While doing my cardio yesterday afternoon, it seemed that every time I looked up at CNN on the TV monitor, a host was talking about the President’s first One Hundred Days in office or the network was promoting another program to mark the event.Â First, it was Don Lemon, then Wolf Blitzer, even with ads for some report card. Given that it’s CNN, don’t expect the grading to be too tough.
But, just want to note a couple of things. Don Lemon seemed remarkably even-handed, a nice balance to Armstrong Cooper and Rick Sanchez. Why not have Lemon take Cooper’s weekday spot? CNN’s political reporter Ed Henry as well as a left-wing columnist and former Bush aide joined him. His questions were fair and he didn’t bait the Republican, letting him speak uninterrupted, a courtesy he also extended to the columnist.
He asked each to grade the President on his first one hundred days, but expressly refused to extend that courtesy to Henry. It seemed that reporter was chomping at the bit to offer the President favorable marks, but Lemon had a better understanding of journalism than did his colleague.
All that said, watching CNN hype Obama’s first one hundred days, I was wondering if they similarly hyped the same time frame for his predecessor eight years ago.