The Corner

Favored Candidates

In today’s Impromptus, I comment a bit on the relationship between President Obama and the press. I say that I particularly appreciate Obama for something he said early in his presidency. It was at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in 2009.

He said, “Most of you covered me. All of you voted for me.”

I have a further memory, which I’d like to share here in the Corner. In 1988, Bruce Babbitt, who had been Arizona’s governor, ran for the Democratic presidential nomination. The public did not respond to him so much. But the press — they practically fell in love.

Babbitt started to joke — in a variation on the slogan “Let the people decide!” — “Let the press decide!” And, when he got out of the race, he drew on an old line from Richard Nixon. You recall that, when the former vice president lost the California gubernatorial election, he said to the press, “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore.”

Well, the Arizonan told the press, “You won’t have Babbitt to puff up anymore.” 

Most Popular

Elections

An Election Too Important to Be Left to Voters

The Democrats believe that the 2020 election is too important to be left to the voters. It’s obvious that President Donald Trump withheld defense aid to Ukraine to pressure its president to commit to the investigations that he wanted, an improper use of his power that should rightly be the focus of ... Read More
Elections

An Election Too Important to Be Left to Voters

The Democrats believe that the 2020 election is too important to be left to the voters. It’s obvious that President Donald Trump withheld defense aid to Ukraine to pressure its president to commit to the investigations that he wanted, an improper use of his power that should rightly be the focus of ... Read More
Film & TV

A Film for All Christians

‘The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts,” wrote George Eliot in Middlemarch, “and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.” The passage provides the title ... Read More
Film & TV

A Film for All Christians

‘The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts,” wrote George Eliot in Middlemarch, “and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.” The passage provides the title ... Read More
Film & TV

A Feeble Fox News Attack at the Movies

Don’t hold your breath waiting for Oscar-winning talents to rip the lid off the scandal at NBC News, whose bosses still have suffered no repercussions for their part in the Harvey Weinstein matter and other sleazy deeds — but at least Hollywood has finally let us know how they feel about Fox News ... Read More
Film & TV

A Feeble Fox News Attack at the Movies

Don’t hold your breath waiting for Oscar-winning talents to rip the lid off the scandal at NBC News, whose bosses still have suffered no repercussions for their part in the Harvey Weinstein matter and other sleazy deeds — but at least Hollywood has finally let us know how they feel about Fox News ... Read More