What I learned from INSIDE the OBAMA WHITE HOUSE, II –
1. POTUS has no paper weights on his desk in the Oval.
2. Hillary has an upcoming school reunion.
3. The president can multi task and “sets the tone for everyone”.
4. Joe Biden “has a propensity for misstatements.” And the Pope is Catholic.
5. “I’m not going to change,” Biden tells Brian Williams. Double duh….but VPOTUS really should check out the pharmacological possibilities.
6. Michelle Obama has influence at the White House.
7. She gets a big staff and sells magazines by simply being on the cover.
8. “It’s easy to see how staff members can burn out….”
9. Everyone wants to see Michelle’s garden. The WHC (White House Chefs) pick their product there.
10. The Obamas have produced eighty pounds of WHG (White House Grown) produce thus far.
11. Michelle and Barack work out together.
12. Barack says that FDOTUS (First Dog of the United States), Bow, “is a good guy,” and that POTUS “picks up the poop” which is a by product of FDOTUS.
13. The president wants it to be a “family friendly” work environment.
14. Working in the White House is a sacrifice.
15. The Obama team is sacrificing a great deal for the nation.
16. There are young children in the White House for the first time since the Kennedy years. (Were the Bush daughters octagenerians?)
17. “They are not full of themselves,” says POTUS.
18. “Things sure are different around here,” declares Williams. Basketballs are tossed around the Oval Office.
19. POTUS still opposes Gay Marriage because it’s “not a role of the Federal Government.” Running the auto industry and the banks is, however.
This concluded part two of, Inside the Obama White House – broadcast by NBC, number three of the three, major commercial networks.
Have a heart, sowyrda, he’s just a pretty face. It sounds like you might have been looking for news on TV. That was your first mistake. 😉
A number of liberal commentators have complained about this as well. The main complaint: We want the media to report news and facts and not be stenographers of the powerful.
These need not be mutually exclusive. From the promos I saw this program was never billed as a hard-hitting investigation or wonkish policy discussion. We need those too, but this one was about a day in the life of the White House and never pretended otherwise.
They need not be mutually exclusive, but they are.
p>Our media culture is remarkably debased. The Olympics are turned into a human interest story. A presidential campaign is turned into a sporting event. In 2000, Bush’s story about taxes and spending made no sense; it did not add up. The press never followed up on that. Gee, wouldn’t it have been nice to know beforehand that we were about to elect a mendacious idiot? Instead, everything we heard was theater criticism. How stiff was Al Gore? How normal was George Bush? Who’s ahead in the polls? Who is “scoring points”?
p>Reflect too on how the Republicans tried to get away with “private accounts” in Social Security. They told us that the system is facing bankruptcy. What do they do? They propose something that will make its finances worse not better. Did the press ever make that obvious? No. It’s much easier to be a stenographer to power.
p>I’m not saying that we need to have Sixty Minutes all the time, that everyone must be required to understand every healthcare proposal, or that human interest stories have no place on news broadcasts. We have reached a sad point though where theater criticism crowds out policy and truthiness crowds out truth.
p>Finally, as if this weren’t enough, we liberals absolutely do not want our news sources to be full of human interest crap. Republicans have gone after the personalities of almost every single Democratic candidate in memory. I don’t understand how two Bush campaigns attacking the manliness of Gore and Kerry wouldn’t give any Democrat a strong distaste for media air heads gossiping about their likes and dislikes. That gossip has been toxic. It’s benefiting us now, but counting on it is a bad risk.