Feb 5 2010
SCHULTZ: “First of all you walk into the White House, in the West Wing, and there are picture all over, I mean everywhere! Of President Obama! I mean, of his life in the first year as president of the United States. Now I don’t know if that’s the way it is with every president, but it was almost a shrine.”
NEWSBUSTERS Here’s Schultz on his radio show Friday talking about meeting with Obama advisor David Axelrod at the White House the day before, along with fellow liberal radio host Bill Press and several other left-wing media types Schultz did not identify .
“I mean, well, here’s a picture of Obama the president with his kids over here. There he is getting on Air Force One. Here he is with some military people. Here he is on the line working the line at one of his campaign stops. I mean, just, it was just one picture after another! (laughs) And so I got the message right away that there’s nothing but Obama fans in the White House which I think is a good thing. ‘Cause it’s always good to have the team together, right? (laughs)”
I’m not sure which is more bizarre — Schultz not realizing this doesn’t speak well of Obama, or Schultz saying “I got the message right away that there’s nothing but Obama fans in the White House.” This constitutes a “message”? What was he expecting, a tea party protest?
As if those “Obama fans” have much say about photo homages to Dear Leader. Instead of that, how about photographs and illustrations of previous families who’ve lived in the White House? Or portraits of staffers who’ve worked there for decades? Or character studies of men and women in uniform, whose service helps the current occupants of the executive mansion sleep soundly at night. Perhaps even — dare I say it — art?
GLENN BECK “Now, I just got a note from a friend of mine who said, Glenn, I was just in the White House for three hours. Inside, the walls are covered with 11 by 14 framed photos of President Obama in various activities. According to the Secret Service they are taken all of the time and changed weekly. I would estimate there are 300 photos around the White House now east and west wings, and they are changed weekly. Wow! Wow.”
” Whew. That is not the way it is with every president. I can tell you that I have only been in the White House one time in the West Wing. It was with the last president. And what struck me was there is so much art on the walls that you have never seen before. The Spirit of ’76, Washington crossing the Delaware, one of the smaller versions of that is in the West Wing.
Norman Rockwells, a Norman Rockwell I have never seen before. All of this beautiful art. That’s what was on the wall, and it was all about America, its founding. I saw the Gilbert Stuart of George Washington, saw beautiful painting of Abraham Lincoln. It’s amazing what’s on the walls, what was on the walls in the West Wing of the White House. Incredible. The only time I saw pictures, I saw pictures of the president with his family and pictures of his family on his desk. That’s the only time I remember seeing pictures. I think there was one other where they had a portrait of him, you know the kind of thing that they put in school and stuff like that. There was one. It was appropriate. I think it was by the door or something. It was kind of like, this is our current president. But everything else, they were all old pictures of paintings, of presidents and moments in American history. “