Desmond syndrome
Posted by aogMonday, 07 February 2011 at 14:31 TrackBack Ping URL

On NPR this morning were a couple of yakkers talking about President Obama’s interview by Bill O’Reilly. They were, of course, aghast that Obama would lower himself to be on Fox News but admitted “it’s the Super Bowl — that’s where the viewers are”. So even NPR has noticed that it is now Obama, the premier orator of our time, who has to chase audiences. I don’t remember former President Bush scheduling his speeches / interviews in relation to major entertainment events.

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AVeryRoughRoadAhead Tuesday, 08 February 2011 at 16:17

I don’t remember former President Bush scheduling his speeches / interviews in relation to major entertainment events.

Of course, since you agree that one of the major disappointments of the later Bush administration was the complete absence of Bush’s reputed abilities as a consensus-builder and deal-maker, perhaps Bush should have been scheduling his interviews in relation to major entertainment events.

Annoying Old Guy Tuesday, 08 February 2011 at 17:07

the complete absence of Bush’s reputed abilities as a consensus-builder and deal-maker

Not really. I think he did OK as a deal maker (e.g., getting the declaration of war in Iraq passed). What I found lacking was use of the bully pulpit. I do not, however, think that jumping in front of entertainment events serves that purpose well. I think instead it indicates desperation which is never a successful tactic in swaying public opinion.

erp Tuesday, 08 February 2011 at 18:12

Not only that, but Bush would have been excoriated in the media for a soft ball interview before a sports or entertainment event.

What most people faulted Bush for was not answering critics and not reacting to smears and lies, IOW what Palin’s doing. I thought then and I think it’s been corroborated now, that going head to head with the media isn’t a good strategy for any politician being targeted by them, especially a sitting president who should be above the fray.

Hey Skipper Wednesday, 09 February 2011 at 08:46
They were, of course, aghast that Obama would lower himself to be on Fox News …

As opposed to, say, the lofty Air America.

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