“Man of the Year” Tries to Disappear
Time’s newly anointed “Man of the Year” spends a news-conference hour asking adversaries to take him out of equations, telling Tea Party members to overlook Obama animosity to make a fiscal cliff deal and NRA members “who are mothers and fathers” to join in avoiding future Newtown massacres.
Time says “We are in the midst of historic cultural and demographic changes, and Obama is both the symbol and in some ways the architect of this new America.” Yet effacing himself seems to be the President’s primary strategy.
Can it work? As Tea Party Republicans face abandoning Boehner’s Plan B and Joe Biden strives for common ground on curbing assault weapons, clearing the air of anti-Obama rhetoric won’t be easy.
The Speaker will have to climb down from his own petard, and the president of the gun death lobby will have to make members forget that only this summer he refused even to talk to the White House. “Why should I or the NRA” he huffed, “go sit down with a group of people that have spent a lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment in the United States?”