitcoms, films- contributed hugely to the “Bush hate.” Let’s face it, if Dubya and his wife strolled the grounds of the White House while holding hands and it is likely they did, the press did not scream about it like teenage girls at the Jonas Brothers. When Mrs. Beasley came to the White House, there was no scrum of reporters crying out, “he’s got the leash!” of the president.
When Dubya swaggered, it was “arrogance.” When Obama “swaggas” it’s “cool.” Bunch of upper-class white pretenders calling it “swagga;” just makes you want to roll your eyes, doesn’t it? I can’t help but think Obama loathes them, and I wouldn’t blame him if he does. It’s hard to respect people who slobber all over you.
The White House Press Corps has revealed a profound truth about themselves: they’re a bunch of 14 year old girls. If they don’t like you, they will be absolute savages to you. But if they like you, you’re cool and they all want to be, they all want to invite you for a sleepover.
If they love you, they collect your bare-chested pictures they draw hearts around your name and sigh that you are the best, the smartest, the coolest, the funniest, the most elegant, the most brilliant, the handsomest and best-dressed, most charming evah, evah, evah, and have fantasies that you’ll take them on a dream date! They share minutiae about you; what you like and dislike. And when you break promises to them, they either ignore it or they make excuses for it.
So, President Bush supported vouchers for kids living in bad school districts, and got no support for it; if he had shut such programs down, however, we’d have gotten the full “heartless fascist-out-of-touch blueblood” hysteria from the press. Obama shuts down just such a successful program and you don’t hear a thing about it, do you?
For six years, George W. Bush took a daily pounding from the press and the Democrats about Gitmo: “the worst place on earth.” Gitmo was making America “hated” around the world. Gitmo was the equivalent of the Gulag and Auschwitz all rolled into one…but even worse. And evil chimpy Bush was into those military tribunals, and that made him a naaaaazi!
Do I hear crickets? Why yes, I think I do.
The 14 year old girls in the media actually do owe an apology to those they spited, hated and publicly mocked and tormented in the last administration. But they will not make it because, you know…that might, like, mean they were you know, wrong, or something and, like, that would be so, you know, uncool. And like, whatever…it’s not like anyone even likes those people anyway, or cares about you know…being fair you, like…that stuff. Isn’t he dreamy? Don’t you wish you were them? I want those $540.00 sneakers, too!
Okay, enough, after a while, all of that just turns my stomach, and to be fair to Obama, it’s not his fault that he has 14-year olds covering him. It is not even his fault that someone like Arlen Specter can cravenly politicize the death of a good man. Hell, John Edwards did that in ’04 with his, “vote for us and Christopher Reeve will get out of his wheelchair and walk” routine.
Here, here is something for grown-ups: A debate on the constitution and the role of the Judiciary between Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer.
Chrysler; does the press know what’s going on? I think perhaps they don’t, really. Or, they just don’t care because Obama looks so good on their wall, doesn’t he have a great smile? He’s smiling just for us in the press! Why shouldn’t he run everything when he is everything!
More grown-up stuff: how is that 700 Billion Dollar “stimulus” working out? And when do we get to talk, really talk, about what it means to have a 9 Trillion Dollar Deficit in our future? No? We can’t talk about that? We just mock the people who do and call them names? That’s all the 14 year old girls can manage?
Picking up where we left off on Limbaugh, Jeb Bush and Reagan, a few emailers are accusing me of not knowing who Ronald Reagan is, and not fully appreciating him. I know who Reagan is and was. Still doesn’t change the fact that he is no longer with us, and so the right -if it wants another Reagan- had better get busy forming a couple. A couple, because some will be picked off by the press like low-flying ducks.
One reader wrote:
What other people fail to remember (and what they should have emphasized more with McCain) is that Reagan came into the 1980 campaign a fully formed man. There were no focus groups needed to tell him what he believed in and what he should say. In “Reagan’s War,” Peter Schweizer recounts the campaign assembling their foreign policy team and Reagan was asked about what the official line should be toward the Soviet Union. “How’s this,” said the Governor, “we win. They lose.” Big picture goals, not micromanaging.
Appealing to the right; “un-nuanced” and “stupid, stupid, stupid” to the left and the press. Dubya was just as succinct and he got crucified for it. The thing about the “left” and the “right” is the left are like a virus that knows how to change and re-attack. They’ve learned to adapt to conservative rhetoric and defeat it. The right does not adapt much, because it can’t, not if it wants to hold on to its principles and beliefs.
This campaign-era post from the Western Chauvinist puts it differently.
Here is something odd: British Airways has taken Israel off the map.
One meets postmodern secularists of diverse interests who remain supportive of a basic scheme that is balkanizing our world into environmentalism, anarchism, paganism, pantheism, food-puritanism and other isms, and who have simply embraced a religion outside of monotheism. If you think by abolishing the Abramic Big Three you’re going to abolish religion, well…good luck. Every secular religion I just mentioned comes with its own Liturgies, Rubrics and Rituals, its own Sins, Laws and Saviors.
Bill Whittle taking on Jon Stewart. I know you’ve probably seen it, but I had to link. History matters. Context matters, too.
Because Context Matters: Let God assess some things
How do you like this headline? Catholics Attack Dan Brown Film Angels & Demons! It seems that if the church defends its reputation against the Rome-hating fictions of Dan Brown, that is “attacking” the film. Conversely, the film is not seen as an “attack” on the church. Funny how the press uses words, isn’t it?
Michael Yon: Mysterious Places
Defending Mary Ann Glendon, who really needs no defending, but Patrick O’ Hannigan does it so well that you may as well go read it!