Then there was reporter Yunji de Nies on ABC, who was so enthralled by White House spin that she passed along the "dream team" mantra and everything else the Obamas wanted to float. Her most servile claim? That Michelle would be talking about her own personal story of growing up in Chicago: "We're told there won't be a dry eye in the house by the time she's done."
Ouch. See what I mean by embarrassment? These "experts" are going to need blowtorches to remove the egg from their faces. And that's what has the conservative camp howling in laughter.
And it's why the Left is enraged in turn. As far as they're concerned, opposing Obama is unpatriotic. Laughing at him -- well, that must be treasonous. Yes, these are the sentiments from the same crowd that spent eight years hurling invectives at and falsehoods about George Bush.
But don't take my word for it. Consider the sentiments of MSNBC's Ed Schultz, who blamed Republican negativity for Chicago's defeat, and then truly lost control of his mental faculties: "They only support America when it's good for their political agenda. What the Republicans did, I think, rivals Jane Fonda sitting on a gun in North Vietnam."
An American actress sitting with an anti-aircraft gun that shoots down American pilots is now comparable to laughing at the failure of Obama's vaunted oratorical gifts.
When Chicago lost, these same "news" networks proclaimed unanimously that the American bid lost "despite" or "in spite of" the "high-powered, star-studded" speeches. None of them could imagine the notion that the Obama speeches may have actually soured people on Chicago, or even left the vote unmoved. The Obama charisma is like a dogma of the Democratic faith that cannot be doubted.
At the end of CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday, anchor Bob Schieffer sneered at conservatives that "the world did not end Friday. ... When I drove in this morning, the Washington Monument was still standing." Schieffer did not grasp that this was the conservative argument: The whole trip was, in historical terms, frivolous, and self-indulgent to boot.
In the fiasco's aftermath, NPR's Juan Williams explained that the Obamas felt a Chicago Olympics would be a great "bookend" for their second term, and that their racial appeal would lead the African nations to vote for America. Assuming Obama's going to sail to a second term could be just as wrong as assuming the Chicago Olympics bid was in the bag.