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President Obama has more in common with former President Bill Clinton than giving a plum administration post to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
At least two prominent conservative bloggers seized on a comment Mr. Obama made about hostile press coverage and noted some of the same personality in the two men’s reaction. The question was from a CNBC interview with John Harwood, who asked Mr. Obama whether the “favorable press” he’s been getting was “hurting the country because you’re not sufficiently being held accountable for your policies.”
“It’s very hard for me to swallow that one. First of all, I’ve got one television station that is entirely devoted to attacking my administration,” Mr. Obama said, before the questioner interrupted him to identify that he was talking about the Fox News Channel. “Well, that’s a pretty big megaphone and you’d be hard-pressed if you watched the entire day to find a positive story about me on that front.”
B. Daniel Blatt, one of the co-bloggers at Gay Patriot recounted an anecdote about Mr. Clinton, which he attributed to the former president’s mother.
“If Bill Clinton entered a room with one hundred people, ninety-nine of them loving him, but one opposed to him, he would spend his entire time trying to persuade that one to like him, to appreciate his qualities and recognize his accomplishments … Instead of acknowledging the favorable press he has received, the president dwelt on the one news network which probably offers the most balanced coverage of his Administration, featuring critics as well as supporters of his policies and proposals,” wrote Mr. Blatt, whose nom de blog is “Gay Patriot West.”
Peter Wehner at the Commentary blog Contentions was more pointed. “This exchange … demonstrates that Obama — who is (literally) compared to God by some journalists, who sends a thrill up the leg of others, and who causes reporters and editors to weep and choke up with emotion in simply thinking about The One — apparently believes he deserves worshipful coverage across the board; when he doesn’t receive it, he views it as a grave injustice. It warrants a stronger response from him than, say, the repression of freedom in Iran,” he wrote.
Nor were conservatives alone.
George Stephanopoulos, a communications director for Mr. Clinton’s White House, had the following to say on ABC’s “This Week” program Sunday. “I’ve always been struck by how — and it’s not too strong a word — how obsessed the president and the White House are with Fox News.”
• Victor Morton can be reached at email@example.com.
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