Monday, August 11, 2008

Cokie Roberts, John McCain, and the Foreign Land of Hawaii

Cokie Roberts is catching a little heat today because she twice has attacked Barack Obama for vacationing this week in Hawaii, which she describes as "some sort of foreign exotic place." She actually criticized him for not being American enough, because he went to visit his grandmother where she lives, in one of America's 50 states.

Predictably, the leftwing blogosphere is agog at her foolishness. They quite correctly pick up on the fact that the traditional media will stretch to any length if they can make Barack Obama seem scary and different. This is not the longest stretch - merely the most recent and most transparently stupid.

But this particular mistake points to something bigger. When Cokie Roberts was born, all the way through her mid-teens, Hawaii was NOT a state. She was 15 when Hawaii finally became a state - well past the age of geography quizzes and memorizing state capitals.

Like John McCain, Cokie Roberts came of age in an America of only 48 states. To John McCain and Cokie Roberts, Alaska and Hawaii remain foreign, exotic lands. Their America - the America they learned about when they were in elementary school, the America they first pledged allegiance to, the America they grew up with - was not the America of today.

This year's election will be an historic generational shift. The White House will shift from those who view America as something less than what it really is to those who grew up in a country with 50 great states.

And if that makes Cokie Roberts feel like she's a stranger in s strange new land, so be it.

The new America does not see Hawaii as "some sort of foreign exotic place". It's America, and it is time to have a leader from the generation that knows it.

Labels: , ,

15 Comments:

OpenID Eric Rogers said...

Cokie is not a "mainstream" journalist, she is a legacy journalist.

8/12/2008 6:17 AM  
Anonymous travel said...

Barry spent 1 hour with his grandma. lol or was it 45 min I forget what the news said. I wonder how many memories they shared .. how many family photo albums they looked through. It must have been touching.

But, stupid thing for Cokie to say. She's living up to her stupid name.

8/12/2008 7:49 AM  
Blogger les said...

I don't know if it's kinder to say she just doesn't get that Hawaii is a state, or that she's continuing her long descent into hackdom. She's high on the list of reasons I no longer look to NPR for actual facts and news. I'm sure she gets invited to all of the right Beltway parties, though.

Yeah, travel, pretty damn funny. Spend a lot of time visiting 86 year olds, do ya? Have a lot of knowledge about her health and stamina? In on the family's plans for the rest of the week? Could you be more lame?

8/12/2008 9:30 AM  
Anonymous travel said...

Les, I probably know more about 86 year olds than you could possibly know...like those 80 something aunts and uncle who are driving down here from Wisconsin to visit me next week for several days.

Lighten up.

8/12/2008 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooooh...a 'My grandma could kick your great Aunt's ass' fight. kill....Kill...KILL!

8/12/2008 10:35 AM  
Anonymous gmc70 said...

Yea, a pretty dumb thing to say. But reporters saying dumb things is nothing new.

However, the only person going out of his way to point out that others - your claim is the "traditional media" - are trying to make Obama seem scary and different is Obama. The only person playing the "different" card - read race - is Obama. The implication, of course, is that if one doesn't vote for Obama, well, then, he/she must be a racist. And no one wants to be a racist, of course.

No, the "traditional media," for the most part, is still giving him a pass, fawning over the Chosen One shamelessly. It's beginning to change, of course, as some of the new luster wears off. But it is hardly the media playing the race card - it's the Chosen candidate himself.

8/12/2008 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard what she said on NPR. I think the blogosphere is overeacting. In Obama ads, he emphasizes his Kansas roots -- even though he has not spent any time here until he ran for president. The point she was trying to make was to point out he was spending his vacation in a place that some Americans feel is "foreign and exotic" compared to Kansas. Dan, did you hear Cokie's full report????

8/12/2008 10:15 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Yes, I did, and I fear I have under-represented just how stupid and obnoxious it was. Can you believe that she actually claimed he should have gone to Myrtle Beach?! Why? Because that's where Cokie and all her beltway friends go????

Cokie is some of the first dead tissue on the gangrenous flesh of the beltway crowd.

If you want to claim that Obama is insufficiently connected to Kansas, by all means, have at it. But if you want to claim that Hawaii is exotic and foreign, you are a freaking idiot.

I suppose that some Americans do, in fact, consider Hawaii foreign. Those same Americans think that California is too far from the ocean, and that DAR members are the only ones who really matter.

8/12/2008 10:35 PM  
Anonymous thefireworkswerefake said...

Dan, you crack me up: "the fact that the traditional media will stretch to any length if they can make Barack Obama seem scary and different." It Now that is the funniest thing I have read from you in a while.

8/13/2008 12:29 AM  
Blogger willpoy said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

12/07/2008 6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

12/28/2008 11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

1/05/2009 7:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

1/06/2009 9:32 AM  
Anonymous asd said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

1/12/2009 7:42 AM  
Blogger sunny day said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

1/13/2009 2:20 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home