It’s no secret that President Barack Obama has some loyal friends in the mainstream media. However, it seemed the heavy praise for the commander in chief was inescapable during Monday’s inaugural festivities.

Let’s just start at the beginning.

During a discussion about the president’s inauguration, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wondered aloud why Obama, as brilliant as he is, hasn’t been able to get Washington to “work better” with his “super-brain” and “amazing insights.” She really did say that.

Dowd concluded that it must be because he relies more on his heart and what’s right rather than his superior intellect.

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MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell fawned over Obama’s inaugural speech, saying it was “in the mood of Martin Luther King Jr. and the day that we’re celebrating and of that legacy.”

“I thought that the tone of this speech, aside from the policy prescriptions, was much more eloquent than I expected, frankly,” she added.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was practically giddy due to the fact that he was near President Obama as he was walking down Pennsylvania during the inaugural parade.

“You know, I feel like I should pinch myself right now, Wolf (Blitzer). I can’t believe I have this vantage point of history in the making.”

CNN host Wolf Blitzer himself later got caught up in the excitement and attempted to get noticed by Obama by standing up and waving at him like a fan. He later said he and his co-anchor were just “spectators” and “tourists” at the event.

NBC’s Brian Williams went on about First Lady Michelle Obama and claimed that she was “easily” the most fascinating first lady since Jackie Kennedy.

“We can say without hesitation there has not been this much fascination with a first lady easily since Jackie Kennedy,” he said.

Additionally, CNN’s Piers Morgan tweeted: “Obama sounding more and more like Martin Luther King as this speech goes on – powerful, rousing rhetoric.” He later called Obama “articulate, engaging, intelligent and a great figurehead for America.”

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews went as far as to compare Obama’s second inaugural address to Abraham Lincoln’s historic Gettysburg Address.

“It reminds me of another second inaugural, Lincoln’s. So much of Lincoln in that speech, from the Gettysburg Address to the second inaugural itself,” Matthews said.

And of course, as TheBlaze previously reported today, NBC’s Al Roker went nuts trying to get the attention of the president and Vice President Joe Biden during the parade. He screamed their names and flailed his arms around, until both acknowledged him.

What do you think? Was Obama’s speech that good, or were those in the media a little over the top in their praise for the president on Inauguration Day?

 

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