For the second time during an “official” event, President Barack Obama was interrupted by an outburst during his formal remarks. The first time was in 2009 when Rep. Joe Wilson shouted “You lie” during the State of the Union address. The second time was on Friday when reporter Neil Munro shouted a question during the Presidents address in the Rose Garden.
While giving a speech about a new Administration proposal to not deport illegal immigrants who were brought into the country as children, reporter Neil Munro of the website Daily Caller shouted, “Why do you favor foreigners over Americans?” Highly agitated by the interruption, President Obama replied with “Excuse me, sir, but it’s not time for questions.” (More on that below.)
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“I shouldn’t be the story. The important thing is the president’s policy today, which could have a significant impact on American workers,” Munro said. I asked a question about that. Admittedly, it was in the middle of his speech. I thought he was ending his speech – his statement – but then I asked a question at the end and he turned his back on the reporters and walked away.”
He may have felt that, but that doesn’t excuse the interruption. In the normal practice of an address, the President (if accepting) will turn over the meeting to the press to ask questions. It is a clear defining line in the process, of which Munro crossed. However, the President ended up not having a question-and-answer period, so by breaking decorum, he was able to get his question out and have the media outlets ask the question repeatedly during the day.
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As we’re sure you know, Neil Munro of the Daily Caller shouted a question at Der Fubar regarding how he could legalize just short of a million illegal immigrants at a time when tens of millions of Americans are out of work. Not a bad question, really. And considering how (p)resident Downgrade McTransparency practically never answers any questions, preferring instead (as he did this time as well) to run for the exits as soon as the text on the TelePrompter runs out, it’s pretty much the only way to ask one before he disappears in a cloud of smoke and flutter of ears.
This is one of the more prominent complaint from critical journalists – the lack of question-and-answer periods during Presidential addresses. President Obama tends to limit his exposure to the press except during chosen interviews or channels the response to questions through the press secretary or other surrogates.
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This episode was, naturally, followed by the usual panties-in-a-wad bleating from our legacy media, 95% of whom are far too cowardly and biased to challenge Obama on anything at any time. So naturally, they declared Obama a holy personage, and designated Munro’s questions as blasphemy. Well, something like that; when these guys get into high dudgeon, it always sounds to me like they’re talking about their religion.
Though I think it is less than 95% (since I have read and heard journalists debate the question itself), there has been more of a focus on Munro’s action than the question asked. Maybe once the “shock” over the breech of decorum has waned, the focus will shift to the study of the impact the policy proposal will have on the current workforce conditions.
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So, the president is basically implementing the DREAM Act that Republicans supported once upon a time…when it wasn’t sponsored by a black Democrat in the White House. That just so happens to be a big deal for a crucial voting bloc. This provokes the nutsery into acting like a bunch of sugared-up ten-year-olds throwing a tantrum, making them look like the rude and whiny brats that they are.
While some of the more attention-getting have jumped on this policy announcement (like they do with any), there was only one person that was rude in this case – Mr. Munro. He violated the protocol of the press pool during an address by interrupting the President. Any other criticism outside of the address is a free practice of the First Amendment. Whiny as it might sound (and sometimes it is just that), it’s not rude.
Was it rude? A bit. Disrespectful? Was the journalist trying to do his job by asking the POTUS questions? Yes. That’s what journalists do. And let’s not forget, the POTUS is not a god, not royalty. POTUS is just another citizen of the USA, and is supposed to be responsible to The People.
That is true – the President is just a person. In fact, if you look at the flow of power as structured within our government, the President is actually the employee of the People rather than the leader. But even as an employee, the People (which includes elected officials and journalists) must remain respectful during official functions.