It’s come to this: Newly media-shy president turned down an interview with … Chris Matthews

posted at 8:29 pm on August 17, 2012 by Allahpundit

I don’t blame him. What if Tingles surprised him with a tough question about how difficult it is to deal with Republicans?

“I just think it comes down to their overall strategy, which is to be low risk, to play it safe. They feel like they’re ahead and there’s no need to put the president in a position where he makes a mistake,” said former George W. Bush spokesman Trent Duffy, a founding partner of public affairs group HDMK. “They feel like they’ve got it won, and Romney’s got to do something dramatic.”…

“I hate the fact that they have made me worry more about access than reporting. Why build a press briefing room if the president isn’t going to brief the press?” NBC News chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd told POLITICO, who said the White House’s disregard for the press has “reached a new low.” “Both campaigns say the press doesn’t cover them seriously. But the more they cordon us off, the harder it is for us to report on the issues.”…

Obama has even declined an interview with the friendliest liberal outlet on television. Earlier this month, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd sat down with Mitt Romney for a one-on-one interview that will be featured in an hourlong MSNBC documentary that will air prior to the Republican convention. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who has been very public about his support for Obama, was not granted an interview with the president for the network’s Obama documentary, which will run prior to the Democratic convention. The White House offered Biden instead.

The fact that they offered Obama an interview with a guy who’s face-first in the tank for him instead of asking him to sit with Todd, like Romney did, tells you everything you need to know about partisanship on cable news. Just to play devil’s advocate, though: What does O have to gain by chatting with major media figures right now, even one as friendly as Matthews? He’s trying to use these summer months to define Romney and Ryan; the more time he spends answering questions, the more the spotlight’s on him instead of them and the more opportunities Mitt has to take something he’s said and use it to go on offense. “You didn’t build that” is the perfect example, especially since O claims he was taken out of context on that. If you’re worried about inadvertently handing your opponent a hugely damaging soundbite, then yeah, you’re going to clam up. And as sycophantic as Matthews is, there’s no guarantee that he can prevent that. Imagine if he asked him a question as simple as “What are your plans for your second term?” No one knows the answer to that, Obama included, so the risk of a bad soundbite is high. Why chance it?

Here’s what Obama knows right now. One: There are very few truly undecided voters out there, possibly as little as three to five percent of the electorate. Two: There are a lot of unlikely voters out there who are well disposed to him but who need some strong motivation to turn out. Three: If he does an interview or press conference with professional political reporters, he’s inevitably going to be asked about, oh, say, this. All that being so, if you were him, wouldn’t you rather concentrate right now on dopey morning-zoo segments where you can keep it light and try to remind those unlikely voters and undecideds why they came to like you in the first place? His campaign’s busy telling America that Romney’s a monster who gave steelworkers’ wives cancer and who now wants to destroy Medicare. The best contrast O can draw with that is to focus on his alleged likability advantage. There’ll be plenty of time for policy arguments in the fall.


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Slade73 on August 17, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Barry says he has evolved concerning gay marriage but that tingle running up Crissie’s leg makes Obama nervous.

Herb on August 17, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Yep — turning Chris Matthews loose in the Oval Office with Obama would be like turning Jerry Sandusky loose in a Boy Scout camp. Barack’s seen those prison movies, and he’s not letting himself be sexually assaulted in HD on national television.

jon1979 on August 17, 2012 at 9:35 PM

I expect there will be boxers and panties thrown at him when he finally speaks.

trubble on August 17, 2012 at 8:40 PM

What do you think Chrissy wears – silk, lace, or cotton?

Flora Duh on August 17, 2012 at 8:45 PM

I don’t even want to think about what kind he wears when I know how much tingling has been goin’ on down there. EWWWWWWWW!

Sasha List on August 17, 2012 at 9:35 PM

What do you think Chrissy wears – silk, lace, or cotton?

Flora Duh on August 17, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Whatever style they are, they are most likely Fruit of the Loom.

predator on August 17, 2012 at 9:37 PM

White House’s disregard for the press has “reached a new low.”

Hey, the MSM have been nothing but whores for Barry, why should he show them any respect?

GarandFan on August 17, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Exactly, and it is only getting worse with Ryan defining the medicare narrative. He knows he can’t compete on the issues, so he tries to let the surrogates do the work. You are correct about Harry, as he has no created the unintended aspect of the media starting to look into his finances. DWS, well, that, like Biden, is the gift that keeps giving. This will not be good for team odumbo, which is fine by me. :)

uncommon sense on August 17, 2012 at 9:21 PM

The Dems seem to be flailing like a poor swimmer under shark attack. Obama hasn’t experienced a circumstance like this before; he always had some dirt to dig up so as to avoid a genuine fight. It’s not just a whole new ball game for him. It’s a whole new sport and he’s over matched.

I expect the rest of the Dem Party got complacent, too, anticipating an easy win. The MSM held the narrative for decades but they haven’t come into the 21st Century with new media. Heck! Talk radio threw them for a loop in the 90s when it was coming into its own. The Dem response: Keep using the TV networks to thrust the idea that Republicans will throw Grandma from the train. And the liblets are still trying it, but with an electorate far more aware than twenty years ago.

I truly expect some on-air meltdowns in the MSM, worse than the clear dismay I enjoyed in ’94 when Rather had to count down one by one the loss of Congress to the Republicans.

I really don’t think Chrissy is going to be able to handle Republican retention of the House, gains and possible win of the Senate, and the expulsion of Obama–which will be the first and biggest loss of O’s life.

Come to think of it, he’ll likely take it worse than Chrissy.

Liam on August 17, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Wouldn’t you love to see Carney come out for his daily “presser” and find an empty room??? The press boycotting the Boy Wonder. A girl can dream, no?

Sasha List on August 17, 2012 at 9:42 PM

I don’t feel a bit bad for the White House Press. Didn’t Joe lock a reporter in a closet a few years back? Not one “Professional ” journalist made a stink about it. So they are crying now. Too bad. You didn’t do your job for years. We don’t need you and you proved it.

Pecos on August 17, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Tingles better get a thick daiper, but not a disposable one.

KirknBurker on August 17, 2012 at 9:47 PM

He’s afraid Chrissy will try to plant a smooch on him and it will lose votes with socially conservative blacks.

KirknBurker on August 17, 2012 at 9:50 PM

The media may complain and whine but in the end, they will vote for Obama. And they will do everything in their power to get him re elected.

Jack_Burton on August 17, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Rumor has it that Chrissy “Bad Acid” Matthews gets his off-camera fashion hints from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

viking01 on August 17, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Oh my God! My leg! MY LEG!…

It…

WON’T…

STOP……

TINGLING!!!!!

Nethicus on August 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Tingles wanted to continue the radio discussion about Mexican food, red & green chili and the $20 M loan to a big donor to study flatulence as a source of green energy.

Concerned_American on August 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM

I’d also have second thoughts about sitting down with a guy that announced to the world that he got tingles down his leg thinking about me as Chris Matthews said about Obama.

RJL on August 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Liam on August 17, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Yes, this is going to be something to watch. Like I said before, the MSM can’t lose market share forever, they have to get viewers or drop their news departments. I have heard somewhere that NBC and CBS are considering this. One way or the other they will lose the narrative via economic extinction or by giving up that segment. Just as the unions will throw the D’s overboard, so will the media, I just hope it all comes to a head this year. :)

uncommon sense on August 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I don’t feel a bit bad for the White House Press. Didn’t Joe lock a reporter in a closet a few years back? Not one “Professional ” journalist made a stink about it. So they are crying now. Too bad. You didn’t do your job for years. We don’t need you and you proved it.

Pecos on August 17, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Probably this time: Joe Biden’s Staffers Held Pool Reporter in Closet at High-Powered Florida Democrat Fundraiser

On the other hand, it might have happened again somewhere else, and yes, imagine if a Republican had done that.

slickwillie2001 on August 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

It is true that the Obama team recognizes the danger in interviews or press conferences isn’t the questions, it is Obama. His gaffes, and Biden’s, have come while they are making speeches. There was no question to fumble and presumably they had teleprompters and/or notes to follow.

The truth is we can’t see the college transcripts because they will show that Obama isn’t very bright. He can deliver a speech from a teleprompter like a pro, but he’s like Sean Penn: as soon as he’s on his own, he IS going to say something stupid ’cause he IS dumb as a rock.

Adjoran on August 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Hey Chris! That warm tingle you are feeling,… that’s Obama taking a leak on your shoes.

WestTexasBirdDog on August 17, 2012 at 10:31 PM

I find it completely amusing that the label of tingles got attributed to him when he actually said ‘thrill’ because tingles just sounds so much more teh ghey and fits him perfectly.

Stray Cat on August 17, 2012 at 10:37 PM

“I don’t blame him.”

The very first thing that went through my mind on seeing the headline.

Dusty on August 17, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Maybe tingles aint so tingly anymore.

Wolfmoon on August 17, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Mathews is a carnival barker

koaiko on August 17, 2012 at 10:54 PM

The O-Messiah turns down an interview with Chris Matthews. Chris Matthews hardest hit.

Kingfisher on August 17, 2012 at 10:56 PM

To be honest, can you blame Obama? Matthews interviewing Obama would be like screaming teenage girls during the Beatles’ early successful years.

Personally, I couldn’t put up with a middle aged man crying, screaming and slobbering.

Kingfisher on August 17, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Mathews is a carnival barker

koaiko on August 17, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Carnival barkers everywhere now severely malinged…

Tenwheeler on August 17, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Personally, I couldn’t put up with a middle aged man crying, screaming and slobbering.

Kingfisher on August 17, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Then don’t go near Biteme’s house around 10:30 pm November 6…..

Tenwheeler on August 17, 2012 at 11:12 PM

“I just think it comes down to their overall strategy, which is to be low risk, to play it safe. They feel like they’re ahead and there’s no need to put the president in a position where he makes a mistake,” said former George W. Bush spokesman Trent Duffy, a founding partner of public affairs group HDMK. “They feel like they’ve got it won, and Romney’s got to do something dramatic.”…

LOL… that is really funny… The delusion is strong with this fool…

mnjg on August 17, 2012 at 11:22 PM

You want to vote for Gary Johnson? Go right ahead. Obama is going to lose…

…and lose hard.

MadisonConservative on August 17, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Mathews is a carnival barker

koaiko on August 17, 2012 at 10:54 PM

In what regent Valerie Jarrett called a simple misunderstanding child emperor Obama apparently tried to eat one of those too.

viking01 on August 18, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Sad thing is that if he is reelected he will probably have a channel dedicated to him 24/7. I mean besides MSNBC.

Pattosensei on August 18, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Well, Obama may have good reason for turning Tingles down. For one thing, Matthews doesn’t know how to do an interview. He constantly talks over people. And secondly, he’s been hitting the bottle again. You can tell when he talks really fast and the spittle starts flying.

TarheelBen on August 18, 2012 at 12:35 AM

I disagree with the nostalgia idea. Can’t wait to see the last of these two, and I’ve felt that way since the election results came in. I knew it would be the longest 4 years of my life, and so it has. Four. Miserable. Anxiety-ridden. Depressing years.

Cody1991 on August 17, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Boy, ain’t that the truth.

Alana on August 18, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Here’s what Obama knows right now. Onesquat

Ugly on August 18, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Obama is a shallow dolt.

pat on August 18, 2012 at 1:33 AM

Obama is a shallow dolt.

pat on August 18, 2012 at 1:33 AM

ROFL

dddave on August 18, 2012 at 3:33 AM

The delicious irony is how shatbit crazy one TIME reporter went when Palin’s people said she didn’t need to give interviews to the press. That reporter was Jay Carney.

MayBee on August 18, 2012 at 3:43 AM

Dude. Allahp might not be wrong here. Sure we have a president that can’t handle serious issues. But, he wasn’t elected on that. He was elected on feeling serious while still relating to “the people.”

What type of turnout does he need from typical morning radio pop show listener? 30% t o make a difference?

cpaulus on August 18, 2012 at 3:49 AM

slickwillie2001 on August 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Locking someone in a closet against their is usually against the law.

This even applies to reporters.

Unless he or she wasn’t housebroken.

IlikedAUH2O on August 18, 2012 at 6:46 AM

This guy runs and hides to avoid confronting reality . . . Isn’t it wonderful to have such a great leader?

rplat on August 18, 2012 at 7:04 AM

Legs. Untingled.

aw.

ted c on August 18, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Give him a break. It’s not results but his intentions that count.

diogenes on August 18, 2012 at 8:50 AM

The United States is doing fine.

BobMbx on August 18, 2012 at 8:51 AM

This is good news.

Even the pompous donkey-butts in the mainstream media have pride and if he starts dissing them, they could destroy him in one well planned hour.

Don L on August 18, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Barry bragging about his constant water/wine conversions. Chris bouncing up and down in his lap screaming, “I’m tingling!” Who wants to see that, again?

onomo on August 18, 2012 at 12:29 PM

If Obama wears a blue dress, do you think “Tingles” would decorate it for him?

trl on August 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Bama’s a slick candidate, and he’s getting good campaign advice. He doesn’t care if he pisses off the press, he knows they’ll always come back to him in the end. And they will.

harpman on August 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM

His likeability is also suffering. I don’t think he’s as media savvy as he was lucky in 2008. But if he looses he could always run for president of Kenya. ;-)

Rudemeister on August 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM

What does it say about the President’s record when he refuses an uber friendly interview but instead offers Joe Biden? He is a coward.

magicbeans on August 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Obama and company nixed Fox News for the debates. What a bunch of wimps they have in the Obama camp. It’s no wonder they’re where they are, they can’t answer a tough question, they can’t do much beside vote present. One candidate said, “if they can’t face Fox News how can they face Iran?” I guess that answers the question about why we’re where we are with Iran, doesn’t it?

bflat879 on August 18, 2012 at 1:09 PM

“I just think it comes down to their overall strategy, which is to be low risk, to play it safe. They feel like they’re ahead and there’s no need to put the president in a position where he makes a mistake,” said former George W. Bush spokesman Trent Duffy, a founding partner of public affairs group HDMK. “They feel like they’ve got it won, and Romney’s got to do something dramatic.”…

I think that this analysis really misses the point. Obama isn’t making himself available to the press, because he can’t help himself by talking about his record, issues or his agenda for a second term. The primary way that Obama can help himself is by trashing Romney, and making him an unacceptable alternative. However, Obama can’t do this himself, and so he has his surrogates out in force to do it for him.

ghostwriter on August 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM

And it is truly pathetic that Obama is hiding from Tingles, of all people. As if the gang at MSNBC wouldn’t just cut out any gaffe that Obama committed.

ghostwriter on August 18, 2012 at 2:29 PM

He has adopted the bunker mentality since the polls have improved for Romney. The wheels are truly falling off the Obama bus.

SC.Charlie on August 18, 2012 at 2:51 PM

obumble is on TV right now. I have never heard such a pile of blatant lies and slander in my life. What a disgrace to the office and to the country. A blatant liar lieing to the morons that actually believe him. Now Romney paid less than 1% taxes. Jesus, Mary and Joseph!! What a liar!

ultracon on August 18, 2012 at 4:11 PM

What if AllahPundit got new picture of Obama to use instead of the shopworn “winker” and then actually wrote an article that had some semblance of connection to reality.

DevilsPrinciple on August 18, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Can you imagine a President Romney four years from now turning down an interview with Sean Hannity? This is the action of a man who knows he’s up $#!+ creek with a turd for a paddle.

baldylox on August 18, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Poor Chrissy! After this put-down he is so depressed that MSNBC is putting him on a suicide watch! Chrissy was all set to ask Hard Ball questions like “What is your favorite color” and “Who is your favorite movie actor”. I understand that Chrissy was also expecting to perform a “Lewinsky” on his idol! Very sad story and I feel so sorry for Chrissy there are tears starting to run down my leg!!!

Jersey Dan on August 18, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Just to play devil’s advocate, though: What does O have to gain by chatting with major media figures right now, even one as friendly as Matthews?

Nothing.

Off-prompter he’s a mush-mouthed, gaffe-prone, half-wit.

His handlers are playing it perfectly.

Tim_CA on August 19, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Obama might be even more prone to slip up in front of an all praising Matthews than he would be in an interview with O’Reilly or the person I would like to see interview him, Kudlow.

jpmn on August 19, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I really don’t think Chrissy is going to be able to handle Republican retention of the House, gains and possible win of the Senate, and the expulsion of Obama–which will be the first and biggest loss of O’s life.

Come to think of it, he’ll likely take it worse than Chrissy.

Liam on August 17, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Obama has lost an election before, to a streetwise Chicago pol who was too well-connected to suffer the “trickeration” O’s merry band of pranksters usually engaged in:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illinois%27s_1st_congressional_district_election,_2000

ebrown2 on August 19, 2012 at 10:04 AM

What a missed opportunity for obama to talk about really important US items…

such as Seamus.

acyl72 on August 19, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Good analysis, AP

Tingles, heh. Heh, heh

IMHO Timgles would melt again if Obie gave him the Shazzam.

That makes Tingles unreliable. Tingly might assume the One was living on the same cloud, and put Obama in a corner

It is hard to reinvent yourself when you are not yet sure what you have to becomee

Obama is still in the pupa stage and cannot be disturbed

entagor on August 19, 2012 at 4:01 PM

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