Of all the gushing, fawning, sycophantic things uttered by Obama-loving media members in 2012, David Gregory's fiscal cliff question posed to the President on Sunday's Meet the Press has to be on the list of the year's top ten.
"Is this your Lincoln moment?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Winston Churchill used to say that we Americans, you know, we try every other option before we finally do the right thing. After everything else is exhausted, we eventually do the right thing. And I think that that's true for Congress as well. And I think it's also important for Americans to remember that politics has always been messy. People have been asking me a lot about the film "Lincoln" and you know…
DAVID GREGORY, HOST: Is this your Lincoln moment?
OBAMA: Well no, look, A, I never compare myself to Lincoln and B, obviously the magnitude of the issues are quite different from the Civil War and slavery. The point though is is democracy has always been messy.
This was so sycophantic that CNN's Howard Kurtz commented about it moments after it aired saying of Gregory, "He was no Stephen Douglas."
Indeed he wasn't.