After doing nothing when it mattered, we are now getting daily Obamacasts from the White House, none of which add to our knowledge of what went wrong, or to our confidence that Janet Incompetano is any better at her job than on the day she announced “The system worked!”
HH: I want to read to you the first paragraph of a story from the Times of London today. “Nigerian opposition politicians are demanding visual proof that the country’s president is still alive and fit to govern, six weeks after he left the country for medical treatment.” My question, Mark, are Nigerians better off than Americans where we do not get six minutes without seeing our president on TV?
MS: (laughing) Yeah, I would love to have six weeks without Barack Obama. In fact, you know, people complain that he had nothing to say about the Christmas Day pantybomber until whatever it was, the 27th or the 28th or the 29th. I mean, that three days, I think, was the longest he’s been off TV since he took office. So I’m up for the Nigerian option, six months without seeing the head of state.
David Axelrod still hasn’t figured out that overexposure of the president reduces his popularity, and turns him into a scold or worse, an ineffective Chris Matthews.
Less face time for the president is more leadership pull, but don’t expect a PR guy to believe that.