by Ben Cohen
Apparently, someone pays Liz Sidoti to write over at the AP. They shouldn't if she continues to publish drivel like this. The article is a meandering piece of nonsense that attempts to analyze Obama's media image, but ends up contradicting itself, running off topic and losing focus so badly it is impossible to understand.
Here is a classic line:
And he wasn't just the country's new chief executive. He was becoming
something else as well: chief spokesman for government itself.
Um....isn't that what the President's main job is? To be a spokesperson for the government he/she is running? Sidoti then goes on to make an economic argument supported by random people she met:
As the line between the public and private sectors blurs ever more,
people are losing confidence in each. They are wary of more federal
involvement in their lives. They are angry about mounting national debt
and exploding federal deficits.
"The government is everywhere,
and nothing's getting better," says 28-year-old Andrew Measel of
Pittsburgh. "That's why people don't have any faith — they shouldn't."
Well, thanks for that, Andrew Measel, 28 of Pittsburgh.
Sidoti's then wheels back to her original point, that Obama is the face of government, people like Andrew Measel of Pittsburgh don't like government, therefore Obama can't be like either. And reason is as follows:
The point is that many people feel like it is — in part because Obama
doesn't stop talking about his goals. If President George W. Bush got
slapped around for being inarticulate, is Obama obnoxiously articulate?
Brilliant. We have an intelligent President who is desperately trying to articulate a different path for America in a time of deep, deep crisis, and Sidoti wants him to dumb it down a bit.