Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Rezko & Canada & Obama's Hissyfit, Oh My!

After 8 years of Gee Dubya's dubious dealings with the press, the last thing we need is another hissyfit pitching paranoid trying to game the press.

Obama tangles with the press

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Led by the Chicago press corps that has covered Obama for years, the candidate today faced a barrage of questions in what turned out to be a contentious news conference.

Questions centered on why his campaign had denied that a meeting occurred between his chief economic advisor and Canadian officials as well as questions on his relationship with Tony Rezko, a Chicago land developer and fast food magnate, now on trial for corruption charges.

Obama claimed that when he had first denied the meeting between Austan Goolsbee and any members of the Canadian administration he provided "the information that [he] had at the time."

Hm. The "information that he had at the time."

So... Obama has no idea what his advisers are doing?

Not good.

And it got worse. On the Rezko scandal...

A third reporter followed, asking Obama why information about fundraisers or other details had not been answered by the campaign. He raised the issue of how details were emerging in the case, like the fact that Obama and Rezko had toured the property that resulted in the questionable land deal between the two men.

Obama continued to say that reporters' interest was due to the fact this was "a hot story."

He claimed that his campaign would be happy to provide the details, but when asked why the campaign hadn't been forthcoming, he said, "What happens is these requests I think can go on forever, and, at some point, we've tried to respond to what's pertinent to the question that's been raised."

He added, "There's no question that he raised money for us, and there's no dispute that we've tried to get rid of that money."

"Get rid of the money" doesn't sound very presidential to me.

And now, the hissyfit...

Toward the end of the press conference, the question of Goolsbee's meeting was raised again. Obama answered curtly and then walked out after a staffer called last question. The press erupted with shouts, but Obama continued to walk out.

I don't know about you, but I really don't want another president who refuses to answer questions...

... unless the questions are all, "How far did you walk on water today?"

And if Rezko is no big deal, why is an Obama senate staffer taking notes at the trial?

Rezko Watch has everything you ever wanted to know about that Obama-Rezko "one degree of separation" relationship.

Heavy sigh.

Best bar bet in the world: Delilah didn't do it.
Judges 16:19-- and and


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