Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:53 AM
babylonsister (150,592 posts)
"They became blind to the authenticity of Obama, and the faith such a quality can still inspire."
Obamas in love: the most retweeted moment in history
When Barack Obama tweeted an emotional image of him embracing his wife, Michelle, it offered proof that the US of Steve Jobs and the future had defeated that of Donald Trump
Barack Obama hugs his wife Michelle
Above all, the enthusiastic re-tweeting of this photograph indicates how deeply most television and newspaper reports and commentaries got the 2012 presidential election wrong. They became blind to the authenticity of Obama, and the faith such a quality can still inspire. It's an intimate picture: in sharing it with the world, he expressed a trust in people. This is what the moment means for him – it means Michelle continuing as first lady for, as he said emotionally in his winner's speech in Chicago, the nation has come to share his love for his wife. Wow. This man has emotional intelligence. And instead of mocking it, his voters understand. This is the Obamas' moment and everyone wants to share it. The Obamas in love: most retweeted moment in history.
Did he win by default, was he grimly given a second chance by a sullen electorate? (Many commentators said so, except the genius Nate Silver, with his unerring mathematics of the American soul.) Not in the slightest. This picture's popularity says it all: Obama has won a renewed bond with the American people, a true mandate, a second birth for Hope.
Historians may wonder, and perhaps journalists should wonder right now, why his deep support among women, younger voters, Ohio workers he has helped, gay voters, black people and Latin Americans, even Bob Dylan, was not the defining story of the 2012 election all along. Perhaps it's because older white men edit the news. One in particular, Rupert Murdoch, exerts a startling grip on American television through Fox News. Does the sheer volume of right-wing interpretations pumped out by Fox fatally distort the entire spectrum of reporting, dragging the centre rightward? Yet the liberal press seemed to succumb to its own overwrought view that Obama was a damaged president, lucky if he got re-elected.
This picture is worth more than all the words that have been spoken or written about an election that should scare newspapers and broadcasters, who could not see its simple truth.
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"They became blind to the authenticity of Obama, and the faith such a quality can still inspire." (Original post)
Response to babylonsister (Reply #2)
Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:18 AM
NRaleighLiberal (39,876 posts)
3. to me, it is all about how out of touch and in their own little bubble most of the MSM is...
even listening to NPR shows like Diane Rehm, during her Friday news round ups, her "expert panels" never really indicate they have a clue as to what is going on beyond their own little fabricated world.
Perhaps it's always been like that and we only see it as we get older and more cynical!
Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #3)
Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:28 AM
babylonsister (150,592 posts)
4. I think the 24/7 news cycle is
part of the problem also; no one distances themselves anymore to look at the bigger picture, or takes any time for reflection. It's constant, and we're poorer for it.