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Pro-con: Is President Obama on TV too much?

By a large margin, Barack Obama is the most overexposed president in our nation's history. It is impossible to get away from his image and voice. A study by Towson University professor Martha Joynt Kumar showed that Obama had done 114 media interviews after his first seven months in office, about three times more than George W. Bush and Bill Clinton at the same point in their tenures. It seems that the president believes that the more he appears on television and says the same thing, the more support he will generate for his health care plan. Unfortunately for Obama, just the opposite is occurring. People are not swayed by Obama. The president should forgo governing and pursue his real dream, starring on his own television channel, the Obama Channel, all Barack, all the time. — Jeff Crouere,

Because he is the object of unceasing criticism, Barack Obama is also the object of unceasing attention. Day after day and night after night, his is the face we see and the voice we hear. Like Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, he bestrides the political landscape like a colossus. And his opponents? Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, Fox News host Glenn Beck, and GOP lawmakers John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Jim DeMint and Joe Wilson. As these pygmies shoot their little arrows, Obama stands there shaking them off and accepting apologies. He takes shot after shot, and not only is he still standing, he's still smiling. If health care reform is achieved, Obama will get the credit. If it is not, the blame will be distributed among all those whose exertions he encouraged by appearing to do nothing. And when it is all over, it will still be all Obama, all of the time. — Stanley Fish,