In an interview with Harry Smith on CBS' "Early Show" Friday morning, President Obama called out Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh as purveyors of "vitriol" - creating a climate in which he's called a "socialist" and even a "Nazi."
Smith asked the president if he was "aware of the level of enmity that crosses the airwaves and that people have made part of their daily conversation about you." Obama replied, "When you've listened to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck it's pretty apparent." The rancor is "troublesome," he said, but he acknowledged it's also a recurring phenomenon.
There's really nothing new here. Both Beck and Limbaugh are frequent targets of the president. This is also the same president that accused his opponents of single handedly putting the country on the brink of total collapse. He continues to blame the previous administration for every problem, and yet he also wants us to tone down the partisan rancor.
People often see the faults of their opponents than their allies. That's the only reason that the president believes that Beck and Limbaugh are responsible for the amped up rhetoric and not someone like Daily Kos and Keith Olbermann.
The president also continues to want it both ways. He never misses an opportunity to zing his opponents and now he says he's concerned about the rhetoric. How convenient.