David Brooks caught swamp fever a long time ago — and I’ve been chronicling it for the past five years. But his symptoms have grown most acute in the Age of Obama. Last fall, his ejaculations about Obama’s “achievatrons” inspired the nausea-inducing introduction to Culture of Corruption.
Get out another airsickness bag.
The New Republic has a lurid, inside look at the “the story behind the Obama-Brooks bromance.” If it’s turned into a movie, it’ll need an “NC-17” rating for obscene content.
Watch Brooks get titillated by the sight of Obama’s pants:
That first encounter is still vivid in Brooks’s mind. “I remember distinctly an image of–we were sitting on his couches, and I was looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant,” Brooks says, “and I’m thinking, a) he’s going to be president and b) he’ll be a very good president.” In the fall of 2006, two days after Obama’s The Audacity of Hope hit bookstores, Brooks published a glowing Times column. The headline was “Run, Barack, Run.”
Watch Brooks get intoxicated by Obama’s physical and intellectual presence:
He recognizes something similar in the current president. “Obama sees himself as a Burkean,” Brooks says. “He sees his view of the world as a view that understands complexity and the organic nature of change.” Moreover, after the Bush years, Brooks seems relieved to have an intellectual in the White House again. “I divide people into people who talk like us and who don’t talk like us,” he explains. “Of recent presidents, Clinton could sort of talk like us, but Obama is definitely–you could see him as a New Republic writer. He can do the jurisprudence, he can do the political philosophy, and he can do the politics. I think he’s more talented than anyone in my lifetime. I mean, he is pretty dazzling when he walks into a room. So, that’s why it’s important he doesn’t fuck this up.”
Watch the incestuous media-politics love affair between Brooks and Obama’s reporter-turned-Astroturf master David Axelrod:
White House officials have gone out of their way to cater to Brooks recently. Take Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, whose career Brooks kept a close eye on after he graduated from the University of Chicago in 1983 and took a job at the City News Bureau, a Chicago wire service. At the time, Axelrod was the lead City Hall reporter for the Chicago Tribune. “I followed his career because he was who I wanted to be,” Brooks told me. “He was a hero.” The two finally crossed paths in 2004, when Axelrod was working for John Edwards. And, this April, as the keynote speaker at The Week magazine’s opinion awards ceremony–where Brooks was honored–Axelrod showered the columnist with praise, calling him a “serious public thinker” in an era of “insipid, instant commentary and one-hour news cycles.”
They don’t make drool buckets big enough…