Monday, June 01, 2009
The President's brief sojourn in New York to take his wife to dinner and theater is not something that he dare do often. The media are already totaling the costs of the venture, and it makes a CEO with a private jet seem like a miser. This president is aware of image, so he knew what was going to be said when he flew with planes loaded with reporters north from Washington DC. He also was well aware that one of the America's largest corporations was about to declare bankruptcy. Given his popularity, it is likely that he didn't hurt perceptions of himself that much, but the public has limited tolerance in difficult times. It wasn't the best public relations move of his young administration, and he is going to hear about it from opponents. It is unlikely he will do it again.