29 July 2008

Obama & The Press

Hunting around the interweb, we found this graph which well describes the mutual adoration relationship between the Junior Senator from Illinois (Mr. Guitar Hero* himself) and the MSM.

Courtesy of Ms. Noemie Emery:
when Obama appeared — cool, suave, urbane, and much hipper than they were — they had found their revenge and their voice. They were thrilled when he said that wearing a flag pin was a meaningless gesture and proposed a new kind of patriotism that did not include cheering. They nodded in approval when, listing laudable ways of serving one’s country, he included the Peace Corps, teaching, and community service, but left out the armed forces. When the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, his pastor for 20 years, was criticized for delivering tirades against whites and American culture, they defended Obama, not least because many of them agreed with the preacher; some blamed the critics of Wright’s racism for being racists themselves. And when Obama told a well-heeled crowd at a billionaire’s home in San Francisco that small-town Pennsylvanians “cling” to religion and guns from misplaced desperation, they were not at all bothered, as that was what they had believed all the time.
*Over-the-top performance, no real skill.

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Amanda said...

check out the article (from the ny times, your favorite i'm sure) i recently posted on my blog. the last paragraph of the article reads
"So even some former students who are thrilled at Mr. Obama’s success wince when they hear him speaking like the politician he has so fully become.

'When you hear him talking about issues, it’s at a level so much simpler than the one he’s capable of,' Mr. Rodriguez said. 'He was a lot more fun to listen to back then.'"

i guess there was skill at one point...but the guitar hero is all that is left.

Letterpress said...

Hmmm. McCain's "my friends" blurb is so much more mentally stimulating. And I like McCain!

What does this say about the type of people Obama's trying to reach? That his "home camp" was bright and erudite and able to grasp his train of thought, and now that he addresses the mainstream he has to speak very slowly and clearly?