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IF ONE WISHES TO BECOME KING in America, there is one thing and one thing only that he must do, and that is to talk to America’s “paper of record,” the New York Times, for an hour or so before inauguration. Otherwise the inauguration is illegitimate and the would-be king little more than a fraud. And while our mutt-king Barack Obama has sat down with the likes of Maureen Dowd and Frank Rich this week, he has not talked to the news side of the liberal newspaper’s operations, which he must do. And now the reporters are getting maaaaaad!

Yesterday, Politico media squire Michael Calderone documented the simmering disdain for Historical Tradition & Prophecy within the Obama camp re: Arthur “Pinch” Sulzberger’s socialist story digest:

Although New York Times columnists David Brooks and Bill Kristol sat down with Barack Obama last night, and columnists Frank Rich and Maureen Dowd this morning, the paper’s White House team still hasn’t had the opportunity to do so since Election Day.

Unlike recent White House occupants—such as George W. Bush and Bill Clinton—Obama has yet to provide The Times with the sort of free-wheeling, pre-Inauguration interview the paper’s come to expect. And there’s little expectation it will happen before Tuesday.

“We would certainly like it to happen,” said Times political editor Dick Stevenson, “but the days are running short at this point.”

Stevenson said that although The Times has put in multiple requests to the Obama team, and “pointed out the historical precedent for this,” they’ve had no luck securing a sit-down.

So the question is… does Obama want Legitimate Rule, or is he content to be sworn in as America’s first Bastard President?

The answer became clearer today when Obama pulled the greatest of timely heresies: he visited the rival Washington Post! And in extremely crude and comical fashion, the pool reporter at the time happened to be a New York Times writer!


After three and a half hours at his transition office, PEOTUS obama took another 6 minute ride through washington, arriving at 157 pm at the nondescript soviet-style building at 15th and L street that houses the washington post.
Around 100 people–Post reporters perhaps?–awaited PEOTUS’s arrival, cheering and bobbing their coffee cups.
Pool is holding in a van outside, while Mr obama does his washington post interview, and will exercise enormous restraint by ending report before saying what really thinks about this turn of events.

Helene Cooper
The New York Times

OOOOOH that Helene Cooper! Meh.

Obama’s Media Tour, Cont’d [TNR/The Plank]
Obama breaks Times tradition [Michael Calderone]

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