Four years ago, there were still enough Americans who believed Bush's infantile bluster was charming and direct. Now, even Republicans do not waste their time with him.
Lecturing the black community is the perfect way to avoid alienating white voters. However, Obama does not share the same history as the African American community he is speaking to.
The mainstream media is doing exactly what it did before the build up to the Iraq War -- sucking up to McCain's perceived power and not asking relevant questions because it's fearful of being labeled unpatriotic.