Wednesday, May 18, 2011

This Just in: Obama promises to not run for a third term.

Tony Katz looks at the AP's attempt at a puff-piece that talks about
how Obama and his wife joke about how horrible it would be if he were
President for Life.

Hah... funny.

The piece ends with the big dose of reality – “U.S. presidents are constitutionally barred from a third term.” It seems a rather odd conversation to have. Another moment where President Obama, or the First Lady, is quoted in stating their hatred, disgust or exhaustion at the job. The story is meant to make them human, likable, common….but it doesn’t do that. It makes them look like people who live in the world of contradiction. They can’t wait to get out, but underneath they wonder what they would do if they could stay in power, they could keep control, they could rule.

I found the piece to be off-putting, if not disturbing. What do you think?

Agreeded. I'm reminded of Jim Geraghty's line: "All of Obama's statements come with an experation date."

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