No public figure, political or otherwise, has ever been as scathingly, viciously, relentlessly and unfairly attacked as was President George W. Bush. (Dick Cheney was a close second). Everyone from Harry Reid to Michael Moore to Sean Penn to Bob Costas (Bob Costas?) have taken cheap, crowd pleasing shots at Bush. Yet through it all he maintained the civility, grace and dignity that he felt was manifested in his office. (Humor, even. Recall his good natured comment about a man giving him the finger. "Not a fan.") Bush never stooped to the level of his detractors by engaging in the gratuitous insult flinging that his opponents did. And he certainly never tried to stifile dissenting voices in the news media or in the general populace.
In contrast our current President has been praised and worshipped beyond all reason - clearly beyond what a radical, Chicago machine politician with no real world experience, talent or accomplishments should expect to be. And when there is one, and only one, network news organization - Fox - that does its job and offers substantive, critical policy analysis of the Obama administration, he goes ballistic. The network is attacked by his cronies and is refused access to policymakers, including the President himself. A childish tantrum by the guy who said in his inaugural address, "the time has come to set aside childish things."
In NRO today, Charles Krauthammer writes of the administration's obsession with Fox News. His final thought was cited on the Weekly Standard website as the quote of the day.
Defend Fox from the likes of Anita Dunn? She’s been attacked for extolling Mao’s political philosophy in a speech at a high-school graduation. But the critics miss the surpassing stupidity of her larger point: She was invoking Mao as support and authority for her impassioned plea for individuality and trusting one’s own choices. Mao as champion of individuality? Mao, the greatest imposer of mass uniformity in modern history, creator of a slave society of a near-billion worker bees wearing Mao suits and waving the Little Red Book?
The White House communications director cannot be trusted to address high schoolers without uttering inanities. She and her cohorts are now to instruct the country on truth and objectivity?
Here's a late addition to this post. (10/24) Mark Steyn weighs in on Obama's whining campaign contrasting his "toughness" regarding his domestic critics with his meek obsequiousness to our true enemies, Russia and Iran. Steyn notes that Britain's Daily Telegraph has taken to calling Obama, “President Pantywaist".