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February 15, 2009

Fleeing The Beltway

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There is a geographic dance setting up this week between Obama, the media, and the GOP.

In light of Obama’s popularity and his own strategy last week of hitting the road, here is the scene we were offered Sunday. We see CNN’s John King kicking off his new Sunday show, “State of the Union,” with Obama nemesis John McCain — who took the opportunity to lay into Obama for committing “generational theft” with the stimulus bill and a bad attempt at bipartisanship.

Partly under the guise of celebrating the NBA All-Star Game, it seems that King and McCain used each other to to escape the backdrop of Washington. (McCain was home for the game. Later in the show, King had NBA stars analyze Obama’s style on the court.) Here, we see both men on a balcony (of a luxury hotel, I believe) milking the scenery, meeting the dawn of a new day (not that there’s a metaphor there) looking out over the sprawl of residential Scottsdale.

And another reason for the venue? With Obama planning to be in Phoenix on Wednesday to unveil the Administration’s housing plan, McCain — a likely target as Obama maps a populist offensive against GOP opposition — has his turf to protect. At one point, King actually managed to call him on it:

MCCAIN: …I hope the next time, we will sit down together and conduct truly bipartisan negotiations. This was not a bipartisan bill.

KING: Well, if we’re going to do that moving forward, part of that is the spirit. You’ve given your promise right here you want to do that. He is going to be right here in your home state talking about foreclosures. It’s a terrible problem. Will you stand with him and send a signal you’re still willing to work with him, or does he have to prove something to you first?

MCCAIN: The president doesn’t have to prove anything to me. I will be in another part of the state, which I had previous plans to be. But I’m pleased that he is coming here.

Of course, McCain is doing everything he can to facilitate that cooperation, isn’t he?

Transcript of McCain on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

CNN video : King and McCain on the stimulus.

(image: Edward M. Pio Roda/AP. Scottsdale, Ariz. February 15, 2009)

  • Angellight

    Some in the media deceptively portray President Obama as being Partisan! For example, this Presidents’ Day morning, Joe Scarborough said on his show that if Presdent Obama does wants to be a partisan presidency, that that is his perogative! That is an outright, deceptive lie and deceptive seed to plant into the minds of the American people in order to confuse and manipulate. Joe Scarborouh knows very well that President Obama has reached out to the GOP and even in the face of adversary, still plans to reach out, this President Obama has said time and time again. For Joe Scarborough and others in the media to use their position to plant lies and deceptions is a betrayl of the public trust.
    It is true that President Obama states that he won the election, but his actions portray that he is was and is also willing to compromise with the GOP, enough so, to incorporate GOP ideas into the stimulus plan in an effort to work in a bipartisian fashion. This compromise did not satisfy the GOP. They want all or nothing, even in the face of a crisis! It is the GOP who do not want to be bi-partisan and had rejected his plan even before they met with President Obama to discuss the plan. The word from GOP leaders had gone out to REJECT!!!!!!
    On November 2008, the people voted or change — that they want to try the Democratic way — President Obama’s way, not the GOP way! On this fact the GOP have a duty to compromise and work with the Democrats and the ideas that won the day. We have come to expect politicans to be partisan. However, the medias’ role is to be unbiased and fair (the third wheel of democracy), and any and all media who continue to distort President Obama’s words and actions (or any indiviudals’) in an attempt to put accross their agenda and who show they are unable to be unbiased and fair should not be on the public airwaves.

  • nightbird

    I think it is in the interest of maintaining a positive perspective that Americans should ponder this thought daily… What if McCain had won? Also… if McCain had won how many interviews would Obama been receiving? For the media… they need drama+story+conflict= ratings=cash. Rather then reporting on the issues they willingly continue a narrative which suits this equation. The election, maybe just maybe, indicated that the American electorate is sick and tired of repubs. vs dems. as a story line. Who’s winning? who’s loosing? Many of us know the answer… it is US. The issues are huge and the consequences dire.
    As to the photo I think the setting for the interview looks extremely awkward and cramped. The real world below is out of focus and gray. Christmas tree lights are still wound around the railing. Come on, lets move on!

  • demit

    I love the pancake makeup line on McCain’s face. Very mask-like. I assume the photographer caught that too.
    Perhaps he’s making a subtle point how cable tv ‘news’ allows politicians, esp. this politician, to get away with presenting a phony face to tv viewers, but print photography can reveal the artifice without breaking a sweat?
    The extended pinky is just icing on the cake. Very nice photograph.

  • http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2009/02/08/opinion/08richlarge.jpg yg

    mccain: sore loserman .

  • Linda

    John King has always been a mccain tool, and certainly he and his eyelash-batting wife are still doing everything they can to continue the notion that mccain has any relevance. Sore Loserman should not be consulted on anything to do with President Obama. He will stick the shiv in the president’s back any chance he gets.

  • cenoxo

    Sore Loserman should not be consulted on anything to do with President Obama. He will stick the shiv in the president’s back any chance he gets.

    Sooner or later, every sitting government uses the convenience of the time-honored Der Dolchstosslegende. It’s a great myth when the need arises, but only the ones in power attempt to believe it.
    From the June 2006 Harper’s Magazine, Stabbed in the back! The past and future of a right-wing myth:

    Every state must have its enemies. Great powers must have especially monstrous foes. Above all, these foes must arise from within, for national pride does not admit that a great nation can be defeated by any outside force. That is why, though its origins are elsewhere, the stab in the back has become the sustaining myth of modern American nationalism. Since the end of World War II it has been the device by which the American right wing has both revitalized itself and repeatedly avoided responsibility for its own worst blunders. Indeed, the right has distilled its tale of betrayal into a formula: Advocate some momentarily popular but reckless policy. Deny culpability when that policy is exposed as disastrous. Blame the disaster on internal enemies who hate America. Repeat, always making sure to increase the number of internal enemies.
    As the United States staggers past the third anniversary of its misadventure in Iraq, the dagger is already poised, the myth is already being perpetuated. To understand just how this strategy is likely to unfold—and why this time it may well fail—we must return to the birth of a legend.

    Is the Left hand now picking up the fairy tale that the Right hand left behind?

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