According to Mary Martha Corinne "Cokie" Morrison Claiborne Boggs Roberts, I send my daughter to college in some kind of crazy foreign booga booga country:
In "This Week with George Stephanopoulos", Roberts spoke about Obama’s visit to the islands, saying "I know his grandmother lives in Hawai’i, and I know Hawai’i is a state. But it has the look of him going off to some sort of foreign, exotic place."
Roberts went on to say, "He should be in Myrtle Beach if he’s going to take a vacation at this time."
The comments, received a lot of backlash from Hawaii’s representatives in Washington.
"She’s a bit of a fool that’s the only thing you can say," said Rep. Neil Abercrombie. " Don’t forget Cokie Roberts and the whole Washington crowd live in a kind of an incestuous relationship to one another, they talk to one another, they see one another, they know nothing about ordinary people."
I think Eric Alterman pretty much covered Cokie for all time:
Speaking on NPR recently, Cokie Roberts, the soon-to-retire co-host of ABC’s This Week, falsely informed her listeners that "the President was exonerated by the Securities and Exchange Commission." In fact, even though his daddy was the President of the United States during the incident in question, after a remarkably relaxed investigation the SEC informed Bush’s lawyer that its decision "must in no way be construed as indicating that [George W. Bush] has been exonerated."
Call me sentimental, but I’m going to miss the old gal. With no discernible politics save an attachment to her class, no reporting and frequently no clue, she was the perfect source for a progressive media critic: a perpetual font of Beltway conventional wisdom uncomplicated by any collision with messy reality.
Lippmann/Dewey fans will remember that the very idea of a watchdog press breaks down when the watchdog starts acting like–and more important, sympathizing with–the folks upon whom he or she has been hired to keep an eye. With Cokie, this was never much of an issue. Her dad was a Congressman. Her mom was a Congresswoman. Her brother is one of the slickest and wealthiest lobbyists in the city. Her husband, Steve Roberts, holds the dubious honor of being perhaps the only person to give up a plum New York Times job because it interfered with his television career. And together they form a tag-team buck-raking/book-writing enterprise offering up corporate speeches and dime-store "Dear Abby"-style marriage advice to those unfortunates who do not enjoy his-and-her television contracts.
Still, her commentary was invaluable, if inadvertently so. As a pundit, she was a windup Conventional Wisdom doll. The problem with Bill Clinton, for instance, was that he was the wrong sort for Cokie and her kind. "This is a community in all kinds of ways," she told Sally Quinn during the impeachment crisis. "When something happens everybody gathers around…. It’s a community of good people involved in a worthwhile pursuit." Here was her analysis of the complicated constitutional questions impeachment raised: "People who act immorally and lie get punished," she proclaimed, noting that she "approach[ed] this as a mother." (Her own children are fully grown, but perhaps they’re real sensitive…) "This ought to be something that outrages us, makes us ashamed of him." When the country refused to go along with the ironclad Broder/Cokester consensus, she supported impeachment anyway, because "then people can lead public opinion rather than just follow it through the process." These same "people," meaning Ken Starr, Newt Gingrich and Cokie’s friends, made a return appearance in Cokieworld when the Supreme Court handed Al Gore’s victory to George W. Bush following the Florida 2000 election crisis. "People do think it’s political, but they think that’s OK," she averred. "They expect the court to be political, and they wanted the election to be over."
You may find it interesting that the Hawaiian people (those wily and colorfully-garbed savages) have a name for people like Cokie Roberts:
Like the humuhumunukunukuapuaa I’m not exactly sure about the pronunciation (so many vowels!) but I’ll ask Casey and get back to you…