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Spiritwalker 02-14-2009 03:26 PM

Irritated Obama 'Stares Down' Reporter During Press Corps Visit
 
heh.. I will give him minor props for this.. Now he he can do it when facing certain world leaders....


http://www.foxnews.com/politics/firs...briefing-room/


WASHINGTON -- President Obama paid a surprise visit to members of the White House press corps Thursday evening when he walked through their working area of the West Wing, but he quickly became agitated when he was confronted with a question by one of the journalists.

According to reports, when the Politico's Jonathan Martin asked the president about his nominee for deputy secretary of defense, William Lynn, Obama refused to answer, saying he was not there to take questions.

"I came down here to visit. I didn't come down here -- this is what happens. I can't end up visiting you guys and shaking hands if I am going to grilled every time I come down here," the president said.

Pressed further by the Politico reporter about his Pentagon nominee, Obama turned more serious, putting his hand on the reporter's shoulder and staring him in the eye.

"All right, come on," he said, with obvious irritation in his voice. "We will be having a press conference, at which time you can feel free to [ask] questions. Right now, I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself to you guys -- that's all I was trying to do," Politico.com reported.

The situation came to a close when a cameraman in the room interrupted, declaring: "I'd like to say it one more time: 'Mr. President.'"

The nominee in question, William Lynn, is a former lobbyist for defense contractor Raytheon, a pick Obama made in contradiction to his much-heralded anti-lobbying rules.

Obama was willing to field lighter questions, though.

Yes, he's discovered the gym in the White House residence. No, he hasn't played basketball yet on the outdoor White House court because it's been too cold.

The president's walk-through came without notice, causing a bit of a wild scene. Reporters started running toward him, wary of missing a single word. When one reporter who hadn't spotted Obama yet asked what everyone was rushing toward, another one responded: "The big guy."

Obama made it to the back of the briefing room, in a narrow hallway, where he shook hands.

"I've got to say, it's smaller than I thought," the president said as he looked around for the first time.

He introduced himself to those whom he didn't already know from the long campaign trail and said it would take a little while to learn everyone's names.

The president then continued on, walking by the media outlets' booths on the same floor.

Obama asked about the reasoning behind why certain media outlets had work space where they did. When he got an answer involving the intricacies of press corps protocol, Obama responded: "This is worse than the Middle East here -- who's sitting where and all that stuff."

As he walked through the area where journalists have lunch, Obama noticed a pair of vending machines that dispense soda and junk food.

"Looks like you have some healthy snacks, guys," Obama said.

Then he walked through the basement quarters, where several other news outlets set up shop. He said that was smaller than he expected too.

medic92 02-14-2009 04:12 PM

If Obama hasn't figured out that he's going to get tough questions whenever he makes an appearance, he should find another line of work. Please. Soon.

kyle 02-14-2009 06:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by medic92
If Obama hasn't figured out that he's going to get tough questions whenever he makes an appearance, he should find another line of work. Please. Soon.

Thats because he didn't have teleprompter and it wasn't scripted.

Next time they will give him the answers before he gets the questions. :laugh:

MattHughesRocks 02-14-2009 08:46 PM

I'm glad he took the lead and put his foot down. They all knew what he was there for.Let people know he's the one in charge and they arent going to change that fact.WAR OBAMA!

Chuck 02-14-2009 08:54 PM

It won't be much longer until we start to see the "real" Obama. Soon the pressure will start to get to him... his temper will become a problem and his lack of leadership will be blinding.

medic92 02-14-2009 09:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chuck
It won't be much longer until we start to see the "real" Obama. Soon the pressure will start to get to him... his temper will become a problem and his lack of leadership will be blinding.

We've already seen the real Obama. He's a liar and a hypocrite.

Before anyone reports this post as an attack or libel, I can provide concrete examples of both traits outlined above. :)

Hughes_GOAT 02-14-2009 09:45 PM

well i'm impressed. i mean, the world's most powerful man is staring down a reporter.

Bonnie 02-14-2009 11:55 PM

The little I've seen of him since he got crowned, his hair already looks like it's turning white.

rockdawg21 02-15-2009 01:01 AM

As President, he should expect that. However, I can't say that I blame him - he had a goal, just to simply greet, and told the guy to ask the question later.

My family's like that. My grandfather's a busy guy and if he has something on his mind, he doesn't listen, but if I ask him when he has a few minutes to talk, he'll tell me, then he's all ears.

KENTUCKYREDBONE 02-15-2009 06:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MattHughesRocks
I'm glad he took the lead and put his foot down. They all knew what he was there for.Let people know he's the one in charge and they arent going to change that fact.WAR OBAMA!

NO! Obama or any President is supposed to be in charge in that manner! WE THE POEPLE are suppose to be the one in charge. Every time Bush dealt with the press they tried to hammer him. So let ALL elected officials answer the tough questions! Basically he was saying that nobody was allowed to question him! Just because the press carried water for him during the election don't mean they can't be allowed to ask questions now!


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