April 21st, 2008
04:44 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama avoids media in final days of PA

BLUE BELL, Pennsylvania (CNN) – It's now been ten days since Democrat Barack Obama has made himself available for questions from his traveling press corps, and it appears as though that number could rise even higher.

Aides have said it's unlikely he’ll hold an availability with reporters before Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary, but that they "could always add one." Given their track record over the past few days, however, that doesn't sound promising.

Since the start of the weekend, the possibility of a press conference has been dangled in front of reporters twice—only to be snatched away at the last possible moment.

On Saturday, reporters were teased for the majority of the day with a possible evening avail, only to be told at the eleventh hour that it would not be happening. To make it up, staffers said they were aiming to put him in front of cameras on Sunday but that, too, did not happen.

And at a diner Thursday morning, a reporter slipped in a question about former President Jimmy Carter's meeting with Hamas, but Obama responded by saying he just wanted to eat his waffle. Later that afternoon while taping an interview for "The Daily Show," a reporter tried to ask Obama about a new Clinton ad and the Obama ad that came as a response. According to a pooled report, the White House hopeful asked the reporter if she was "supposed to be" asking a question then. He added that he would consider answering but that it would depend "on how well behaved you are." In the end, he did not take the question.

Traveling press secretary Jen Psaki declined to comment on exactly why no time has been allotted for traveling press questions since a press conference in Indianapolis April 11. Obama did, however, make time Thursday for a few one on one interviews.

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  1. Glendell Latham


    April 21, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Gerald F.

    The biggest laugh would be on the Media at the end of this election for a new President. THINK about it: Both Demcratic candidates decide ahead of time to show how UNBIASED the Media really is by having this type of election. THAT would be closer to reality if you think about it. One wins and appoints the OTHER as VP. Regardless of who wins this round. Thus showing how one sided the media has been. lol

    April 21, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Do the right thing says

    The "Media" has become the "New Lynch MOB" of the 21 century. Take the gaffe on "Bitter" the media new about Barack Obama interview on the Charlie Rose in 2004, which articulate and explains small town America. But what did the media do, follow Fox Fix News lead, fearing not to be out done on ratings. The America public needs clarity not spin. Get a spine Media! Don't worry about getting it right, just do the right thing.

    Speak truth to power Obama 08!!!!

    April 21, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. NotanObamabot

    Maybe now the press will see that this manufactured man is a fraud. The access they thought they will have is drying up. He played you, and now he thinks doesn't need you anymore. We tried to warn you... but hell hath no fury like the media scorned.

    April 21, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  5. Lisa

    That's because he just realize that he's not fit to become the President.

    April 21, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. Gerald F.

    ps: as in unbiased;--Not. That is.

    April 21, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. Mike in Central Oregon

    More and more I find that Senator Obama lacks the skills to be an effective President and does not warrent being the democratic nominee, I'll be voting for Senator Clinton.

    April 21, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. Gracie

    The media needs to get a grip.

    Sen. Obama does not owe them any special treatment. They are nothing more than media parasites looking to "cash in" on the "spin stories" and they need to be held in check otherwise they start thinking they can walk on water and part the red seas!

    Give me a break!

    April 21, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. A WA member of the electorate

    Lies? What lies? He might not always articulate correctly but has he got a wrong? I forget that Chinese made lapel pins are more important than our economy, the occupation of Iraq and failures in Afghanistan. Would you rather have a candidate make ambiguous statements of life in America today?

    Hillary’s scorched earth campaigning will do any of us any good.

    All I ask is that whoever the Democratic is, support them and not force the rest of nation live with your choice.

    April 21, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  10. Richard

    It's because he always comes across as stupid when he answers questions. The guy can't talk without a pre-prepared speech.

    April 21, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  11. Lucas Hart

    I loved the kid that did not pay any attention to this deceiver and bosh candidate!!

    Go Penn State!! Destroy this ambitious and supercilious loser!!

    April 21, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  12. jim in pennsylvania

    as a pennsylvania voter who backs barack obama- i pray four or five times a day that god will somehow send a message to the voters in pennsyvlania that they will see the true commander and chief in barack.
    any one who meets and talks to him can sense that .
    john f kennedy was the last man who was like barack.
    please pennsylvania dont let him slip away from us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 21, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. Cosmic Comedy Queen

    Sure the whole world knows this guy is a flake. Vaudvillian all the way,.

    April 21, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. anonymous

    oh my gosh, I can't believe that Obama's supporters are actually complaining about Hillary getting more media coverage. The media has given Obama a free ride for a long while now. Obama isn't saying much right now because he's not wanting to goof up again. Kinda like how he voted in the state senate and senate: "not present"...Just don't show up...don't speak...that way no one will know just how under-qualified and over-exploited he really is.

    April 21, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. Dylan

    With the media twisting everything he says of late and blowing it out of proportion to create stories out of nothing, it's probably a good strategy in the finals days before PA.

    You're a good man, Barack. Keep fighting the good fight.

    Obama '08

    April 21, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. NObama

    Wow.....what a coward......God help us if a majority of Americans are stupid enough to make this gutless man president.

    April 21, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. Carol in Calif.

    I don"t blame him. Hillary is just waiting to twist his words again. How come Hillary is on Larry King tonight? Kinda unfair to Obama don"t you think! When is CNN going to report about Monica , Bill and Hillary?

    April 21, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  18. Rachel

    I know I will get flack from Obama supporters, but he needs to man up. He is so transparent, he doesnt want to talk to the media because he is afraid of what they will ask. He only wants to stand in front of his supporters who wont question him but just chant change change change. Hillary has been in front of people that have booed, gone in front of largely african american crowds and apologized for things she didnt even say. Obama doesnt have the guts to do something like that.

    April 21, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  19. carol

    don't blame him....when hillary complained about getting bad press. why didn't she get out of the kitchen, instead of complaining!

    why can't voters see the real hillary!....

    April 21, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. Canadian Neighbour

    Way to go Obama, stay away from the evil forces of the media. They are the destructive force in your campaign !

    Obama 08 !

    April 21, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  21. nitro

    If the media is upset becouse they don't have a story to twist then they should step up their game. Create one , thats what you always do.

    April 21, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. Lynn

    Why would Obama talk to a media who spins and twists, continues to avaid Clinton's background with Paul and money received by Bill Clinton from China to the tune of 1.2 million dollars, the Clinton ties to the Weatthermen, uses the campaign to increase ratings and is as caught up in Washinton politics as the politicians he is fighting.

    The greatest threat to a democracy is a biased media..

    April 21, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. Lisa

    I think he's having a nervous breakdown, he's starting to realize he cannot beat Mccain.

    By the way brushing his shoulders off while on a job interview is very unprofessional.

    April 21, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  24. Abbey

    Why would he? Everything the media covers is BS and not important news. After the debate last week, I've given up on getting any kind of valuable information from the media.

    April 21, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  25. Bob

    Will he hide during the General Election

    April 21, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
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