Obama, unlike Bush ’04, has enjoyed a mostly friendly press. He — and his Chicago/Axelrod Machine — still hasn’t really been tested.
For those of us who lived through the 2004 election, this is a giant pile of excrement on top of a pile of vomit. In 2004 George W. Bush was lauded to the skies by the national press, continuing the honeymoon of post-9/11 worshipful press that extended on to the “popular wartime leader” mantra the media adopted after Bush invaded Iraq.
The overall feel from most of the media about Democrats in 2004 was “why are you even trying?” It was a POV that continued for years and years, with some elements of the press still caught flatfooted in November of 2006. Even then it was a surprise to the media that Bush was beginning an epic and world record slide into unpopularity.
Here is Chris Matthews, considered now by the right to be one of the top Obama cheerleaders around, waxing rhapsodic about Bush and his flight suit:
MATTHEWS: We’re proud of our president. Americans love having a guy as president, a guy who has a little swagger, who’s physical, who’s not a complicated guy like [former President Bill] Clinton or even like [former Democratic presidential candidates Michael] Dukakis or [Walter] Mondale, all those guys, [George] McGovern. They want a guy who’s president. Women like a guy who’s president. Check it out. The women like this war. I think we like having a hero as our president. It’s simple. We’re not like the Brits. We don’t want an indoor prime minister type, or the Danes or the Dutch or the Italians, or a [Russian Federation President Vladimir] Putin. Can you imagine Putin getting elected here? We want a guy as president.
Yeah, poor Bush, the press was all allied against him, with their noses planted firmly in his backside.