Let me begin by saying this: I am not writing about Obama. I am writing about Fox News and it’s lazy, lazy editorializing. Got that? Ok then…
This Fox News editorial piece is just pretty weird. It tells us a story about exactly what the President is thinking and feeling, something Fox News always seems ready to speculate on with great confidence. Like most things that begin with “Let’s be honest,” it’s long on opinion and short on supporting facts:
Let’s be honest: President Obama is throwing a good old-fashioned foot-stomping world class temper tantrum. He is just beside himself that the stupid American voter elected Donald Trump. How could the country willfully dismiss the erudite recommendation of nearly every news organization in the nation – as well as Obama’s personal plea that not electing Hillary would be a personal insult to him? How could young people not respond to Obama’s call to “bend the arc of history in a better direction?” It is beyond comprehension.
The author, great sayer of sooth Liz Peek, tells us that Obama is “shocked” and “angry”during his final days in Office. The support for that? Well, there’s where it gets tricky. He’s really, really surprised and upset about everything, you see. Just trust Ms. Peek, ok?
We’re told of one of the outgoing President’s closest advisors, who was quoted as saying Obama is really smart; smarter even — if you can believe it — than most people. Oh, of all the great absurdities! Regardless of your politics, can’t we just agree that Obama is smarter than most people? So is Trump. Hillary, too. Reagan was a super smart guy, as is Bill Clinton, and Bush 41. This may come as a shock, but most U.S. Presidents are extremely intelligent people. (Bush 43 may not be much smarter than the average American, but he’s not nearly as dopey as his detractors portray him to be).
Of course, Obama is upset by the election of Donald Trump. He hasn’t exactly kept that a secret. But to say that he’s thrown a tantrum seems quite a stretch. I’d like to see, for example, a direct quote from the man himself to exemplify his “full-blown, year-end tantrum” — I think you should have at least one quote for every hyphen in the title of your editorial piece. But what do I know? Maybe that’s why I do not get to write for the Fox News website: I’m just not fair and balanced enough. At least we know that Fox News will not be making any changes or expanding on its reputation for boringly unwavering opinion-as-reporting journalism. In this time of uncertainty, the predictability is comforting.