October 22, 2009
The Descent of Obama
I do believe the bloom may be off the rose:
How do you know that the White House's anti-Fox News campaign has gone seriously wrong? When CNN, let alone Anderson Cooper, begins to compare the Obama and Nixon administrations (video embedded below the fold, h/t Mediaite's Colby Hall).
On last night's "360," Cooper stated that "this White House is starting to look like another White House and the comparison is not flattering." He showed a clip of Sen. Lamar Alexander, documented yesterday by NewsBuster Noel Sheppard, offering a "friendly suggestion" to President Obama.
I have an uneasy feeling only 10 months into the new administration that we're beginning to see the symptoms of this same kind of animus developing in the Obama administration. And as those of use who served in the Nixon administration know, that can get you in a lot of trouble... Don't create an enemies list.
First the comparisons were to The Great Emancipator and his team of rivals. Then it was The Great Communicator. I think JFK references were liberally sprinkled about for a short time, too.
But less than a year into his first term, Obama's become ... the Second Coming of Richard Millhouse Nixon??? Normally I'd say The Won had hit rock bottom. Could there possibly be anyone more heinous in the eyes of the media?
Posted by Cassandra at October 22, 2009 10:17 PM
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"Could there possibly be anyone more heinous in the eyes of the media?"
Just hazarding a guess here, but the first one that comes to mind is George W. Bush.
The only other person I could think of that has received more than a "heapin' helpin'" of the MSM's spoonful of vitriol is Sarah Palin. However, having not been President disqualifies her in this instance.
Posted by: DL Sly at October 22, 2009 11:18 PM
Yeah, if they were serious, they'd have compared him to Bush. "Nixon" is one of those historic figures at this point; it's like being compared to Napoleon or something. Nobody really hates Napoleon anymore (although they sure did once!).
Posted by: Grim at October 22, 2009 11:20 PM
Waiting for the first claim of "raaaacist" in 3...2...1.....
Posted by: DL Sly at October 23, 2009 12:20 AM
Mark Levin may have been ahead of the curve when he was referring to Dear Leader as "Barack Milhous 0bama" during the campaign last year. (He was only doing that because using 0bama's real middle name was supposedly a mark of racism and/or "Islamophobia." Never mind that the Left seems to have embraced it now that the bastard's occupying the White House...)
Posted by: salfter at October 23, 2009 01:45 AM
Whatever keeps him from being re-elected.
But it is funny that even CNN is calling him on his B.S.
Posted by: camojack at October 23, 2009 01:52 AM
...if they were serious, they'd have compared him to Bush.
Dunno, Grim. The media actively castigated Bush, but it never perceived him as an enemy. The media both hated and feared Nixon, and saw him as "the Primary Enemy"...
...Cold War terminology used a-purpose.
Posted by: BillT at October 23, 2009 05:37 AM
Waiting for the first claim of "raaaacist" in 3...2...1.....
Yeah - I never should have implied that we all have common ancestors :p
The truly funny thing is that the original photo above had no other Presidents' faces and ended in George Bush.
Posted by: Cassandra at October 23, 2009 07:32 AM
The media actively castigated Bush, but it never perceived him as an enemy.
I think that in large part that was b/c despite all the crap they wrote, Bush never demonized his critics the way Obama has from Day One.
Posted by: Cassandra at October 23, 2009 07:33 AM
May I suggest Kaiser Sosay (phonetic spelling) from "The Usual Suspects" for the last panel. I am concerned that Mr Obama will become increasingly reckless and short-sighted in an attempt to be liked and to have accomplishments. Hence, the "I believe in God, but I fear Kaiser Sosay" quote came to mind.
Posted by: tomg51 at October 23, 2009 07:44 AM
I think that in large part that was b/c...Bush never demonized his critics...
That's the heart of it.
To use an analogy from Kipling, the media viewed Bush as the Bandar-Log viewed Baloo. They viewed Nixon as the Bandar-Log viewed Kaa...
Posted by: BillT at October 23, 2009 08:00 AM
What is really shocking about this is that Nixon had a point. He was virtually under siege by every news outlet in the country at the time. Obama has Fox News against him and that is it! What will happen when a few other news outlets begin to desert the sinking ship?
Posted by: Walter Ronten at October 23, 2009 08:42 AM
In that happenstance, picture Obie as Mowgli -- and consider how the Bandar-Log eventually viewed *him*...
Posted by: BillT at October 23, 2009 09:43 AM
"Could there possibly be anyone more heinous in the eyes of the media? "
If he held his promise of timely legal dispersement over the internet, bypassing the media, he could be depicted in PJ's with a laptop.
But he won't do that. So maybe the last frame can be bloggers dancing over him as he covers up on the ground.
Posted by: tomg51 at October 23, 2009 10:00 AM
When I first read of this yesterday, the first thing that I *smelled* was fear...as if a thousand journalist's a$$holes suddenly puckered and slammed shut. I'm sure they are beginning to see what will happen to them should they ever step out of line. Not a very comforting prospect considering the ever-blowing hot air of *change* that is the defining characteristic of the current group of blowhards on Capitol Hill.
Posted by: DL Sly at October 23, 2009 11:17 AM
"First they came for Fox News......."
Posted by: tomg51 at October 23, 2009 11:38 AM
Let us consider...HMMMM!
Joe the Plumber...
Nixon's White House Plumbers...
Am I the only one who got a chill down his spine at the handling of Joe The Plumber during the pre-election? The signs were all there if anyone chose to see. HopeandChange is a soporific that makes the easily conned targets of opportunity for grifters on the hunt.
Posted by: vet66 at October 23, 2009 11:53 AM
"HopeandChange is a soporific that makes the easily conned targets of opportunity for grifters on the hunt."Sorta makes one wonder just who the 'just kinda sometimes do what they’re told' subset of adults in the US really are, huh?
Posted by: bthun at October 23, 2009 12:08 PM
Vet, I was reading on Michelle Malkin's site the other day that the people who invaded Joe the Plumber's privacy have pretty much all gotten off scot-free. Color me *unsurprised*.
Posted by: DL Sly at October 23, 2009 01:17 PM
I know that no Administration in my lifetime has ever spiraled down the drain as quickly as this one has. Even Carter's administration went a full year before it started to get really crazy. Has there ever been a White House this self-destructive in our history? I can't think of one right off hand. Buchannan, maybe, or Taft. I'll have to do some reading.
Posted by: Cousin Dave at October 23, 2009 02:13 PM