Area Reporter Pretty Sure That Gifs of Biden Facial Expressions Will Be More Popular Than Any Reported SOTU Piece
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) January 20, 2015
Alex Pareene starting his new Gawker gig:
Six years into the Obama presidency, I thought we’d finally run out of hotshot administration bros the political press could glowingly profile in exchange for future access to meaningless scooplets. I was wrong.
Yesterday, The New York Times introduced us to Cody “Hemingway” Keenan. The president has given him the nickname “Hemingway,” not because he is an overrated drunk— though he may indeed be that—but because he writes and has a beard. Unlike Hemingway, who wrote novels and stories that people still revere decades after his death, Keenan writes speeches that the president delivers and that everyone promptly forgets, because modern political speeches are disposable garbage. Judging by this profile, though, no one seems to have explained that distinction to Keenan, his friends, or Times reporter Michael Schmidt…
Modern political speechwriting is not a high-minded pursuit for brilliant talents. Aaron Sorkin should be shot into space for perpetuating this bullshit fantasy that still enamors hacks like Cody Keenan. Writing a 6,000-word presidential speech is a process that bears only a mechanical resemblance to writing 6,000 words meant to be read and appreciated by normal humans. Some political speechwriters may also happen to be good writers, but they would have to achieve success in a field other than political speechwriting to prove it…
Before any knickers get knotted, Pareene says “Barack Obama is himself actually a decent writer… he is a good orator who has delivered some memorable speeches”. This is not about insulting President Obama; it’s about mocking the political reporters fixated on the “ceremony” instead of the President’s proposals.
Apart from which, what’s on the agenda for the evening?