Barack Obama apparently would rather eat his waffles than answer questions from the traveling press corps:
As Sen. Hillary Clinton was preparing to campaign here today, Sen. Barack Obama was meeting with voters at a diner and apparently pretty hungry.
“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?” he said, when asked a foreign policy question by a reporter at the Glider Diner.
Well. I guess he told that reporter. Didn’t he? But at what cost?
Kevin Drum is “baffled” by Obama not giving “the press much access,” and says “it’s been reported too many times to dismiss it.”
Here’s a little more context on Wafflegate or Why Won’t Obama Take Questions From The Press:
This morning at a diner in Scranton Obama sat down at the counter to enjoy a waffle breakfast with Senator Bob Casey. He’d already spent more than 30 minutes glad handing the restaurant’s denizens, and with the 15+ press pool crammed behind the counter before him Obama dug in. Which is when one of the network reporters took the advantage of the close proximity to ask a question about Jimmy Carter meeting with Hamas and Obama irritably answered: “Why can’t I just eat my waffle?”
At the White house we’d often shout questions at Bush, especially in his first term when press conferences were few and far between. His choice to answer them sometimes led to scenes like in Fahrenheit 911 when Bush, about to tee off on the golf course, called on all nations to do everything they can to stop terrorist killers and then smirked “Now, watch this drive.” Journalists in general don’t relish asking politicians questions in awkward situations, like on a golf course or over a waffle. But sometimes our hands are forced: Obama hasn’t given a press conference in 10 days and the questions, some of them — like Hamas — rather important, are starting to build up. If he wins the nomination he’ll be running again John McCain, whose philosophy is to give the press total access to the point of saturation; Obama might consider holding avails with a little more regularity. Then, maybe, reporters would let him to eat in peace.
Personally, one would think by now that Barack Obama would understand that answering questions, even tough questions is part and parcel of running for president. That he eludes, time and time again doesn’t look good.