And yet last Friday, CNN’s Heidi Collins pronounced the honeymoon already come and gone. “If there was a honeymoon at all, it is over. President-Elect Obama is already being slammed by some conservatives as a divider and not a uniter,” going on to cite Things Said by Rush Limbaugh.

On Fox News Friday night, Gov. Mike Huckabee put an actual expiration date on Obama’s media honeymoon:

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN: …The media gives a little grace period after the election, but they can get mean, they can get tough…

HUCKABEE: And the media that loved [Obama] and was in the tank for him, they’ll turn on him probably sometime around February first. That’s the way it works. You have a short-lived honeymoon.

So, Obama’s got until the day before Groundhog Day to have his way with reporters. Give or take.


Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.