RUSH: Now, Jonathan Martin. Jonathan Martin used to be Politico, now at the New York Times. He was on CNN this morning, Inside Politics, the name of the show. And he was talking about the immigration crisis at the southwest border. John King said, “What’s the harm, Jonathan? Come on, what’s the harm in the president going to the border? They think it’s a trap. What is it?”
MARTIN: This president is contemptuous of the rituals of politics in so many cases. He can’t stand the fact you have to play a certain role but the fact is, John, as you know the presidency is about symbolism in a lot of ways, and presidents, when there is a crisis of some kind, are expected to be seen there. Is it more of a surface thing, is it a photo-op as the president says? Of course that’s part of the ritual, but nevertheless that’s what presidents often do.
RUSH: Yeah, but you see, this president is contemptuous of the rituals of politics in so many cases. He can’t stand photo-ops. He hates having to do photo-ops. He can’t stand having to do these rituals. He has perfected them to an art! He’s one of the best at the rituals. He lives and dies by photo-ops. This is just incomprehensible. These sound bites, these people that are defending Obama for not going to the border — and, by the way, there’s some cracks in the media armor on this.
Some in the media are getting very, very worried that Obama’s blowing this symbolism stuff. They think he ought to get down there ’cause they live and die on photo-ops, too, they think they’re the most important thing in the world.