THE WORM TURNS?….I can’t tell if this Dana Milbank piece in the Washington Post today is an accurate reflection of what’s really happening on the campaign trail, but if it is it looks like the press might finally be wearying of Obamamania:
Reporters from the Associated Press and Reuters went after him for his false denial that a campaign aide had held a secret meeting with Canadian officials over Obama’s trade policy. A trio of Chicago reporters pummeled him with questions about the corruption trial this week of a friend and supporter. The New York Post piled on with a question about him losing the Jewish vote.
Obama responded with the classic phrases of a politician in trouble. “That was the information that I had at the time. . . . Those charges are completely unrelated to me. . . . I have said that that was a mistake. . . . The fact pattern remains unchanged.”
When those failed, Obama tried another approach. “We’re running late,” the candidate said, and then he disappeared behind a curtain.
“The fact pattern remains unchanged”? That’s a little lawyerly, isn’t it? There’s probably no harm done, and the sharp questioning from the press is likely too late to make a difference, but it might be a sign of things to come. Obama better watch his back.