I'm starting to think those little plastic ties they use to keep toys secure in the packaging (lest you should be silly enough to want actually to play with the toy, instead of keeping the toy in its original box as a potential E-bay investment) will reproduce if they are left alone on the family room floor long enough. Either that, or the toy companies have a secret arrangement with vacuum cleaner manufacturers; those things can be death to an inexpensive vacuum (and maybe to expensive ones, too, but I don't know that personally).
So what with gathering all the twisty little vacuum-killers off the floor (which we thought we'd finished doing on Christmas, but those little suckers hide better than victory from the Detroit Lions) and doing a wide assortment of other chores, I thought I probably wouldn't get out here at all today. But that would have been a pity, because I really, really wanted to share Michelle Malkin's truly scathing look at our media's predilection for Obama's physique:
Ah, the perks of media affection. On Christmas Day, the Washington Post delivered a front-page paean to Barack Obama’s workout habits. The 1,233-word ode to O’s physical fitness read more like a Harlequin romance novel than an A-1 news article.
Sighed smitten reporter Eli Zaslow: “The sun glinted off chiseled pectorals sculpted during four weightlifting sessions each week, and a body toned by regular treadmill runs and basketball games.” Drool cup to the newsroom, stat. [...]
For adoring journalists, you see, Obama’s workout fanaticism demonstrates his discipline and balance in his life. Apparently, what’s good for Obama’s glistening pecs is good for the country. Zaslow quoted Obama Chicago crony Marty Nesbitt, who offered this diagnosis: “He doesn’t think of it as something he has to do — it’s his time for himself, a chance for him to reflect. It’s his break. He feels better and more revved up after he gets in his workout.” [...]
Former Washington Post writer Jonathan Chait famously attacked Bush three years ago in an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times headlined, “The (over)exercise of power.” Recounting how President Bush ran 3 1/2 miles a day and preached more cross-training to a federal judge, Chait fumed: “Am I the only person who finds this disturbing?…What I mean is the fact that Bush has an obsession with exercise that borders on the creepy.”
Chait argued that Bush’s passionate devotion to exercise was a dereliction of duty. “Does the leader of the free world need to attain that level of physical achievement?” he jeered. “It’s nice for Bush that he can take an hour or two out of every day to run, bike or pump iron. Unfortunately, most of us have more demanding jobs than he does.” [...]
“Bush says exercise helps sharpen his thinking. But some of his critics view his exercise obsession as an indulgence that takes time away from other priorities. Among them is Cindy Sheehan, the Vacaville, California, mother of a soldier killed in Iraq, who until late last week was camped out down the road from Bush’s ranch seeking a meeting with him to discuss her opposition to the war. Sheehan, who left her vigil on Thursday to tend to her sick mother, has said she believes Bush should take fewer bike rides to have more time to focus on the “the nation’s work.”
Fit Republican president = Selfish, indulgent, creepy fascist.
Fit Democratic president = Disciplined, health-conscious Adonis role model.
This truly is amazing, isn't it? Amazing, but not really all that surprising.
The mainstream news media continues to act toward Obama the way a second-tier high-school junior acts toward the football star senior who has inexplicably asked her to the prom; of course, everyone but the deluded girl knows that the hunky athlete has only done so because all the guys in the locker room swear she's easy. And Obama's counting on the media remaining easy; not even the Blagojevich matter could get the press to drop their defensive attitudes, or stop publishing articles in which the fact that Obama says nobody on his team is guilty of improper conduct is highlighted and the fact that Obama spent a few hours with a federal prosecutor is waved aside as something that every president has to do, sooner or later (though most of them are actually president, not merely president-elect, at the time).
The fawning obeisance members of the media continue to give Obama is sickening in its sycophancy. But the MSM is forgetting how increasingly irrelevant they are, and how little attention Americans pay them; in the next year, as the economic impact of a growing recession is felt by more and more American citizens, the MSM may find that their powder-puff paeans to the epic greatness of the first leader in nearly a decade who shares their ultimate values (roughly described as abortion, more abortion, and still more abortion) don't sell all that well in what is called the Heartland when ordinary people are listening, and Flyover Country when they aren't.
If the traditional MSM decides to remain the lap-dogs and lackeys of the Obama administration, they'll only be hastening their own acrobatic slide into insignificance. Which is not necessarily a bad thing.