Media naysayers troubling Obama again
Those media naysayers are troubling President Obama again.
The U.S. leader, who hasn’t had a prime-time news conference in six months, made clear his aggravation with the scribblers in remarks Thursday to a Democratic fundraiser at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
As the tony crowd, who were asked to pay $30,400 per couple, dined on beet salad, beef and Brussels sprouts, the president laid out his case against the unruly nabobs of negativism.
They were the ones who declared his presidential campaign dead about a dozen times.
The ones who wrote him off after Hillary Clinton pulled out a surprise upset in New Hampshire a couple of years ago.
The ones who clucked about his naivete, said he was doing too much and thought Obama couldn’t bring change to Washington.
“Nobody gave us a chance. This campaign was declared dead, what, 10 times,” Obama told the 140 guests at the Democratic National Committee dinner.
“You know, the same folks who are now writing about ‘What next?’ and ‘What’s happened to the Obama agenda?’ these are the same folks who were writing about how ‘He doesn’t stand a chance,’ how after New Hampshire, that was it,” Obama said.
“They were saying, you know, your faith was misplaced and you set your sights too high and hope is naive and Washington won’t change,” he said.
With the Democratic agenda in jeopardy after they lost their supermajority in the Senate last month, the naysayers are crowing.
“Now, all of them are feeling like: ‘See? We told you Washington doesn’t change,’ and they’re feeling kind of self-satisfied about the fact that we haven’t yet got healthcare done,” Obama said.
Having identified the enemy, the president rallied his troops.
“Let me tell you something. You didn’t listen to those voices then. … You proved that nothing can stop the power of millions of people who want to see an America that is living up to its values and its ideals,” Obama said.
“That’s what you did. And that’s what I’m asking you to do again,” he said. “We don’t quit, and I don’t quit. And we are going to bring about the changes that you believe in and I believe in.”
And as the guests finished up with raspberry Napoleon against a backdrop of mellow jazz, the media trailing the president got their just deserts.
No dessert. No food. Just ice water with cubes.
Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama at a fundraiser Thursday evening)