A sense of liberation and relief…for me, at least

| January 23, 2009

Earlier today, I watched live TV coverage of the second White House press briefing by new White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs (the first was yesterday). To their credit, the White House press corps were not at all easy on Gibbs, perhaps due to some growing frustrations with President Obama and his interactions (or lack thereof) with the press.

Anyway, as I said, I half-listened to the press briefing while working on my laptop. And then at one point, after another set of pressing questions, I turned, looked at the TV, and smiled. The shoe is now firmly on the other foot. After eight years, these press briefings and conferences are no longer about Bush, his Administration and his policies; they are about Obama, his administration, and his policies. And in spite of the mainstream media being pretty much in the tank for Obama for the past year, the Washington press corps seems to be warming up to the idea of showing some skepticism towards the new Administration.

More importantly, I no longer feel any need to defend or excuse the current Administration. I had strong disagreements with Pres. Bush (six years without a veto? wholesale expansion of Federal spending? Scott McClellan as press secretary? Harriett Miers for the Supreme Court?), but I generally agreed with his overall approach to national security, which was my highest priority. Barack Obama is my President, but I feel no need to defend, explain, or excuse his Administration.

Should be a fun four years.

UPDATE [01/24/09]: Courtesy of 23/6 comes this graphic illustrating why the White House press corps is less than happy so far with President Obama:

..bruce w..

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Category: Journalism, Main, Media, Obama Administration, US Politics

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at bwebster@bfwa.com, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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