Thinking of things that can induce the gag reflex, the mind may wander over old episodes of “Fear Factor,” or perhaps recall the smells of a paper or sewage treatment plant.
Then again, you could just listen to Chris Wallace on Fox News discuss Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Sounding like he got a case of the “thrills” that ran up MSNBC’s Chris Matthews’s leg whenever Barack Obama droned on and on, Wallace couldn’t hold back the smarmy takes for Biden. Is this guy angling for a job?
“I thought it was a great speech,” Wallace said of the newly inaugurated Democrat’s first address as president. “I thought this was the best inaugural address I ever heard,” going back to John F. Kennedy 60 years ago.
Fox News’ Chris Wallace: “Martha, I thought it was a great speech. I have been listening to these inaugural addresses since 1961. John F. Kennedy’s ‘ask not’. I thought this was the best inaugural address I ever heard.” pic.twitter.com/LVnziRqqEY
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) January 20, 2021
Wallace noted that, to him, the speech was “part sermon, part pep-talk.”
“This is the easy part as has been suggested,” Wallace added. “Now, he’s gotta turn words, rhetoric into reality and action, but I thought it was a great start.”
As the kids say, PUH-leeze. Maybe Wallace was pulling a Jon Meachem, alleged presidential historian and certified Donald Trump hater. Meachem, we recently learned, surreptitiously wrote speeches for Biden and then, without telling his TV hosts, went on MSNBC as an “analyst” to praise Biden’s words.
Joe Biden is many things, some good and some truly awful, but a great speaker is not one of them. He’s nothing close to the class of Ronald Reagan or Obama.
But hours before the inauguration happened, Wallace was pimping Biden as the next best thing in the White House – which takes some effort since Biden is largely an empty suit with few achievements after 47 years in Washington and, after becoming the Democratic front-runner, ran away from every position he once held.
Chris Wallace said @JoeBiden’s speech was one of the best ever? WOW. Did he stay awake for it? Could Chris have really meant that? HE must REALLY want Tony Blinken on the Sunday Snooze.
— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) January 20, 2021
“You can see the balance of power shifting already,” Wallace gushed like a contestant on the D.C. version of “The Bachelor,” noting that Vice President Mike Pence attended church services with Biden rather than a farewell event for Trump as he exited from Joint Base Andrew outside Washington.
“I know an awful lot of people – 74 million people – didn’t vote for Joe Biden, and may not feel totally happy that he’s going to be taking the oath of office,” said Wallace – appearing to gingerly resist the urge to say “a lot of awful people.”
He then quoted the letter that Republican President George H.W. Bush left for Bill Clinton, in which Bush said he would be “rooting hard for” his Democratic successor.
“I kinda feel that’s the way we should all feel, whether you’re a Trump voter or a Biden voter,” Wallace said. “Joe Biden’s success now is the country’s success. We should root for him hard.”
Chris Wallace says a lot of things specifically meant to antagonize us. That’s why Fox ratings dropped thru the floor and Newsmax is now top dog. Also, Chris would be a retail manager at Sears if not for his dad, Mike Wallace.
— Joe Buescher (@JoeBuescher) January 20, 2021
If only Trump had gotten such a honeymoon. It took only a month into Trump’s term before Wallace snootily sniped at the president for his criticism of an obviously biased media.
During a speech in 2017, Wallace said, “Let’s start with a basic fact. President Trump is engaged in the most direct, sustained assault on a free press in our history. Since early in the campaign, he has done everything he can to delegitimize the media — attacking us institutionally and individually. And I think his purpose is clear: a concerted campaign to raise doubts that when we report critically about his administration — that we can be trusted.”
Four years later, Trump’s been proven right.
But for Wallace, now with Biden in the White House, the thrill isn’t gone – it could be running up his leg.
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