New York Times headline: “Obama Complains About the News Cycle but Manipulates It, Worrying Some.” Key quote of wankiness:
“I’m really perplexed. It’s unbelievable,” said Karen Hughes, Mr. Bush’s White House counselor. “They’ve taken his greatest political asset — his gifts as a communicator — and totally diluted them. It’s been especially notable in the last couple weeks.”
Are you getting this? Because Obama is effectively communicating with the public regularly through the press and press conferences, Bush minions and media watchers are in a tizzy. He’s communicating too much. Sorry Karen, but elections have consequences. One of them is that a new president will be on TV a bunch talking about what he is doing to solve major problems like fixing the economy and increasing health insurance coverage.
The whole thing is just too rich. The press complaining that the president is on TV too much is kind of like casino owner complaining about the long lines at his slot machines: they’re both the cause of their complaint, which happens to be their business model.