Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cold Coffee at the White House?

Our President is a class act. Yesterday, he hosted a group of liberal media to coffee in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. I'll let good ol' Jake Tapper tell you about it:-

An all-star list of progressive and liberal media folks came to the White House today to chat with President Obama over coffee in the Roosevelt Room.

The group chatted with the president about economic messaging, his agenda for 2012, the various campaign arguments against different GOP candidates, the desire among some Democrats for him to highlight his foreign policy accomplishments, fighting corporate influence and the “crappiness” of the Senate filibuster , as one attendee put it.

Those there included the Washington Post‘s Ezra Klein and Greg Sargent, MSNBC anchors Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, and Chris Hayes, the Nation’s editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel, the New York Times‘ Frank Bruni, and stars of the interwebs Arianna Huffington, Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo, Faiz Shakir of ThinkProgress and Joy Reid of The Reid Report.

It's certainlyh noble of the President to host this group, because I couldn't stomach it. In fact, I can count on one hand and a thumb the people I would deem worthy of my time and those people are Reid (arguably, the best political pundit in the nation), Shakir, Bruni (who ccalled out the hypocrisy of the celebrity crowd appropriating Occupy Wall Street for their own agenda, Marshall, Sargeant and the precocious Ezra Klein.

The rest are the moral equivalent of a steaming pile of dog poo found in the curb - tarted up and articulate dog poo, but dog poo all the same. That pentacle of pejorative pundits included Huffington (a known ratfucker and Newt operative, who did her damnedest last year to scupper the President's message to the people by ceaselessly reminding them that the President "just wasn't that into them"); vanden Heuvel (who thinks black men should be measured by the lengths of their dicks), Rachel Maddow (who's turned into something of a sneaky little liar when it comes to interpreting some of the President's words, as well as emerging as one of a growing number of Leftwing cleverclogs who show what little common sense they have are subtly pushing Ron Paul's narrative); Schultz (whom many liberals hold responsible for Progressives boycotting the polls in the 2010 Midterms)and widdle Chris Hayes (who's too young to realise the importance of Newt Gingrich to today's political climate and who thinks Grover Cleveland Alexander was President ... twice).

That's the creme de la creme of political commentary - a socialite, a social climber, a blowhard, and twins separated at birth with the collective vocabulary of a pair of Fifties teenagers. (I still can't decide whether it was Maddow or Hayes who commented on the general "crappiness" of the filibuster).

But then, I'm spoiled by the BBC.

Still, I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during their little discussion session, considering the fact that five of those celebrity talking heads present (the latter five mentioned) just cannot quite seem to find it within their inner resources to refer to the President as "President Obama" instead of just spitting out his last name with precious little respect.

I wonder if either Huffington or vanden Heuvel excoriated the President, as they both did several weeks ago over the Plan B kerfuffle, with vanden Heuvel even allowing a screed to be published in her rag that was overtly and blatantly disrespectful to the President's children and to the First Lady.

I wonder if Schultz issued his infamous threats and derided the President for his perceived inability to join the picket lines in the Wisconsin protests earlier in the year. I wonder if Maddow and Chris Hayes, who seem to be the only ones amongst that gang of five who have any sort of moral integrity, felt any shame for some of the deliberate pieces of misinformation they've imparted about this man.

Probably not.

Huffington will still call the President names like "Nowhere Man" and endeavour to undermine him. Vanden Heuvel will still wonder how someone from the same race of people whom she employs in servile capacities and whose male members sport large members, themselves, actually made it to the White House. (The editorial staffs of both The Nation and The Huffington Post look like a gaggle of Young Republicans). Schultz will still foam at the mouth, and the two Katzenjammer Kids will still get it wrong.

Significantly, though, none of the big egos took to the social media to push their own publicity as having been important enough to have coffee at the White House with the President. I wonder if they appreciated the irony of their surroundings - especially since all of them have, at one time or another, lamented the fact that this President wasn't more like the sainted icon Roosevelt. Maybe the President intended that. I hope he made them squirm.

Where I come from - and Ed Schultz, being Virginian like me, would certainly know this - cool hospitality is sometimes referred to as "having cold coffee." I hope theirs was just that wee bit icy.

Still, Joan Walsh wasn't invited. I guess the President has to draw a line at unreconstructed PUMA snark, amongst other things.

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