Meacham Lowers Bar For Obama: Country Has 'Unrealistic Expectations'

Presidential historian Jon Meacham did his best on Morning Joe this morning to lower the bar for President Obama's speech today commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.  "The country has put an enormous amount of expectation on him . . . since he first came on the stage in 2004 . . . we sometimes have-often have--unrealistic expectations of the office," empathized Meacham.

Nice try.  But wasn't it Barack Obama himself who raised expectations to absurd heights?  Does this phrase ring a bell, Mr. Meacham?: "I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when . . the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal." View the video after the jump.



Watch the MSM at work on President Obama's behalf.


MIKE BARNICLE: Talk about the degree of difficulty involved in his speech today.

JON MEACHAM: Well, it is a hell of an act to follow. Not anything anyone sane would want to do. One of the things about President Obama is the country has put an enormous amount of expectation on him for five or six years now, really since he first came on the stage in 2004. I think at some level we want any president to be a national grandfather who can fix all of our problems. And we sometimes have--often have--unrealistic expectations of the office.

Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.