I know you are just as shocked as I am, which is to say not shocked at all. But now we get it straight from the handler who put an empty suit in the White House. Here’s Michael Calderone:
President Barack Obama is an avid reader of the New York Times opinion section and has, on several occasions, invited two of his favorite columnists — Tom Friedman and David Brooks — over to the White House before rolling out major policy initiatives.
But Obama is apparently not a fan of Maureen Dowd, another high-profile writer in the Times opinion stable. Former top Obama adviser David Axelrod wrote in Believer, his memoir published Tuesday, that “no one got under Barack’s skin more than Maureen,” and suggested she altered her coverage after a tense meeting with the president, a charge she rejects.
Axelrod recalled how Dowd was granted a brief interview during an overseas 2008 campaign trip with then-candidate Obama. When the two were together, he wrote, Obama “proceeded to blister her for a previous column she had written.”
The former adviser wrote that Dowd’s “penchant for delving into the psyches of her subjects was particularly irritating to the self-possessed Obama.”
“Normally polite under any circumstances, he was patronizing and disrespectful to Maureen in a way I had rarely seen,” Axelrod continued. “This was not well received by Dowd who, like most journalists, was accustomed to firing off salvos, yet decidedly uncomfortable when fired upon herself. After that awkward encounter, she seemed to take particular delight in psychoanalyzing Barack and belittling him in print, which only deepened his contempt. Maureen, who is as gracious and loyal to her friends as she is rough on the high and mighty, would become a friend of mine in Washington, which became a minor source of tension with Obama. ‘Why are you friends with her?’ he would demand after Maureen sent one of her acid darts his way.”
He’s an avid reader of the NYT’s op-ed page? I thought he didn’t pay attention to that stuff?
But wait! There’s more!
Barack Obama misled Americans for his own political benefit when he claimed in the 2008 election to oppose same sex marriage for religious reasons, his former political strategist David Axelrod writes in a new book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.
“I’m just not very good at bullshitting,” Obama told Axelrod, after an event where he stated his opposition to same-sex marriage, according to the book.
Axelrod writes that he knew Obama was in favor of same-sex marriages during the first presidential campaign, even as Obama publicly said he only supported civil unions, not full marriages. Axelrod also admits to counseling Obama to conceal that position for political reasons. “Opposition to gay marriage was particularly strong in the black church, and as he ran for higher office, he grudgingly accepted the counsel of more pragmatic folks like me, and modified his position to support civil unions rather than marriage, which he would term a ‘sacred union,’ ” Axelrod writes.
Noah Rothman at Hot Air has a pretty good take on this. I will say that I agree with Obama – he’s a lousy bullshitter. I saw thru him from the start. Only a complete moron would have believed his lies.
That doesn’t mean that all of Obama’s followers are complete morons. Some of them knew he was lying but supported him anyway. That includes most of the journalists and Journolists in the Lamestream Media.