Surprise: Crowd cheers for Obama at Washington Post building; Flashback: WaPo reporter noted cheering in 2005

posted at 3:39 pm on January 15, 2009 by Allahpundit

From today’s pool report. Sounds like a dinner party at George Will’s house.

After three and a half hours at his transition office, PEOTUS obama took another 6 minute ride through washington, arriving at 157 pm at the nondescript soviet-style building at 15th and L street that houses the washington post.

Around 100 people–Post reporters perhaps?–awaited PEOTUS’s arrival, cheering and bobbing their coffee cups.

Pool is holding in a van outside, while Mr obama does his washington post interview, and will exercise enormous restraint by ending report before saying what really thinks about this turn of events.

At first I thought she was describing people in the neighborhood who’d gotten wind that he was coming and assembled outside the building to clap him on in. But note that last bit; sounds like the reporter — who works for the Times, do note — thinks the crowd is connected to the Post. Was the crowd actually inside the lobby, or is she just throwing a stink bomb at a competitor?

Verdict: Plausible. Exit question: Since when do reporters cheer or boo for politicians?

Update: Like I say, plausible.

“Too often, we wear liberalism on our sleeve and are intolerant of other lifestyles and opinions,” an editor working for the Washington Post’s Sunday “Book World” section charged in a contribution to a daily internal critique of the newspaper quoted by Howard Kurtz on Monday. Marie Arana disclosed that “if you work here, you must be one of us. You must be liberal, progressive, a Democrat. I’ve been in communal gatherings in The Post, watching election returns, and have been flabbergasted to see my colleagues cheer unabashedly for the Democrats.”


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But they don’t let it interfere with their reporting.

artist on January 15, 2009 at 3:42 PM

We will all be cheering when they lose their jobs. Those who laugh last laugh best.

Mark1971 on January 15, 2009 at 3:43 PM

Who is this Barack Obama?

NoDonkey on January 15, 2009 at 3:44 PM

In related news, the United States Geological Survey detected a minor tremor in the District of Columbia, which it says was sparked by simultaneous thrills going up the legs of the newsroom employees.

amerpundit on January 15, 2009 at 3:45 PM

We will all be cheering when they lose their jobs. Those who laugh last laugh best.

Mark1971 on January 15, 2009 at 3:43 PM

If they promise Obama to work hard , there’s TARP for everyone.

the_nile on January 15, 2009 at 3:45 PM

But they don’t let it interfere with their reporting.

artist on January 15, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Nope, it actually helps. Unless you see The Messiah every once and a while, you forget why it is you Believe in Him.

jimmy the notable on January 15, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Excuse me? They were cheering and bobbing coffee cups. That is entirely disrespectful to Dear Leader. They should be prostrate upon the ground, not even daring to gaze upon the face of The One.

Take them all out and have them shot.

rbj on January 15, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Professionals.

BadgerHawk on January 15, 2009 at 3:47 PM

I bet they all have commemorative obama plates on their desk, and look at it, wondering if He approves of their work.

lorien1973 on January 15, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Or…

Probably just admiring his balls.

lorien1973 on January 15, 2009 at 3:47 PM

When you’re tanking hard, touching the hem of his coat-tails can’t hurt.

Christien on January 15, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Exit question: Since when do reporters cheer or boo for politicians?

Since Gutenberg invented the printing press.

fogw on January 15, 2009 at 3:50 PM

We will all be cheering when they lose their jobs. Those who laugh last laugh best.

Mark1971 on January 15, 2009 at 3:43 PM

Amen

Vashta.Nerada on January 15, 2009 at 3:52 PM

No amount of groveling will save your jobs. You propelled Obama into office.
Your services are no longer required, now throw yourselves under the bus.

izoneguy on January 15, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Verdict: Plausible. Exit question: Since when do reporters cheer or boo for politicians?

You mean out loud/in public?

RightWinged on January 15, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Exit question: Since when do reporters cheer or boo for politicians?

Evidently, they now spread rose petals in advance of Obama.

BuckeyeSam on January 15, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Exit question: Since when do reporters cheer or boo for politicians?

I think the question should be “cheer or boo for politicians openly?”

The answer is around the same time they developed a fetish for inexorably linking George W. Bush with Richard Nixon.

NeoconNews.com on January 15, 2009 at 3:56 PM

I was listening to Rush earlier today………..

………. he said that sooner or later, the true Obama is going to blow up in the faces of those who voted for him (paraphrase).

I hope it is ………………………… sooner.

Seven Percent Solution on January 15, 2009 at 4:02 PM

I seem to recall Fox News firing a young lady (reporter) for simply making an encouraging comment to McCain during the election.

Maxx on January 15, 2009 at 4:02 PM

cheering and bobbing their coffee cups.

Am I reading this right? When did bobbing Coffee Cups become a greeting?

upinak on January 15, 2009 at 4:03 PM

When did bobbing Coffee Cups become a greeting?

upinak on January 15, 2009 at 4:03 PM

It was as phallic a device as they were allowed to have?

lorien1973 on January 15, 2009 at 4:04 PM

The L.A. Times in 2000.

The Tennesseean in 1994.

I would bet MRC has quite the list of cheerleading/ booing newsrooms.

Karl on January 15, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Totally unprofessional and unsurprising.

Considering the recent events that Prez-elect Obama may be caught up in, probably best the WaPo folks remember the days of Woodward & Bernstein and conduct themselves accordingly & professionally.

HotAirJosef on January 15, 2009 at 4:06 PM

We will all be cheering when they lose their jobs. Those who laugh last laugh best.
Mark1971 on January 15, 2009 at 3:43 PM

No fainting or becoming spontaneously pregnant with Obarfa’s holy offspring?

The man is losing his touch.

Bishop on January 15, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Am I reading this right? When did bobbing Coffee Cups become a greeting?
upinak on January 15, 2009 at 4:03 PM

It was black coffee.

Mmmm hmmm, scary when you really think about it.

Bishop on January 15, 2009 at 4:08 PM

When did bobbing Coffee Cups become a greeting?

Is that what the kids call it today?

Whatever you call it, I hope Great Leader enjoyed it and I hope the reporters wiped their chins off afterward.

NoDonkey on January 15, 2009 at 4:09 PM

I don’t really care if the reporters cheer or boo a politician.

Or, rather, I wouldn’t care if they were professional enough to keep their opinions from influencing performing their jobs competently.

malclave on January 15, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Or, rather, I wouldn’t care if they were professional enough to keep their opinions from influencing performing their jobs competently.

That went out the window years ago when it came to the Washington Post.

The Post has been Pravda on the Potomac since Kennedy was a pup.

NoDonkey on January 15, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Was Peter Paker taking photographs?

USMCDevilDog on January 15, 2009 at 4:12 PM

“bobbing Coffee Cups.”

Media thing? New one for me, too.

cs89 on January 15, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Here we go:

“Too often, we wear liberalism on our sleeve and are intolerant of other lifestyles and opinions,” an editor working for the Washington Post’s Sunday “Book World” section charged in a contribution to a daily internal critique of the newspaper quoted by Howard Kurtz on Monday. Marie Arana disclosed that “if you work here, you must be one of us. You must be liberal, progressive, a Democrat. I’ve been in communal gatherings in The Post, watching election returns, and have been flabbergasted to see my colleagues cheer unabashedly for the Democrats.”

Karl on January 15, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Man on the street here. I can give you the 411 on this, as I work on this very block – in a building about 100 feet from the Post building.

There was a small crowd there, and it was populated mostly by people from the Post and surrounding offices. We’re in the business section of D.C., after all, plenty of offices here.

People at the Post are rabidly pro-Obama, but that shouldn’t surprise….oh, anyone. Others were there purely for the chance to gawk at the soon-to-be leader of the free world.

As for the bobbing coffee cups, that one’s simple – it’s 20 degree weather here in D.C., and it’s going to be even colder tomorrow. If Al Gore’s global warming is to be found, it certainly isn’t anywhere near D.C. at the moment.

Vyce on January 15, 2009 at 4:13 PM

So, in the same day the MSM asks, “Who are we going to hate now?” with reference to Bush, and gives a standing ovation to The One.

What liberal media bias?

Blacksheep on January 15, 2009 at 4:15 PM

If Al Gore’s global warming is to be found, it certainly isn’t anywhere near D.C. at the moment.

On the bright side, I’ve noticed that Stinktown is less odiferous than usual.

Gee, I hope there’s better weather for the inauguration.

Warm temperatures with a chance of a locust plague.

NoDonkey on January 15, 2009 at 4:16 PM

I was reading about this Joe the Plumber guy in the WashPost and they said he was biased.

faraway on January 15, 2009 at 4:18 PM

Exit question: Since when do reporters cheer or boo for politicians?

Since the year 2000 when President George W Bush took his oath of office.

Dreadnought223 on January 15, 2009 at 4:22 PM

They should have unbuckled His sandals and washed His feet.

AlanC on January 15, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Was there a big “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” banner draped over the Post building, a la Bush on the Abraham Lincoln c. 2003 ?

ExUrbanKevin on January 15, 2009 at 4:24 PM

Don’t worry, I’m sure it was very objective applause.

It's Vintage, Duh on January 15, 2009 at 4:24 PM

Was there a big “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” banner draped over the Post building, a la Bush on the Abraham Lincoln c. 2003 ?

Should have been, Great Leader has already been our bestest President ever I think and history has already judged him such.

NoDonkey on January 15, 2009 at 4:26 PM

We’ve known for quite some time the the Washington (com)Post was a left wing propaganda rag . . . this is simply another confirmation. Unfortunately, some poor people think they still publish news.

rplat on January 15, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Around 100 people–Post reporters perhaps?–awaited PEOTUS’s arrival, cheering and bobbing their coffee cups.

This :headline” belongs with the “Dog bites mailman” headline…

right2bright on January 15, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Puke.

HornetSting on January 15, 2009 at 4:41 PM

What’s the sound of one hand clapping and the other one stroking?

The sound of the Washington Post going down the tubes.

NoDonkey on January 15, 2009 at 4:48 PM

I heard rumors that when THE ONE finished his acceptance speech at the DNC, the reports in the skybox stood and burst into applause and cheers. I want YouTube of this sooo bad.

kurtzz3 on January 15, 2009 at 4:54 PM

“reports” = “reporters”

kurtzz3 on January 15, 2009 at 4:55 PM

nondescript soviet-style building at 15th and L street that houses the washington post

Pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?

PappaMac on January 15, 2009 at 4:55 PM

This callous disregard for even a semblance of objectivity, coupled with the prospect of McCain as the once and future media-annointed representative of “compassionate” conservatism, is causing me to rapidly lose my sense of humor about the recent election.

I am beginning to feel a white-hot anger at how the media can have so much unaccountable power that they present the voters with candidates essentially of their own choosing, and then manage the public perception of the candidates to ensure the election of their favorite.

I don’t think control of information (i.e. control of the “truth”) is the role the founding fathers had in mind for the press, but they have parlayed their mention in the Constitution into becoming a 4th branch of government that is privileged to operate without checks and balances.

drunyan8315 on January 15, 2009 at 4:55 PM

BUT REMEMBER!!!!!

There is absolutely no bias whatsoever in the MSM. They ran an internal investigation and found noe.

jukin on January 15, 2009 at 4:56 PM

exurbankevin,
funny, very funny

rob verdi on January 15, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Bobbing coffee sups is the latest rage to assure that latte flavorings are well swirled.

If it stays frigid in DC for the inauguration, will the term mind-numbed robots have even more credibility?

onlineanalyst on January 15, 2009 at 5:10 PM

Scum.

Tehhh liberal bias is tehhh fake!

therightwinger on January 15, 2009 at 5:14 PM

cheering and bobbing their coffee cups

That’s nothing!
President Bush has thousands of Military, Americans, immigrants and Iraqis cheering and waving American flags!
Barry can keep his bobbing media.

christene on January 15, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Kneeling and bobbing before dear leader.
: – O

thomasaur on January 15, 2009 at 5:28 PM

……Get off your freaking knee you liberal pricks!

try again later on January 15, 2009 at 5:30 PM

And don’t forget their Soviet style reporting to go with Soviet style building.

Done That on January 15, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Where’s our HA resident media apologist to explain to us naive peasants how this is acceptable behavior?

Y-not on January 15, 2009 at 5:44 PM

Come on now folks, there is NO liberal bias in the media. You just have to take into account their referrence on reporting. There are normal, reasoned people and then there are right-wing crazies.

See, no bias

Child In Time on January 15, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Well put, drunyan. I agree totally.

Alana on January 15, 2009 at 6:14 PM

I expect this from the WaPo and don’t really care. But when George Will sits down and pals around with him…well then it’s over.

angryed on January 15, 2009 at 6:31 PM

…we wear liberalism on our sleeve and are intolerant of other lifestyles and opinions,”

Liberals are an intolerant and hateful people… but their great at marketing. They can get away with anything.

Ampersand on January 15, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Around 100 people–Post reporters perhaps?–awaited PEOTUS’s arrival, cheering and bobbing their coffee cups.

In other news, experts were astounded when after eight hours of night, the sky transformed itself into the color blue and the sun rose in the east.

Sorry AP, but the idea that the MSM are in the tank for The One hardly qualifies as news. Now if a Washington Post reporter confessed his admiration for Sarah Palin — THAT would be NEWS.

Cicero43 on January 15, 2009 at 6:59 PM

We’ve now got proof (sorta) which backs up my first question.

http://www.exurbanleague.com

ExUrbanKevin on January 15, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Did he take his shirt off?

d1carter on January 15, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Did he take his shirt off?

d1carter on January 15, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Think lower.

Y-not on January 15, 2009 at 7:39 PM

MSM get’s it wrong again. It wasn’t cheering. I was wailing in agony, the MSM just spun the story….

Hog Wild on January 15, 2009 at 8:53 PM

I understand the transition team has sent a note to The Vatican giving Pope Gregory 30 days notice to vacate the premises.

johnsteele on January 15, 2009 at 9:06 PM

I understand the transition team has sent a note to The Vatican giving Pope Gregory 30 days notice to vacate the premises.

johnsteele on January 15, 2009 at 9:06 PM

That’s going to confuse the hell out of Pope Benedict.

Cicero43 on January 15, 2009 at 11:48 PM