Within seconds of Obama completing his State of the Union address to the nation last Wednesday, the liberal MSM were giving rave reviews for his performance.
The gushing began with “Hardball” host Chris Matthews who blathered incoherently to fellow MSNBCers Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann,
“[Obama] is post-racial by all appearances. You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. You know, he’s gone a long way to become a leader of this country and past so much history in just a year or two. I mean it’s something we don’t even think about. I was watching, I said, “Wait a minute. He’s an African-American guy in front of a bunch of other white people, and there he is, President of the United States, and we’ve completely forgotten that tonight. Completely forgotten it.”
Then Howard Fineman of the near moribund Newsweek, told Olbermann: “If presidential leadership were only about giving speeches, the jackhammers would already be at work on Mt. Rushmore:”
Katie Couric prattled: “[Obama is] better at making us smarter than making us angry.” Soon thereafter, CBS News reported that it’s quick poll revealed 83% support for the “proposals made in [Obama’s] speech.”
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos compared Obama to Reagan: ”“What I saw there is the President not being contrite like Bill Clinton in 1995, much more defiant, more like Ronald Reagan in 1983.”
On NBC’s Today on Thursday, Matt Lauer cited Obama’s “humility” to press former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on Republicans not supporting the President’s agenda: “He showed humility….will you now get behind this president and will other Republicans?” Thankfully, Bush had the presence of mind to point out: “I don’t think it’s humble to say that you didn’t communicate a message and that’s the reason why people opposed the health care plan in front of Congress right now by a dramatic margin.”
The Washington Post’s Tom Shales promoted the same humble theme in a Thursday article:
Obama does have the ability to snatch humility from the jaws of hubris. While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pontificated about how honored and thrilled she was to be able to introduce the great and wonderful man, the expression on Obama’s face, even the cock of his head, suggested he was basking and glowing in the praise. But later on, in the speech itself, he showed himself to be capable of healthful self-mockery….There was humility but no remorse in Obama’s words or the way in which he delivered them. He hailed and commended American values and seemed also to personify some of them – directness, candor, neighborliness. At moments he was less the man in the White House than the guy next door.
Shales concluded, “[T]hey could have had a live shot of purple people-eaters watching from Mars and not upstaged Obama. As a persuasive political speaker, he’s got no serious competition.”
Someone, bring me a barf bag!