The mainstream media just loved this moment from Tuesday’s press conference at the White House:
Casually leaning against his podium emblazoned with the presidential seal, with the Prime Minister of Italy by his side, the leader of the free world trolled the Republican nominee for president y lecturing him to “stop whining.”
If you start whining before the game is even over, if whenever things are going badly for you and you lose you start blaming somebody else, then you don’t have what it takes to be in this job. Because there are a lot of times when things don’t go our way, or my way. That’s okay. You fight through it, you work through it. You try to accomplish your goals.
But the larger point that I want to emphasize here is that there is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America’s elections, in part because they’re so decentralized and the numbers of votes involved. There’s no evidence that that has happened in the past, or that there are instances in which that will happen this time.
And so I’d advise Mr. Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes. And if he got the most votes, then it would be my expectation of Hillary Clinton to offer a gracious concession speech and pledge to work with him in order to make sure that the American people benefit from an effective government. And it would be my job to welcome Mr. Trump, regardless of what he’s said about me or my differences with him on my opinions, and escort him over to the Capitol, in which there would be a peaceful transfer of power.
What most of the media didn’t report is what happened a little after this exchange. When President Obama was shouted a question by a reporter from the Washington Post about Central Americans flooding across America’s southern order. The reporter, David Nakamura, was not on the pre-approved list of questioners and questions cleared by the White House press office.
Obama, annoyed by the reach of protocol, started whining.
The Washington Examiner captured the moment:
After Obama wrapped up his comments on it, Post reporter David Nakamura called out a question regarding Central American migrants flooding into the United States. Obama answered and then sarcastically thanked Nakamura for the question.
“But I appreciate you shouting out a question since I’m sure there are a lot of other colleagues of yours who would want to do the same,” Obama said before exiting the garden. “Thank you very much, everybody. Appreciate it.”
The Washington Times has more details about the exchange and the president’s irritated tone:
Mr. Obama was discussing the challenges of illegal immigration when Washington Post reporter David Nakamura, who wasn’t on the pre-approved list of questioners, called out a question for Mr. Obama about his policies on illegal immigration from Central America.
“That’s what I just said, I said on Central America they have increased. Why are you —” Mr. Obama asked with a tone of irritation.
When the reporter persisted, Mr. Obama replied, “Actually, David, they [illegal immigrants] spiked heavily in 2014, went down significantly in 2015, have gone back up this year in part because there’s still desperation in Central America. But they’re still not at the levels they were in 2014.”
Some members of the White House press pool called POTUS out:
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) October 18, 2016
For the record, no, @DavidNakamura's colleagues don't begrudge his shouted question
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) October 18, 2016