Note to Journos: Let POTUS Finish His Answers

The Weekly Standard has video of an interview President Obama did with a local television station in Texas, and TWS‘s Mark Hemingway writes that Obama “testily” concluded the interview with a snide comment.

The Texas-based reporter for News8, Brad Watson (pictured at left) sat down with Obama in the map room of the White House to talk about the the president’s new deficit plans. The interview got heated, with Watson asking Obama why he was “so unpopular” in Texas and reminding him that he lost by a pretty wide 10-point margin in the state in 2008.

Watson also asked whether the Obama administration skipped over Houston to give shuttle orbiters to more Democratic-leaning states, an issue that has sparked controversy in Texas. Obama said flatly, “That’s wrong.” Asked again, Obama said, “I just said that was wrong.” When Watson persisted, Obama looked annoyed. “I just said that wasn’t true.”

But perhaps the most interesting part of the interview came after the questions ended. TVSpy reports that Obama gave Watson, a “seasoned” reporter, a little advice. When he thought the cameras were off, Obama said, “Let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, all right?” Watson timidly whispered, “Sorry. Thank you.”

In the news package, Watson wasn’t nearly as shy, saying the president “doesn’t like an interviewer challenging his comments.”

Take note, journalists.

Correction: We originally said Watson was D.C.-based. In fact, he is based in Texas but was reporting from Washington. The post has been corrected to reflect that.

Publish date: April 19, 2011 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT