- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 27, 2011

THE ‘R’ WORD

Once, much of the left-leaning press wallowed in unkind mockery or criticism of President Reagan. Now, opportunistic and canny journalists can’t wait to say “Reaganesque.” Like, uh, all of a sudden. And no wonder. Americans appreciate Mr. Reagan’s attributes — he was optimistic, strong in principle and civil in bearing. Therefore, the urge to strategically liken President Obama to the 40th president and his positive associations has never been greater, particularly as the Reagan centennial looms, with all its attendant buzz.

CBS, NBC and ABC, for example, compared the tone of Mr. Obama’s State of the Union Address to past Reagan speeches, says Media Research analyst Brent Baker. Journalists mine Mr. Obama’s public appearances for “Reagan moments,” they pepper their prose with references to a “can-do spirit” and other evocative descriptors of the Reagan era.

The public will wonder about this phenomenon, tire of it, and resume their search for substantial news coverage of real issues, real threats, real solutions. Pollsters already have revealed that the weary public craves meaningful coverage of politics and policy from their media, rather than petty details from the campaign horse race, endless analysis or manufactured moments.


So. Let Mr. Reagan be Mr. Reagan, let Mr. Obama be Mr. Obama. And message to the press: It’s time to work on defining “Obama-esque” moments. The real ones.

The media have been using the term "Reaganesque" more lately with the approaching centennial of the birth of former President Ronald Reagan.
The media have been using the term “Reaganesque” more lately with the ... more >

ON THE FLY

Traveling, lots of traveling. President Obama is often out of town. And in the past two years, so was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. According Freedom of Information Act documents from the Defense Department and the Air Force obtained by Judicial Watch, the California lawmaker traveled on military aircraft 90 times between April 1, 2009, and Jan. 1, 2010, and in a previous two-year period, her excursions cost the Air Force more than $2.1 million.

The watchdog group also revealed items from Mrs. Pelosi’s airborne larder — like potables purchased by the Air Force for a 2008 Pelosi-led congressional delegation to Israel and Iraq: “Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E & J brandy, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Maker’s Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewar’s scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniel’s whiskey, Corona beer, assorted wines.”

But wait. An internal Air Force memo sent March 25, 2010, revealed: “The speaker’s office is requesting egg-salad sandwiches on wheat toast with fruit (watermelon, etc) for dessert. It’s the speaker’s B-Day tomorrow, so we’re also asking for something like chocolate-covered strawberries (dark chocolate preferred).”

Says Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, “We are pleased that Speaker John Boehner will not follow Mrs. Pelosi’s corrupt example and will instead fly commercial.”

BUMPER PATROL

“Don’t act stupid. We have politicians for that.”

Bumper sticker spotted in Harrisburg, Pa.

JUST SO YOU KNOW

“The worlds Muslim population is expected to increase by about 35 percent in the next 20 years, rising from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.2 billion by 2030, according to new population projections by the Pew Research Centers Forum on Religion & Public Life.”

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