Geraldo: Is Obama avoiding the press?
President won't answer tough questions from the press
- Duration 5:13
- Date Aug 17, 2012
President won't answer tough questions from the press
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-- with Geraldo segment tonight it's been 59 days since President Obama had a news conference with White House reporters.
Get the president's found time to do interviews with People Magazine Entertainment Tonight and New Mexico's pop music station KO BF them.
Where he was subjected to this hard hitting interview.
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Geraldo is this the ugly -- political campaign you've seen let me tell you I would have been there -- and the president and I would have asked him what his -- -- I.
I am I'm also the you know he's gonna give the interview to the dog food channel before he gives it to me at best.
Every single day -- you know yeah I get the same answer you know which is no answer also.
I understand the frustration of the white house press corps isn't the dirty campaign -- -- swift boat was pretty bad Willie Horton was pretty bad.
I have to say though like Joseph Biden's comment I mean I hope it wasn't a gap I hope it was that I hope it wasn't intentional I hope.
They you really weren't.
You know blatantly playing the race card you know which great which is definitely possible -- everything is so premeditated everything is so scripted and they are all of these hidden -- -- Not so -- not so subtle.
But what Biden did I thought ranked really up there with.
You know -- may be only surpassed by the ad where Romney essentially is accused of killing the lady with cancer.
Well what about on the other side of of the -- they'd say this ad about -- Obama being a welfare president I think I think that is also.
A hideous distortion of the reality.
Yeah what the problem I think the real problem goes back to Citizens United -- I think goes back to the Supreme Court that I face.
They've already spent as much as they spent in the total 2008 campaign and were still in August can you imagine if you live in the battleground state.
My poor mom in Florida every time she.
Puts the TV on she's getting bombarded by you know these attack -- from one side or the other.
My goodness it's really going to be a kind of a vicious fall.
Not Colorado you are a good reporter so I want you to put yourself in the -- level White House correspondent who finds that the president.
Is unavailable no talking now you can say that President Bush back in 04 personally did not have -- -- Francis.
But is this the right thing to do for the leader of the free world to not be taking questions from people who are following.
The news of the world -- new lows of the day the top economic.
-- Clinton didn't need give press conference is either after the first couple of years was trying to get his -- -- passed along with with Hillary.
So I think they get into a rut where they don't want to go before the white house press corps.
Let's say -- that kind of wind.
The white house press corps you know they have the traveling press corps there with the president all the time they think that they have.
You know a special skill that other reporters -- I think Nancy O'Dell did a great job entertainment tonight with the president the other day.
People Magazine doesn't People Magazine does but I I think that the press -- tends to feel that they are entitled.
You know and and a way that fact the president this week in and doesn't bother me much at all.
Get around to it that that too many of the press comes as I noticed big big thing is the president has to think on his feet.
The bad thing is the reporter particularly the beat reporters tend to look for the gotcha moment.
You know where they can trip from up in and the follow up beta is you know something also designed to -- Let me just say something to you you're my guest here tonight on the factor I'm looking for a gotcha moment.
People want the -- yeah.
Well I want the leader of the free world to not be scripted they want to know what you're thinking -- what you're gonna do.
And I'd -- are all respect to that reporter from people who Entertainment Tonight.
Guess what she doesn't follow the news as intently at the White House correspond I don't why not -- New York Times -- Fox -- And and make that knows more than -- don't -- Ed Henry knows more than most reporters whether they're on the -- how well you don't -- -- I agreed but I think people tend to have studied for the president they tend to be well briefed the president sometimes they're intimidated certainly by the president I would like to see him be more open but he is as you suggest following in the tradition now abducting the press.
Above the bipartisan tradition of why risk all that -- -- artists they got to Marleau let me speak up for Geraldo Rivera and say Mr.
Come on Paul -- -- show him black and pardon my area today Colorado after a bad.