Obama refuses on-the-record interview with leading Iowa newspaper; Update: Obama changes his mind

posted at 8:41 am on October 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama demanded that an Iowa editorial board keep an interview with him entirely off the record, and not just any Iowa newspaper, either, but the Des Moines Register, the state’s most influential publication — and just fourteen days before the election.  Mitt Romney had no trouble granting the DMR an on-the-record interview, giving them almost 40 minutes at a supporter’s farm and allowing the newspaper to release the audio of the conversation.  The Leader of the Free World apparently didn’t have enough confidence to allow the DMR to use the material, which brings up the question of why they bothered to do the interview at all (via Katrina Trinko at The Corner):

It was a “personal call” to the Register’s publisher and editor, we were told. The specifics of the conversation could not be shared because it was off-the-record.

Of course, we immediately lobbied his campaign staff in Des Moines for a formal, on-the-record call. We were told it was not their decision; it came from the White House. We requested that the White House be asked to reverse course so whatever the president shared with us could be reviewed by voters and our readers.

No reason was given for the unusual condition of keeping it private.

We relented and took the call. How could we not? It’s the leader of the free world on line one.

I’d give them that one.  When the President is on Line 1, you take the call.  And then you report the fact that he won’t go on the record with your newspaper.

Bear in mind what Obama’s schedule looks like this week.  He’s appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight, and doing a 30-minute MTV interview on Friday.  Why will Obama go on the record with entertainment outlets but not with news organizations?  The obvious takeaway is that Obama is much more willing to discuss Nicki Minaj on the record than his economic record with reporters and editors who can call him out on his false representations of the economy, and prefers “boxers or briefs” questions to whether or not he was briefed on what happened in Benghazi.

If the Leader of the Free World is too afraid to meet with real reporters, that tells us we need a new Leader of the Free World — one who actually acts like a leader.

Update: Our fearless leader has apparently flip-flopped on his demand:

Just like Obama’s second term agenda, it’s too little and too late to reverse the impression made by this already.


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Gutsy.

hawkdriver on October 24, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Leader of the Free World?

Heh…

Leader-from-Behind of an Emerging Neo-Caliphate is more like it.

THEY SHOULD PUBLISH THE DAMNED INTERVIEW ANYWAY.

Journalistic Ethics – today’s most ironic oxymoron.

turfmann on October 24, 2012 at 8:44 AM

I’m afraid that dmr will still endorse dear leader

Reading another article about this… the editors liked what they heard and wished they could print it

cmsinaz on October 24, 2012 at 8:46 AM

We relented and took the call. How could we not? It’s the leader of the free world on line one.

And the article should have had one line….

“We took the call, but he had nothing to say, unlike Governor Mitt Romney who opened up to us and was transparent, president Obama was secretive and would not allow us to report what he said.”

right2bright on October 24, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Chooming is easy. Presidentin’ is hard.

kingsjester on October 24, 2012 at 8:46 AM

“What the President shared with us this morning — and the manner, depth and quality of his presentation – would have been well-received by not only his base, but also undecideds. From a voter standpoint, keeping it off-the-record was a disservice.”

I bet they still endorse him.

SoFlaCon on October 24, 2012 at 8:46 AM

If the Leader of the Free World is too afraid to meet with real reporters, that tells us we need a new Leader of the Free World — one who actually acts like a leader.

Ed Morrissey

Ed, can I post this on my homepage?

hawkdriver on October 24, 2012 at 8:46 AM

And people will still vote for this guy…

SCOAMF

cozmo on October 24, 2012 at 8:46 AM

The mostest openest presedente evah!

cmptrnerd on October 24, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Wouldn’t it be fun if the Des Moines Register announced that they were endorsing Romney, but couldn’t say why, because they weren’t at liberty to reveal what President Obama told them in their secret interview?

ClintACK on October 24, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Most transparent Administration ever.

Washington Nearsider on October 24, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Chickensh!t.

bayview on October 24, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Is it OK to hate him for being yellow?

Flange on October 24, 2012 at 8:49 AM

He is such a pu***! Never before had a President of the US so little to fear from our press and he is still shi***ng himself. The man is a walking embarrassment.

Valkyriepundit on October 24, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Rick Green, the paper’s editor, wrote:

“What the President shared with us this morning — and the manner, depth and quality of his presentation – would have been well-received by not only his base, but also undecideds. From a voter standpoint, keeping it off-the-record was a disservice.”

Yet, watch this liberal publication endorse the President, (on the record).

Rovin on October 24, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Iowa is one of the battleground states. Mittens is perfectly willing to do an on the record and, hey, release the whole interview, with them.

Dear Liar has to keep the interview entirely off the record. Hmm, doesn’t like being challenged?

Wonder who the Des Moines Register will endorse? And how many Iowans are going to take affront at The Whine’s actions?

rbj on October 24, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Better to be thought a fool and remain off the record, than to go on the record and remove all doubt.

dhugh on October 24, 2012 at 8:50 AM

What the President shared with us this morning — and the manner, depth and quality of his presentation – would have been well-received by not only his base, but also undecideds. From a voter standpoint, keeping it off-the-record was a disservice.”

I bet they still endorse him.

SoFlaCon on October 24, 2012 at 8:46 AM

There is one really good reason for not allowing them to print it, and they know what that reason is. You can bet your bottom dollar they know.

It’s a wheelbarrow full of bull droppings.

dogsoldier on October 24, 2012 at 8:50 AM

“What the President shared with us this morning — and the manner, depth and quality of his presentation – would have been well-received by not only his base, but also undecideds. From a voter standpoint, keeping it off-the-record was a disservice.”

I bet they still endorse him.

SoFlaCon on October 24, 2012 at 8:46 AM

If the material is soooo good. Why would it be off the record? I bet they’re covering for another rambling diatribe that only makes sense to complete sychophants.

I bet they do endorse him.

hawkdriver on October 24, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Wouldn’t it be fun if the Des Moines Register announced that they were endorsing Romney, but couldn’t say why, because they weren’t at liberty to reveal what President Obama told them in their secret interview?

ClintACK on October 24, 2012 at 8:47 AM

That would be awesome!

Sadly, though, the media let Obama get away with anything he likes.

Liam on October 24, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Yet…I hear the newspaper will endorse the One….figures…

SPGuy on October 24, 2012 at 8:52 AM

But if Bubba The Love Sponge were to ask for an interview, Dear Leader would be down at the radio station in less than two shakes of a lamb’s tail!

pilamaye on October 24, 2012 at 8:52 AM

If you;re busy & can’t go face to face, why not let what you said over the phone go public?
You clearly had enough time POUTUS, to call these people.
So why isn’t what you said not good enough for the American people to all hear?

Badger40 on October 24, 2012 at 8:52 AM

If the Leader of the Free World is too afraid to meet with real reporters, that tells us we need a new Leader of the Free World — one who actually acts like a leader.

Ed Morrissey

That’s the quote of the day right there. Allahpundit,, I think our own Ed Morrissey has earned a spot in the Quote of the Day post tonight.

bluegill on October 24, 2012 at 8:52 AM

But…he’ll do the View or that “Pimp wif a Limp” or maybe Elmo.

BTW, Ed…a leader? Obama is no leader.

He is a community organizer…remember?

And apparently not a very good one either, if you look at the murder and crime stats in the neighborhoods he “organized.”

[Community organizer, noun, a street hustler, a charlatan, a race-baiter, a crooked politician in the pocket of the union bosses...a disaster waiting to happen.]

coldwarrior on October 24, 2012 at 8:53 AM

So Romney gets the endorsement by fault….right? RIGHT??

This is insane. Almost half of America plans to vote for a coward. A lying coward who hides behind a woman like Gloria Allred’s skirts. WE cannot let this happen. VOTE!

BettyRuth on October 24, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Perhaps filling up their Inbox at the paper will prompt them to be transparent with their readers:

If you have a news tip, e-mail metroiowa@dmreg.com

hillsoftx on October 24, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Just channeling Pelosi: I have a plan for the next four years. You have to elect me to find out what it is.

STL_Vet on October 24, 2012 at 8:55 AM

SoFlaCon on October 24, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Missed your post….by that much.

Rovin on October 24, 2012 at 8:56 AM

This is the kind of immature, cowardly act, that Romney will only get out to the public by way of a TV ad- an ad that runs everywhere. I think this is a huge red flag for America.

BettyRuth on October 24, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Word of the day: ABHORRENT

dmann on October 24, 2012 at 8:57 AM

I take it the DMR’s endorsement will be on the record, however.

Waiting…

paul1149 on October 24, 2012 at 8:57 AM

The DMR should change its name to Pravda.

drunyan8315 on October 24, 2012 at 8:57 AM

As Dan Rather would say: “Courage”.

As Bark would say: “Only if I can bring a teleprompter.”

Bishop on October 24, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Pathetic.

The history books will not be kind to this guy – nor to the 2008 voters, hopefully.

Just 13 more days of this crap.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on October 24, 2012 at 8:58 AM

And yet Obama is TIED WITH ROMNEY in Ohio..

This is the frustration I have with Romney. Obama should be freaking 20 points behind Romney. He’s been a complete disaster for this country…….with the promise of disaster on steroids in a 2nd term and yet…….

Romney goes soft in the last debate. And he’s still EVEN in Ohio? If Romney can’t win Ohio then he’s not going to win Wisconsin or Pennsylvania. And now the Gloria Alred bomb is about to drop on his likeability with women.

Four dead Americans in Libya because of the complete failure of duty by this Administration (and Obama) and Romney is just “meh” at the debate about it?

ROMNEY……….WHY ARE YOU STILL EVEN WITH THE DOTUS IN OHIO?

You don’t think we could be looking at the arrogant one standing up on stage at Grant Park again with his “I’m god” look on the night of November 6th? Think again folks.

PappyD61 on October 24, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Yet…I hear the newspaper will endorse the One….figures…
SPGuy on October 24, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Yep. Liberals love this stuff. They feel it’s the Greatest President Ever being coy. You can hear their excitement when Dear Leader was on “line-1″. The media is like a bunch of teenage girls.

happytobehere on October 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM

So….uh…you give an interview that the paper isn’t allowed to publish.

The paper goes through with an interview that it can’t publish.

Why do it at all, what a waste of time.

Bishop on October 24, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Didn’t Nicki Minaj just endorse Romney.
I have no idea who she is but liberals are spewing hate at her.

Liberals are fascist.

GardenGnome on October 24, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Just channeling Pelosi: I have a plan for the next four years. You have to elect me to find out what it is.

STL_Vet on October 24, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Haven’t you heard? O’s got a “new 20-page plan” out.

Over-heard this morning: One of the late night comedy shows did a parody of Barack Obama holding up his “new booklet”, (while showing actual footage of the President saying, “at least I have a plan that you can see, unlike Governor Romney). Then, in the parody, it shows Obama opening up the booklet with only ONE SINGLE PHRASE: “Re-kill Osama bin Laden”. ~ Rov

Selective transparency at its finest.

Rovin on October 24, 2012 at 9:04 AM

PappyD61 on October 24, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Obama will get 47% of the vote in Ohio and nationally. Get out there and volunteer to help turn this into a wave election that pushes a strong narrative. But Romney will definitely win. The question is by how much.

happytobehere on October 24, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Perhaps filling up their Inbox at the paper will prompt them to be transparent with their readers:

If you have a news tip, e-mail metroiowa@dmreg.com

hillsoftx on October 24, 2012 at 8:53 AM

I just did. Told them this is why we don’t trust the media and why newspapers are a thing of the past.

BettyRuth on October 24, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Wouldn’t it be fun if the Des Moines Register announced that they were endorsing Romney, but couldn’t say why, because they weren’t at liberty to reveal what President Obama told them in their secret interview?

ClintACK on October 24, 2012 at 8:47 AM

If it were MY newspaper, I’d be all over that in a heartbeat.

Obama is a frikkin’ coward, and he’s running scared. Let’s keep him on the run.

TKindred on October 24, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Color me confused. Did he ask for an off the record interview before hand? Or did an interview and then ask for it to be off the record? The former makes no sense. The latter would indicate a misstatement he doesn’t want public. It’s cool the way the reporter tells us how awesome it was. To bad we didn’t hear it.

tj4osu on October 24, 2012 at 9:04 AM

We relented and took the call. How could we not? It’s the leader of the free world on line one.

No, it was Obama on line one. The leader of the free world must have been on line two.

Finbar on October 24, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Rovin on October 24, 2012 at 8:56 AM

It’s important to reiterate their disingenuity.

SoFlaCon on October 24, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I’d give them that one. When the President is on Line 1, you take the call. And then you report the fact that he won’t go on the record with your newspaper.

Uh… Nice little paper you got here. Uh… Uh… It’d be a shame if something happened to it. Uh… That’s OFF the record! So, uh… Thanks for the endorsement.

Fallon on October 24, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Haven’t you heard? O’s got a “new 20-page plan” out.

Rovin on October 24, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Probably increased the deficit to print it.

STL_Vet on October 24, 2012 at 9:06 AM

The obvious takeaway is that Obama is much more willing to discuss Nicki Minaj on the record than his economic record with reporters and editors who can call him out on his false representations of the economy, and prefers “boxers or briefs” questions to whether or not he was briefed on what happened in Benghazi.

“So Mr. President, were you wearing boxers or briefs when you went to bed during the Benghazi attack that left 4 Americans dead?”

disa on October 24, 2012 at 9:06 AM

“What the President shared with us this morning — and the manner, depth and quality of his presentation – would have been well-received by not only his base, but also undecideds. From a voter standpoint, keeping it off-the-record was a disservice.”

“In fact, the Preznit’s plans were so effin good that he managed to convince us that we really can have everything we want at no cost if only he is reelected. Trust us on this, you will be living in luxury the moment the election is over if Bark wins.”

Bishop on October 24, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Such a loathsome creature is he.

O/T Liz Cheney on deck to discuss the Benghazi emails. Katherine Heridge has been doing outstanding reporting on this whole travesty. Kudos, Katherine.

Naturally Curly on October 24, 2012 at 9:08 AM

hillsoftx on October 24, 2012 at 8:53 AM

done! I love writing scathing letters first thing in the morning!

herm2416 on October 24, 2012 at 9:08 AM

But he jumped at the chance to do “My Weekly Reader”!

vityas on October 24, 2012 at 9:08 AM

PappyD61 on October 24, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Calm down, Romney is going to win Ohio by 2 to 3 points…

mnjg on October 24, 2012 at 9:09 AM

If you have a news tip, e-mail metroiowa@dmreg.com

hillsoftx on October 24, 2012 at 8:53 AM

The LA Times had no interest in releasing the Rashid Khalidi tape no matter how many emails were sent. Unfortunately, they can delete messages faster than we can write them.

There is some serious arm twisting being done on the media by this administration and by the Democrats in general and the media is acting like the “battered wife” that it is. Yes dear, I was wrong to question you.

Fallon on October 24, 2012 at 9:10 AM

“What the President shared with us this morning — and the manner, depth and quality of his presentation – would have been well-received by not only his base, but also undecideds. From a voter standpoint, keeping it off-the-record was a disservice.”

Like a battered woman….”But I love him, he did nothing wrong, don’t take him away”…

right2bright on October 24, 2012 at 9:10 AM

What’s truly nauseating is the suck-up, lick-spittle, brown-nose tone towards Obama and his handlers of the whole blog post by the Des Moines Register editor, e.g., the Obama campaign is “the Obama Team.” And incidentally, Mitt Romney is “Romney” but Obama is “President Obama.”

rjm319 on October 24, 2012 at 9:10 AM

But Editor Says It Won’t Influence Their Editorial Endorsement because that would be “PETTY?”

Let me tell you what PETTY IS!

It’s refusing to talk to them for weeks, then calling them and telling them that they can’t have you “on the record,” because it might hurt you in the ELECTION!

If the DMR now endorses Obama, it will mean nothing. It will be undermined by the knowledge that they have PRETENDED that Obama isn’t a COWARD.

It will be a LIE.

So, I hope they endorse ROMNEY because he is the only candidate willing to be transparent with the American people, and more importantly with IOWANS.

mountainaires on October 24, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Geebus, November can’t come soon enough.

Unfortunately, when Barky loses, the country will still need a collective enema to truly cleanse itself of this administration.

Thomas More on October 24, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Yet, they’ll still endorse him. Because we’re on the right track and all, he just needs more time. LOL.

changer1701 on October 24, 2012 at 9:11 AM

This could be looked at in a different way. What if, tongue in cheek, the DMR is making Obama look bad in a left-handed way? He does an interview that was ‘great’ but the paper isn’t allowed to reveal the details. Doesn’t that smell fishy? An endorsement under such circumstances, in my view, would make that endorsement totally worthless.

What would be better is if the DMR makes no endorsement at all. I’m not holding my breath here, but I like taking a different peek at things like this.

Still, it sounds like just another crock of MSM sh*t.

Liam on October 24, 2012 at 9:11 AM

I just did. Told them this is why we don’t trust the media and why newspapers are a thing of the past.

BettyRuth on October 24, 2012 at 9:04 AM

I did too, just for the hell of it.

Funny thing though, as soon as I sent the email a black van appeared on my driveway and now someone is knocki

Bishop on October 24, 2012 at 9:12 AM

In the waning days of the rat-eared wonder’s administration, there is only word to describe what we are seeing- Nixonian.

Happy Nomad on October 24, 2012 at 9:12 AM

You’re all wrong. Not going on the record is “one of the most gustiest calls of any president in recent memory”

/sarc

Tar Heel Sooner on October 24, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Fine. Then maybe he should be hosting his own reality show (Dancing With The Cons would be nice)
but get him out of the Oval Office.

Cleombrotus on October 24, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Enough with the “leader of the free world” crap.
He’s the President of the United States of America, not president of the world.

It can be argued that some Presidents have been leaders that the free world followed, especially during crises, but Barry isn’t one of them.

single stack on October 24, 2012 at 9:16 AM

So….uh…you give an interview that the paper isn’t allowed to publish.
The paper goes through with an interview that it can’t publish.
Why do it at all, what a waste of time.
Bishop on October 24, 2012 at 9:01 AM

It’s the media parading around on their own front porch again.

“We’re relevant and important dammit!”

jangle12 on October 24, 2012 at 9:16 AM

GardenGnome on October 24, 2012 at 9:03 AM

She is to the left of obama and I’m not sure it was an endorsement.

hawkdriver on October 24, 2012 at 9:17 AM

“What the President shared with us this morning — and the manner, depth and quality of his presentation – would have been well-received by not only his base, but also undecideds. From a voter standpoint, keeping it off-the-record was a disservice.”

He said some really dumb things in that interview. The DMR is just blind to that fact.

The DMR has just diminished the influence of their endorsment. They are willingly keeping information from voters.

Jabberwock on October 24, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Wouldn’t it be fun if the Des Moines Register announced that they were endorsing Romney, but couldn’t say why, because they weren’t at liberty to reveal what President Obama told them in their secret interview?

ClintACK on October 24, 2012 at 8:47 AM

I would be even funnier if Leno’s other guest on the couch tonight besides Obama was the editor of the Des Moines Register.

jon1979 on October 24, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Funny thing though, as soon as I sent the email a black van appeared on my driveway and now someone is knocki

Bishop on October 24, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Sure hope they remember that white jacket goes on backwards. :)

Rovin on October 24, 2012 at 9:18 AM

So whats wrong with publishing every word Obozo said on the call?

The paper can always caveat the article with ‘This article is based on an off-the-record conversation’ disclaimer.

BobMbx on October 24, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Funny thing though, as soon as I sent the email a black van appeared on my driveway and now someone is knocki

Bishop on October 24, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Hey ! It’s been 15 minutes. You OK ?

Jabberwock on October 24, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Perhaps filling up their Inbox at the paper will prompt them to be transparent with their readers:

If you have a news tip, e-mail metroiowa@dmreg.com

hillsoftx on October 24, 2012 at 8:53 AM

As a native Iowan, I took the opportunity to let them know my feelings on this issue. Thanks for the link!

TKindred on October 24, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Obama refuses on-the-record interview with leading Iowa newspaper

…and still the MSM wear their kneepads…and swallow…intead of spitting IT out!

KOOLAID2 on October 24, 2012 at 9:22 AM

No reason was given for the unusual condition of keeping it private.

Probably to give them an untrue, alarmist story line that he didn’t want out in the public.

petefrt on October 24, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Obama: “Oh yeah, and off the record, your corn subsidies are in the mail”

Rovin on October 24, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Just FYI, I just saw a clip of Kid Rock on Fox. LOL! I give him kudos cuz he dont give a shyt what the media says about him supporting Romney!

kcd on October 24, 2012 at 9:23 AM

From what I remember of this paper, this action by our Pu$$y in Chief will in no way cost him the endorsement of this very paper.

Now bend over than ask for another.

MNHawk on October 24, 2012 at 9:23 AM

So whats wrong with publishing every word Obozo said on the call?

The paper can always caveat the article with ‘This article is based on an off-the-record conversation’ disclaimer.

BobMbx on October 24, 2012 at 9:20 AM

…that only applies to Republicans!

KOOLAID2 on October 24, 2012 at 9:24 AM

If he wouldn’t go on the record, why talk to them at all? Seriously, I don’t understand the presidents reasoning here. What could he have been trying to accomplish by giving the editor an interview then telling him he can’t use any of it?

Mahna Mahna on October 24, 2012 at 9:25 AM

If the Leader of the Free World is too afraid to meet with real reporters, that tells us we need a new Leader of the Free World — one who actually acts like a leader.

Obama acts like a leader — just not a leader of the free world.

He won’t answer questions asked by his subjects; he just calls newspapers and tells them what’s what. And when he goes on TV, it’s only to show his face; either smiling or scowling as deemed appropriate.

logis on October 24, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Perhaps filling up their Inbox at the paper will prompt them to be transparent with their readers:

If you have a news tip, e-mail metroiowa@dmreg.com

hillsoftx on October 24, 2012 at 8:53 AM

I just did. Told them this is why we don’t trust the media and why newspapers are a thing of the past.

BettyRuth on October 24, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Ditto here.

hillsoftx on October 24, 2012 at 9:26 AM

In the waning days of the rat-eared wonder’s administration, there is only word to describe what we are seeing- Nixonian.

Happy Nomad on October 24, 2012 at 9:12 AM

You should probably study the entire Nixon presidency, not just the Watergate fiasco.

I would compare Obama to Steve Martin’s character in “The Jerk”, Navin, when it all came to an end.

“All I need is this lamp…”

BobMbx on October 24, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Romney goes soft in the last debate. And he’s still EVEN in Ohio? If Romney can’t win Ohio then he’s not going to win Wisconsin or Pennsylvania. And now the Gloria Alred bomb is about to drop on his likeability with women.

Four dead Americans in Libya because of the complete failure of duty by this Administration (and Obama) and Romney is just “meh” at the debate about it?

ROMNEY……….WHY ARE YOU STILL EVEN WITH THE DOTUS IN OHIO?

You don’t think we could be looking at the arrogant one standing up on stage at Grant Park again with his “I’m god” look on the night of November 6th? Think again folks.

PappyD61 on October 24, 2012 at 8:58 AM

You do realize that Obama is the incumbent prez with all the advantages that entails, with an adoring media at his beck and call and memories of hope n change fever still dancing in people’s heads? Romney’s in a decent spot…he’s got the momentum, he’s the one expanding the map.

changer1701 on October 24, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Maybe he just put his head in their lap and cried! They felt it was touching and everybody should vote for him. “There, there, it will be ok! We will endorse you and you will win… you will!”

kcd on October 24, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Because its impossible to keep everything straight when you tell that many lies. Lying? Incompetent? Or Incompetent Lying? The media is dead. There is no telling what will come out when Obama is no longer in power. But hey we’re all racist or sonething.

ldbgcoleman on October 24, 2012 at 9:29 AM

ROMNEY……….WHY ARE YOU STILL EVEN WITH THE DOTUS IN OHIO?

PappyD61 on October 24, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Because there are a lot of liberal dependents in all of the inner cities, but especially Cleveland.

Also, Kasich the Republican Governor (with Republican controlled state legislature) has been working, and succeeding, at keeping unemployment lower in the state. The official Ohio unemployment just dropped into the 5% range, blunting a lot of the pain that other states are feeling.

dominigan on October 24, 2012 at 9:30 AM

…that only applies to Republicans!

KOOLAID2 on October 24, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Here’s a little-known fact about being POTUS:

From the moment you’re sworn in until some else is, you’re the president, and everything you do or say is “on the record”.

Its also a volunteer position, so any complaints about being on or off the record is simply whining.

BobMbx on October 24, 2012 at 9:30 AM

But Harry Reid has an anonymous off the record source that says Romney is rich so theres that

ldbgcoleman on October 24, 2012 at 9:33 AM

The White House says the reason the interview is ‘off the record’ is that it was so magnificent that it would have been unfair to Romney to print it.

Uniblogger on October 24, 2012 at 9:33 AM

It’s on FOX right now.

kcd on October 24, 2012 at 9:33 AM

I should note that the 5% number is in the upper 5%, and it was just mentioned on the radio on my way into work. And yes, I know all about the gaming of the U3 number, but we have been squeaking by here in Ohio. I will say that unemployment is still very high for teens. My kids have had a horrible time finding decent jobs.

dominigan on October 24, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Colmbs is grasping! 47%! Hahahahahaha!!

kcd on October 24, 2012 at 9:36 AM

smell a landslide… ROMNEY/RYAN!!

kcd on October 24, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Franklin Pierce just emailed. He’s glad he’s no longer the worst president in the history of the Republic.

RobertE on October 24, 2012 at 9:45 AM

You should probably study the entire Nixon presidency, not just the Watergate fiasco.

BobMbx on October 24, 2012 at 9:27 AM

I was specifically talking about the bunker-mentality that seems to have permeated the rat-eared wonder’s administration. I could have used Hitler as an example but, generally speaking, you lose credibility points when you use nazi comparisons.

Obama clearly was seething during the debates when he wasn’t able to dictate the terms of his participation. He ignores the media and has taken few serious questions- including an accounting of why he lied his ass off concerning the massacre at Benghazi. Yet he has plenty of time to go on late night television.

Happy Nomad on October 24, 2012 at 9:52 AM

After hearing they are friendly, he gives the okay…

right2bright on October 24, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Barry is hoping to get a job as a talk show host when he is out of work as of January 2013.

albill on October 24, 2012 at 9:57 AM

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