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Nichole Hungerford

Maureen Dowd: Obama is a “self-pitying Nixon”

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Posted on June 13 2010 12:00 pm

Unrequited love can be a killer. In this case, Obama’s coldness toward the fawning press has suddenly left him dying in recent media coverage, including over at the New York Times

Times columnist Maureen Dowd, whose acerbic so-called “wit” I find to be most reminiscent of a catty, name-calling girl-fight, has, in like fashion, come out with unflattering things to say about President Obama. Namely, she upends the long held comparison of Obama with the much-mythologized JFK, and instead extends this to Joe Biden of all people. And this is entirely due to Biden’s warm relationship with the press. Obama, in contrast, is more like a “self-pitying Nixon.”

So, Joe Biden is JFK? Barack Obama is Nixon? Let this be a lesson to liberal politicians when dealing with the media: Suffer the consequence if you’re not willing to put out.

Dowd asserts that Obama has always been aloof and prickly toward the press, even as far back as the campaign. So, I guess now it’s time to pay; time for the Nixon comparisons. And she’ll throw in a few other choice descriptions to boot:

The former constitutional lawyer now in the White House understands that the press has a role in the democracy. But he is an elitist, too, as well as thin-skinned and controlling. So he ends up regarding scribes as intrusive, conveying a distaste for what he sees as the fundamental unseriousness of a press driven by blog-around-the-clock deadlines.

So, as The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz writes, the more press-friendly, emotionally accessible, if gaffe-prone Biden has become “the administration’s top on-air spokesman.”

How ironic. Instead of The One, they’re sending out The Two.

But it’s not Biden they’re lusting after, Mr. President. And if you’re going to be a press-tease, this is the reputation you are going to get. So beware.

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