One Reporter Knows Job; One Cameraman Just Knows Mr. President When He Sees Him

Filed under:Good Grief,Politics — posted by Anwyn on January 23, 2009 @ 7:41 am

Obama expects to “visit” press without taking questions; apparently all oblige him except one.

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.”

I wanna be your friend, but if you insist on doing your job attacking me, I can’t be your friend any more.

Obama did reveal a juicy tidbit, however: Incoming press secretary Robert Gibbs “got a fist bump from me” because Obama was just so gosh-darn proud that he survived his first press briefing. Aaaww. See, press? If you be good boys and girls, someday, you might get a fist bump too!

I may hurl. Video at Hot Air.


  1. Oooh! I wanna a fist bump, too! Do I have to pledge a special allegiance or somethin’? Or just not hold the powerful accountable?

    Comment by Christian Toto — January 24, 2009 @ 2:46 pm

  2. Will be interesting to see how long the press’s infatuation continues, for The One. Political interests would suggest four years, on the other hand, unicorns and rose petals don’t sell newspapers.

    It’s gonna be rough for the press to reconcile ideology against money, and I’m looking forward to the battle.

    Comment by jbarntt — January 25, 2009 @ 5:50 pm

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