Think you see too much of the president? Too bad! He’s breaking all kinds of records of how much Obama you can cram in one media hole. Apparently, you can cram a lot.
President Barack Obama appears to be breaking every record kept on U.S. presidential press coverage. Over the first six months of this year, he was cited in a staggering 1.1 million stories across mainstream, Internet and social media–an average of 6,100 references a day. That’s more than triple what Obama’s last two predecessors, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, got in the mainstream press during their first six months.
The president is tagged on 216,000 YouTube videos and mentioned in an average 15,000 blog posts a week, according to Icerocket.com.
Mark Knoller, a CBS News White House correspondent who has covered every president since Gerald Ford, says Obama’s ubiquity is unprecedented. In the first half of the year, says Knoller, the president delivered 281 speeches, gave 88 interviews to journalists, hosted 30 news conferences and emceed 14 town hall meetings. He gave an entire day’s worth of access to ABC’s Nightline and has held conference calls with bloggers.
But is this a bad thing? Or a good thing? Or are you just tired of the prez preempting your programs? I think there can be a such thing as “Damn Barack, you’re on TV a lot.” I thought that as I sat and watched the AARP health care townhall on TV Wednesday, aired live on CNN. I thought, does a day go pass when I don’t see President Obama at a townhall or doing a press conference or just popping up in random-ass places, like the frickin’ Espys?
Yeah. He was doing it via satellite to give an award to Nelson Mandela … but the Espys???
At some point you just want to say … don’t you have staff that can do this? What’s their purpose? What’s Valerie Jarrett doing? Is Axelrod available for questioning? Can someone else step up to the plate and take a few swings? What’s that Timothy Geithner person doing? I mean, all we are is worried about the economy. Might be nice for him to say something coherent every once in a while. Just sayin!
Not that I don’t love the president’s handsome mug, but … you know what I’m saying.