Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
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I didn’t catch this supposed Super Bowl Sunday “Clash of the Titans” between Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and Barack Obama. And according to Heartland friend Roger L. Simon, I’m a better man for it. It appears to have been a bigger waste of time than watching the Super Bowl Halftime Show with the nearly universally panned Black Eyed Peas. (At least the Peas had crazy Tron-meets-Lite-Brite outfits and glow-sticks to liven things up.)
… what did I expect? These men are both vastly overexposed. There is almost nothing they could possibly say that would surprise us.
In fact, overexposure is endemic to our political life, for politicians and pundits. It’s an endless cycle. Everyone has to be on television at every possible moment to validate themselves, even the President. It seemed as if he felt Super Sunday wouldn’t be Super Sunday without him. And, of course, O’Reilly couldn’t have been happier to comply because he too wanted to horn in on the Super Sunday noise, as if we hadn’t seen enough of him. My only disappointment was we didn’t have Chuck Schumer and Lindsay Graham into the bargain. (And then The Black Eyed Peas had to log in with their puerile views on education. Enough, enough.)
In America we need to get things straight / Obama, let’s get these kids educated / Create jobs so the country stays stimulated.
Poor Will.I.Am. He naively believes that Obama (or any president) has a magic “stimulate jobs” button in the bowels of the West Wing. If only it was that simple. Actually, it might be as simple as stopping the promotion and implementation of policies that discourage job growth. But Obama, and his Black Eye’s fan, have little interest in that path.
As for education, if Will.I.Am was really interested in getting “these kids educated,” he might endorse the Parent Trigger. That would do some real good. But to pull such a fella aside and explain that to him (or Obama) is almost worthless.
They are both cleaved to the status quo — which will get us nowhere on getting “straight,” getting “educated,” and getting this country’s economy “stimulated.”