A friend writes, referring to Obama, "Capitol Hill Blue is slamming your man lately ????" I wrote back "I think in part this is because it is easier for writers to attack than praise. The later is generally boring and with the Internet you can see how many people read your articles. On the hit counter, nasty beats nice.
It is amazing how swiftly a presidential tendency turns from observation to joke to meme. Barack Obama — called "the most eloquent political speaker of our time" — has become known as the teleprompter president.
I fully expect the next "Law and Order" or "CSI" or "24" episode to feature an embattled president racing against time trying to boost national economic confidence. It will star, as himself, Barack Obama.
Then, we’ll see Obama singing on "American Idol," twirling on "Dancing With the Stars" and dissecting the American psyche while sitting on Oprah’s sofa.
Conservative media figures uncritically highlighted a SkyNews.com report that a "teleprompt blunder has led to Barack Obama thanking himself in a speech at the White House in a St Patrick’s Day celebration." In fact, a pool report of the event released at the time indicates Obama was, in the words of the Telegraph’s Toby Harnden, making "a good-natured and well-received joke" at the expense of Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, who earlier in the event had mistakenly read from the teleprompter displaying Obama’s speech.