Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Rush Limbaugh is Obama's latest Boogie Man
Last week, Obama Press Spokesman Robert Gibbs had a boogie man in CNBC's Rick Santelli. From the lectern in the White House press room that is where the United States is represented to the world, Gibbs went after the news network commentator who dared to question the stimulus package backed by the Obama Administration.
This week, there is a new boogie man: radio talk show legend Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh made remarks over the weekend criticizing the Obama Administration's huge government spending. As such, Limbaugh got the wrath of Gibbs. Various news sources have Gibbs saying about Limbaugh, "it would be charitable to say he doubled down on what he said in January in wishing and hoping for economic failure in this country."
"I can only imagine what might have been said a few years ago if somebody might have said that on the other side relating to what was going on in this country or our
Those are powerful words coming from the White House lectern. It seems has Gibbs wants to caste Limbaugh as un-patriotic for not supporting the President's spending plan.
Whether you agree with Limbaugh or not, it is frankly disturbing that the most powerful politician in the world has his spokesman single out commentators who dare to disagree with the President's policies. If the Obama Administration is too thin skinned to take criticism from commentators like Santelli and Limbaugh, how will they ever find the necessary thick skin to deal with world leaders, some of which want to do the United States harm?
Indeed, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times wrote scathing columns against President George W. Bush. However, the White House did not come out and attack her at press conferences. Indeed, even Governor Sanford's people don't use the Governor's press spokesman to go after commentators that are critical of the Governor.
Such just is not done. Even Nancy Pelosi gets that. By having a boogie man of the week, the Obama Administration presents itself as both thin skinned and determined to silence dissent. Such is a far cry from their promises of inclusiveness and openness in government. Perhaps Obama only meant such for those that agree with his point of view. More importantly, use of boogie men makes one wonder just what the Obama Administration is trying to distract the American people from at the White House press room lectern.