The Neverending 2008 Presidential Campaign

Remember back in 2007/2008 when Democratic candidate Barack Obama was being called an elitist? Well, if you miss that kind of media coverage, the Washington Post‘s Dana Milbank has got you covered (9/18/09) here, writing up Michelle Obama’s visitto aD.C. farmers market: The promotion of organic and locally grown food, though an admirable cause, is a risky one for the Obamas, because there’s a fine line between promoting healthful eating and sounding like a snob. The president, when he was a candidate in 2007, got in trouble in Iowa when he asked a crowd, “Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately […]


Not Much ‘Intellectual Heavy Lifting’ at New York Magazine

In a column on media treatment of Michelle Obama, Katha Pollitt (Nation, 4/20/09) points out this forehead-smacking quote from New York magazine’s David Samuels (3/15/09): There are clear limits to Michelle’s ambition. She went to excellent schools, got decent grades, stayed away from too much intellectual heavy lifting, and held a series of practical, modestly salaried jobs while accommodating her husband’s wilder dreams and raising two lovely daughters. In this, she is a more practical role model for young women than Hillary Clinton, blending her calculations about family and career with an expectation of normal personal happiness. To which Pollitt […]


You’re Kidding!

From the end of the NBC Nightly News (3/3/09): CHUCK TODD: And finally, let’s close with Michelle Obama. Amazing numbers for a new first lady.Sixty-three percent positive rating. What makes it more remarkable, six months ago you and I were talking about at the Democratic Convention, she might be a liability if he’s not careful. She’s no liability. Wait a second–you mean that some of the inane chatter heard in corporate media has no relationship to reality?!?! Thatis “remarkable.”


Vogue’s Credibility–and Howard Kurtz’s

In the same column (2/16/09) that he cites Sam Donaldson’s reputation as a “blowhard liberal,” the Washington Post‘s Howard Kurtz has an item in which he complains that “the Vogue cover story on Michelle Obama, by editor at large André Leon Talley, is nothing if not laudatory.” Kurtz writes: The Talley article mentions briefly that Obama showed up “at a fundraiser I co-hosted last year.” That would be a $1,000-a-head fundraiser–“An Evening With Michelle Obama”–also hosted by Vogue editor Anna Wintour and designer Calvin Klein. Wouldn’t the story have had more credibility if written by someone who hadn’t helped the […]