Truly He Is the One
EVAN THOMAS [editor of Newsweek]: Well, we were the good guys in 1984, it felt that way. It hasn’t felt that way in recent years. So Obama’s had, really, a different task We’re seen too often as the bad guys. And he, he has a very different job from … Reagan was all about America, and you talked about it. Obama is – we are above that now. We’re not just parochial, we’re not just chauvinistic, we’re not just provincial. We stand for something, I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above above the world, he’s sort of God.
Some of our behind-the-mic conversation last night had to do with the fact that it’s no longer fun to spot media bias. Back when I began blogging, it was like an easy game — conservative blogger solitaire or something. Now it’s just nauseating, and not a little frightening. Just look at this from yesterday’s Washington Post (also in the Providence Journal):
The 55-minute address electrified many Muslims in the Arab Middle East. The president celebrated the cultural, scientific and intellectual achievements of Islam to the delight of the audience inside the domed hall at Cairo University where he spoke — and beyond.
Using spare language and a measured explanatory tone, the country’s first African American president, whose Kenyan family has deep Islamic roots, drew on history, biography, moral principles and mutual interests to dispel cultural stereotypes that divide Christians from Muslims, Arabs from Jews, and the United States from many in the Islamic faith. Seemingly small but symbolically important gestures by Obama drew warm applause, including his use of the phrase “May peace be upon him” after a reference to the prophet Muhammad. Speaking in Arabic, he offered the traditional greeting of “May peace be upon you” on behalf of the American people, again to applause.
Kathryn Lopez has posted a parody Newsweek cover, but it’s hardly possible to parody the president-media dynamic anymore. (Has Saturday Night Live been on this? I haven’t seen.)