Life is good when you’re the celebrity-in-chief. In the week leading up to the election, Obama’s starring role alongside Chris Christie in Hurricane Relief: The Superstorm Sandy Story helped him cruise to a second term. And today the Associated Press, which now has their Hollywood staff covering him full time, reports on some positive trends in Obama’s attempt to recover from his directorial debut, the box office flop Benghazi:
Obama may get chance to end Benghazi PR disaster
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House could finally have its chance to close the books on its Benghazi public relations disaster, as key Republicans signal they might not stand in the way of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to become the next secretary of state.
Phew… Ms. Rice sure lucked out on this one. Republican movie critics were much less forgiving with Jennifer Lopez after Gigli.
Rice is widely seen as President Barack Obama’s top pick to replace Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as the nation’s top diplomat. But Rice’s reputation took a serious hit this fall when she relied on unclassified talking points provided by the intelligence community that portrayed the attack in Benghazi, Libya, as a spontaneous assault by a mob angered by an anti-Muslim video posted on YouTube.
She “relied” on the lines fed to her by the director, just like any actress would. Hardly seems fair for Republicans to hold that against her. No one blames Natalie Portman for the dreadful romantic dialogue in the most recent Star Wars trilogy. Why should there be a different standard set for Susan Rice? Read more…