web analytics
September 1, 2014 / 6 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



Home » InDepth » Monitor »

The Incredible Shrinking President


Media-Monitor-logo

   The liberal mainstream media seem to be turning with a vengeance on Barack Obama. Columns and articles bemoaning the president’s acute lack of inspirational leadership, and the likelihood of a Democratic bloodbath in November, seem to be the order of the day.
   For example, Newsweek’s Howard Fineman, always a bellwether of trendy media thinking, has a piece this week – billed by the magazine as “a ‘pre-mortem’ for the Democrats” – delving into the various reasons for Obama’s sharp slide in the polls and his party’s bleak midterm prospects. The article’s title proclaims, simply yet starkly, “What Went Wrong.”
This isn’t the first time journalists have taken a timeout from what Bernard Goldberg termed their “slobbering love affair” with Obama. Back in March 2009, the Monitor noted that it was “less than two months into Barack Obama’s presidency and the doubters are already coming out of the woodwork – among them several big-name pundits who, just an hour or two ago (or so it seems) were still in full swoon mode for the Miracle Man sent to lift and cleanse us from the hellish Bush-Cheney miasma.”
The Monitor cited the aforementioned Fineman as arguably the first mainstream media figure to break from the slavishly pro-Obama media herd when he wrote earlier that month that “in ways both large and small, what’s left of the American establishment is taking [Obama's] measure and, with surprising swiftness, they are finding him lacking.”
Fineman’s article was something of a watershed. “The blasphemy having been uttered, albeit ever so meekly,” the Monitor wrote at the time, “other worshipers began putting down their hymnals and singing a new, more skeptical tune.”
The Monitor quoted from a column by the very liberal Margaret Carlson, who wrote of Obama and his new administration: “It’s up to the new sheriff in town to put things right. Unfortunately, it’s hard to scare the bad guys when your new Treasury secretary comes across like Barney Fife. The new team took over with a whimper, not a bang.”
And Peggy Noonan, the former Reagan speechwriter who during the 2008 presidential campaign never made a secret of her soft spot for candidate Obama, was suddenly complaining in The Wall Street Journal that President Obama “is willowy when people yearn for solid, reed-like when they hope for substantial, a bright older brother when they want Papa, cool where they probably prefer warmth.”
Some of the sharpest words came form Vanity Fair media columnist Michael Wolff, who delivered the ultimate insult to any president: “Sheesh, the guy is Jimmy Carter.”
Speaking of Jimmy Carter, pollster Patrick Caddell was a vital part of both the successful presidential campaign and the lone, lamentable presidential term of the liver-lipped Sage from Plains. In the decades since angry voters tossed Carter out of the White House, Caddell has cemented his reputation as a blunt political analyst and prognosticator, one who is particularly unsparing in his criticism of his fellow Democrats.
In an interview earlier this month with National Review Online’s Robert Costa, Caddell was absolutely withering in his assessment of Obama and what his performance as president has done to the Democratic party.
“President Obama’s undoing may be his disingenuousness,” said Caddell. “You can’t get this far from what you promised, especially when people invest in hope – you must understand that obligation. The killer in American politics is disappointment. When you are elected on expectations, and you fail to meet them, your decline steepens.”
Referring to the approaching midterm elections, Caddell feels that “We may be at a pre-revolutionary moment. Everything is in motion.” The midterms “will be more of a national referendum than any [midterm election] since Watergate.”
Contrasting Obama with his ex-boss, Caddell says Carter’s “failures were not of the heart or of intent, but, perhaps, of execution. He was never inconsistent with what he originally envisioned. I can’t say the same for Obama.”
Can Obama still turn things around, if not in time for the November midterms then for his own reelection campaign, which, given the nature of modern American politics, will begin in earnest less than a year from now? Caddell’s not so sure.

“Successful presidents,” he said, “realize that it is not about them – that the country is bigger than their presidency. With Obama, it is always about him. It’s a terrible thing to have to say, but I think that it has become obvious.”

 

 

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com.

About the Author: Jason Maoz is the Senior Editor of The Jewish Press.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “The Incredible Shrinking President”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Candy-laden bulletin board greets children on their first day of school in the lobby of an Efrat apartment building. Sept. 1, 2014.
The message reads:
"To our dear children ... may it be a year of fun and happiness in your studies." 
Did You Know September 1 is an Israeli National Holiday?
Latest Indepth Stories
0.5-Shekel-hatasham-RJP

The War projects to lower Israel’s 2014 GDP 0.5% but will have little influence on foreign investors

The_United_Nations_Building

It is in the nature of the Nations of the World to be hostile towards the Jewish People.

champions

Hamas and Islamic Jihad are actually fighting to “liberate Jerusalem and all Palestine.”

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz reviewing maps on the Golan Heights.

The bad news is that ISIS and Al Qaeda are on the Syrian Golan. The good news is that every terrorist in Syria is killing each other.

The congregants, Ethiopians spanning generations, were beaming with joy and pride.

The withdrawal from the Gaza Strip nine years ago did not enhance Israel’s security.

How does a soldier from a religious home fall in love with a soldier from a non- religious kibbutz?

In 19th century entire ancient Jewish communities fled Palestine to escape brutal Muslim authorities

Responsibility lies with both the UN and Hamas, and better commitments should have been demanded from both parties in the ceasefire.

But the world is forever challenging our Jewish principle and our practices.

If this is how we play the game, we will lose. By that I mean we will lose everything.

Reportedly, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have formed a bloc that seeks to counter Islamist influence in the Middle East.

One wonders how the IDF could be expected to so quickly determine the facts.

While there is no formula that will work for everyone, there are some strategies that if followed carefully and consistently can help our children – and us – gain the most from the upcoming school year.

More Articles from Jason Maoz
Charles Krauthammer

Wye would be seen to have set the groundwork for the creation of a Palestinian state

Presidential-Seal-062014

These are not necessarily the best all-around biographies or studies of the individual presidents listed (though some rank right up there), but the strongest in terms of exploring presidential attitudes and policies toward Israel.

The Clintonan “engagement” liberals remember with such fondness did nothing but embolden Arafat and Hamas and Hizbullah as they witnessed Israel’s only real ally elevate process ahead of policy.

What really makes one wonder about the affinity felt by certain Jews for Grant was the welcome mat he put out for some of the country’s most pernicious anti-Semites.

With 2013 marking half a century since Kennedy’s fateful limousine ride in Dallas, the current revels are exceeding the revisionist frenzies of years past, with a seemingly endless parade of books, articles and television specials designed to assure us that, despite everything that has come to light about him since his death, JFK was a great president, or at least a very good president who would have been great had his life not been so cruelly cut short.

As someone who for the past fifteen years has been writing a column that largely focuses on the news media, I’ve read what is no doubt an altogether unhealthy number of books on the subject. Most of them were instantly forgettable while some created a brief buzz but failed to pass the test of time. And then there were those select few that merited a permanent spot on the bookshelf.

George W. Bush has been getting some positive media coverage lately, with recent polls showing him at least as popular as his successor, Barack Obama, and a big new book about the Bush presidency by New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker (Days of Fire, Doubleday) portraying Bush as a much more hands-on chief executive than his detractors ever imagined.

Readers who’ve stuck with the Monitor over the years will forgive this rerun of sorts, but as we approach the fortieth anniversary of the Yom Kippur War – and with the stench of presidential indecisiveness hanging so heavily over Washington these days – it seemed only appropriate to revisit Richard Nixon’s role in enabling Israel to recover from the staggering setbacks it suffered in the first week of fighting.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/media-monitor/the-incredible-shrinking-president/2010/09/15/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: