Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hyperbole and High Hopes

Reuters: ""The Obama numbers are unprecedented and speak volumes to the global fascination with the new American president, his wife and young family," Payack told Reuters. "Obama is the biggest story of the century so far."

That surpassed media interest generated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the global financial meltdown in 2008, the Iraq War in 2003 and the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, Payack said."

Obama's inauguration is the biggest story of this century?

Bigger then September 11? I simply cannot believe that. It certainly will not have as big an impact as the terrorists hijackings.

This kind of excitement and exuberance towards the new administration may wind up being harmful politically to the democrats. There's really no where to go but down from this high, and that kind of crash hurts. The blows will be softened as the mainstream junk journalists provide cushion.


BCBCFriend said...

For those who remember being in public high school - there was a fanaticism for "the high school team" that bordered on insanity. No other school mattered, and could do "xyz" (you name it) like your school. Truth was, it was just a farce, but the hype was the important thing.

Democrats are good at that type of hyperbole, especially the ones in the media that have been honing it since the New Deal days. The Republicans have never had much of a cheering section in the press, so it's been like an away football game for the Repubs all these years where there are a dozen loyal fans in the bleachers trying to hold their own against 30 full bleacher sections of "home team" fans.

Solameanie said...

You mean that Obama doesn't give you a tingle down your leg, Robert? LOL! (Chris Matthews actually said that on the air)

Honestly, I feel like I am living 1984 by Orwell.