He Regrets the Interview?
In one of the best political moves that I have seen in years, Barack Obama grants a spur of the moment interview with “Access Hollywood” with him and his whole family. That’s right, Michelle and the girls are there too.
Why is this brilliant? With all the comparisons being made between Barack and JFK, Barack put another “JFK” image with him in the psyche of the American people. He showed that he was a young man with young kids and moving into the White House. In my mind this was such a “Camelot II” moment I was amazed at the subtly of it all. We all knew he had kids, a beautiful wife and an all American attitude, but it came off so well in the interview that it made me proud to see him as a candidate for President. As a person that was not alive while Kennedy was President, it recalled for me Kennedy’s legacy. This interview, more than anything else, has cemented a vision for putting Barack into the White House.
Now I agree with Barack that his kids should be protected from the glaring spotlight that is about to shone on them, but there is a limit to with that shield should be or must be used. A simple spur of the moment interview with the girls behaving like American girls, wiggling and fidgety and asking when is it all over just, shows Barack with a great family that ALL voters can relate to. In no uncertain terms, this interview humanized Barak like no other interview could.
Not to say that the interview should be repeated ad nausea m for every interviewer there is. Certainly that would be a mistake. But by letting one “softball” interview to reach the public will assure that interview, surely an excellent and harmless piece of tape, be the record for him and his family. Brilliant.
In the “Today Show” interview, that covers several topics, at the end Matt Lauer asks about the interview. In the quick interchange there is no use of the word “regret” as pertaining to the fact that he gave the family interview at all. That said he did say that they will not be repeating the interview, but he did not seem mad or regretful that the interview took place. If there is some use of the word “regret” then it was made by Matt and it got hung on Barack. Or maybe the reference was left in the editing bay. In any case he does not seem like a man who regretted the interview. And again, by stating he will not repeat the interview with his family he as set the record and set it on a high and humanizing mark. It is dirty pool for MSNBC to headline this story as “Obama: I regret putting my daughters on TV.” That headline makes it sound like he is ashamed of his family and has something to hide when obviously he is not and should not be. He has a lovely and completely normal family, all the way down to the “Daddy drops his briefcase on my shoes in the middle of the hall” remarks. So typical, so American, so human, and it makes you relate to this family better than any set interview could have.
So, MSNBC, why are you putting such a strong spin on such a good interview? Why add a negative spin to a simple human interest story? WHY ARE YOU MAKING THIS POLITICAL? I do not listen to CNN and FOX because they turn every molehill into a mountain and a shock piece. WHY IS MSNBC DOING THIS NOW? This was a brilliant piece of positive Barack PR, give it to him and let him have his day; there are certainly other topics you can legitimately twist to a negative spin.
This “spinning” has become more and more prevalent on MSNBC of late and I am finding it distasteful. Like I said, I have written off CNN and FOX as biased purveyors of the news and rested my hopes on the “oh so just left of center” MSNBC to keep me fairly informed. Not that I don’t get my info from other sources as well, (BBC, Jerusalem Post, etc…) but of late this spinning is becoming more obvious and not fair to those who they are spinning. (Is spin ever fair? I don’t have an answer to that.)
MSNBC, here’s a tip: Report fairly with little or no spin or suffer the stigma of CNN and FOX.
God help us if that stigma does get applied… getting real information will be just about impossible.