Friday, January 23, 2009

Be Careful with Superlatives

Remember how the Bush administration was the most secretive in history? There may be a new contender.

The problem with being the only party with any power is the media can't criticize anyone else. And if you make a determination that there are some things you'd rather not have public, the media is going to get a little pissy about it.

Maybe we should keep a running tally of the things Bush has been criticized for and Obama finds just a little more necessary than he thought?

But here's my favorite bit:
President Obama made a surprise visit to the White House press corps Thursday night, but got agitated when he was faced with a substantive question.

Asked how he could reconcile a strict ban on lobbyists in his administration with a Deputy Defense Secretary nominee who lobbied for Raytheon, Obama interrupted with a knowing smile on his face.

"Ahh, see," he said, "I came down here to visit. See this is what happens. I can't end up visiting with you guys and shaking hands if I'm going to get grilled every time I come down here."

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

"Alright, 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."
How dare the press ask the His High Holy President a substantive question when he's just trying to pal around.

This relationship could get ugly very quickly.

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