Friday, May 13, 2016

A Shame Obama Didn't Get This Level of Attention

The Washington Post has built a sizable army of reporters to dig into every facet of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's life, urged on by new owner Jeff Bezos to reveal everything about the potential nominees.
Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward revealed Wednesday that the Post has assigned 20 staffers to Trump. In addition the paper plans a book.

"There's a lot we don't know," he told the National Association of Realtors convention in Washington. "We have 20 people working on Trump, we're going to do a book, we're doing articles about every phase of his life," he added.

Woodward, who has interviewed Trump, said that he has begun looking into Trump's New York real estate deals. "The New York real estate world is more complex than the CIA," he said.
Unlike the murky fact that Obama's literary agent described him this way in 2007:
BARACK OBAMA is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois and was the dynamic keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He was also the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Kenya to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago. His first book, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE, has been a long time New York Times bestseller. 


Joe Kidd said...

Ezra Klein's journ"O"list* didn't help. Then again, isn't that when the Fourth Estate OFFICIALLY became the Fifth Column?!

*The "O" stood for "O"bama. (Not a good a sign when members of a profession voluntarily change the spelling of their occupation.)

Rich Rostrom said...

I'm pretty sure that description was taken from boilerplate generated many years before. When Obama was born, Stanley Dunham was a college sophomore, not an anthropologist, and Obama's father was an exchange student, not the finance minister of Kenya. (Nor was he ever; he was an economic analyst in the ministry.)

But yes, Obama deserved far more scrutiny than he got.

That doesn't mean Trump should get a pass on his dubious dealings or his Mafia associations.