I've been getting a lot of flak lately for my visit to the Oval Office last month to spend some time with President Bush. Five of us radio hosts were invited there for an "off-the-record" conversation with the Commander-in-Chief (well, six were actually invited, but Rush declined).
It was obviously an incredible opportunity for five of us radio blowhards to ask the President some tough questions, have him describe a lot of what goes into his decision-making process, and learn a thing or two about things like the war, taxes, terrorism, and even how he copes with the pressure of that fishbowl of a life.
My close friend Sean Hannity, who sat across from me on the other Oval Office couch, was so right when afterwards he said that if every American could have that experience we did, President Bush would have about an 80% approval rating.
And yet when the New York Times called the other day to ask about the meeting, I knew the ensuing article would stir up the proverbial hornet's nest. Sure enough, after the article about the visit ran in the Times, complete with a White House photo of the five of us in the Oval Office meeting, some of the rabid lefties went bonkers. Keith Obermann on MSNBC referred to us hosts as the "legion of doom"; a radio host from the bankrupt Air America network actually compared us to prostitutes (something to do with the Jeff Gannon scandal).
And yet none of the critics seem to mind when President Bush sits down with former Clinton right-hand man George Stephanopolous on ABC and admits that it's understandable to be able to compare Iraq to Vietnam.
Every time I see Stephanopolous on TV, I cringe. Some objective "journalist", eh? At least those of us who are paid to express opinions on radio or TV wear our biases on our sleeves -- Georgie boy pretends to be objective.
So when the President gives ammo to the left by agreeing that Iraq feels like the Vietnam Tet offensive, where are the cries of Bush wasting his time on a meaningless interview? Why don't liberals seem to mind if the President visits with loyal Democrats on-air?
Boy, I don't know what's going to happen on November 7th. But I sure can't wait for November 8th.