Promising to bring America a new era of openness and proclaiming that “[t]ransparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency,” President Obama has had a rough few weeks. It seems that the “transparency” he promised has instead manifested itself in his administration’s amateurish bumbling and inability to hide some embarrassing, behind the scenes manipulations.
About half-way through President Obama’s press conference Monday night, he had an unscripted question of his own. “All, Chuck Todd,” the President said, referring to NBC’s White House correspondent. “Where’s Chuck?” He had the same strange question about Fox News’s Major Garrett: “Where’s Major?”
The problem wasn’t the lighting in the East Room. The President was running down a list of reporters preselected to ask questions. The White House had decided in advance who would be allowed to question the President and who was left out.
It is hard for me to decide which is scarier: The Obama administration’s attempt to manipulate a press conference, or the fact that they are not even good enough to get away with such a simple task.