(CNN) – President Obama gave a pretty tough answer to CNN's Ed Henry when asked why he waited days to express outrage on the AIG bonuses.
"It took us a couple of days because I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak," he said.
It seemed to imply the question was impertinent.
"After Ed Henry, he looked like he wanted to go home," conservative talk radio host and CNN Contributor Bill Bennett said.
Watch: Ed Henry on his exchange with Obama
That's a "tough" answer?
LOL...."seemed to imply???" Sure....it was just an innocent question.
And it was....that was the BEST answer of the night...people must be use to having a President that speaks on things before getting all the facts...
I was like darn it!
The other journalists asked good, thoughtful questions on important issues. Ed Henry seems to always ask questions that try to cause controversy. Why do they waste time allowing him to ask negative questions? There are important issues to discuss.
I wish many more would wait a few days.. think a few days without trying to beat the press to the headlines.. 98% of the time not having all the facts.. getting everyone in a bunch..
more people should think more.. talk less..
I know this is shocking for some people but intelligent people who have to deal with complex issues often have to think about how to proceed!
President Obma is brilliant and it is sometimes diffcult to understand after failure from the past 8 years.
The question became impertinent when he hogged the floor to ask it three times in an acusatory manner.
I think that was great answer, It is good for him to get the facts right and then take action because the matter was serious.
Seems like a pretty impertinent question to me...
I liked the answer. To most of americans fed up with the drama, it was quick and direct. I like Ed but come on, lets move forward.
Obama couldn't go public and talk about it until his statement had been writen for him and posted on a teleprompter.
He likes to "think" before he speaks?!? It took him DAYS to "think" about this? lol And this is the guy who is the Messiah the one who will save us ALL? lol Oh just keep spending money we don't have Mr President that should work lol.
No, he wanted to stay there and talk to me and get that annoying Ed Henry on my behalf. Today, justice was served!
That is NOTwhat he said, he said, "I like to KNOW what I'm talking about before I speak". CNN quit trying to soften the blow for you boy Ed Henry. He got shut down on national television...lol.
That was a "tough question"? Obama can't handle the softball CNN throws to him. Heaven help us when he meets foriegn leaders.
I thought the quote was "It took us a couple of days because I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak"
It wasn't an answer, it was a brushoff. And, there are no impertinent questions to our elected public servents.
"Tough" answer... you guys are such babies. How about this for an answer – it was a stupid question... who cares why it took him 2 days to "express outrage?"
speeches, speeches, speeches and speeches................
this is all he got.
sorry for wasting my vote. McCain is responsible for this. Had he not selected Palin, he would have got my vote.
You guys are reading too much into that. Seriously. Honestly, wouldn't you prefer the leader of the free world to prone to careful thought before he starts shooting from the hip?
That wasn't how it seemed to me. I thought his anger was directed not at the individual asking the question at that moment but at the idea, often expressed over the past week, that he should have 'performed' his outrage immediately. This is not a man who goes off the deep end or acts impulsively. Why would he rush before the cameras to express outrage? He'd take in the information, think about it and only comment when he was ready and if he thought a comment was needed. I'll bet any President sees and hears far more that's an outrage than we'll ever know.
I thought the answer was pretty good. He is good. I frankly am tired of hearing about these AIG bonuses. Majority of the people gave them back. The media needs to let this story go.. It has become tired.
No he waits to see hoiw the political winds are blowing.