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Keep Your Stinking Stimulus?

"It was meant to mock an ineptly written federal stimulus bill. Period. But it has been taken as something else - as a depiction of President Obama, as a thinly veiled expression of racism.

"This most certainly was not its intent; to those who were offended by the image, we apologize. However, there are some in the media and in public life who have had differences with The Post in the past - and they see the incident as an opportunity for payback. To them, no apology is due."

Huh? If you disagree with the Murdoch tabloid, no apology for you?

Former Bush adviser Mark McKinnon says Obama is being too negative:

"OK, Mr. President, enough with the doomsday talk already. We get it. Things suck. And they're going to get worse before they get better.

"And we get how it important it was for you to level-set expectations out of the gate, as they were stratospherically out of whack.

"We are all in economic rehab now, clear eyed and sober. If we're not out of work, we know friends and family who are. And those of us lucky enough to have jobs are being showered with resumes. Really good ones.

"You were elected because you are a walking, talking hope machine. Plug that sucker back in and crank it up to ten. So now we want to know that there is light at the end of this bleak, black tunnel."

Of course, if Obama is too much of a cheerleader, he risks being seen as out of touch with people's economic hardships.

At the Chicago Tribune, John Kass wonders whether the press is being too hard on Roland Burris:

"When it comes to covering corruption, is there a media double standard, one for weak black politicians and another for powerful white guys?

"African-Americans like the hapless Sen. Tombstone, or Cook County Board President Todd Stroger, the Urkel of local politics, deserve the thwackings they get. When Burris or Stroger give a foolish non-answer, that or even a no-comment becomes news, evidence of their nefariousness. Not so with the much pinker bosses, like Mayor Richard Daley or Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Lisa's Daddy), two bullies who believe in democracy as long as they can play king."

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