He’s still the media darling!

Digby’s halfwit sidekick:

This is what happens when you go on offense

I’m not going to go into too much detail on Obama’s jobs speech. It was a very good speech in terms of the rhetoric, though it lacked a bit in terms of policies proposed. Even so, I do understand and sympathize with the argument that with the economy on the precipice of “another” recession (though for most of America’s workforce, we never really left the last one), it matters most that something be able realistically to be passed.

But what I do want to focus on is the direct result of taking a bold and more aggressive rhetorical approach: you get good media coverage. Consider the New York Times at this moment.


Brooks is still an insufferable fool and reading his column makes me want to gouge my eyes out with a fork. But it’s inarguable that Obama is getting positive coverage both from Brooks, the Times’ biggest conservative clown, and from Paul Krugman, whom many of the President’s most ardent supporters had given up for lost.

The Washington Post is also filled with positive vibes. Dan Balz has says Obama works to seize the initiative. Chris Cillizza says that the rhetoric forms an aggressive stance. And Zachary Goldfarb’s main topline headline quotes Obama saying “You should pass this jobs plan right away.”

And for what it’s worth, the President has also won won positive coverage on this and other progressive blogs normally fairly critical of the Administration’s approach.

It doesn’t really matter if we get good policy outcomes, as long as Obama looks good.

Because it’s all about the O.

(If you look you can see the boogers in his nose)

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9 Responses to He’s still the media darling!

  1. dm says:

    Funny I haven’t heard any mention about his statement during last year’s vineyard break that after vacation he was going to focus solely on jobs….I believe that was a televised interview too.

  2. ralphb says:

    Guess we all have our priorities, just some of them are really dumb.

  3. Dario says:

    Dana was more impressed by the reaction of the audience than the best speech evah

    The irrelevancy of the Obama presidency

    “We’ve identified over 500 [regulatory] reforms, which will save billions of dollars,” the president claimed. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) giggled.
    It was, in a way, more insulting than Joe Wilson’s “you lie” eruption during a previous presidential address to Congress. The lawmakers weren’t particularly hostile toward the president — they just regarded the increasingly unpopular Obama as irrelevant. And the inclination not to take the 43-percent president seriously wasn’t entirely limited to the Republicans.
    The nation is in an unemployment crisis, and Obama was finally, belatedly, unveiling his proposals, but Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) thought this joint session of Congress would be a good time to ask Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to autograph a copy of the children’s book “House Mouse, Senate Mouse.”

    more at link

    • ralphb says:

      Rep McCarthy may be the only person to get something worthwhile from attending the speech 🙂

      • Dario says:

        Except for Pelosi, who is desperate to get more Democrats in the House, I don’t believe many in Congress took Obama very seriously. It’s not a bill that can be passed right now because the super committee has to find the cuts to balance it. It’s alike everything Obama does, half baked ideas.

  4. At first I thought the caption said: “If you look you can see the bloggers in his nose.” Maybe that’s the same thing.

  5. jjmtacoma says:

    myiq – half-wit might be too generous.

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