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Obama Still Running from the Press

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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Comments (8)

Steve Crickmore:

Lee, do you remember when in the first half of the campaign you said that when Hillary was ducking reporters she was "playing straight and honest, "don't say anything to generate headlines"...She was the frontrunner and was (should) "act like a President and avoid a direct answer".

And when Obama raised a tough question about Hillary's ability to restore trust in the Whithe House you said in November "I agree with the sentiment expressed by others that the mud slinging is counter-productive and detrimental to the party and Democratic efforts to retake the White House."

But of course, this was back in November when Hillary was the prohibitive favorite and it was expected to be a coronation and you kept asking who could possibly defeat Hillary and you thought it would be better if the money Obama raised would be better spent on handing it over to the Democract challenger/ Hillary against the GOP.

Now you seem to think in March, 8 months from the election and things are becoming desperate... for Hillary and you think it is good idea to throw 'the kitchen sink' (and the lavatory sink), and to hell with the consequences, against the Democract frontrunner- because it is Obama and not Hillary.

Lee Ward:

Steve - you've put words in my mouth (by putting them in "quotes") that I just don't recall saying.

I don't believe I ever said that Hillary should "act like a President and avoid a direct answer" or that by "ducking reporters she was "playing straight and honest". I don't believe I ever ever said that or anything like it

I may have said she's employing a standard frontrunner strategy of trying to answer questions without losing ground, taking a middle, purposely vague approach - but that's a different matter - and not what Obambi is doing here. He's just plain running from questions.

And I still believe that mud slinging between Obama and Clinton is detrimental to the Democratic party's chances in November's election.

You've further put words in mouth here, however --

Now you seem to think in March, 8 months from the election and things are becoming desperate... for Hillary and you think it is good idea to throw 'the kitchen sink' (and the lavatory sink), and to hell with the consequences, against the Democract frontrunner- because it is Obama and not Hillary.

This post addresses the fact that Obama is hiding from the press.

If attacking me by making up quotes I never said, and taking things I did say and injecting them out of the context of Obama's press avoidance, you're somehow suggesting -- what? That Obama is avoiding the press because of Hillary?

Is his opponent causing his to make bad choices?

Awwww, poor Barack - Hillary made him run from the press.

Is that what you're suggesting? I'm not clear on how what you've written addresses the question of Obama's hiding from the press.

He can answer questions without throwing mud, can't he? Maybe not. And just keeping his mouth shut is a strategy?

"Rising above it all," which is something Obambi promised then quickly abandoned when he felt it was costing him a single frickin' point in the polls, was a worthy goal. Too bad that we're now learning that, like so many other things Barack said - it was all bullshit.

But I notice that now, in light of G. Ferraro's remarks - Barack is pretending to elevate himself above the fray, and waffling on the question of mudslinging and counter-attacking -- just as I predicted he'd waffle in a comment exchange we had last week. Where last week he was on the attack to show how tough he is -- this week he's wimped out again and pretending he's above it all.

Which just goes back to the another point I keep harping on (Bad Lee, bad! lol) -- that Obambi is not handling the stress well.

Neither are some of his supporters.

Steve Crickmore:

Before you didn't criticize Hillary for her front-running strategy... You just pointed out what she was doing, acting presidential / avoiding a direct answer etc.. which seems almost Obama's strategy now... Better to say nothing than to open one's mouth....To be fair, I have perhaps changed my mind and I have a little more empathy with Hillary's previous strategy, witnessing how every interview by either candidate and their advisors only invites one or two 'gotche' points, in an hour long interview..Why bother?

I still think Obama is staying on message and hasn't gone unduly negative like Hillary. Even though Hillary has made her records a major part of the campaign "Let's compare our records" but when Obama's manager suggested that we haven't seen Hillary's tax records for five years, he was accused by one of her top advisors Wolfson of acting like Ken Starr.(even though that was her main skewer against her senate opponent Lazio by both Hillary and Wolfson. After a while it just gets ridiculous. Her records in the White House archives, are outside the pale as well..

You can't avoid the questions and just make speeches That sounds like a pretty good indictment of Hillary's campaign as well..only Obama's are much better speeches..But I like Hillary's line for Bill in the 92 campaign that "I believe in a place called Hope", too bad they have forgotten that(in fact they have repressed the theme of his entire 92 campaign based on change and hope) or Bill Clinton's first requisite in 92, for his choice of a vice president/ running mate qualification "was to be able to step in as the commander-in-chief immediately"..If they don't believe that Obama could be commander in chief or answer the red phone at 3 am why are they (and you) are always imploring Obama to please take the vice-president's position on the ticket? Seems to me, by this reckoning, if he is not good enough for the security of the American people to be president he is not good enough for the American people to be vice-president, a heartbeat away from the presidency.


Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

"Before you didn't criticize Hillary for her front-running strategy... You just pointed out what she was doing, acting presidential / avoiding a direct answer etc.. which seems almost Obama's strategy now..."

So how is hiding from the press a front runner strategy - lol?

Carefully couching their answers is one thing - avoiding the questions all together is something else. By being careful with their answers they leave themselves open to follow-up questions and further scrutiny of the press.

Hiding from the press in order to avoid the questions altogether is quite a bit different.

But I like Hillary's line for Bill in the 92 campaign that "I believe in a place called Hope", too bad they have forgotten that(in fact they have repressed the theme of his entire 92 campaign based on change and hope) or Bill Clinton's first requisite in 92, for his choice of a vice president/ running mate qualification...[etc]

I see from the rest of your response that you've failed to address the topic of the post again, but I appreciate you attacking Hillary and Bill instead of me this time.

Hillary is releasing her tax records, but when will Obambi face the questions raised by his dealings with Rezko?

Apparently never, and apparently that suits the Obama supporters just fine. Better to have that all come out after Obambi gets the nomination so that it can potentially cost the Democrats the election instead, right?

Steve Crickmore:

In this encounte on the back of the plane he wasn't much more forthcoming..But he has to be very careful even when the news is probably good.

I'm sure since the trial of Rezko is going on daily there will be lots of time to ask and respond to this..Maybe we will all have to bone-up on this one case since of all the politicial fixer cases involving Clinton or McCain this one seems the main talking point..As someoone once said mud shows up more on white horse than a grey horse. Let's remember the Clintons are fabulously wealthy from giving speeches much of it to enrich their own deep pockets and providing access and you constantly hammer away at the much poorer Obama for making speeches and his Illinois connections.

I'm about to cry over the "poorer" Obamas . . . with their barely-a-million-a-year, not to mention the book income . . . I'm verklempt, talk amongst yourselves a moment . . .

There, that's better.

Obama won't be able to hide from the Rezko stuff for long. His name has already come up twice, and the trial has only just begun!

The question the Super Delegates have to ask themselves is, "If he won't answer them now, can we afford to wait and find out what the answers are in the fall?"

Lee Ward:

""If he won't answer them now, can we afford to wait and find out what the answers are in the fall?""

Exactly - which makes me wonder what the heck Obama is thinking by letting this ride?

Perhaps he's hopeful that the truth won't be discovered until after he's in office.

Or is he so naive that he thinks if he scrunches his eyes closed really tight he can avoid the problem completely?

Or is he so damned dirty and involved in this mess with Rezko that he just can't face the music?

Steve Crickmore:

We can only guess at the Clinton's joint income for the last 5 years ? but the Obamas's joint income for last year is just over a million.He used his book royalties to pay off his student loans and finance his mortgage on the house. I presume he got a motgage. Here are his other assets.I don't know the equity in his house..Retzo sold the empty lot beside Obama's to another lawyer ..I didn't say poor but much poorer than the Clintons who don't feel the necessity, since all the pressure is on Obama but I feel safe to say his assets are less 5% of the Clintons who make bundles of private money from Bill giving those benighted speeches into their joint bank account, plus million dollar consutancy fees,and shares . Business in the consultancy field has been very good the last year for Bill...The super delegates are probably too intimitated by the Clinton machine to ask intently about the Bill Clinton money trail and he has already told them it none of their damn business..He says he is not doing anything wrong,it's private, there is no conflict of interest, so that's okay.


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