- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 27, 2011

DECENT AMERICA

Most likely voters - 67 percent - continue to believe U.S. society is “fair and decent”, but far fewer feel that President Obama agrees with them, says a Rasmussen Reports survey released Wednesday. The poll revealed that 43 percent say the president thinks American society is fair and decent. Thirty-six percent think Mr. Obama finds society generally “unfair and discriminatory,” 21 percent are not quite sure what the president thinks.

Naturally, there’s a partisan divide. A majority of Democrats (68 percent) think Mr. Obama views society positively, while almost as many Republicans (60 percent) think he views it as unfair and discriminatory, the pollster says.

AFTERBIRTHER

So many headlines, so little time. And now, the post-President Obama birth certificate release press roundup:

“Birthers Unmoved” (Politico); “Dear birthers, please go away now” (Boston Globe); “Dear Mr. President: what took you so long?” (Daily Caller); “If you think Trump will go away now …” (Salon); “Trump ‘so proud’, ‘so honored’ Obama released birth certificate (Fox News); “Obama slams birthplace claims as ‘silliness’ ” (Agence-France Presse); “Complainer-in-Chief” (National Review); “Obama fuels birtherism” (the Spectator); “Should Donald Trump apologise?” (the Guardian); “Congratulations, America: Donald Trump is the boss of you” (Time); “Maybe the birthers have missed the real threat” (Kansas City Star).

PRESIDENTIAL HUGENESS

Some say the office of president is just too much for one person to handle. A co-presidency has been suggested. But maybe we need a stunt president. Or a triumvirate.

When Haley Barbour dropped out of the White House derby this week, the Mississippi governor framed the enormity of the office as a “10-year commitment to an all-consuming effort, to the virtual exclusion of all else.” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who once said he could best President Obama in the 2012 race, apparently agrees. So does his wife, Mary Pat.

“We are moving inexorably not simply to news, but to politics 24/7/365. And what better example than our current part-time president who, with no primary challenger in sight, is already on the campaign trail,” wonders Roger Pilon, vice president for legal affairs at the Cato Institute.

“The presidency is too-large-for-life because the president is the head of a government that is simply too large. The too-large-for-life factor also reportedly is why Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who I’d place well above Barbour on my list, has been on the fence about running,” says Atlanta Journal Constitution political analyst Kyle Wingfield, adding, “I have to wonder who, exactly, could perform the job as it stands today, evolved and mutated in so many ways.”

Lots, apparently. As of Thursday, there are 19 possible contenders on the Republican National Committee’s online straw poll - Mr. Barbour, Mr. Christie and Mr. Daniels included.

ANCHORMAN SHEEN

Now in search of “multidimensional story telling,” Katie Couric has officially announced she’ll vacate her anchor chair at CBS News.

“Rumor has it that CBS is going to name Scott Pelley as Couric’s successor. But what’s the rush?” asks Media Research Center Brent Bozell, who says his group has launched its own search for her replacement.

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