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The following tweets are presented in no particular order.
1. Jim Messina (campaign manager, Obama 2012): “An absolute must read”
2. Sarah Palin (former Governor of Alaska, VP candidate): “know what’s truly “dumb”? Giving a cover story to the TrigTruther conspiracy kook writer who thinks I didn’t give birth to my son.”
4. James Taranto (WSJ writer): In fairness to @Newsweek, it spans the spectrum of opinion. An article inside this week’s issue asks: “Why Do Obama’s Critics Smell So Bad?”
5. Frank J. Fleming (Political humor columnist & author): I remember reading Newsweek as a kid, but now I’m a responsible adult and they’re the ones trolling on the internet.
6. Eric Boehlert (Sr. fellow, Media Matters): haha. RWers attacking @Newsweek cuz it loses money. hey Einsteins, Murdoch has LOST nearly $1B publishing @newyorkpost;
7. Blake Hounshell (Managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine): Andrew Sullivan is a better advocate for Obama than Obama is
8. richard bacon (BBC Radio Fivelive presenter): In case you missed the Andrew Sullivan essay I Tweeted yesterday. A rare (and bloody good) level headed piece on Obama:
9. Will Leitch (Contributing Editor for New York Magazine, Deadspin founder): Gonna get (justifiably) yelled at for being too political here, but Sullivan’s “cut Obama some slack” piece is great.
10. Karoli (Karoli! She blogs at Crooks & Liars): Andrew Sullivan really nails the truth of this administration.
11. David Burge (Blogger): If laughter is the best medicine, then Andrew Sullivan is the greatest humanitarian since Albert Schweitzer.
12. Dave Weigel (Slate political reporter and MSNBC contributor): “Future Newsweek cover idea: “Hey, Asshole! Buy this!”“
In case you’ve missed the story, it will live on forever right here: How Obama’s Long Game Will Outsmart His Critics.
Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!
This is a killer journalism quote that’s likely to be overlooked by the comment that came just before it (no pun intended), from Andrew Sullivan’s live chat.
Our cover story has generated lots of, hrm, discussion these past two days so we felt what’s better than getting its author, Andrew Sullivan, in a live chat to answer some questions. That’s live…right now. Come see the Q&A.
Andrew Sullivan is apparently the blogger who dare not speak his name, at least as far as Fox News is concerned. As Sullivan notes, the network blurred his name out of an image of Newsweek's current cover, which features a clever and tendentious essay about how dumb Republicans are. (Fox News disagrees.)
Presenting the first three paragraphs of Andrew Sullivan’s epic takedown of President Barack Obama’s critics, on newsstands & online today.
You hear it everywhere. Democrats are disappointed in the president. Independents have soured even more. Republicans have worked themselves up into an apocalyptic fervor. And, yes, this is not exactly unusual.
A president in the last year of his first term will always get attacked mercilessly by his partisan opponents, and also, often, by the feistier members of his base. And when unemployment is at remarkably high levels, and with the national debt setting records, the criticism will—and should be—even fiercer. But this time, with this president, something different has happened. It’s not that I don’t understand the critiques of Barack Obama from the enraged right and the demoralized left. It’s that I don’t even recognize their description of Obama’s first term in any way. The attacks from both the right and the left on the man and his policies aren’t out of bounds. They’re simply—empirically—wrong.
A caveat: I write this as an unabashed supporter of Obama from early 2007 on. I did so not as a liberal, but as a conservative-minded independent appalled by the Bush administration’s record of war, debt, spending, and torture. I did not expect, or want, a messiah. I have one already, thank you very much. And there have been many times when I have disagreed with decisions Obama has made—to drop the Bowles-Simpson debt commission, to ignore the war crimes of the recent past, and to launch a war in Libya without Congress’s sanction, to cite three. But given the enormity of what he inherited, and given what he explicitly promised, it remains simply a fact that Obama has delivered in a way that the unhinged right and purist left have yet to understand or absorb. Their short-term outbursts have missed Obama’s long game—and why his reelection remains, in my view, as essential for this country’s future as his original election in 2008.
Andrew Sullivan talks about the day he found out he was HIV-positive—meaning, at the time, that he could never become an American citizen.