“I Like To Know What I’m Talking About Before I Speak”

Mar 25, 2009 10:26am

President Obama was asked last night – in a prime time news conference – what took him so long to come out and rail against the AIG bonuses last week.  His answer may have been one of the more memorable of the night.  Here is the exchange: QUESTION: It seems like the action is coming out of New York in the attorney general’s office. It took you days to come public with Secretary Geithner and say, look, we’re outraged. Why did it take so long? PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it took us a couple of days because I like to know what I’m talking about before I speak. (Laughter.) All right? Throughout the press conference the President stressed persistence and patience (click here to watch).  He said that some decisions will – in the end – be mistakes but that overall he believes the "ocean liner" is slowly turning and heading in the right direction.  But was there more to the above response?  There has been back and forth between the administration and cable television.  Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has used his daily briefings to take to task the snap judgment (often critical) on the part of talking heads on cable TV of the different White House efforts to turn the economy.   

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