Nicolle Wallace vs. Rosie O’Donnell

On The View yesterday, Republican Nicolle Wallace and Rosie O’Donnell were arguing over whether President Obama loves people.  See here to read more about that.

Personally, I think that Rosie O’Donnell was missing Nicolle Wallace’s point.  Nicolle Wallace was not saying that President Obama wants to harm others or is totally uninterested in their well-being.  My impression is that she was simply saying that he’s not much of a people-person: he does not like to schmooze with people on Capitol Hill.  He is rather introverted.  People all across the political spectrum have made this point.  But Rosie was likening Nicolle’s point to the claim some made that George W. Bush neglected New Orleans after Katrina out of a dislike for African-American people.

What puzzled me was that Nicolle Wallace was really making no attempt to clarify what she was saying and to correct Rosie’s misunderstanding.  Why not?  Is it because Nicolle is getting used to The View?  Was this all a design to increase conflict on the show so it will be talked about on the Internet the next day, as has happened?

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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3 Responses to Nicolle Wallace vs. Rosie O’Donnell

  1. I watched it as well and my feeling was that Nicole was badly arguing the point that you made James; that our President doesn’t like to schmooze and I think that Rosie rose to the “bait” and took her words at face value as opposed to perhaps what Nicole was really trying to say. My take about President Obama is that he does love people, you see it when he is out in the real world; he has the magic touch with babies and he is great with dogs. You can’t fake that, I try to imagine myself being forced to schmooze with politicians who obviously don’t respect you or even like you and I get why he would rather spend time with his family and his friends. I think that our President would be more at home with the average person then professional politicians. That is what I would have said to Nicole and I don’t think that she could have found a credible fault in my argument.

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  2. jamesbradfordpate says:

    What’s ironic is that Nicolle the day before said that Obama is good at interacting with voters, whereas Hillary was more talented at political organization. One way to reconcile that may be what you said: he’s good with ordinary people, but not as much with politicians.

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  3. I think that Nicole fell into the trap of giving extra weight to Charles Krauthammer’s diagnosis of President’s Obama narcissist personality disorder which requires the person to not love people, so she forgot what she had said just the day before. I don’t think that President Obama is a narcissist, but what do I know.

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