How bad was Barack Obama’s “good, solid B-plus”? Even the women of The View give Obama a good, solid F for his answer. However, in this clip, the bigger laugh is seeing Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters rip Oprah for her interviewing skills:
Maybe Oprah should have asked what kind of tree Obama thinks himself to be.
Obama made the amateurish mistake of letting down his guard while fielding a question from a sympathetic interviewer. There was nothing wrong with the question, and Oprah seemed a little surprised that Obama took the bait. It gave him an opportunity to demonstrate a little humility and remind everyone that American voters give him his grades. Instead, Obama showed the kind of judgment that led him to answer Lynn Sweet’s question about the arrest of Henry Gates, in order to extol himself as a big success while America suffers double-digit unemployment. And that’s a big fail on anyone’s curve.
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