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April 14, 2010

WaPo wakes up realizing Obama treats the media like a used condom

This Dana Milbank piece is pretty revealing.

...Even the Chinese president, Hu Jintao, was more talkative with the press than Obama. Michelle Jamrisko, with Japan's Kyodo News, noted in her pool report that Hu, at his session with Obama, spoke to the Chinese media in Chinese, while Obama limited himself mostly to "say hello to the cameras" and "thank you everybody."

Obama's official schedule for Tuesday would have pleased China's Central Committee. Excerpts: "The President will attend the Heads of Delegation working lunch. This lunch is closed press. . . . The President will meet with Prime Minster Erdogan of Turkey. This meeting is closed press. . . . The President will attend Plenary Session II of the Nuclear Security Summit. This session is closed press."...

Obama hasn't held an open question free wheeling press conference something like 9 months...which is not surprising since TOTUS isn't much help in an unscripted environment. The press recently took note of this extended avoidance "gap" noting also that its become a longer avoidance gap than Bush v2.0 ever had in 8 years.

Occam's razor suggests the simple answer for why Obama has been stiff arming and ducking the press with increasing frequency -- they served their purpose as "useful idiots" and he no longer needs them now that he realizes he's going to be a 1-term president. FWIW, this is textbook NPD behavior. Narcissists use people and discard them like used condoms when they're no longer useful.

To be sure, there's still legions of media out there eagerly gobbling that delicious strawberry flavored O-knob, but the realization they were played like a Steinway is slowly dawning on some and that trend can only increase.

Right now, most of them are like a wife who found a receipt from a cheap motel across town in her husband's jacket pocket and really want to believe it was just because he was too tired to drive home after work that day he claimed he had to work late. Most are still in denial, but this will change.

Initially of course, all these "press access issues" will be blamed on his primary handlers, Axelrod and Emanuel, and Obama might even fire them as a result to buy some time -- everyone is expendable to a narcissist. Everyone.

As time goes on, and the same issues keep occurring with the replacements, the media will find it harder and harder to maintain their stock excuses for Obama's behavior. It might take well into year 3 before this final realization happens.

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posted by Purp at 01:39 PM

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