As the second inauguration neared, Newsweek put out a cover image even though it had stopped printing magazines. Over a picture of Obama, it read: "The Second Coming. America Expects. Can He Deliver?" He laid an egg.
These are two winners in the annual Best of Notable Quotables vote held by the Media Research Center. Forty-two conservative opinion leaders -- I was one -- and journalists picked these winners in the "Let Us Fluff Your Pillow Award for Obsequious Obama Interviews" and the "Obamagasm Award."
The outrages are endless. Some examples:
Newsweek editor Tina Brown wasn't stingy in boasting of the "magnificence" of liberals. She won "The Pantsuit Patrol Award for Boosting Hillary Clinton" for dismissing every concern about the Benghazi fiasco. Forget the embassy security failures, Clinton was "Her Magnificence" as she retired from government service (for now).
"The idea of losing Hillary has seemed especially unbearable at this political moment. It's as if she has become, literally, the ship of state. She stands for maturity, tenacity, and self-discipline at a time when everyone else in Washington seems to be, in more senses than one, going off a cliff -- a parade of bickering, blustering, small-balled hacks bollixing up the nation's business," Brown wrote. "What a disgrace that John Bolton and his goaty Republican ilk accused Her Magnificence of inventing a concussion to get out of testifying at the Benghazi hearings. Bolton is not fit to wipe her floor with his mustache."
The media briefly consented to a few weeks of news coverage of Obama scandals in May, but even with Benghazi, the flagrant politicization of the IRS, the domestic spying of the National Security Agency and the Justice Department cracking down on journalists, pundits put blinders on and pledged to see nothing. The "Move Along, Nothing to See Here Award" was won by Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus and CNN analyst David Gergen, both of whom agreed on NPR's "Diane Rehm Show" that Obama somehow ran "a really relatively scandal-free administration, first term and second term."