A study reported by Reuters today reveals that the Obama presidential saga has received more news coverage than “Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the global financial meltdown in 2008, the Iraq War in 2003 and the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington.”
Yes, the same September 11th attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans. Those September 11th attacks, that took us to war, brought us together, and have torn us apart. The worst moment of my generation of Americans was worth fewer column inches than the election of our 44th President. That’s like the third election of FDR getting more ink than the attack on Pearl Harbor.
But let’s not forget that these same September 11th attacks were judged by some to be “overdone.” Thomas Friedman tells us that the events of 9/11 and the coverage thereof “made us stupid,” and have “knocked America completely out of balance.”
Does that mean we’re a few months away from this guy bemoaning that our President, like 9/11, has become “a brand name, a [Democratic] campaign slogan, propaganda of the lowest form?”
Hm. Okay, maybe we’re already there. People. Let’s get some perspective.
P.S. – If an Obama fan says this President has attracted more public attention than any other, remind her that more people watched Reagan’s inauguration than Obama’s (41.8 million vs. 37.8 million). And there were about 80 million fewer Americans in 1980. A silent majority, indeed.