Acknowledging the obvious (sort of)

Lapdog MediaSometimes something is so apparent that even Big Media (the BM for short) has to acknowledge it. Okay, so in this case it’s ex-BM. But it still stands as acknowledged.

Several veteran and prize-winning journalists who covered presidents from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush say that the current crop of White House correspondents are too timid and deferential and have played a role in killing the impact of presidential news conferences.

Unfortunately, what DIDN’T get acknowledged is the lapdog deference the press corp has for Il Duce.  I guess you can’t have everything…

The BM’istas try to create the illusion that the deference shown Il Duce was also extended to King George the Dim.

“If you watch an Obama news conference, and watched a Bush news conference previous to that, where correspondents sit in their seats with their hands folded on their laps, [it’s] as if they are in the room with a monarch and they have to wait to be recognized by the president,” says Sid Davis, the former NBC Washington bureau chief who covered nine presidents. “It looks like they are watching a funeral service at [Washington funeral firm] Joseph Gawler’s and it shouldn’t be that way.”

Nothing could be further from the truth. Bush was treated with a hostility previously reserved for Richard Nixon by the BM during his 8 hapless years in office.

I have no love for George Bush. But let’s tell a straight story, shall we? The deference issue is specific to Obama. Period.

It remains to be seen if the White House press corps’ behavior will change [/sarcasm].

The truth is, the only thing that will make the White House press corps return to a position of asking tough questions and being confrontational is a change of president.

“We will not waver, we will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail”

“We will not waver, we will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail. Peace and freedom will prevail.”
George W. Bush, 2001

“Tonight America has sent an unmistakable message. No matter how long it takes, judgment will be done.”
George W. Bush, 2011


UPDATE:  The story of how Osama was killed is coming out, and it’s pretty awesome. “Osama Bin Laden Killed By Navy Seals in Firefight”

UPDATE II: My friend Garth Godsman with the lamest Tweet of the day, so far.

UPDATE III:  Andrew Bolt, Tim Blair

Who loves ya, baby?

Latest approval ratings:

President George W. Bush:  31.5%

The Democrat-Controlled Congress:  21.3%

Oh, and The New York Times:  24%

Just sayin’. Is all.

Bush I is a Bad Ass Fisherman

Bush and Tarpon

Former president Bush, 84, caught a 135 pound tarpon. He let it go and will have a replica put in his Presidential Library at Texas A&M (Gig ’em Aggies!).

Personally, I’m a catch-and-eat fisherman, but with tarpon, catch-and-release is the way to go, as they are bony and taste like shit. The article calls it a “mammoth” catch, but this is not an appropriate analogy: Tarpon are basically a living fossil, so some dinosaur analog would have been better… but I can’t think of one either.

Tarpon are the sine qua non of North American game-fish: They jump furiously, and their primitive, bony mouth allows hooks to make large holes… and fall out. IOW, it is a major feat to actually boat one… of any size. Fifty to seventy pounds is large, so this is a true monster.

One of my dreams is to fly fish for tarpon some day, so way to go Prez! You Rock!

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