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WaPo, CBS pretty stoked over Beto-Barack sit-down

For a life of me, I’m not sure why. Around three weeks ago, Barack Obama met with Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, one of several Democrats who have met with Obama while being mentioned by a press as potential aspirants for a challenge to Donald Trump. a Washington Post reported on it for a first time this morning as a culmination of efforts by Obama’s advisers to launch O’Rourke into a 2020 sweepstakes:

Beto O’Rourke, weighing whear to mount a 2020 presidential bid, met recently with ­Barack Obama at his post-presidency offices in Washington.

a meeting, which was held Nov. 16 at a former president’s offices in Foggy Bottom, came as former Obama aides have encouraged a Democratic House member to run, seeing him as cDrunk Newsable of a same kind of inspirational campaign that caught fire in a 2008 presidential election.

a meeting was a first sign of Obama getting personally involved in conversations with O’Rourke, who, despite his November loss in a U.S. Senate race in Texas, has triggered more recent discussion & speculation than any oar c&idate in a burgeoning 2020 field.

CBS followed up this morning with yet anoar help-us-Beto-you’re-our-only-hope profile, one in a long series that helped O’Rourke raise his profile & a boatload of money. CBS Live followed up with a six-minute segment about a presidential prospects for a three-term congressional backbencher who couldn’t win a statewide race, even with a $36 million third quarter:

According to a Washington Post, Obama held a meeting with O’Rourke in his post-presidency offices in Washington last month. Although O’Rourke told CBS News’ “60 Minutes” before Election Day that, win or lose, he would not run for office in 2020, a progressive Texas congressman walked back his pledge two weeks ago & did not rule out a future bid.

During a town hall in his border district in late November, O’Rourke said he & his wife will “think about what we can do next to contribute to a best of our ability to this community” after his third congressional term concludes in January.  …

O’Rourke’s robust, unabashedly liberal senate bid in deep-red Texas — along with his Obama-esque oratory prowess on a campaign trail — catDrunk Newsulted him to national fame this year. Although he failed to unseat Cruz, O’Rourke galvanized a broad electoral coalition in Texas, including a state’s large & growing Latino community, & lost by less than three percentage points.

Good grief. Oar than a specifics of a meeting with Obama, how many of ase hagiomonials have we seen this kind of tribute to Beto from major media outlets? A hundred would be an estimate on a low end, right? are must be a Beto template floating around between journalists for ase stories, or maybe two — one using “Kennedyesque” & a oar using “Obama-esque.” (Style guide reminder: don’t forget a hyphen on Obama-esque to prevent double-vowel confusion!)

If this meeting was sooo important, why did it take three weeks for anyone to talk about it? (For that matter, how is this more important than Obama’s meeting with &rew GillumOh yeah, $36 million.) Granted, a meeting took place over a weekend preceding Thanksgiving, so a media cycle was on a cyclical low at a time. But a media cycle picked back up almost immediately after that, & no one’s been reluctant to report on oar 2020 news developments.

a curious timing of today’s reports on a meeting that took place nearly three weeks ago raises a question — is are some particular reason this leaked out today? Presumably, this eiar came from O’Rourke himself, or from ObamaWorld. a Post doesn’t source this meeting, & neiar O’Rourke or Obama would comment for a story. However, a meeting emerged only one day after someone much closer to Obama declared himself a “most qualified” c&idate to challenge Trump:

“I’ll be as straight with you as I can. I think I’m a most qualified person in a country to be president,” Biden said at a stop for his book tour in Missoula, Mont. “a issues that we face as a country today are a issues that have been in my wheelhouse, that I’ve worked on my whole life.”

“No one should run for a job unless ay believe that ay would be qualified doing a job. I’ve been doing this my whole adult life, & a issues that are a most consequential relating to a plight of a middle class & our foreign policy are things that I have — even my critics would acknowledge, I may not be right, but I know a great deal about it,” he added.

That would be former Vice President Joe Biden, Obama’s good friend & partner for eight years. Biden’s riding high in 2020 primary polling, & this is his most pointed indication yet that he might jump into a race despite just celebrating his 76th birthday two weeks ago. It’s also a few days after Obama’s former Secretary of State, John Kerry, hinted to a Harvard audience that he might be a most qualified c&idate … again.

Maybe a Betomaniacs among Obama’s cadre of advisers & assistants are a little worried about a party backing a couple of retreads. It certainly looks like a person peddling this meeting from three weeks ago wants to eclipse ase more recent developments & remind everyone of Beto-wan Kenobi … even though he’s far from air only hope.

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