Falling victim to their own “carpet Obaming,” it’s NY Mag that missed the teachable moment.
By Chase Hunter on 8.18.2009
This month’s New York magazine cover story: “The Selling and Selling and Selling of the President” reveals some disturbing inside tactics used by the Obama White House to keep USA Big Media continuously flooded with news, new takes on old news, fresh new gushes of Obama-adoration, new twists and turns in Obamanation policy and direction, and in general, the feature lays bare the adroit uses of Big Media news outlets 24-7 by Barack Obama as “Obama-speak” portals.
My take on all of this runs along psychiatric lines. I actually believe this man is psychologically addicted to seeing his own image in the media, so much so that he may actually fear for his own political existence should his image fail to appear in some news media outlet at least 15 to 20 thousand times per hour.
That’s about the frequency of times Obama’s name, or image appears somewhere in USA media outlets EVERY HOUR of every day. Either this is the most insecure and narcissistic elected official that we have ever elected, or this is the most vulgar, obscene and flagrant misuse and abuse of American media portals by any sitting president in US history. I’m leaning toward that the “Obama media fire hose phenomenon” is a little bit of both.
Obama’s non-stop hyperactive “media blitzkrieg” style of governance has cheapened and sullied the office of the President already. It has clearly wearied (and worried) an American public which earlier was certainly willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, even if there were quite a substantial number of potential detracters observing after his inauguration.
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A temperate July afternoon, with a slightly more intemperate press corps. Chip Reid, the White House correspondent for CBS News, is quizzing Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, about a health-care event the administration has arranged in Virginia. Why, he wants to know, is the administration calling this event a “town hall” when it has hand-picked all of the participants and questions? At first the exchange looks as if it’ll last only a few seconds. Then Helen Thomas, the woman with the single-longest institutional memory in the press corps, joins in.
THOMAS: It’s a pattern.
GIBBS: What’s a pattern?
THOMAS: It’s a pattern of controlling the press.
Being hammered daily with magazine covers, newspaper features, TV spots, video clips, radio news and rabid talk radio hosts ranting and pounding their fists about Barack Obama has had the odd overall reverse effect from what was most certainly intended:
We just don’t trust this man anymore.
Anyone who has to go to that extent day in and day out to sell, re-sell, re-position and then re-sell again – his own Presidency and leadership – needs to not be sitting in the White House, but perhaps is more suited to the rigors of maintaining one’s “Holllywood stardom” in the tradition of other Hollywood celebrities like, oh… let’s say, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Mickey Rourke, et al.
When a typical Hollywood movie star needs to “generate some good press” they usually make a new movie. After all, they are actors by trade. When Barack Obama needs to “generate some good press” he just makes an appearance and says a few well chosen words. Acting: it’s not really all that different from “being the President. Ronald Reagan knew all about that.
Don the role. Wag the dog. Play the part. Fill the shoes. Read your lines. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. Don’t trip over the teleprompter.
It all is beginning to have that empty hollow ring to it that the aging movie star recognizes on the red carpet one night after way too many years in the limelight. The star is in mid-sentence giving his interview when suddenly the new flavor of the week arrives, steps out of the limosine, and all the reporters run like a hungry herd of coyotes to greet the new starlet, leaving the aging star opining to no one in mid-sentence.
It’s quite remarkable. Barack Obama has managed to wear out his welcome with the American people in less than a year. At this rate, by year’s end the only thing that will have ended up being noteworthy about his first year in office will be the computer screen wallpaper made from the “Obama-as-Joker” street graffiti art which was plastered all over L.A. one recent morning and went internet viral by late afternoon.
If Any Warhol were alive he would be having a field day with all of this. He was, after all, the consummate creator of the silkscreened commercialized plasticized public IMAGE of a human face, that could be elevated to such heights of mass recognition that the actuality of the living human being behind the image would just eventually fade and disappear.
Barack Obama is now in real danger of having this “throw away empty soda can syndrome” happen to him, to his Presidency, to his popularity, and to his first year’s public approval ratings. He has now been “promoted and consumed” ad nausem for more than 2 years nonstop, and frankly we are all sick of it.
My advice would be to get Mr. Hollywood’s face out of the media, and put the man to work, find out if he is actually capable of leading the country in the proper direction and hopefully doing something more constructive than mouthing gaffes, and writing away our national sovereignty, constitution and legislating away our civil liberties.
Here: I’ll help you get started – police brutality is on the rise and it must be checked, halted, and turned around immediately.
There is no reason for a routine traffic stop to end up with a mother of young children being wrestled to the ground and then tasered in front of her own kids. She had broken no laws and had done nothing wrong. These are the kinds of things happening now. They cannot be pushed under the rug. These incidents are ominous and foreboding.
I, for one, want to know why they are happening everywhere now in the US. There has been a clear uptick in this type of routine police brutality since last year. Increasingly, judges just look the other way. Why?
I was one of the people who was very vocal last summer in expressing that I did not want a vapid Hollywood celebrity for a President. Now that we are stuck with one, can his addiction to seeing his own face in the media be cured?
Does Obama the Joker need a psychiatrist? If there is a question of mental illness going around, have a look at the White House. Why does Barack Obama need to be in the media 20,000 times an hour? Are his REAL skills as a leader that weak? Drop the media “prop job” and let’s see if the man can actually stand on his own two feet without being propped up by Big Media 24-7.
Chase Hunter 8.18.20009