Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Dowd Criticizes Obama

Maureen Dowd is somewhat critical of Barack Obama in her latest piece. (Kindly posted by a blogger here.) Among her complaints: he sounded "testy" and "irritated"; he didn't look in his "element"; there was "wariness" in his eyes; he "sounded self-consciously pristine at times, as if he was too refined for the muck of politics"; and he got "indignant" about pictures of him at the beach in Hawaii.

Well, it's a shame that Obama did not impress Dowd. People like her are an important part of the process and he'll need to find a way to get these folks to like him.

On the other hand, it's understandable that he would get annoyed at a never-ending string of questions that is completely lacking in substance (e.g. did you have a heater in your podium during the announcement speech?) It often seems like many reporters don't understand the issues very well, and therefore spend most of their time on personalities and similar topics (e.g. is Obama "black" enough?).

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