As NewsBusters reported, the media gushed and fawned over President Obama's speech last Tuesday likening himself to Teddy Roosevelt.
On Friday's Inside Washington, Charles Krauthammer called this "a classic example of how little it takes to stir the erogenous zones of liberals" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
GORDON PETERSON, HOST: Charles, I read your column. You said he wasn’t channeling Teddy Roosevelt so much as Hugo Chavez.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Well, as we just heard, yes. He talked about how we got here. He gave a nice historical rundown except that he left out a critical three years – his presidency. It’s as if it didn’t exist. It’s as if we jumped from ’08 to today. This speech was intended to say that “Everything that’s happened in the last three years has nothing to do with my administration or its policies – economic stagnation, debt, high unemployment. It is a result of the malice of the rich,” and he talked about that at length.
This is a classic example of how little it takes to stir the erogenous zones of liberals. You give them a speech with social justice, a little bit of class war, you wrap it up in the patina of intellectualism in what is essentially a speech that exonerates anything he’s done and obviously not done and says all of our problems today are the result of the plutocrats. That’s why he’s more a Hugo Chavez than he is a Teddy Roosevelt in this speech.
PETERSON: Stirring the erogenous zones of liberals.
KRAUTHAMMER: It’s not hard to do.
PETERSON: You gotta love it. You gotta love it.
Yes, you gotta love it.