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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Have you been on pins and needles wondering about Barack Obama's take on the Jennifer Hudson tragedy?

Well, the wait is over. This should put to rest any lingering doubts about Obama's readiness, don't you think? And he's so steady and statesman-like in the way that he deals with cynical, hard-boiled journalists like Mario Lopez. Perhaps this is the "testing" that Joe Biden was referring to? If so, I'd say he passed with flying colors.


Blogger Tempelton Peck said...

What is the point here KM? That Obama met with Slater who works for a Hollywood Gossip Show to answer a question about a Hollywood Entertainers tragic loss of family that took place in His town and has been a lead story in almost every major newscast over the weekend? Or the fact that he has not met with the full press corps in quite some time it seems ... which the article also clearly states is NOT at all differnt than anything John McCain has done lately either?

October 27, 2008 12:33 PM  
Blogger Kate Marie said...

A few points, Temp:

1) Yes, part of the point is that Obama hasn't had a press conference in quite a while, and that he has never quite lived up to his promise of "change" with regard to dealings with the press. McCain, on the other hand -- at least up until the time he emerged from the primaries -- gave the press almost unfettered daily access to him and his campaign.

2) Obama has never had to face "mainstream" journalists who have really dug into his past. It has been pointed out many times that the mainstream media have sifted through Sarah Palin's past with a fine-toothed comb; they have dozens of people sifting through garbage in Alaska; she has had her private e-mails hacked and personal information (including phone numbers) leaked to the public; Cindy McCain's past addiction to painkillers was dredged up by the New York Times; Megan McCain's My Space friends were interviewed and asked what kind of mother Cindy McCain was. The list goes on and on. And I'm not describing the activities of "opinion" journalists and partisans. I'm describing the activities of so-called professional, "objective" journalists -- none of whom, for instance, have tried to find and interview the person who sold drugs to Obama himself when he was in grad school. It's a bit absurd.

3) The Obama campaign keeps saying that McCain's tactics are distracting us from the issues the American people really care about. It's a little rich, therefore, for Obama to be glad-handing with "A.C. Slater" and discussing the Hudson situation -- which, however tragic, is certainly not a matter of pressing national concern. Obama keeps claiming to want to talk about issues, but it's clear to me that the narrative of his campaign depends more on depicting Obama as royalty or as a celebrity than on any discussion of the issues. Fine, that's politics -- most people vote on emotions, etc. But it's rank hypocrisy, then, for the Obama campaign to pretend to be the only ones concerned about the "real" issues facing America.

4. Look what happened when Biden faced some uncharacteristically tough questions from a local news reporter (in Florida, I think). He was shocked ("Who's writing these questions?") -- and the Obama campaign subsequently cancelled that channel's interview with Biden's wife and cut off all access to Obama for the "forseeable future."

October 27, 2008 12:56 PM  
Blogger Tempelton Peck said...

Thanks. I see your point. I would imagine a lot of it also has to do with the reported large lead Obama has in most polls. Why talk if you don't really have to? Please know I am NOT condoning that, just stating that what he has been apparently working to get him elected.

October 27, 2008 2:01 PM  

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