Question Of The Day, Answered

More

Some interesting reader answers to our question of the day, which was, "President Obama expresses undisguised contempt for the habits of the American media. And they luuuuv it. Do his low-grade insults make him irresistible? Who taught him this pop seduction technique?":

From Nathan Cook:

It's not him, it's the media. They lap it up because they agree with him. No decent journalist would like asking the president how many cigs he smokes a day, but you can't express that dissatisfaction and stay employed. He's just telling them what they can't say for themselves.

From jpackjr:

He learned it from watching Jed Bartlet and CJ Cregg. I'm serious about this. Go watch. Any number of Obama moments have reminded me of "West Wing" scripts. He's clearly communicating that he's smarter than they are, sharper than they are, wittier than they are, and knows more than they do, and it's going to stay that way. The public loves it more than they do. Contempt for the media is rather high these days.

From ottovbvs:

He does bat them away like flies. Firstly there's the nature of most of the questions which are truly 11th grade. I've not seen a really sophisticated question asked for years. But no matter even if the question is dumb Obama responds in a nuanced way which demonstrates his intelligence and mastery of the subject. Then there are the real dumb questions or addendums sometimes with a pejorative overtone. He just flattens em and I'm sure the public love it. One has to wonder why an obviously intelligent and thoughtful guy like Chuck Todd insists in playing this role.
Jump to comments
Presented by

Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

A Delightful, Pixar-Inspired Cartoon About the Toys in Your Cereal Box

The story of an action figure and his reluctant sidekick, who trek across a kitchen in search of treasure.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Juice Cleanses: The Worst Diet

A doctor tries the ever-popular Master Cleanse. Sort of.

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Video

What If Emoji Lived Among Us?

A whimsical ad imagines what life would be like if emoji were real.

Video

Living Alone on a Sailboat

"If you think I'm a dirtbag, then you don't understand the lifestyle."

Feature

The Future of Iced Coffee

Are artisan businesses like Blue Bottle doomed to fail when they go mainstream?

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In