Texas Insider Report: Washington, D.C. – “I think there are a lot of Republicans at this point, that feel that given how much energy has been devoted in some of the media that’s preferred by Republican constituencies, to demonize me. It doesn’t look real good socializing with me,” Obama said in a press conference Monday. The preferred media was presumably talk radio and Fox News.
After the press conference, Rush Limbaugh said of Obama on his radio show,
“What he does is position his political opponents as the enemy. Everything he did in the debt limit Q&A in his press conference, and even in the setup, was about the enemy. The Republicans are the enemy. He’s not proposing solutions to anything. He’s not interested in solutions.”
In addition to Limbaugh, former Justice Department chief of staff and current nationally syndicated talk radio host Mark Levin called Obama an imperial president for seeking to bypass Congress.
“This guy makes Richard Nixon look like a man who followed the law all the time,” said Levin during an interview on Fox News. “I think we have an imperial president, he sounds imperial, he’s arrogant as hell and I’m furious about this and I’m going to tell you why.”
“What is going in is very understandable” says Fred Lucas, White House correspondent and author of The Right Frequency: The Story of the Talk Radio Giants Who Shook Up the Political and Media Establishment, “It is natural for the President to point his finger at talk radio, his political approach is obviously confrontational and the talkers and talk radio hosts and listeners are perfect opponents, they love confrontation too.”
Lucas has the unique distinction of observing activities at the White House and understanding the undercurrents of talk radio.
His book The Right Frequency in book stores nationally, bears that out and offers an often overlooked insight into an understanding of the dynamics of Washington politics.