Even liberal Politico is fed-up with Obama dodging the White House press corps (over two months now) in favor of softball interviews with People, Entertainment Tonight and now a FM radio station in Albuquerque.
There’s nothing wrong with doing softball interviews during a campaign cycle. Lots of people vote based on likeability, and to that end one’s take on the mole in Albuquerque is a matter of great regional importance. Music matters even more — Nick Hornby has argued that you can tell a lot more about a person by what they like than by what they’re like.
But, more than eight weeks since his last press conference, every question the president fields from an outlet like 93.3 KOB.FM becomes another turn of the thumb in the eye of his White House press corps.
“I just flirted with the President of the United States of America,” the co-host of the show says after President Obama hangs up. White House correspondents, meanwhile, are begging for a suggestive glance from across the room.