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A Hunk Of Manly, Uh, Manness

The New York Times has a snort-worthy shill piece today, spinning gushing yarns about Obama's supposed macho activities.

Instead of successfully achieving the goal of portraying Obama as an "alpha-male," it leaves the reader feeling rather squeamish, as if the article's author has a giggly, "man-crush" on the President.

The president, after all, is an unabashed First Guy's Guy. Since being elected, he has demonstrated an encyclopedic knowledge of college hoops on ESPN, indulged a craving for weekend golf, expressed a preference for adopting a "big rambunctious dog" over a "girlie dog" and hoisted beer in a peacemaking effort.

Yep. Obama is a masculine tyrannosaurus, compensating for a lack of male virility by purchasing a big dog. ("Bo", his Portuguese water dog, is a veritable "Cujo.")

He presides over a White House rife with fist-bumping young men who call each other "dude" and testosterone-brimming personalities like Rahm Emanuel, the often-profane chief of staff; Lawrence Summers, the brash economic adviser; and Robert Gibbs, the press secretary, who habitually speaks in sports metaphors.

Robert Gibbs? ROBERT GIBBS? Riiiight. I think testosterone overload every time he speaks. Gibbs is about as macho as the "PC guy" form the Apple commercials. The Times places Rahm Emanuel in the manly column due to his penchant for cussin', while Dick Cheney was thrashed by the media for telling Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy to go "f-ck yourself."

Mr. Obama is hardly the first commander in chief whose penchant for sports and other guyish stuff (comic books, "Star Trek") has become part of his presidential persona. The first President George Bush presented himself as a horseshoe-playing, pork-rind-eating Texan. He was followed by the Big Mac-gobbling, cigar-chomping Bill Clinton and the brush-clearing, bike-busting George W. Bush.

For corn's sake. Horking down a Big Mac (a la, Homer Simpson) is manly to these people? They would have been better off citing Clinton's shirt chasing as opposed to his consumption of junk food. (Just think "cigar" and "Lewinsky.")

What kind of a journalist can honestly write this without feeling some sort of shame? For years, the Times and the left have vilified George Bush as some sort of cowboy: The "ultimate American male archetype of our time," as defined by historian Douglas Brinkley.

I guess we can assume that Obama's bullying of Fox News is an extension of some sort of phallic inadequacy.

Freud would be proud.


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Comments (28)

"What kind of a journalist ... (Below threshold)

"What kind of a journalist can honestly write this without feeling some sort of shame?"

Shame? Hell, they don't even mind the hypocrisy anymore! It's not referred to as "The Old Grey Whore" for nothing.

As for Barry's "Encyclopedic" knowledge, too bad it doesn't cover US history and economics.

heh reads like Tig... (Below threshold)

heh reads like Tiger Beat

It's time the NY Times was ... (Below threshold)
Dr Carlo Lombardi:

It's time the NY Times was officially re-named the Lewis Carroll Times.

At least Bush could get the... (Below threshold)

At least Bush could get the first pitch across the plate.

Rahm Emmanuel, the ex-balle... (Below threshold)

Rahm Emmanuel, the ex-ballet dancer, a model of virility??

Sheesh! Maybe in France ...

At least they didn't mentio... (Below threshold)

At least they didn't mention his glistening pectorals, I probably would have barfed.

Well, at least they didn't ... (Below threshold)

Well, at least they didn't bring up his incredible biceps agai - um, wait, hold up, never mind.

That wasn't the alpha male.

Obama a manly man? Not hard... (Below threshold)

Obama a manly man? Not hardly. He is more of a girly man. He plays basketball to hide the feminine side of his character, which is on display when he has to make a decision about Afghanistan and how many troops to send there. If he had any cajones at all, those 40k+ troops would have been there by now and taking out the Taliband and Al-Queada thugs that are there now would have been wiped out.

Yep, Obama is a manly man a... (Below threshold)

Yep, Obama is a manly man and Helen Thomas is a hotty!

Obama is at least as manly ... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Obama is at least as manly as...uh...uh...Perez Hilton.

You're sure this didn't app... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

You're sure this didn't appear in The Advocate?

Manly men don't have to go ... (Below threshold)

Manly men don't have to go about proving their manliness. They just are.

President 0 is not.

The more Obama's media lack... (Below threshold)

The more Obama's media lackeys talk about his manliness, the more I point and laugh at the president's apparent lack of a y chromosome.

Inspired by Chris tingle Ma... (Below threshold)

Inspired by Chris tingle Matthews.


Palin could kick his ass.</... (Below threshold)

Palin could kick his ass.

Everything nobody ever want... (Below threshold)

Everything nobody ever wanted in a Man...And less.

They are all a bunch of sis... (Below threshold)

They are all a bunch of sissies. Heck, MEchelle is more manly than all of them put together.

"Heck, MEchelle is more man... (Below threshold)

"Heck, MEchelle is more manly than all of them put together."

And She can mambo with a hula hoop.

"testosterone-brimming pers... (Below threshold)

"testosterone-brimming personalities"


All my ranching and cowboy buddies got a kick outta that one!

isn't rahm a ballarina? ma... (Below threshold)
starboardhelm Author Profile Page:

isn't rahm a ballarina? manly? ur doing it wrong.

Manly?? What is this? Littl... (Below threshold)

Manly?? What is this? Little house full of fairies?

Effeminate the New manly. ... (Below threshold)

Effeminate the New manly.
Centralized Government Planed health care= choice and competition.
Bankrupt Medicare = low overhead
heavy Government regulation = free market

20009 = 1984.
new speak has arrived.

This reminds me of the conc... (Below threshold)

This reminds me of the concerted efforts of the media to boost John Kerry's manliness before the 2004 election. It's unseemly to gush girl-like over aspects of a President that have absolutely nothing to do with an ability to guide a nation. That was sickening.

Would that they reported with the same fervor about his college transcripts, wrote in such detail about his community organizing efforts and documented, chapter and verse, his legislative years.

Maybe they meant a "cigar-c... (Below threshold)

Maybe they meant a "cigar-chomped" Bill Clinton?

Eeew. Was this puff piece w... (Below threshold)

Eeew. Was this puff piece written by an actual grown-up male, or by a middle-school girl gushing about her first crush?

Kinda like everything else ... (Below threshold)

Kinda like everything else these days, they just don't make them like they used to. If O or Rahm are manly men, maybe they could hold their own with those guys on an oil rig. You think? Nah, might mess up their tailored bespoke suits. I would guess they get manis and pedis too. Sissies.

Let's see. Sarah Palin has ... (Below threshold)

Let's see. Sarah Palin has agreed to interview with Oprah. President Obama is afraid to talk to FOX. Who is acting more presidential.

Even the usual suspects for... (Below threshold)

Even the usual suspects for Obama won't touch this thread.






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