Friday, August 15, 2008

Cokie Roberts, political pundit, dumbass

Obama at Punahou, '72

“Going off this week…I know his grandmother lives in Hawaii and I know Hawaii is a state, but it has the look of him going off to some sort of foreign, exotic place. He should be at Myrtle Beach if he’s going to take a vacation at this time. I just think this is not the time to do that.”

~ Cokie Roberts on Barack Obama's choice of vacation destination

The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports:

[She] then talked about his "odd" choice during her Monday gig on National Public Radio.

Roberts is a D.C. creature. Her father was House Majority Leader. Her mother served in Congress. A brother, Tommy Boggs, is one of the capital's most prominent lobbyist-fixers. And her husband, Stephen Roberts, was the New York Times' man at the White House during the Reagan administration.

Um, newsflash, newslady. Not only does his grandmother who raised him live on Oahu, Barack Obama was born in Honolulu and grew up there, attending the swanky Punahou prep school. He was only away from the Aloha State for four years from age six to ten when he lived with his mom in Indonesia.

So he's pretty much a local, and this vacation is more like him returning to his hometown. I find it hard to believe such a well-respected "journalist" could blow it so big time. But she did.


Tricia said...

In case you missed this gem too-

Rush Limbaugh blamed Elizabeth Edwards for John Edwards affair. Siad she shouldn't have got cancer cause it made him cheat.

Anonymous said...

Not everyone is smart all the time

Memetician said...

If you're a national pundit and you make the mistake not once but twice, you're not having an "off" moment. And pundits are supposed to be smart all the time. That's their job. This wasn't a question of her getting something wrong. This was her BELIEVING that it's wrong for him to visit his hometown because it's too exotic. Think about that.