CNN’s Crowley Asks: Do We Need a ‘Normal Person in the White House?’

November 8, 2010

(ChattahBox Political News)— on CNN’s State of the Union, host Candy Crowley made a bizarre comment suggesting somehow, that President Obama is not “normal” because he’s smart and viewed as an intellectual. While introducing the Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty, who had just penned a piece filled with whiny Democrats blaming Obama for the massive electoral losses, entitled “Assessing midterm losses, Democrats ask whether Obama’s White House fully grasped voters’ fears,” Crowley read a quote from the piece. The quote, from Democratic Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, attacked Obama as too “intellectually smart” to relate to the struggles of everyday Americans. In response, Crowley decided Americans are crying for a dumb, “normal” guy as their president. Remember George W. Bush? How did that work out for us?

In Tumulty’s piece, she advanced the narratve that the massive electoral losses were more a referendum on Obama, than the economy. And she found a couple of Democrats to go on the record to say so, including Bredesen, who is retiring.

Bredesen has made it a habit to take the occasional swipe at Obama. Jeff Woods, writing for the local blog the Nashville Scene, describes Bredesen, as the last person in the world that should be criticizing anyone for being out of touch.

“That’s laughable, especially coming from the fabulously wealthy and weirdly aloof Bredesen. What’s he talking about anyway? Obama has pursued a progressive agenda to make FDR proud. He saved the economy from another Great Depression. If anything, he wasn’t bold enough. The stimulus should have been bigger. Health care reform is the Democratic Party’s greatest achievement since the Sixties. It might have helped in the election if Democrats had tried defending these accomplishments. Taking their cues from Bredesen and his ilk, they ran from Obama instead.”

CROWLEY: Great article this morning in the Post. We pulled out something from Governor Phil Bredesen of Tennessee, a Democrat. Here’s what he had to say.

“There doesn’t seem to be anybody in the White House who has got any idea what it’s like to lie awake at night worried about money and worried about things slipping away. They’re all intellectually smart. They’ve got their numbers, but they don’t feel any of it, and I think people sense that.”

So, sort of, a cry for a normal person in the White House?


TUMULTY: Well, I do think that — and again, first of all, we are now in this, you know, first few days after a very traumatic event, and so you know, things always look very, very dire right after a moment like this.

But we did, as we were — as Dan Balz and I were reporting this week, got a very clear sense that Democrats have been shaken both in their faith in Barack Obama’s political gifts and their confidence in the skill of this political team.

CROWLEY: And I’m picking that up, too, and some anger at the president. They feel that, particularly on the House side, that they, kind of, walked out on that limb; it got sawed off by the Senate, and they got no help from this president. And they’re worried he’s going to cave even further.

Candy Crowley, please define “normal.”


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