By JONATHAN MARTIN & CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN | 1/22/09 6:43 PM EST Updated: 1/23/09 7:20 AM EST
President Obama made a surprise visit to the White House press corps Thursday night, but got agitated when he was faced with a substantive question.
Asked how he could reconcile a strict ban on lobbyists in his administration with a Deputy Defense Secretary nominee who lobbied for Raytheon, Obama interrupted with a knowing smile on his face.
"Ahh, see," he said, "I came down here to visit. See this is what happens. I can't end up visiting with you guys and shaking hands if I'm going to get grilled every time I come down here."
Amazing. A member of the White House Press Corps actually attempts to do his job in the presence of the anointed One, and this is what emerges.
Does Obama really think that a simple, single question constitutes, "grilling?" Well, I guess we better get the lawyers at Justice to send down a ruling and figure out if the press now fits the legal definition of torture. Oooh, harsh interrogations!
What the hell does he think the press room is for? Just hanging out with the buds, joking and giving out fist bumps?
Oh. Yeah. Right. How silly of me.
The president was quickly saved by a cameraman in the room who called out: “I’d like to say it one more time: ‘Mr. President.’ ”
The press is in such a state of post-coital bliss that all it can do is roll over towards the One - enjoyin' his cigarette - snuggle up and whisper in his ear, "Mr. President," with such sycophantic adoration as to put Marilyn Monroe's singing of Happy Birthday to JFK to utter shame.