To push health care reform, President Obama will appear on five Sunday talk shows (on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, and Univision) and on Letterman Monday; this, after last week’s speech to Congress and his 60 Minutes and CNBC appearances. And, as they did in March and in May and in July, the media are in fretting that, lord love a duck, Barack Obama is "overexposed." If he keeps this up, he’s going to block our view of all the tea-party folk screaming "You lie!" in their "I’m With Joe Wilson" T-shirts.
"We’ve never had a president with this all-consuming need to be on television 24/7," raged Rush Limbaugh. "This is like Castro!" A Kansas City Star writer was more concerned about Obama’s hold on the nation’s bubblegum grannies, asking, "Will Barack Obama be the next Ricky Martin?"
Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski concurred. "I’m worrying he’s making a mistake," she said, while her guest, The New York Times‘s Mark Leibovich, proffered that maybe Obama is "showing off" and, citing the Univision appearance, asked, "How do you say ‘overexposure’ in Spanish?"
Later in the same show, the refreshing Gail Collins zeroed in on her colleagues’ own overexposure. Sure, the Times columnist said, Obama seems ubiquitous to us in the media because "we watch every one" of his appearances, but "the average American" might catch only one out of those half dozen upcoming shows, and then maybe only a few clips.