Assessing the president’s ‘swagga’

ASSESSING THE PRESIDENT’S ‘SWAGGA’…. If you missed this segment on CNN yesterday, you missed one of the more cringe-worthy moments in recent news history.

I’ve watched it a couple of times — like a car crash, it’s hard to look away — and I still can’t imagine what Kyra Phillips was thinking.

As Alex Leo put it, “We all expect a bit of fluff from cable news considering they have 24 hours a day to fill and there are only so many events to be “rocked” by, but when we hit a point at which CNN is spending Obama’s 100th day in office ‘assessing his swagga’ something is amiss.”

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.