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Cokie Roberts tops poll for Most Inane Punditry of the 2008 campaign


"I know his grandmother lives in Hawaii and I know Hawaii is a state, but it has the look of him going off to some sort of foreign, exotic place ... He should be in Myrtle Beach, you know, if he's going to take a vacation at this time."
Cokie Roberts, ABC's This Week, Aug. 10

By an overwhelming margin, Cokie Robert topped the polls in Media Matters for America's poll for Most Inane Punditry of the 2008 presidential campaign.

Roberts, NPR contributing senior news analyst and ABC political commentator, was critical of of then-Sen. Barack Obama for choosing Hawaii, the state of his birth, to take his August family vacation.

On the August 10 edition of ABC's This Week, Roberts criticized Obama for "going off this week to a vacation in Hawaii," which she said "does not make any sense whatsoever." Roberts repeated her criticism of Obama's vacation destination during the August 11 broadcast of NPR's Morning Edition, asserting that Obama's choice of Hawaii for his vacation "makes him seem a little bit more exotic."

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