The "mainstream" media never seemed too worried about President George W. Bush and how he was holding up under "partisan attacks." It seemed to just be accepted that it came with the territory.
But CBS Early Show co-host Maggie Rodriguez seems awfully concerned about President Obama's tender ego, asking First Lady Michelle Obama, "Your husband is the target of so many of these partisan attacks ... He must get frustrated ... ."
Rodriguez even pulled the Obama children into it, wondering plaintively, "Do they not hear the attacks?"
For one thing, they've got a word for what Rodriguez is wringing her worried little hands about. It's called "politics."
The Obamas knew what they were getting into -- and what they got into is nowhere near as poisonous a climate as what George W. Bush endured -- when protesters hounded him on vacation, the Senate majority leader pronounced the war in Iraq "lost" and CBS News, led by Dan Rather, used forged documents to try to prevent his re-election.
Meanwhile, Obama has had the majority of the news media on his side for most of the past year; that's objectively provable, and has been admitted even by liberals in the media.
As for Rodriguez's alleged "partisan attacks," we'd simply ask: What partisan attacks?
Anyone who hasn't been in a coma the past year realizes that Republicans went easy on Mr. Obama for most of his first year in office for one very good reason: They had to! Here was the nation's first black president, and a guy with approval ratings of nearly 70 percent; Republicans knew better than to attack him.
Since then, his unyielding far-left policies have caused him to freefall in the public's eyes -- to less than 45 percent approval. That's not a partisan attack; that's the public as a whole. So when Republicans criticize his policies, they've got the weight of public opinion behind them.
If Ms. Rodriguez is staying up nights wondering if Mr. Obama's children are hurt by opposition to his policies, rest assured they, like most children, aren't buffeted by political winds.
Nor have any of the attacks been personal. Mr. Obama is still personally liked, even by his critics.
So, we don't know where all these "partisan attacks" are that Rodriguez is so distraught about. But as to her second question -- how Mr. Obama is dealing with all these "attacks" -- we seem to recall the White House essentially declaring war on critics last year, particularly Fox News. The White House retreated only when it became clear it was losing that battle.
During the 2008 campaign, the Obama camp even exhorted supporters to call and harass WGN radio in Chicago to silence a writer with damaging information on Obama's relationship with terrorist William Ayers. Prosecutors and sheriffs in Missouri were asked to criminalize any "inaccurate" information broadcast about Obama. Three newspapers whose editorial pages endorsed John McCain were kicked off the Obama campaign bus. As president, he'll meet with any dictator, but won't sit down with conservative broadcasters -- and warns others not to tune them in. Late last year, many feared a new Nixon-style "enemies list" in the Obama administration.
Just in case you were really wanting an answer, Maggie, to how Mr. Obama deals with dissent.