Every president seems to have a different relationship with the press. George W. Bush was noted to give fewer press conferences than most. President Reagan was one of the more skilled presidents at dealing with the press, and was quite available to the media. President Obama, however, being the thinnest-skinned president since Nixon, has had a turbulent relationship with the press. He has been kind to those that will portray his heavily-tailored image and narrative, but quite vitriolic with those who dare to ask tough questions. Lately, however, he hasn’t had any relationship with the press as it has been over seven weeks since he’s held a press conference.
Yes, you read that right, the “man of the people” who wishes to remain our executive refuses to answer questions. Far from conveying accountability, the president has not answered a question from reporters since June 20th in Mexico. The vain president has, however, sat for interviews with cushy reporters who are subject to a list of rules. However, such tailoring of Obama’s image by the Propaganda Ministry is hardly necessary, as the president knows better than to sit with anyone who will actually ask him a tough question.
In a laughable fluff piece by Charlie Rose that appeared more like an advertisement than actual journalism, Obama sat with Michelle and discussed family life, the campaign, their strong marriage and, of course, the political obstruction created by those malevolent Republicans. While we were forced to endure questions of, “What is your proudest achievement?” we never heard anything related to how he would help clean up the colossal mess he has helped create. No wonder Obama sits for these fans in the media; who would want to actually answer questions from real journalists?
Speaking of real journalists, one of the last questions that promoted a response of any kind from our seldom-seen president was the question by Neil Munro of the Daily Caller. After Obama announced his de facto amnesty for illegals, Munro did what all reporters do at the end of a speech and shouted out a question. While Munro tried to time it right, it appeared that the president was not finished, and he that dared to interrupt His Highness was harshly rebuked by the president who said,
“Excuse me sir, it’s not time for questions, Sir. Not while I’m speaking. And the answer to your question, sir, and the next time I prefer you let me finish my statements before you ask that question, is this is the right thing to do for the American people. I didn’t ask for an argument, I’m answering your question.”
Though Obama scolded Munro as if he were a child and unreasonable for asking a question, Obama did, in fact, leave without answering questions. In fact, he often does so, and shouting out a question at the end (or perceived end) of a statement is really the only way to get Obama to answer a question. Of course, the narrative took off throughout the media that Munro was racist or otherwise disrespectful. However, I can’t help but feel the real story here is that we have a president who can unilaterally declare amnesty for criminals who live in flagrant violation of our laws, call it the “right thing to do”, scold a reporter for asking a question and then leave, without providing answer or accountability and pretend to retain the moral high ground.
In fact, his unwillingness to field a question from the lowly press has actually crossed the line into full-blown hubris. After a July 26th statement regarding gun laws, a member of the press asked,
“Mr. President, can you tell us, if what the Colorado shooter did was entirely legal, how do you do more on this subject without any new laws?”
Obama replied, “Thank you very much. I’m sure we’ll have more opportunity to talk about this.”
To which the reporter replied, “This afternoon is fine. I’m available.”
After which the president replied, “Thanks. I’ll ask Jay for your number. (Laughter.)”
We have actually reached a point where our president is so unwilling to discuss issues with the press, that to discuss doing so makes him laugh at the notion.
I can understand having a difficult relationship with the press. I’m sure it can be unnerving to have people question your decisions constantly. If someone is unwilling or otherwise incapable to dealing with that kind of stress, I can completely understand that. However, nobody drafted Obama into this job. He asked for it. He instituted radical policies that have failed miserably and he is now asking to be granted this job again. As most communities have public meetings where low-level county public officials are held to account for their decisions by the public, it is not unreasonable to demand that our chief executive answers tough questions, especially since his radical policies have failed America so miserably.