Where Was the Outrage?
The Missed Blowback
The three most reviled groups in America are (not necessarily in this order): politicians, lawyers and the media.
The Obama campaign should have anticipated this question and been ready with some kind of strong response.
When the media are wrong and you’re right, you can’t go wrong bashing and humiliating the media.
By failing to jump all over Charles Gibson and ABC, Sen. Obama blew a great opportunity to show he’s a tough, decisive leader who will take no guff from the stupid media and—by extension—rogue dictators, international crazies and single-issue zealots trying to derail his vision of change. In a flash, the press would have become the villain—and the subject of endless discussion—rather than the two candidates eviscerating each other.
Instead of hurling a thunderbolt that would radically change the dynamics of this tedious campaign, Sen. Obama gave a lofty response to the McCabe-Gibson flag pin question, coming across as a slightly confused wuss. Clearly he is playing defensive politics—hanging on to his presumed lead by his fingernails while doing nothing to upset the electorate or rock the boat.
Left in play were his highly questionable relationships with Pastor Jeremiah Wright, Weather Underground bomber William Ayers and indicted fundraiser Antonin “Tony” Rezko, as well as his ill-considered diatribe in San Francisco on bitter Pennsylvanians who cling to their guns and religion.
Should he be the Democratic nominee, Sen. Obama is now fodder for a series of devastating swift-boat campaigns by the Republicans.
Denial of Access
What would happen if ABC were denied access to the Obama campaign and possibly his presidency?
A great family friend was Stan Swinton, World Service vice president of the Associated Press—a brilliant, hard-driving, hard-living charmer who spent much of his life on jet planes and knew just about everyone worth knowing in 104 countries. We met in 1954, when he was Rome bureau chief, and kept in touch until his untimely death in 1980.
- National Constitution Center