Obama’s obsession with FOX News is well documented. In 2009, shortly after being sworn in as president, his administration said FOX wasn’t a real news network and accused FOX News of being a wing of the Republican Party.
It doesn’t matter to Obama that he’s received the most fawning media coverage of any president in the last fifty years; he just can’t sleep at night knowing that there’s one cable news network that has dared to question him.
The president’s thin skin was on full display yesterday when he appeared at a “poverty summit” at Georgetown University. While invoking straw men who apparently hate poor people, Obama couldn’t resist demonizing his old standby enemy.
Transcript via John Nolte of Breitbart:
I think that the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leeches, don’t want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction. And look, it’s still being propagated. I have to say that if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant venue. They will find folks who make me mad. I don’t know where they find them. They’re all like, “I don’t want to work. I just want a free Obama Phone, or whatever.” And that becomes an entire narrative that gets worked up. And very rarely do you hear an interview of a waitress, which is much more typical — who is raising a couple of kids and doing everything right but still can’t pay the bills.
And so, if we’re going to change how Rep. John Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell think, we’re going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues, and how people’s impressions of what it’s like to struggle in this economy looks like.
Here’s the video:
Obama also felt compelled to call out conservatives and churches on poverty.
Sarah Wheaton of Politico:
Obama calls out financiers, conservatives and churches on poverty
There were none of Obama’s typical jokes about being a Muslim at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty. Instead, Obama spoke directly about his religion, referring to “my own Christian faith” and how pushing for a more equal society is “vital to following what Jesus Christ, our Savior, talked about.”
But Obama gently criticized churches for how they engage politically. In terms of “what’s the thing that is really going to capture the essence of who we are as Christians, or as Catholics,” he said, concern about poverty “is oftentimes viewed as a ‘nice to have’ relative to an issue like abortion.”
Stephen Miller noted the irony on Twitter:
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) May 12, 2015
Obama also had the audacity to complain about parents who send their kids to private schools.
Obama laments that people start sending kids to private schools, working out at private clubs, separating themselves from the public
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) May 12, 2015
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) May 12, 2015
I’m just thinking out loud here…
Maybe FOX News isn’t the problem.
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