By Robert Wallace
A couple of headline caught me eye over the past two days that I had no idea where related. On the one hand we had 7 stories Barack Obama doesn’t want told. That was an opinion piece from John Harris at Politico outlining 7 narratives that could threaten the Obama administration:
- He thinks he’s playing with monopoly money
- Too much Leonard Nimoy
- That’s the Chicago way
- He’s a pushover
- He sees America as another pleasant country on the U.N. roll call, somewhere between Albania and Zimbabwe
- President Pelosi
- He’s in love with the man in the mirror
Some of these ring more true than others. I think Pelosi’s power is overrated and Spock is way cooler than Obama. On the other hand, I think a lot of these stories are grounded in truth, which is why the White House really is (or should be) concerned about them.
The second headline I saw was The White House Takes On Politico. I guess I should have realized there was some connection, but it turns out that the article actually includes a leaked joke email going around the Obama White House that is a parody of the Politico article:
7 narratives politico is fighting in their efforts to get an interview with the President
1. They are more interested in readers than accuracy
2. Its okay to be wrong everyonce in a while, if your are the first to break the news
3. More interested in gossip than news
4. A spouter of the worst sort of insider conventional wisdom
5. Their analysis about obama has been wrong more than any one
6. Click … period
7. More obsessed with personality than policy
The headline “White House takes on Politico” is definitely misleading. This isn’t anything like the anti-Fox vendetta that seems to have died now that the expendable Anita Dunn has stepped down to take her role as Chairman of the Mao Fanclub to the next level. On the other hand, I think it’s remarkable how much these White House folks pay attention to the news. They all seem to be infected with the same navel-gazing affliction Obama has. Don’t they have a country to run, or something?
Robert Wallace is classical liberal studying economics in graduate school. He and his wife work as business analysis consultants, and they live as undercover conservatives with their two small children in a socialist bastion of a college town. He has been writing for America’s Right since December 2008.