"If it’s Thursday, it must be Obama. Or Friday. Or Saturday. Or just about any day.
Barack Obama has gone from being historic to being ubiquitous.
He doesn’t just control the news cycle, he is the news cycle.
Need an auto exec fired? A pirate killed? A dog patted? A Cuba policy addressed? An Easter egg rolled? An economy stimulated? Hey, he also does Seders!
This is not automatic for a president in his first 100 days. George W. Bush was so quiet he was virtually speechless in his first 100 days in office, even though he had to deal with an international crisis (the Chinese government took 24 Americans hostage) & a domestic crisis (race riots in Cincinnati).
Today, we have a president who so fills the airwaves that he really should have his own network with the motto: “All Obama, All the Time.”
Scratch that. He doesn’t need it. Cable news is pretty much that already.
I am not complaining. But it strikes me that Obama is now speaking to us even when he doesn’t really need to speak to us.
His speech Tuesday was a good example. It was a perfectly good speech. But it was not the “major” address that the White House advertised. Still, it was interesting. Obama likes to use his speeches to address his critics - even though polls show he does not have an overwhelming number of critics - & Tuesday he made a direct reference to one of his former critics.
In Jan. 2008, just before the New Hampshire primary, at a speech at Nashua High School North, Hillary Clinton had made fun of Obama’s use of inspirational rhetoric by quoting Mario Cuomo’s famous line: “You campaign in poetry, but you govern in prose.” After the speech, Clinton said of Obama: “I applaud his incredible ability to make a speech that really leaves people inspired. My point is that when the cameras disappear & you’re there in the Oval Office having to make tough decisions, I believe I am better prepared and ready to lead our country."