May Bernard Goldberg forgive me for using his book title as part of my headline, and may God also forgive me for using a song that is supposed to herald the birth of Christ. However, I find the last part oddly fitting since so-called journalists are acting like this inauguration is the Second Coming.
I remember the coverage of Bush leading up to his second inaugural in 2004. It was nothing like this. There were complaints over how the country was so sharply divided, how Bush hadn’t really been elected (again), and there was certainly no talk about how it was really too early to criticize him and we should give him a chance. I don’t recall any George W. Bush commemorative coins or plates. I do remember gripes over how his inauguration cost $55 million and that he shouldn’t do this while young Americans were dying in Iraq.
Now I’m hearing about the country being completely united around this savior-like figure of Obama, although he only won 1.3% more of the popular vote than Bush did in 2004. We can’t criticize him just yet—that’s horribly unfair! We can’t say his policies won’t work if they haven’t been tried yet (though they didn’t work out so hot for the Soviet Union). If there had been a George W. Bush commemorative coin or plate, the media would have lost its mind.
And nobody has breathed a word about Obama’s $170 million inauguration. During a recession, no less. And last I checked young Americans were still dying in Iraq. Why isn’t the media in a tizzy?
Because if the media had a Facebook, its relationship status would have to read “In a Relationship with Barack Obama.” And they should put “Viewer Discretion Advised” warnings before all their broadcasts. This level of sexual arousal might be inappropriate for children.