Hanging out with the press, but no questions, please.

a-cakePresident Obama took a tour of the digs inhabited by the White House press corps, yesterday. He went with the intention of doing a meet and greet; however, shouldn’t he expect that if he goes into what can be a shark tank that folks are going to nibble?

Some brave soul from the Politico decided to try to ask a question about lobbyists, Obama’s claim that he will ban them, and the fact that a nominee for Deputy Defense secretary was a lobbyist for Raytheon.

Obama tried to play coy and when pressed again. . .

“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.”

I can’t wait to see how he is during a real press conference.  How did he get out of it? A photographer sucked up to him and interrupted the awkward moment.

So then THE ONE took his little tour around the press office and had these gems to add:

“This is worse than the Middle East,” he joked, alluding to the territorial claims staked on the cramped corridor. “Who’s sitting where and all that stuff.”

Uh…great way to express how you feel about the Middle East, dude. Sounds like you don’t take it all that seriously to trivalize it. I don’t know. To me, the Middle East conflicts throughout time are seriously important and not really a source for comedy.

He revealed that he had already gotten in two work outs since being sworn in Tuesday.

“Turns out I have a little gym up there,” he said with a smile.

Who freakin’ cares?!?!?!?!?! Guess he forgot that Bush was an exercise freak.

Obama said he had watched press secretary Robert Gibbs debut briefing “in anticipation of some flop sweat. … I just want to thank you for not completely ripping up Gibbs,” Obama said.

“I am very proud of him today. He got a fist bump from me.”

Did he give one of those stupid preppie chuckles after the fist-bump comment? He reminds me of Carlton on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Alex P. Keaton.  (Yes, I know Alex played a republican, but he was really uptight.)

(H/T: Politico)

6 thoughts on “Hanging out with the press, but no questions, please.

  1. Best thing of read was a comment left on Don Surber’s blog at The Daily Mail:

    “Drake Says:
    January 23rd, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Who can blame Obama for acting like a team owner visiting his locker room after a big win?

    And leave it to blog reporters to ruin the moment. The real reporters must’ve been SO embarrassed!”
    Wish I had said it but that perfectly sums up Obama’s demeanor.

  2. He must have gotten really scared to see the reporters act semi-like reporters instead of like groupies. They can’t go forever without feeding their addiction for answers.

  3. Les
    You’re welcome! 🙂

    I read another article written by one of the other news outlets. I suspect most of the others were fawning all over The O. The question threw him, because the reporter didn’t ask to kiss his ring or something.

    I don’t think it will take long.

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