February 19th, 2009
02:15 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama's makeup round

OTTAWA, Canada – Ever wonder how President Obama decides which reporters to call upon at a news conference? Here in Canada, it appears to be a matter of the President soothing some bruised feelings by calling on two newspaper reporters he recently skipped over at his first White House press conference. 

As I sit in the front row for the event about to start with the President and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the buzz among American reporters is that the lucky folks are David Jackson of USA
Today and Jonathan Weisman of The Wall Street Journal.

The behind-the-scenes story is that Jackson and Weisman, who work for two major papers, were not happy that the President didn't call on them at the big East Room newser earlier this month.

One way for White House officials to make it up to the gentlemen –and their sizable readerships - would be to call on them now. Sure enough, several reporters say Weisman and Jackson have been tipped that Obama will call on them today. And sure enough, both men have been given prime seats - front and center - here in Canada.

 

Then again, being tipped off that you're getting a question to a president doesn't always work out as planned. I remember in Colombia a couple of years ago, an aide to President Bush tipped me that I should be ready to be called on.

Then Bush himself winked at me, so I got armed and ready. And then when my turn was coming, the President looked down at the piece of paper at his podium reminding him of who to call on and appeared to lose his place on the page.

Under pressure to call out a name, he fell back on blurting the name of an Associated Press reporter in the front row - and my carefully-crafted question never saw the light of day.


Filed under: Canada • President Obama
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Obama Victim

    doesn't The Messiah always call on a liberal lapdog??

    February 19, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Obama Victim

    lies....damn lies....and an Obama press conference

    February 19, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. ray ray

    @ Sniffit says,

    "so you don't constonue to damage the GOP's credibility."

    LOL, well I wouldn't want to "constonue" anyone's credibility!

    Relax, sniffer. Just because you're praying for an opportunity to deep-thro@t your messiah ...doesn't make us critics incorrect. Obama is notorious for his hemming, hawing, and verbial miscues. Denying reality only shows us your 5-cans short of a 6-pack.

    February 19, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Ekbaaaaal from Pakistan

    so what?

    tum sub madharchod log waise bhi kaam kya karte ho – huh??

    February 19, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    Gee. So silly. Wall street journal and USA today should quote him in French. After all he is an ape right?

    February 19, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Pat Lee Sucks

    The news media is a bunch of whiners

    February 19, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Once the msm gets their snoots full of Nobama and his arrogance, they will turn on him (and its just a matter of time), he will be toast! Can't happen soon enough! Now, how to demote the idiot next in line.

    February 19, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Rick

    @Kim in Canada:

    We wish he could stay, too.

    February 19, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. Clint

    Comment Posted By Ray Ray...
    "Every time I hear this guy actually called on to answer an impromptu question … he only stammers, stutters, and verbally dances around."

    Mr. Ray Ray,

    President Obama consistently blows the viewers away with his ability to speak eloquently and in detail about any subject matter presented to him. Both you and I know this.

    February 19, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. Mike, Syracuse NY

    @Sniffit. True, Bush said nothing in a series of mispronounced and inarticulate words. Obama says nothing in long rambling monologs. Big improvement.

    February 19, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. Wolf-Woman Palin Charlotte, NC

    CNN: "The behind-the-scenes story is that Jackson and Weisman, who work for two major papers, were not happy that the President didn't call on them at the big East Room newser earlier this month."

    Poor little babies. Bless their iddie biddie hearts. Be sure to change their diapers before the conference.

    GEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZ!

    February 19, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Pat, CA

    Sniffit February 19th, 2009 4:03 pm ET

    @ ray ray, who lied "Every time I hear this guy actually called on to answer an impromptu question … he only stammers, stutters, and verbally dances around."
    ---------–
    Sniffit (perhaps also known as the former "Tim from Seattle"?) answers:

    . . . find a talking point with at least a little factual support…just a little…so you don't constonue to damage the GOP's credibility.

    Response to "Sniffit" - I find YOUR talking point totally without factual support, but LOADED with a re-creation of reality that only suits YOUR needs for the moment. So go "sniff it" somewhere else, "Sniffit!"

    February 19, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. sue

    this in Reference to the comment that the USA are nothing but a nation of Cowards.
    How Dare he with all the Troops that are fighting for and all the Soldiers that were lost.
    Fighting to Protect our Nation.
    The Mothers Fathers Sisters Brother's. wifves who have lost a Loved one.
    Deserve Anpology From the Attorney General.
    if he feels this way May be he should Not Hold the Office.
    I Presidentt Obama should pay Attention to this and the feelings of the People of the United States...
    Sue N FL

    February 19, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. Asclepius

    You freaking cry baby. POTUS has a lot more on his hands to worry about than currying to your yellow-belly whims. STFU and get a real job.

    February 19, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. Mari

    The comments from the far-right get meaner and meaner. You people don't learn........ ITS THE MEAN ......... that cost you the elections and will again!

    There is a lot of hate in the comments by the far-right, BUT what's really disturbing is that the far-right......... call themselves .........Christians!
    Shame on you!

    By the way, OBAMA has an approval rating of 64%. America is proud to have a president that can actually speak English properly!

    February 19, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. walleye

    When I read comments posted on these websites by redneck, evangelical bigots that use the words Monkey, Watermellon, Fried Chicken, Curios George and Chitlins when discussing blacks then I think we have a long way to go. Holder, Unfortunately is right on target.

    February 19, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Baseball_Notsy

    Whaaaaaaaaah. Who gives a rat's a–? For crying out loud. Literally. Don't we have enough crying from Reid and Pelosi without having to hear how some newspaper columnist isn't getting enough face and ear time with "The Messiah"?

    Give me a frigging break.......

    February 19, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. Mike in Houston

    In Canada, Obama did what he did at his press conference in the US; he followed a pre-written script. Obama can't do anything without someone writing it for him.

    February 19, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  19. ray ray

    @ Clint says,

    "President Obama consistently blows the viewers away with his ability to speak eloquently and in detail about any subject matter presented to him."

    Clint – your confused. Obama can read a rehearsed speech from a teleprompter better than Rev Wright! Ask Obama a tough, direct question and he "uh.." "eh".."errrr"...

    Dude, you've fallen into a cult and don't even realize it!

    February 19, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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