After nearly running off the stage following a refreshingly earnest effort by news reporters pressing Obambi for answers on his connection to indicated Tony Rezko a week ago, Barack is once again avoiding the press.
Sen. Barack Obama is starting to treat reporters on his campaign plane like luggage again.
Although their news organizations are paying through the nose to observe his every move, the Illinois Democrat often seems uninterested in interacting with his traveling press corps.
Those pesky news reporters, now that they are actually asking questions and not just fawning over him, are problematic for Obama. He can't fall back (as easily) on his trademark prepared, plagiarized speeches about hope and change when asked to speak extemporaneously.
Today, he showed disdain when a reporter was brave enough to try to ask him about a charge his campaign made today that suggested Geraldine Ferraro acted in a racist way when she recently talked about his candidacy.
"See, this is what we get," he said, when the question was asked during his tour of a wind turbine factory here, a visit that prompted him to compare one of the giant blades to a "surfboard."
The same Fox News reporter had tried to ask Obama twice this morning about Eliot Spitzer, a routine, news-of-the-day question. He ducked it both times.
Obama did answer a few brief questions from reporters on Monday during his visit to a restaurant in Columbus, Miss. But he has generally been distant from reporters traveling on his plane in recent days.
During roughly four hours of flight time Friday, from Chicago to Wyoming and back, Obama never left the first-class section of his campaign plane. He also avoided the back section during a flight here this morning from Mississippi.
You can't avoid the questions and just make speeches, Barack. The long wait before the next primary will mean many more opportunities for the American public to get to know you and your positions better. Avoiding the press in a pathetic attempt to manage your public image won't work.
You can run, Barack, but you cannot hide.
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