Three years ago, then-CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric fawned over Barack Obama: “You’re so confident, Mr. President, and so focused. Is your confidence ever shaken?” On ABC’s World News, Diane Sawyer often softens her interviews with the President by tossing in questions about college basketball, asking, at the start of the U.S. military operation against Libya last year, “How much do you think Kentucky will win by?”
But of the three evening news anchors, by far the most admiring of Obama is NBC’s Brian Williams who has — no big surprise — been rewarded with exclusive access to the White House Situation Room for what promises to be a prime time Obama campaign infomercial (on Wednesday’s Rock Center) on how the brave President monitored the mission as Navy SEALs raided Osama bin Laden’s compound and killed the terrorist mastermind exactly one year ago.
[FOLLOW-UP, May 4: "NBC's Williams In Awe of Obama's 'Even Keel' During Bin Laden Killing"]
Williams, on Sunday’s Meet the Press, announced ahead of time that he would not cloud the heroic story by focusing on Obama’s political motivations. “I think everything has to be viewed through the prism of election-year politics,” he admitted to Meet the Press moderator David Gregory, but “I’ll let others talk about motivation; that was not our cause in going in there.” But on Monday’s Nightly News, even Williams acknowledged that Obama’s heavy-handed self-promotion had caused “some political blowback.”
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