On the manipulative/cynical media modus operandi and inflated-expectations themes, I believe Obama’s Baltimore event yesterday is going to be seen as a milestone in Presidential history; see this NYT article for more details
President Obama didn't pull any punches during an address to House Republicans in Baltimore on Friday. "I don't think [the American people] want more gridlock, I don't think they want more partisanship, I don't think they want more obstruction," Obama said. "They didn't send us to Washington to fight each other in some sort of political cage match to see who comes out alive." He took Republicans to task for potraying him as a guy who's "doing all kinds of crazy stuff that's going to destroy America" and accused them of attending ribbon-cuttings for projects funded by the stimulus bill they voted against. Republicans didn't hold back either.