Obama Does Not Feel the Spirit of Texas After His Sitdown With WFAA's Brad Watson

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Yesterday President Obama gave four brief interviews to local television stations, among them WFAA-Channel 8, which sent Brad Watson to Washington. Their chat has become something of a national news item -- not because of what was said during the interview, during which Obama scolded Gov. Rick Perry for being a budget-balancing hypocrite, but what happened after.

As USA Today puts it: "Obama to reporter: 'Let me finish my answers' next time." Mediaite offers this: "Barack Obama Chides Local Reporter For His Interruptive And Combative Interview." I smell a Peabody. Or at least a Katie.

Update at 9 a.m.: A Friend of Unfair Park sends word that Watson's interview is now the lead item on the Drudge Report, accompanied by the all-caps headline "REPORTER TURNS AGGRESSIVE WITH OBAMA."
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Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

President Obama did not finish his answer, before Brad jumped at him with another question.The President has no reason to like Rick Perry ,with as many lies Perry has told about the President.Rick Perry did balance the budget last time with Federal money ,but lied about it, and Tea Party,and President Obama hating Republicans refuse to acknowledge it.

GoldenDoor
GoldenDoor

Dallas is a conservative sh*thole. We would be a blue state if not for Metroplex voters. You're holding us all back. You don't speak for us. Don't ever embarrass us like this again. This is not okay.

Pecos_Drifter
Pecos_Drifter

He should have pulled a Greggo on him........

Ron Zajac
Ron Zajac

What's weird is that the coverage of this meta-issue is heavily edited. Did the guy interrupt Obama? We see some fairly innocuous snippets, but if Obama was disruptive of reasoned response, we don't see it here. It'd be nice if someone would post the entire interview so we can make up our own minds on this.

Speaking of which, given the fact that reasonable people can't really make up their minds with the data offered by the embedded video, the partisan sniping and snarking in this comments section takes on an interesting significance, to be sure.

scottindallas
scottindallas

"given the fact that reasonable people can't really make up their minds with the data offered by the embedded video, the partisan sniping and snarking in this comments section takes on an interesting significance, to be sure. "

Thank you, it's utter sophistry by both parties. Like you, I'm wondering what was so offensive. I have a hard time watching Fox (I don't mean Good Day Dallas and local Fox 4) But, I missed the offensive moment. How anyone can conclude anything (one way or another) from this is mystifying.

disqus779
disqus779

Did Bush or Chaney ever do interviews with anyone other than pre-approved questions and interviewers?

Igraveyard
Igraveyard

Mr. Obama? What about President Obama? Respect people. Democrat or Republican.

scottindallas
scottindallas

HE's the public SERVANT. Get over your identity worship.

nah
nah

yeah, i noticed that as well. typical of him, typical of this day and age.

MonkKBFR
MonkKBFR

This reporter is an idiot. Why would not let the president finish an answer? It's respect for the office (not the man) that's being abused here and it's inexcusable.

mj
mj

Its Texas...What more should he expect of a representative from the American equivalent of the Land of Misfit toys?

GoldenDoor
GoldenDoor

I'm from here and this kind of behavior surprises me.

md
md

Less corruption than he swam in while in Chicago?

Agamben
Agamben

Please release the unedited video. There are a few instances in which the reporter clearly speaks over the president; this suggests there are more. It's true that there's never enough time to ask every question, but a fair presentation of the interview and the president's assessment of the reporter's lack of professional courtesy requires full, unedited disclosure.

Firefx9
Firefx9

That wasn't an aggressive interview. That reporter is a conservative and doing what they do. none of these tight faced clowns can shake Obama. This article is much ado about nothing.

Mark Stouffer
Mark Stouffer

Ha! We got the shuttle!!!

I don't like Obama's politics whatsoever but I thought he was polite about not getting interrupted by this white, blond, Taxan. Interruptions are not conducive to political debate.

md
md

So who has a more robust system of debate? The UK or the US?

Mark Stouffer
Mark Stouffer

Oh, Whoops! I thought I was on the OC Weekly. They use the same website framework or are part of the Village Voice to, or were.

But in answer to your question, US. I mean, are they systems, really? Shure the Brittish heckle their parlimentarians but the do it in a polite, Brittish, chorttling golf-clap sort of way. It only breaks up the orators sentences.

Intelligent statements sometimes follow large conceptual loops, especially statements about principles.

I like to imagine a better system than either. I think it would be the one preferred by the people who call principles "best practices", a term now picked up by the administration. A system like the one you are using now, used and developed by the people who brought you the one you are using now, software developers.

It would allow answers to be given to questions as line-items. And no one would need to interrupt anyone. Interruptions only rob the listener.

scottindallas
scottindallas

interruptions are fair, fine and appropriate when someone makes a false statement or uses faulty reasoning. Relative to this story, I'm still wondering where it is. This is so nothing, and I am incensed that anyone would be bothered or excited by this. I'm not being sarcastic, it's such a false controversy, enough. I can't believe that this is one of the most active threads in weeks on here, for so little.

nah
nah

the u.k. no question.

nah
nah

how thoroughly representative mr. watson actually was.. of wfaa, dallas in general, texas in general, douche's in general, cheapshot journalism in general, non-listeners in general, and not knowing the facts in general. way 2 go, BRAD......

sketchartist
sketchartist

Contrary to Brad Watson's feigned disbelief, President Obama didn't have to "infer" that Texas politics are changing. Texas IS gradually shifting toward the Democrats because of changing demographics, particularly due to increases in the Hispanic population. Watson's own county, Dallas, has gone from being a perennial GOP stronghold to being overwhelmingly Democratic.

People should remember that, these days, most "reporters" calculate their own popularity with voters as much as any politician does. If they think poorly imitating Bill O'Reilly's "Why do so many people hate you?" routine does the trick, journalism be damned. It's all about Watson's career ambitions and WFAA's envy of Fox.

nah
nah

truck full of mexicans..

Jacob Simpson
Jacob Simpson

Brad Watson is a hack, always has been, always will be.

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

Anyone remember the "ambush" interview Dan rather did with Bush The Elder in 1987? Anyone remember the conservative outrage that a reporter disrespected the president through his aggressive questioning back then? Thought so.

Chester Copperpot
Chester Copperpot

I totally remember that. I blogged about it, sent multiple tweets, put it on my Facebook status update, and ranted on Drudge and multiple message boards.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

If he had waved around a six-shooter and concocted some story about shooting a coyote he would be guaranteed to carry the state.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Who are these people commenting all over this story that I've never seen here before?Teabag shills?

md
md

Look! A black helicopter!

nah
nah

i'm having we shot jr flashbacks...

MOZARTADEL
MOZARTADEL

MOZARTADEL 0 minutes ago

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Rightwing "Charities and Non Profits" that get Tax Payers Money from Grants.

All these Non Profits provide control of the press and use Taxpayer money from Grants to do it.....

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Steve
Steve

All this bullshit about "respect for the office" from the same assholes who threw eggs at Bush's inaugural day motorcade, spent 8 years calling Bush Hitler, cheering when someone threw a shoe at him and on and on.......Don't like how Obama is treated? Too fucking bad, you assholes made the rules, we're just playing by them.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

Blaming others for your own behavior isn't all that mature. So what if some on the left behaved badly during the Bush administration? That doesn't give you license to act the same way. Maybe if both sides would start acting with a little more civility and intelligence we could make a little progress. Instead, we're stuck with the political discourse of four-year-olds: "He hit me! He hit me! Mine! Mine! Mine!"

Even though I consider myself a Democrat, I think most Democratic politicians are spineless and refuse to stand up for their principles. On the other hand, though, I think most Republican pols are so concerned with pandering to the base that they refuse to even entertain the possibility that they might be wrong, or that an idea that comes from the other side might have merit.

scottindallas
scottindallas

Actually Bush's deft dodging of those shoes really elevated my perception of him. And, I still believe he deserves to be punched in the face for starting a war based on lies he knew were bs. Afterall, an earnest person seeks out dissent, he silenced and suppress them. I feel denied the full democratic process and what to take my democracy back with a knuckle sandwich. I'd settle for a war crimes trial. I'd like to see Obama up for war crimes for continuing the same policies. Anything short of this principled stand is actually showing disrespect (a desire to gloss over corrosive tarnish and rust) for the office.

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

wait - so you don't see any irony here? LOL!

Steve
Steve

Of course i see the irony, it's ironic that you think people should treat Obama with respect after 8 years of calling Bush Hitler.

Montemalone
Montemalone

You're right. Not very respectful of Hitler.

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

@Steve. Wow. This is why I love Dallas. It's like bringing a gun to a nerf sword fight

abuckley1970
abuckley1970

I don't like to see any president mistreated. period. and by the way, I only see one asshole on this thread and it's not me...at least not today.

Steve
Steve

My comment wasn't a reply to you.

abuckley1970
abuckley1970

You had quoted part of what I said so....

You don't get to be the asshole today... :D

abuckley1970
abuckley1970

I don't object to the questioning because, after all, the president is merely a mortal man but I do object to rudeness in not letting the man finish answering the questions he was asked. Even if the reporter doesn't respect the man, he should respect the office.

I'm not a die hard republican or democrat because the parties seem to flip flop to suit their agendas. However, I did like Obama's comment regarding Perry using federal funds to balance the state's budget. LOL

rain39
rain39

I didn't watch part 2 of the "interview" because I thought Brad had an attitude from the first question which interfered with his effectiveness as an interviewer and reporter. It made channel 8 look like Fox news in full sail. A good reporter will ask hard questions AND will also show a little respect to the President of the United States. If these are the the real values of WFAA, they just lost me as a viewer since 1979.

Ethan Wilson
Ethan Wilson

I love watching WFAA-TV but I was really disappointed in Brad Watson's interview with President Barack Obama, Brad seemed more concerned with being an aggressive interviewer than actually getting any answers, and asking trivial questions instead of news and noteworthy interrogation. I'm extremely disappointed that they sent the wrong batter up to plate for such an important occasion.

Rooster
Rooster

If I've learned nothing else from watching presidents interviewed over the last several decades, you're never going to "actually get any answers" unless you're an "agressive interviewer". If you're not agressive, all you get is their spin an company line, which is far, far, far from "actually get any answers".

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Apparently Politcs and tolerance dont have a place together. Its rather disgusting to see what americans say about each other just because they have an opinion. Maybe Ill just stop voting and and not care becasue apparently Im not allowed to have multiple beliefs that fall on both sides of aisle. I dont want any side representing me anymore, they are all a joke

scottindallas
scottindallas

Then by all means vote 3rd party. So long as we buy the axiom that 3rd party votes are wasted votes, it legitimizes the illegitimate two party oligarchy. The only way we've had real change and reform in this country is by 3rd parties screwing up the duopoly. When enough people become fed up enough to actually abandon the duopoly do they take notice of what you say. The GOP has show this time and again, with the hard right frequently abandoning their party when they disliked their compromises.

But if you want more Dems who are too timid to forcefully advance liberal causes, then keep it up, if you want brainwashed Republicans who believe every market is a free market, refusing to address the deficit--they were ALL wrong about low taxes during the Bush years, when taxes should have remained high, extending the surplus and suppressing the bubbles that were federally and Fed driven.

Vote Ron Paul or Ralph Nader, your vote will have a greater voice if you do that than to jump into the pool of compromised duopoly. I respect the Sen. Coburns of the world who are principled conservatives and are willing to advance their own principled agenda by crossing the aisle.

Gil
Gil

ScottsMerkin says "Apparently Politcs and tolerance dont have a place together."

Right you are, sir! I couldn't have said it better myself.

I see Jack E. Jett above, always whining to be tolerated for this or respected for that while blithely calling people he doesn't know "teabaggers". Good luck with your own interests, Jack, but people might just decide that promoting and giving charitably to, oh, say, rescue gerbils instead of to your causes allows them to escape that whole unpleasantness of wild-eyed, foamy-mouthed agitators snarling about "teabaggers" entirely. Way to go, champ! Anyway, Jack, even if you'll never get the exemptions or other privileges "teabaggers" get for practicing that civil respect that still eludes you, you can always protect yourself from unexpected tax liabilities by purchasing enough permanent life insurance, and you can always pay a lawyer to fill in all those other gaps, at least a little. Instead of mutual tolerance and respect which takes so much more work and is still always iffy, just go ahead and write those extra checks, why don't you, Jack? The gerbils will thank you for it.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Va t'en faire foutre.

Gil
Gil

Oooh! Oooh! I know what what "Va t'en faire foutre" means...

It means "Pssst, don't tell the others, but Jack E. Jett is so stupid he thinks tea partiers are social conservatives, not the fiscal conservatives and libertarians like Trey Garrison they really are, in other words, they're exactly people mostly likely to vote Jack the rights he thinks he deserves to have if he was only smart enough not to insult them gratuitously for a passing cheap laugh. But you know Jack, he'll never be bright enough to ever figure that out, and he'll never amount to being anything more than a prancing internet clown for the entertainment of The Man anyway, so why hurt his feelings needlessly? And besides, we the mob prefer our obtuse, prancing internet clown to be just the same, Stupid Jack he's always been and always will be for our entertainment, too, so fuck what he wants. Oh...and you can fuck off, too."

Amazing how those French can say so much in so few words.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Gil I will remember you in my prayers tonight.

Luv, Peace, & Gerbils 4 ever.

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

I love how Gil has decided to proclaim what Tea Baggers are about, despite all the evidence to the contrary.

They are like zombies trying to say "hey - I've been a zombie all along! It has nothing to do with the infection I contracted in November of 2008!"

nah
nah

ghey

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