Saturday April 6, 2013

Without a doubt President Obama is the darling of the liberal press, which makes up a substantial segment of the television and print news media.

Traditionally, the newly arrived occupant of the White House is given a grace period by the media for the first 100 days of residency. It is commonly referred to as the "100-day honeymoon." President Obama has been on a "honeymoon," with the support of the liberal press, for approximately 430 days and counting - with one exception: Bob Woodward of the Washington Post.

Prior to his first term in office, the president crisscrossed America and was relentless with his criticism of his predecessor's handling of international affairs. Barack Obama was going to change things throughout the world and America would be loved once again.

Let's take a peek at a few of those "I will change things," candidate Obama stated so often during his campaigning in 2008.

The terrorist holding center at Guantanamo Cuba was high on Mr. Obama's list of criticisms. Wasn't the closing of this incarceration center for alleged terrorists one of Mr. Obama's first orders of business? The last I heard the base is open for business and operating quite well.

Does anyone really believe that America is "better loved" in the world today? The Arab Spring has come and gone and what do we have for it? In Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood is now in charge and they are fanatically committed to having their religious beliefs be the supreme authority in that part of the region, if not the world.


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Our country's 2012 role, in ousting Muammar Gaddafi, was thanked by the Libyans attacking our consulate in Benghazi. In Somalia, they think nothing of holding scores of international vessels and hundreds of hostages for ransom. The hundreds of millions of dollars paid for ransom were not sufficient.

Contempt, for the U.S and other countries, has been substituted for love, I gather.

One of President Obama's early pronouncements was to "make up" with Iran and do away with the Bush era meanness in labeling Iran as "The Evil Empire." Some 400-plus days later we are defining our "line in the sand" and contemplating to join with the Israelis, in destroying Iran's so called peaceful nuclear enrichment program. I gather there will be no sit down with the Mullahs and sipping tea -- at least not soon.

Is it necessary to say more when we look at our country's relations with North Korea, another country in President Bush's axis of evil? America is presently placing anti-missile batteries on our west coast to defend against a possible assault, threatened by Kim Jong Un, North Korea's 30-year-old leader.

The same can be said for our relations with Venezuela, Iraq, Pakistan and for certain, Afghanistan where trust between our two countries has completely vanished.

It appears that the only two Americans that are "loved" by Venezuela and North Korea are Danny Glover and Dennis Rodman. Might it be helpful for the administration to appoint the actor and the NBA player as our country's representatives?

And let us not forget Israel. The love that this bastion of democracy once had for America, prior to 2009, was quite strong. America's mainstream media can publish all the photo-ops and handshakes they wish to do. The fact is, close to 70 percent of Israelis don't trust our president.

President Obama's campaign motto, "Change," might have been pretty catchy. However, it never materialized once he got to Washington.

When it comes to transparency and forthrightness the administration's handling of the Benghazi incident revealed that this administration is not much different than its predecessors, with one exception, the mainstream media does look the other way.

In his 2009 book, "A Slobbering Love Affair Starring Barrack Obama," Bernard Goldberg writes, "The fundamental job of journalists is to look out for us -- the American people! If nobody cares what the press says, journalists will be watchdogs in name only"

Maybe there is a sign of hope within the liberal media. The longtime stalwart of the Washington, D.C. press corps and the hero of Watergate, Bob Woodward, recently, came under attack by this White House. He stood his ground and the dedicated "watchdog," barked back at the darling of mainstream media.

Don Keelan writes a bi-weekly column and lives in Arlington.