[Guest post by DRJ]
No sooner did the international media let loose with withering criticism of President Obama, now the American media is tentatively piling on with this Politico article on the 7 stories Barack Obama doesn’t want told. However, unlike the international stories, the tone of the Politico article is more of a cautionary note warning President Obama and his Administration not to let these themes take hold with the American public. The 7 themes are in bold and my commentary is in italics:
He thinks he’s playing with Monopoly money — In other words, Obama needs to rein in spending. As James Carville famously said: “It’s the economy, stupid.”
Too much Leonard Nimoy — Obama is too cerebral, like Spock in Star Trek. All talk and no action; all hat and no cattle. I could go on but I won’t.
That’s the Chicago Way — The Obama Administration prides itself on its image as a group of “shrewd, brass-knuckled political types” rather than the new style of political leader the voters wanted. I can’t tell if the Politico expects the Administration to stop acting like Chicago pols or to try harder to hide it from the American public.
He’s a pushover — The worst of both worlds: He’s a fighter on the domestic scene and a pushover abroad.
He sees America as another pleasant country on the U.N. roll call, somewhere between Albania and Zimbabwe — This point is related to the last but with an added subtext: America isn’t that exceptional, a theme that goes against the way most Americans see their country.
President Pelosi — “The great hazard for Obama is if Republicans or journalists conclude — as some already have — that Pelosi’s achievements are more impressive than Obama’s or come at his expense.” This may be the Politico’s harshest criticism, not only because Obama has abdicated some executive responsibilities to Pelosi, but also because Pelosi and Congress have abysmally low rankings with the American public.
He’s in love with the man in the mirror — Or the man on the cover of GQ. Take your pick.
This is good advice but it seems to me the 7 things Politico warns Obama about are things he and his followers see as features, not bugs. If that’s true, they won’t avoid them anytime soon.
UPDATE – It seems the White House didn’t enjoy the Politico article:
“It’s not just Fox News that’s become subject of White House derision. The following is an excerpt from a joke e-mail that is circulating among White House staffers. It’s a response, of sorts, to the analytical essay that POLITICO editor-in-chief John Harris wrote about the “seven stories that Barack Obama doesn’t want told.”
The White House email is shown at the link.