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Talking to the Press Corps - It's About Time
The White House Press Corps and most major news outlets have been grousing for the last 2 months over the lack of availability provided by President Barack Obama for questions. Instead since June, the President has been doing questions and answers with local news stations and newspapers and fluff pieces with People and Entertainment Tonight.
I reported earlier about how the President seemed more inclined to answer nonsensical questions rather than focusing on issues slapping the American people in the face in my report: Questions that Matter?
Monday, the President made a suprise visit to the White House Briefing Room and spoke with the WHPC for 22 minutes taking questions from 4 reporters. On a couple of the comments I agreed.
The President was right to condemn Congressman Todd Akin who is running for the US Senate in Missouri. I did the same yesterday in my report: Akin - A Case in Judgment & Common Sense.
I also concur with drawing a line that Syrian President Bashir al Assad should not cross in using chemical weapons on his own people. However, I am not in favor of the US putting troops on the ground in yet another conflict.
That said, I do have some real problems with the President in other remarks he made yesterday.The President saying that it was not out of bounds and his team had not accused challenger Republican Mitt Romney of a felony or that the questionable ad from Priorities USA did not infer Romney was indirectly the cause of woman's death from cancer were hollow.
It has been learned the President's own campaign still has a slideshow on its website which makes the tie of Romney to the woman's death. And Stephanie Cutter, a top aide, did indeed accuse or imply Romney was guilty of a felony contrary to the President's assertion that no one on his staff made such a suggestion.
We know candidates run free with facts, but at least have the dignity to wrap the lies in some shred of truth that looks and sounds believable.
Today it has been learned the White House is telling local stations what the President expects to talk about in order for local reporters to get an interview. The WHPC and national news outlet would not be so agreeable.
Though not limiting the questions, the reporters have 10 minutes for an interview and know access is contigent on agreeing to discuss what the President wants to talk about rather than facing hard questions from the locals. This does put a harness on local news reporters hoping for an honest Q&A.
From the Cornfield, less fluff and diversions and more details and specifics on the economy, jobs, the national debt and overhauling the entitlement programs and the tax code, please. Let the press be free and unbound.