March 25th, 2009
11:06 AM ET
5 years ago

Schneider: Obama gives tough answer to CNN

 Obama said he wanted time to think about his AIG response.
Obama said he wanted time to think about his AIG response.

(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


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  1. Nharris

    He answered question as asked, It took tew days for his outrage to be public. Did he draft these bonuses? The whole truthj is yet to be told.He should think about answers before speaking.

    March 24, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. lilacs

    So nice to have a president that stands his ground and not take crap from the right-wing news media. I watch President Obama press conferance and it did not look to me that the president was ready to go home after Ed Henery question. I really liked the presidents answer, shows someone with Intelligence is leading the country. Lead on Mr.President lead on.

    March 24, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. Tim

    Where was Ed Henry in the run-up to the Iraq War with his "tough" questions? The AIG issue is now irrelevant-most of the bonuses have been returned. Why not a question about something relevant-that's called JOURNALISM!

    March 24, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  4. BWG

    When reporters ask stupid, impertinent questions, they should expect tough answers. Perhaps the members of the media should learn a lesson and start thinking about what they're talking about before they speak.

    March 24, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  5. Debra

    When the media will get serious, Obama will respond in kind. Ed Henry has continually taken the easy road by raising the issues that have been beaten to death for at least a week. Perhaps he's young or perhaps he's lazy but the media as a whole looked poorly prepared to discuss details about Obama's budget. It appears the media have grown as fat and lazy as Wall Street executives. Where are the investigative reporters, those who actually perform research and get educated about the issues to actually play their part for this country. We're all waiting.

    March 24, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  6. Will

    "It seemed to imply the question was impertinent."

    Oh CNN, with your hurt feelings...it wasn't Obama's fault that the entire press pool erupted in laughter at his response to your correspondent's poorly worded "gotcha" question.

    Perhaps next time you will send someone who will ask a question of substance, rather than just try to score cheap points so you guys can have a clip to play over and over.

    March 24, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  7. Alexander

    Wanted to go home... Frankly he showed himself to be the commander in chief. Thoughtful and but given to flippet remarks.

    March 24, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  8. Jenn

    I don't think he looked like he wanted to go home at all. From my perspective, I think that was the perfect answer and Ed Henry probably felt a little foolish and put in his place. I think Obama was done with his line of questioning and trying to make a story out of not much of one. Does anyone who opposes President Obama think this is easy stuff? Why don't his opponets present a plan that is more viable? Let's all put our big girl and boy pants on and just support the President in these extremely difficult times. He's not perfect. No one is. It's a little tiring and redundant to hear everyone jabbing at him all the time. Wouldn't it be nice to just be supportive. Still can have all our opinions but how about a little support?

    March 24, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  9. Terry Stroth Olathe, KS

    The President didn't look like he wanted to go home to me! I liked his answer.
    Anyway, he's already home!!!

    March 24, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  10. nani

    I hope you cnn keep asking "impertinent" questions to Obama.
    If he waited this long, it is becouse he did not have an ything to took about , The answer was he did not was outrage on the Aig bonuses, he is going to aswer according to what the public is outraged, he will act accordinly to what is outthere not what is importat.

    March 24, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  11. Barry in Maryland

    It should be pointed out that Ed Henry was behaving impertinently. It wasn't the question that was impertinent. The impertinence was in Ed Henry's attitude and tone of voice and the fact that the question was being asked a second time after having already been answered. If this is the best that CNN can do, they should should just call themselves Fox News.

    March 24, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  12. Mark

    Perhaps Obama's answer was "tough" because Henry could not mask a petulant, angry demeanor when phrasing the question. As if he knew this himself, Henry watered down his query by posing an unrelated question on top of it. His discomfort gave Obama an opening. The President, as any man would, took it and ran.

    March 24, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  13. Liz

    President Obama answered Mr. Henry's question exactly as he should have. Our President has a plan–and it seems he's the only one that does. Why is the media so obsessed with the gotcha quesiton. This is serious folks!

    March 24, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  14. BJ

    Time to think? I don't think this guy has had an independant thought in his life. He had to wait for his trainers to formulate a comment for him.

    March 24, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  15. John Coghlan

    I love the way Obama shut Ed Henry up!! I'm tired of these geeks on the Crisis News Network parsing every word and analyzing every action of the administration. And to Bill Bennett: Obama did not look tired. He looked "warmed up" and ready to go. Bill, you look like you need to commune with the treadmill and you look a little tired.

    John
    Honolulu

    March 24, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  16. matthew

    I think it was a question that was asked in such a way that the only response to it was something like Obama answered.

    Where were your questions about war, injustice, taking rights away and changing the laws of this country when Bush was in office CNN?

    March 24, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  17. Dee

    I must say I found Ed's question tedious as well. Unfortunatley,unlike many of his colleagues at CNN, rather then asking what is really important and pertinent to all of us he seems to just try to make points for himself by trying to ask the question that will stump the President. In wanting to be the 'one' to ask the 'tough' question,Ed is missing the opportunities to ask the really important questions facing us today. These AIG bonus questions have been hashed and rehashed all week..enough already!! I suggest Ed Henry take some lessons from his more senior colleagues on how to report and ask the pertinent questions...forget about his satisfying his own ego for a change! Or perhaps,Ed doesnt have an adequate understanding of the really serious problems we are facing and thus can only try for some 'gotcha' questions.. Ed,show us you have more substance than this please!

    March 24, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  18. frank

    Where was all of this outrage and advocacy during the past eight years?

    Eh? I say, that was good for Ed!

    March 24, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  19. Mike

    For the first time IN YEARS, I think CNN actually has a journalist employed. Way to go Ed Henry, a great question, and deplorable answer from the Messiah. I hope you can keep your job, but if not, great journalists have been MIA for years. Your career is safe.

    POTUS answer was a non answer. Two days to think about a bonus? How long for a nuke strike?

    March 24, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  20. N. K. Gray

    The main problem that President Obama faces is not the economy, the foreign policy, or any of the other many issues that plague our country. Rather, it is the Republicans and those other individuals who would not particularly be pleased with success on his part, and would like to continue to sing that old familiar tune, "the way we were". The American public, at large, seem to be still willing to allow this educated, articulate, and prudent man the opportunity work toward solving our country's problem without being "critical". Mr. President, we are praying for you.

    March 24, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  21. Michelle

    My President put Ed in his place! I was cracking up (along with the people in the audience)! Give 'em heck Obama! Don't let ANYONE try to punk you or America! I salute you!

    March 24, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  22. BVO

    This shows America has elected a thoughtful man as President. He likes to have all the facts in before jumping on a conclusion. He realizes he doesn't know it all and he admits so, unlike what we had before. I'm impressed.

    March 24, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  23. J

    Obama shut him up pretty good. Ed Henry was impertinent. It was embarrasing and sad at the same time. This poor Ed looked like he wanted to get the hell out of there. CNN, please don't send children to try to ask serious questions. I just saw his bio in the website. Can you ask the boy to grow a beard?

    March 24, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  24. Letcommonsenseprevail

    It's proportional, Bush waited 10 minutes before acting when 3,000 Americans were murdered, Obama waited days before doing anything when millions of dollars of OUR money was squandered.

    Now NO ONE can bring up that argument again.

    March 24, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  25. jms, Tn

    I thought it was an excellent reply to a sarcastic question.

    March 24, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
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