What's going on here?! We're less than a week away from Inauguration, and I'm yet to see any kind of free-wheeling, pre-Inauguration interview with Barack Obama in the New York Times! I keep tearing my paper apart everyday, thinking I've missed the traditional off-the-cuff gabfile behind an underwear ad or something.
But no! It's not there!! This is bullshit!!! I want my free-wheeling, pre-Inauguration interview!!! What the fuck is going on here?!?!?!
Unlike recent White House occupants — such as George W. Bush and Bill Clinton — Obama has yet to provide The Times with the sort of free-wheeling, pre-Inauguration interview the paper’s come to expect. And there's little expectation it will happen before Tuesday.
Oh, Jesus Christ!!! Not the free-wheeling, pre-Inauguration interview!!! No!!!!!!!!!!
"We would certainly like it to happen," said Times political editor Dick Stevenson, "but the days are running short at this point."
Have they requested it? Multiple times? Have they pointed out the historical precedent of it? Huh? Have they?
Stevenson said that although The Times has put in multiple requests to the Obama team, and "pointed out the historical precedent for this," they’ve had no luck securing a sit-down.
No, not the historical precedent!!! Barack Obama, destroy our country however you see fit. But, please, don't destroy the historical precedent of The New York Times' free-wheeling, pre-Inauguration interview!!! Is nothing sacred to you?!
Doesn't Barack Obama realize that The New York Times isn't just any old worthless newspaper. It's the New York Times old worthless paper! They're the "paper of record." And how can they record his free-wheeling, pre-Inauguration interview if he won't sit down for a free-wheeling, pre-Inauguration interview?! Huh? Answer me that!
When asked about the Times requests, incoming Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that they've "answered more questions, from more reporters, than any transition has done in the history of the country, throughout our announcement process."
I'm sorry, but a dozen or so press conferences is not a free-wheeling, pre-Inauguration interview. Not last time I checked.
It's true that Obama's held more transition period press conferences — as many as five in one week — than his predecessors. But that’s little consolation for the bruised egos of those atop the political reporting food chain.
To say nothing of the average, hard-working Americans struggling to get by in the worst economy of our lifetime. Look them in the eye and tell them you won't grant The New York Times a free-wheeling, pre-Inauguration interview.
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