“Excuse me, Mr. President?”

Interrupting the President of the United States would not be neccesary if the President simply upheld a fundamental part of democracy and took questions from the press. President Obama has repeatedly failed to do this, so when The Daily Caller’s Neil Munro made headlines Friday during an exchange with Obama in the White House Rose Garden, the media erupted with chatter.

With time to campaign all over the country and claiming to have the most ‘transparent’ administration in American history, President Obama has had countless closed door meetings, events closed to the press and continually walks away from the microphones immediately after speeches and addresses.

During his address on a new immigration policy, Obama had a brief exchange with Munro when he asked a question before the President finished speaking. Taking a dig at the new policy which offers work permits to some young illegal immigrants, Munro asked why Obama favored foreigners over Americans.

“Excuse me sir, it’s not time for questions, sir,” the President said, “next time I’d prefer you let me finish my statements before you ask that question.”

Instead of taking questions, a stern Obama continually repeated that his new policy was “the right thing to do.”

After the address, the President walked away from the microphones without taking a single question, of course. Surprised?

6o seconds. Did the President not have 6o seconds to answer one or two questions? Was he unprepared to defend his new policy? Surely it was much easier to state the new policy and sternly repeat that it was “the right thing to do!” than have to talk to the media.

“He comes out of the Rose Garden, gives a short statement and then turns his back and walks away very quickly without taking questions,” said Munro in a video by The Daily Caller. “Sometimes he takes questions. He took a question on Trayvon Martin in March. Sometimes these shouted questions at the end work — not today: He refused to answer an obvious and conventional question about the impact of his policy on American workers at a time of record unemployment.”

Tucker Carlson, editor-in-chief and publisher of The Daily Caller praised Munro for doing his job saying, “a good reporter gets the story.”

Having personally worked alongside Mr. Munro during my time at The Daily Caller, sometimes sharing his desk and phone and occasionally delivering flashdrives to him at The White House, I can testify that Munro is serious about transparency and accountability. Although his question might have been asked too quickly, his excuse was legitimate:

“Timing these things is a little awkward. He speaks very well, very smoothly — very nice delivery,” Munro states in video by The Daily Caller. “It’s hard to know when he’s about to end. I thought he was going to end today. I asked my question too early. He rebuked me. Fair enough.”

Despite the interruption, at the end of his speech, President Obama had a chance to uphold democracy and the express the importance of transparency by answering a few questions which may have possibly included respectfully calling on Mr. Munro. This chance was once again, missed.

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Josh KinneyCEO, co-founder, and publisher of INN, graduated with a degree in journalism and is the current Managing Editor of The Ocean City Sun. A former columnist at Atlantic City Weekly, he interned at The Daily Caller while studying at the Washington Journalism Center on Capitol Hill. He's passionate about creative writing, traveling and prefers to live in a perpetual state of crisis and adventure.

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6 Comments

  1. guest
    guest2 years ago

    HE INTERRUPTED THE PRESIDENT. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? IF IT WASNT “NECESSARY” HE WOULDN’T DO IT. THIS IS TRULY IDIOTIC. HOW DISRESPECTFUL CAN YOU BE…. COME TO HIS DEFENSE? I THOUGHT YOU WERE A “NEWS WEBSITE” NOT A WEBSITE THAT BACKED UP REPUBLICANS/ANYONE FOR DOING SOMETHING CLEARLY WRONG.. WOW. ASTOUNDED BY THIS .

    • Jason Worrell
      Jason Worrell2 years ago

      Clearly you have never touched a computer before in your life or you would have realized your caps lock button was on. 

      No one is arguing that it isn’t wrong for a reporter to interrupt the president. That story is boring and played out all over the media world. The bigger, and frankly more important story than an accidental interruption is the fact that the President of America, and the man who claims to have the most transparent government in American history, refuses to field questions from the press. 
      #INN is concerned with promoting freedom and democracy and any President that limits the power of the free press, whether through political action or by not answering even very basic policy questions, needs to be exposed for doing so regardless of what party he belongs to. If a Republican President does the same thing you can be damn sure we will be eager to jump all over the story because we enjoy exposing areas where democracy is being stifled, and enjoy being part of the solution to these areas.

      I apologize for not regurgitating the talking points from the rest of America’s media and instead doing some actual journalistic work. If you want to hear bland news may I suggest any of the major news networks cnn.com foxnews.com or abcnews.com. Those should be more up your alley.

  2. Josh Kinney
    Josh Kinney2 years ago

    I think he missed the memo that this is under BLOGS, too. Not hard news. Commentary. Lol

  3. guest
    guest2 years ago

    same guest. I can use lower cases I chose not to because this is a ridiculous article. and thats really good, insult your readers.. thats the way to go!

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