January 19, 2009

Now They Notice

Debra J. Saunders;

From the day President Bush took office, the long knives were out for him - in ways they will not (and should not) be out for President-elect Barack Obama. The chattering class saw Dubya as a walking style crime in a cowboy suit. They hit Bush for everything - for the way he mangled syntax, for the books he read, because he worked out too much.

Note now that the buff Obama is taking office, stories gushing about Obama's daily workouts flood the channels. Oh, yes, and the same people who belittled Bush for sending troops to war even though he only served in the National Guard somehow do not seem to notice Obama's utter lack of military experience.

More on the acknowledgment that "To trash Bush was to belong". (h/t)

Related - "The embattled New York Times Co. ... is talking to Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim about making a sizeable cash investment ."

Posted by Kate at January 19, 2009 12:14 PM

The Times will be "in the Hudson" soon, but there will be no ferry boats too pull off a dramatic rescue. Pesos don't float, either.

Posted by: Yoop at January 19, 2009 12:55 PM

Related - From The Anchoress, some of the good things GWB did and were ignored by the media.

"President Bush’s approval ratings seemed like they wouldn’t sink, when it became clear that Bush meant what he said about freedom and the human spirit, he had to be taken down. And that was accomplished; it was a group effort. It’s difficult to find a positive word written about him or his policies in any news report after that. Seriously. Go look."

Posted by: Kathryn at January 19, 2009 12:58 PM

Maybe they will have live footage of Obama chewing food and then recap it for the 11 o'clock news.
Can you imagine?!
Yes, this kind of cult-of-personality runs rampant in North Korea but I really thought Americans were above that.

Posted by: Osumashi Kinyobe at January 19, 2009 1:02 PM

I think the criticism of Bush flows from his performance. It's science, look it up.

Stick to the edification of Reagan, it's been so long people forget what an idiot he was.

Posted by: Turd polishing is unbecoming at January 19, 2009 1:11 PM

say Kate, just heard on RUSH that our honorable boarder guards prevented a US terrorist, William Ayers, from entering our great country last night. he was planning to speak at the U of T

Posted by: Carl at January 19, 2009 1:17 PM

Maybe a little off topic but just heard that Dubya has pardonned the two border agents. A great example of the man's decency and sense of fairness. God Bless GWB.

Posted by: a different bob at January 19, 2009 1:17 PM

Turd - Reagan was, in your opinion, an idiot? Well,not nearly the idiot that is the communist loving, Islamic fearing, Castro coddling Jimmy Carter.

Posted by: a different bob at January 19, 2009 1:27 PM

bob, Ramos and Campion? (spelling....)

If so, it is long past time.

Posted by: AtlanticJim at January 19, 2009 1:32 PM

Yes - Ramos and Compean I believe. They served two years too long. Bout time!

Posted by: a different bob at January 19, 2009 1:36 PM

As a further thought - these are pardons that needed to happen. This in sharp contrast to the scum pardonned by slick Willie as he was leaving office. Ya, Turd - we haven't forgotten about Carter nor Cigar Bill. Nor will history.

Posted by: a different bob at January 19, 2009 1:39 PM

different Bob. Ramos and Compean. A good decision by the Pres. Meanwhile Sen. Peggy Joseph was all happy she got a 'Bama watch. She doesn't care Maryland is broke. I think she is right because the soon to be Treasury dude doesn't pay his taxes.

Posted by: Speedy at January 19, 2009 1:45 PM

The prosecutor and judge are the ones that should have been behind bars.

Since he is not pardoning them but commuting the sentences, maybe we can get those two pieces of trash to finish the 10 years.

PS, Beck is back on TV tonight. 5pm Eastern on FOXNEWS

Posted by: AtlanticJim at January 19, 2009 1:45 PM

UPDATE: A poll goes horribly wrong...
Heh, I guess there's quite a few people planning to miss the savior's inauguration.

Posted by: Paul at January 19, 2009 1:48 PM

I see says it is a commutation while the Fox News Network stated it was a pardon. Who is correct here? Either way they are out of jail. I was hoping for a full pardon for them.

Posted by: a different bob at January 19, 2009 1:55 PM

The hypocrisies of the neo-Liberal media are too numerous to count. Of course, that's just one of the many reasons I don't pay much attention to anything any MSM reporter has to say or write. Until the major media truly return to objective, fact-based reporting instead of political editorializing they will continue their nose dive. Not everyone is a socialist PC neo-Liberal.

Posted by: mark peters at January 19, 2009 2:02 PM

Finally! I've been looking for a place to put these, as I don't think we should treat democrats or African-Americans any differently:

Barrack Lied, People Lost Their Retirement Savings
Chimpy McBama-Hitler (is that one racist now?)
No Blood For Obama's War
Impeach Obama (too soon?)

And it just wouldn't be the same without...

Buck Farrack

Posted by: Gen. Lee Wright at January 19, 2009 2:35 PM

Obama Bookie Bingo:

Posted by: jcl at January 19, 2009 2:56 PM

re the mexican bailout of the NYT..

thankfully my parrot speaks it won't make any difference to me who owns the damn thing....

Posted by: john begley at January 19, 2009 2:58 PM

Begley - LOL - actually was taking a sip of my coffee when reading your post. The stuff came out through my nose. Just done cleaning.

Posted by: a different bob at January 19, 2009 3:23 PM

Masthead changes:

Nuevo York Veces

Todas las noticias de que es apta para imprimir.

Posted by: texan at January 19, 2009 3:40 PM

The Americans are finally getting their Trudeau moment. Obama will take them to where they have never been before, and they will awaken with more than a slight hangover.

Posted by: Alain at January 19, 2009 3:46 PM

Alain; I've been thinking about that as well. I can remember some of the same kind of hysteria. It seems to go along with leftist demagogues. Its taken Canada many many years to recover from Trudeau. I hope the Americans can get it together quicker.

Posted by: James at January 19, 2009 3:56 PM

thanx a different mom says i'm the life of the party !

...btw speaking of parties are you related to 'drinking with bob "?

Posted by: john begley at January 19, 2009 5:00 PM

Re: Ramos and Compean -- I think it's a commutation rather than a pardon.

Either way, they're getting out of prison two months from now, as opposed to two or three years.

Posted by: Jake Was Here at January 19, 2009 5:42 PM

Saunders gets to one of the fundamental differences between liberals and conservatives although not explicitly. Basically, liberals are children; conservatives are adults. When a liberal gets elected, conservatives may criticize and warn, but we are more inclined to say, "Okay, let's see what this guy proposes and then deal with the issues, appointments etc. as they arise." We allow the libs to bask in their moment, enjoy the parades etc. We don't throw temper tantrums, disrupt, sabotage or vandalize the proceedings. In other words, we behave as adults. Liberals interpret this as "unity".
By contrast, when liberals/lefties don't get what they want they behave like six-year old brats who've just been told they can't have the newest Nintendo game. They throw hysterical temper tantrums, wildcat strikes, vandalize parliament buildings, disrupt proceedings, try to sabotage the workings of the government or its institutions and then claim that, because they behave as a bunch of dysfunctional loons, the leader they don't like is "divisive".
Democracy assumes adulthood. In the case of lib/lefties, a dubious assumption.

Posted by: DrD at January 19, 2009 6:34 PM

My understanding of the Conrad Black thing is that it started with a claim my some minority shareholders that Black was using his controlling vote to promote his personal interests at the expense of the company interests.

Now, at the time, Hollinger was profitable Under Black's control, it had grown from nothing to huge and was still growing. The New Your Times has gone from America's largest and most respected newspaper to a rapidly shrinking, money-losing, discredited husk.

Times shareholders who own equity are in a much better position to claim that they are unrepresented. Sulzberger, unlike Black actually IS a US citizen so the SEC jurisdiction is uncontroversial. Heck, this time we have a precedent.

Posted by: pete e at January 19, 2009 6:43 PM

The NYT's in talks with Carlos Slims, sweet, why don't they ask their core liberal syncophants to have bake sales for them. And I do mean bake sales because a lot of their liberal NYC tribe is too broke to do much more than that now.

The WSJ had a recent edtorial on Mexico as the failed state next door to us:

The Dems will give them TARP money if it comes to it. After all the Useful Idiots at the NYT's are needed to cover our Messiah's administration and to sanitize the vacuousness of Carolyn Kennedy.

Posted by: penny at January 19, 2009 6:56 PM

When America wakes up with Obama, will he respect them anymore? The MSM is dead, its shell has to decay completely before its final death twitches. Marxist Bias is the addiction of choice with the media The major reason they are dying. That with journalism schools . Producing moon calf socialists instead of reporters.
Never fear, its well on the way to dissolution. Dead & deader. More every day. The normal people online have now become players in this news tornado of a real time 3D environment where mistakes are quickly dissected, if not mocked. There tricks don’t work anymore. That population is growing. The MSM is not.

Posted by: Revnant Dream at January 19, 2009 7:37 PM


if the democraps let the papers die, they will never report negatively about them:-)))))

Posted by: GYM at January 19, 2009 7:53 PM

This morning's CBC news sunk to new depths in its breathless coverage of the coronation and its snide references to President Bush. They even sought to make the case that many Hollywood celebrities had to "dial back" their support of Obama for fear either of retribution by fans or being used in "attack ads" by Republicans. The coverage closed with comments about the proposed closure of the prison at Guantanamo, called "the world's most notorious prison", and implied that all inmates were "tortured". How quickly they forget even Abu Ghraib much less most every other prison in the world.

I have taught a number of students who eventually became journalists. All of them were fundamentally shallow, but, until recently, they understood this themselves and made an effort to treat responsibly what they knew they didn't understand. Mix shallowness with arrogance and self-righteousness and you have .... the CBC.

Posted by: Roseberry at January 19, 2009 10:31 PM

Ah the nostalgia.

It's easy to forget that one of Bush's most recent contributions is a defeated Republican party that lost largely because they were "guilty by association".

The Republicans got hammered. The nostalgia won't help. It won't help either, that the man who tried to lead the Republican party in the 2008 Presidential elections, didn't have much credibility with the evangelical base because one George W. Bush decided to resort to a negative campaign that declared McCain to be a 'fag' candidate, who had fathered a child outside of wedlock (his adopted daughter).

Let the rose-tinted glasses reign and let the facts be dismissed. No cowboy would have resorted to such cheap personal attacks, and no self-respecting cowboy would walk away so nonchalantly after destroying his own party.

Its only a matter of time before the Che fans start yelling - "Vive Bush". He's singlehandedly given them power.

Ah nostalgia.

Posted by: gertsh at January 19, 2009 11:11 PM

Certainly no bad wishes from this corner for Barack Obama. When he took that vacation to Honolulu, I glimpsed a reluctance on his part. Perhaps the heady rise of actual power will sustain him in the months ahead.

I am puzzled by the constant press coverage showing the late Martin Luther King. I have heard "We shall overcome" to the point of just giving up. Juxtaposing appears to be an operative word.

I know what it is. One enormous guilt trip- somewhere, somehow, still being played to the hilt. Soon it will be over, that is the swearing in ceremony.

CBC has gone nuts.

Posted by: Peter(Lock City) at January 20, 2009 12:50 AM

A few weeks, when President-to-be zer0bama(tm) was vacationing in Hawaii, he served some friends a local dish - "sushi" made with Spam. (Spam is inordinately popular in Hawaii; centuries of inbreeding, I guess.) On a couple of foodie blogs that I visit, people were gushing about "How wonderful that he's comfortable introducing people to the local cuisine!".

I have nothing against Spam. I like Spam. But to me, Texas BBQ is infinitely more interesting and more delicious than Spam. Can you imagine the press reaction if Bush had invited the G8 leaders to Crawford, and served them pulled pork and beef ribs? "Hillbilly", "National embarrassment", etc.

Double standards, indeed.

Posted by: KevinB at January 20, 2009 3:13 AM

ummm, ahhh, hummm, aaa, obama.

Posted by: old white guy at January 20, 2009 7:32 AM

Even the gloaters and the trolls that occasionally surface here are going to feel nostalgic for W before too long.

Posted by: ann at January 20, 2009 10:42 AM

Osumashi Kenyobe said;" Yes, this kind of cult-of-personality runs rampant in North Korea but I really thought Americans were above that."

We are Osumashi, but the screaming hypocrites in the Liberal Slanted Media are not.

Posted by: Ratt at January 20, 2009 12:06 PM