It’s become no secret that Barack Obama won’t do tough interviews any longer, and it was the theme of our Obamateurism yesterday, too. This one from Daniel Halper deserves a place in the OOTD canon, for an additional reason. Once again, rather than do an interview with a real news reporter — even a local one — President Obama called into a Cleveland sports-talk radio station to discuss his campaign, and right away the conversation went to the issues that matter most to voters in that crucial swing state:
“Mr. President, you were in Columbus the other day. We saw you do O-H-I-O,” the host said. “Do they make you do that?
“They don’t have to make me do it. I do it on my own,” Obama responded. “I’ve been here so much that I’m a professional Ohio State cheerleader.”
“Sounds good,” said the sportscaster.
A professional? I think a professional would have figured out how to spell out O-H-I-O on the first try:
— Christopher Maloney (@CHRISMAL0NEY) August 22, 2012
Not to worry, though — the professional then proceeded to talk about the big issue facing voters in three weeks:
And President Obama advocates for affordability of sports tickets. “It is important, though, to make sure that tickets, for example, stay affordable. And, you know, I do get concerned when I look at some of the major league teams across sports that, you know, you’re starting to price out a lot of families.”
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