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From People magazine's 'Barack's Beauties' section to a fluff question from a New York Times reporter, the media's gone soft.

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From People magazine’s ‘Barack’s Beauties’ section to a fluff question from a New York Times reporter, the media’s gone soft.

I thought it couldn’t get worse the other day when I saw that People magazine had devoted a special section of its annual "Most Beautiful People" issue to "Barack’s Beauties."  There was the First Lady, Michelle, looking glam and perfectly at home among other "most beautiful" folks like George Clooney, Halle Berry, and the Jonas Brothers.
 
Then I noticed a few other, more curious inclusions. There, in all of his Chippendales gorgeousness, was Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. And next to him, a man so breathtakingly handsome that Brad Pitt (also on the list) opts not to be in his presence: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
 
Oh yeah.  They’re so hot, I must have them.  Now.
 
I can’t believe they left top presidential adviser David Axelrod off the list.  Must have been an oversight. The employees over at People must be cowering under their desks this morning over that one.  Heads are gonna roll.
 
I had barely recovered from that particular piece of media puffery when I heard President Obama call on a reporter from The New York Times during his primetime press conference the other night.
 
Jeff Zeleny stood, took the microphone, and, heart pounding in his chest and sweat beading up in his palms, dreamily asked his bromantic interest what his sign was.
 
What, he wanted to know from the leader of the free world facing multiple crises, has "enchanted" you about the office?
 
He also wanted to know what the president was doing later.
 
I desperately searched my memory for how Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush had answered the "what do you find enchanting about the presidency" question, but for some reason, I came up dry.
 
As the lamestream media continues to swoon Scarlett O’Hara-like over this president, we now know two things for sure: they’re really cheap dates.  Easy too.

Yo, Zeleny: you should have gotten dinner and a movie first.

Written By

Monica Crowley, Ph.D., is a nationally syndicated radio host and television commentator. She has also written for The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun and The New York Post. www.monicamemo.com.  Follow her on Twitter: @MonicaCrowley.

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