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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tom Shales Needs The Obama Drool Cup STAT-300th Post

His Obama love letter was gushing with praise for The One in today's Washington Post:

The questions put to Barack Obama at his news conference last night covered nearly every topic but the Craigslist Killer, and if that had come up, Obama probably would have answered it in stride. You ask, he'll answer -- earnestly, disarmingly, enchantingly, even -- and most of the time convincingly, which is no small accomplishment for a politician.

He goes on to declare Obama to be the best comedian evah:

"Now let me write this down," the president said with perfect comic timing. And he did appear to be jotting down the four terms so he could answer them in order -- no hint of talking down to the questioner or making light of the question.

Of course, he couldn't resist taking a shot at Bush:

Barack Obama is a truly flabbergasting president. And in a good way -- not the way some of his predecessors were. He's not flabberghastly.

"Flabberghastly"! Oh, that is just hilarious.

When Obama answers a question, you don't slap your forehead and moan, "Oh, brother!" He is, as guest expert David Gergen noted on CNN after the news conference, not only "up to speed" on the pressing issues of our time but also articulate about addressing them in a friendly, accessible way. He's not the student who wears a button that says, "Smartest kid in class," but clearly he is, at least when surrounded by the White House press corps.

Oh, brother! Ow! I hurt my head from slapping it.

Obama has misspoke many times resulting from his teleprompter malfunctions and just because he doesn't really know about many times. If you catch Ed Morrisey on everyday, like I do, you'd be able to keep track of various "Obamateurisms" where Obama says something that many people would wonder what was wrong with him, if the people in the media, like Mr. Shales, covered his mistakes like they covered Bush's mistakes, but they won't. So, the public is left unaware of his sometimes questionable statements.

Obama can use a five-dollar word such as "overarching" in one sentence and a few sentences later utter a folksy "doggone it." His verbiage is a melting pot that's always bubbling. A few times, he did stumble over words, and once or twice appeared semantically stranded, unable to find the precise language he wanted to use. But compare him with his predecessor and such moments seem trifling.

So, not only is he a Harvard elitist, but he's also a down-home Joe. Wow! Obama is just like everyone of us.

Geez! What happened to media integrity at the Post?

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