Obama gets irritated in White House press roomJanuary 23rd, 2009 - 6:04 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan.23 (ANI): President Obama made a surprise visit to the White House press corps Thursday night, but got agitated when he was faced with a substantive question.
Asked how he could reconcile a strict ban on lobbyists in his administration with a Deputy Defense Secretary nominee who lobbied for Raytheon, Obama interrupted with a knowing smile on his face.
“Ahh, see,” he said, “I came down here to visit. See this is what happens. I can”t end up visiting with you guys and shaking hands if I”m going to get grilled every time I come down here.”
Pressed further by the Politico reporter about his Pentagon nominee, William J. Lynn III, Obama turned more serious, putting his hand on the reporter’’s shoulder and staring him in the eye.
“Alright, come on. We will be having a press conference at which time you can feel free to [ask] questions. Right now, I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself to you guys - that’’s all I was trying to do,” he said with obvious irritation in his voice.
Obama spent about 10 minutes total, winding his way through a crush of reporters and photographers between the upper and lower floors of the journalists” workspace and asking questions about who worked where and how the booths and desks were assigned. Reporters had little warning about the impromptu visit by the new president. (ANI)
Tags: booths, deputy defense secretary, desks, impromptu visit, journalists, lobbyists, new president, pentagon, photographers, raytheon, shaking hands, smile, strict ban, substantive question, surprise visit, thursday night, white house, white house press, white house press corps, workspace