Archive for the ‘adulation’ Category

President Workout: Front Page News or Pure Tabloid?

December 30, 2008

Ah, the perks of media affection. On Christmas Day, The Washington Post delivered a Page One paean to Barack Obama‘s workout habits. The 1,233-word ode to Mr. Obama’s physical fitness read more like a Harlequin romance novel than an A-1 news article.

Sighed smitten reporter Eli Zaslow, “The sun glinted off chiseled pectorals sculpted during four weightlifting sessions each week, and a body toned by regular treadmill runs and basketball games.” Drool cup to the newsroom, stat.

Mr. Zaslow imparted us with vital information about buff Bam’s regimen: “Obama has gone to the gym for about 90 minutes a day, for at least 48 days in a row.” The Washington Post enlightened us with more gushing commentary from Obama friends and associates, who explain how, as the subtitle of Mr. Zaslow’s opus put it, “Gym workouts help Obama carry the weight of his position.”

By Michelle Malkin
The Washington Times

For adoring journalists, you see, Mr. Obama’s workout fanaticism demonstrates the discipline and balance in his life. Apparently, what is good for Mr. Obama’s glistening pecs is good for the country. Mr. Zaslow quoted Obama Chicago crony Marty Nesbitt, who offered this diagnosis: “He doesn’t think of it as something he has to do – it’s his time for himself, a chance for him to reflect. It’s his break. He feels better and more revved up after he gets in his workout.”

And when Mr. Obama feels better, the skies will part, the sun will shine (in moderate, environmentally correct, non-global warming-inducing amounts, of course), and peace will reign worldwide!

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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/
dec/30/two-workout-presidents/

President-Elect Obama Overexposed with TV, News Conferences, Adulation?

December 4, 2008

Do you ever recall a President-elect being on TV this much?  No, but Peace and Freedom can’t recall an economy and a world this worrisome either….

Related:
Obama’s Many “Number One” Priorities

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From Slate

After holding four press conferences on four consecutive business days, Barack Obama took today off. (On the fifth day, as it is written, he rested. …) For those of us who dissect his every word, a day without a press conference poses a challenge. The solution is to turn our attention from figuring out what it means when he does speak to figuring out what it means when he does not.

President-elect Barack Obama listens to a reporter's question ...
Fatigue?  President-elect Barack Obama on TV again.  Here he listens to a reporter’s question after introducing New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as nominee for commerce secretary during a news conference in Chicago December 3, 2008.(Jeff Haynes/Reuters)

Since winning the election, Obama has sought the right balance between saying too much and too little. He’s saying, “Help is coming, we’re on our way.” But since he can’t actually do anything yet, he’s quick to point out that “there is just one president at a time.”

This is good training for the balancing act he’ll face in office. He is the third president to govern during what I’ll call the news hyper-cycle, which demands a presidential response to nearly every incremental development. The questions for Obama and his aides are two: How often does he respond to the demand? And can he do anything to lessen that demand?

Logos.

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