Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Oh - His - God: Obama's Stature in the Press

I am not making this up.

"Evan Thomas, Hardball: Obama is our new world god"

995firefly4dr, YouTube (June 7, 2009)
video 0:37

" 'In a way Obama is standing above the country, above the world as a sort of god, he's going to bring all different sides together'..."

The quote is an excerpt from what was said in the video clip. I transcribed the 37 seconds:
"well we were the good guys in 1984 it felt that way - it hasn't felt that way in recent years, so Obama's had really a different task -ah- we wuh we have seen too often as the bad guys and he he has a very different job from from Regan was all about America. And he talked about it. Obama is 'we are above that now, we're not just parochial, we're not just chauvinistic, we're not just provincial, we stand for something - ' I mean, in a way, Obama is standing above the country, above above the world, he's sort of God, he's uh he's going to bring all different sides together." (transcribed from video clip of Newsweek editor Evan Thomas, on Hardball ca. June 7, 2009)
As a rule, I approve of a certain degree of respect for the office of the president, and even for whoever is currently in the Oval Office. But Mr. Thomas' estimate of the stature and status of the current president seems to me to be a bit excessive.

Perhaps President Obama's 'honeymoon' period with the press isn't entirely over.

As I've written before, this blog isn't political. But, since politics affects the War on Terror (which no longer exists, officially), sometimes I do touch on political matters.

And, this rather positive view of who - and what - Barack Obama is, might give some indication as to how news about the current American president should be interpreted.

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