Jewish World Review Feb. 3, 2014/ 3 Adar I, 5774
Mr. Obama's Handy Bogeymen
By Bernard Goldberg
Here's what he said:
"… there is a Republican base of voters for whom compromise with me is a betrayal. And that - more than anything, I think - has been the challenge that I've needed to overcome.
What he left out, of course, is that he has a pretty crummy history of reaching out to the other side himself. This is the president who has been fond of telling his opponents, Hey, I won."
But he is right about some things - to a point. Some Tea Party Republicans in the House would never agree with the president - about anything … ever. And compromise with the president would be seen as "betrayal."
So let's give Mr. Obama that. And let's acknowledge there are some in conservative media who wouldn't give Mr. Obama credit if he came up with a cure for cancer.
So he's not simply making stuff up.
Barack Obama, you may recall delivered his acceptance speech standing in front of Greek columns, presumably to show off his supposed greatness. Greek columns! What politician outside of Athens does that?
Then he told us that his presidency would slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. That's not a lift from Saturday Night Live. He really said that.
And in his last presidential campaign, his aides reportedly referred to him as the Black Jesus.
What a guy! A regular messiah! Yet we're supposed to believe this great man with the talent and charisma to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet, is the hapless victim of a cable news channel and a radio talk show host? The most powerful man on the planet in possession of the biggest megaphone is being turned in to a caricature by Fox and Limbaugh?
A few facts:
Fox News didn't roll out ObamaCare.
Rush didn't create the mess in Benghazi.
Neither Fox nor Rush told the IRS to target conservative organizations.
The Obama administration is responsible for all of that. Fox didn't turn the president into a caricature of the real Barack Obama. Barack Obama did.
The president has gone to war with Fox at least a half dozen times since he took office. He'll do it again before he leaves. Every politician needs a boogeyman to explain away his failures. And in Barack Obama we have a politician who is very good at looking out at the crowd and campaigning, but not very good at looking in, at his weaknesses.
The fault is rarely in our stars - even if their names are Limbaugh and Hannity - but more often than not, in ourselves, Mr. President.
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JWR contributor Bernard Goldberg, the television news reporter and author of several bestselling books, among them, Bias, a New York Times number one bestseller about how the media distort the news. He is widely seen as one of the most original writers and thinkers in broadcast journalism. Mr. Goldberg covered stories all over the world for CBS News and has won 10 Emmy awards for excellence in journalism. He now reports for the widely acclaimed HBO broadcast Real Sports.
He is a graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and a member of the school's Hall of Distinguished Alumni and proprietor of BernardGoldberg.com.
© 2013, Bernard Goldberg