Alter Regrets ‘We Didn’t Show Up’ for Obama, Obama as ‘Jesus in the White House’?

Three noteworthy quotes from journalists I tweeted over the holiday weekend:

Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter, author of the ‘The Promise: President Obama, Year One,’ on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night, placing himself with Obama against conservatives:

When Obama said “we are the ones we've been waiting for,” we didn't show up. It was the right-wingers at the town meetings.

Jake Tapper to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, on ABC’s This Week:

Before this crisis occurred, you were perhaps best-known nationally as a critic of big government, as a critic of big spending. And here you are, desperately asking for big government, big spending.

During the roundtable on that Sunday show, Salon's Joan Walsh offered up a weak defense of Obama on the Sestak bribe: “People who supported him didn't expect him to be Jesus in the White House.” Tapper interjected: “Some might have.”

Such as Jonathan Alter?

Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center