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Obama guest writer for the Wash. Post??
February 5, 2009, 6:59 pm
Filed under: Obama

“The writer is the President of the United States,” said the tag line for the Washington Post’s opinion piece titled “The Action America Needs,” that appeared in today’s paper.

It’s been a considerably busy week for the president, what pushing the stimulus package, bi-partisan mixers, surprise visits to elementary schools and televised sit down interviews with every major network in the country. But I’m getting a sense that the President actually wants us watching his every move. By reaching out to one of the most respected newspapers in the country, certainly in Washington D.C., he is literally writing to American readers. So Mr. Obama was not only the first presidential candidate to utilize the internet to spread his campaign message but what has this to say about a president utilizing journalism?

It’s no secret when it comes to Washington D.C. you’re either a Times or a Post reader. Either way, you read the Onion. And either way, no one can argue that the two publications offer readers quality reporting.

So this morning, the Washington Post published the president’s opinion piece, urging American’s to consider the stimulus package.

“So we have a choice to make. We can once again let Washington’s bad habits stand in the way of progress. Or we can pull together and say that in America, our destiny isn’t written for us but by us. We can place good ideas ahead of old ideological battles, and a sense of purpose above the same narrow partisanship. We can act boldly to turn crisis into opportunity and, together, write the next great chapter in our history and meet the test of our time.”

The rest of the article is a lofty (and can I say a tad desperate) plea for public support of the stimulus bill. But it’s kind of cool (and creepy) how I can literally hear Mr. Obama’s voice reading out the article in my head. I guess that’s what months of televised speeches will do to you.

Supporters like Vanity Fair blog contributor, Bill Bradley, praised the piece.

“So, we finally have an intellectual in office. A writer! A formulator of opinions all his own,” (vf.com)

During election season, this would be called a campaign move but what do they call this outreach if the politician in question has nothing to lose but popular support?


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In DC, if you’re legit, you read the Post. If not, you read the Times.

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