“I’ve been scratching my head over this for the past year: Does President Obama get credit for the things he does right?” media writer Howard Kurtz wrote for the Washington Post on Friday.
“We all know about the things he does wrong, because the media have made that the dominant narrative to explain his sinking poll numbers. (What president, by the way, wouldn’t have lousy poll numbers with a rotten economy and a godawful oil spill?)
“Obama’s stop-and-go difficulties with the Hill, his slow public reaction after the BP disaster, his failure to forge coalitions with the Republicans or change Washington’s nasty tone, his inability to bring down the jobless rate — all are well known and well documented.
“But with Thursday’s Senate vote to approve sweeping new regulation of the banking industry, the president has now delivered on his promise to clean up the Wall Street practices that nearly imploded the economy.
“How much credit will the media give him? Will this be portrayed as a watershed event? Or will it be over by the weekend, with press attention drifting back to the oil well and the midterms?”
Kurtz isn’t the only journalist asking. While on vacation, Eugene Kane, columnist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, wrote Friday on his Facebook page, “In his short time as President, Obama has led major overhaul of both health insurance and [the] financial industry to better aid American citizens. OK, Rush and Glenn; tell us again how he’s the worst president in recent history.”
In the New York Daily News on Thursday, columnist Errol Louis told readers, “If ‘Change We Can Believe In’ was the winning slogan during Barack Obama’s campaign for the White House, ‘Change Hiding in Plain Sight’ might be the theme of the Obama presidency.
“In one domestic policy area after another — at a pace that often eludes a press corps addicted to polls and sound bites — Obama’s aides are reorganizing federal programs and priorities in ways that won’t be fully perceived for years.