Dancing Obama: Chris Cuomo's Lame Pro-Hillary Spin of the Day

ABC's Good Morning America didn't sugarcoat the Democratic debate in favor of Hillary Clinton on Wednesday morning. Reporter David Wright sounded a little weak: "At times Clinton gave answers so carefully calibrated, she seemed to contradict herself." Seemed? But news anchor Chris Cuomo did attempt one lame pro-Hillary spin -- that Barack Obama didn't look presidential by dancing on the Ellen DeGeneres talk show. Even George Stephanopoulos wasn't biting on that spin.

Hasn't Cuomo considered that Hillary Clinton's been on the Ellen show at least twice in the last year? She didn't dance, but she came with a goofy fake book called "Running for President for Dummies." Cuomo also ignored Bill Clinton playing saxophone in sunglasses on the Arsenio Hall show in 1992. Here's the exchange:

CUOMO: And certainly, as the polls show, he is in striking range at least of Obama. On the subject of Senator Obama, he's dealing with his own negative perception about being too much about the popularity, too much about the talk show circuit. Let's take a look at him on the Ellen Degeneres show, dancing the other day. Let's take a look at this. This is what they're talking about. Yes, very popular. Yes, people like him. But, George is this the image of a president, what Obama needs to show people?

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, what he does have to do is do a lot better with women voters and that probably didn't hurt him. He's clearly the best dancer in the field. Chris, but beyond that, he also, he also helped himself last night. He had a solid debate last night. He followed through on his promise to be more aggressive against Hillary Clinton. I don't think that this was a complete game changer, by any means, even though I do believe Hillary lost last night.

You should know you look like you're in the Clinton tank when you end up making George Stephanopoulos look tough on Hillary. But even people in the Clinton tank should try to say that some other president or candidate has been too loose and undignified in their personal behavior.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis