Obama flashes irritation in press room
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.
[The first substantive question he's ever received, perhaps. How dare you question The Obama?!]
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."
[Translation: You want access, you better continue to do puff pieces with softball questions]
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."
[You may only question at the time and place of his choosing, and even then, only pre-approved questioners and questions.]
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What we don't know about Obama
As Rush Limbaugh said yesterday:
"The Drive-By Media never vetted Obama. Now, they're asking what America doesn't know about him. We don't know anything, 'cause journalists chose to "make history" rather than inform us."