Obama to interrupter: ‘I didn’t ask for an argument’
President Barack Obama did not respond kindly Friday to an interruption during his Rose Garden announcement of new immigration rules, telling the man shouting that it was neither the time nor the place to field questions.
The reporter, who was wearing a temporary press badge, was identified as Neil Munro from the conservative website the Daily Caller. He later told CNN, “I have to ask the questions you all won’t ask,” referring to the reporters gathered who regularly cover the White House.
“Excuse me sir, it is not the right time for questions sir,” Obama said as Munro shouted questions. “Not while I’m speaking.”
“The next time I prefer you let me finish my statements before you ask your question,” Obama said later in his remarks. “I didn’t ask for an argument, I’m answering your question.”
When the president finished his comments, he turned and headed back into the Oval Office ignoring any further questions.
Ask not what Obama is doing to this country, ask what this country can do for Obama.
Sorry, Barry. We don’t have a king, we have a president. It isn’t written anywhere that we owe you deference or decorum. The press is not your campaign steno pool, even if they act like it most of the time.
The media, along with Congress and the rest of us citizens have a right to question you. You work for us. If Mr. Munro had waited for you to finish, he would have been shouting questions at your back as you walked away.
Fair is fair – if you want the press to wait until you are done speaking to ask questions, then you need to answer questions when you are done speaking.