On Supporters’ “Infatuation”: Obama says he can Relate to Media Skepticism

By Michael Elmore

Feb 29, 2008 6:29am

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller Reports: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illi., told a crowd of 12,000 in Dallas/Ft. Worth that it’s him that is infatuated – with them.

Obama was addressing criticisms that his campaign caused people to flock to him to a delusional way.

"This isn’t about me. This is about you," Obama preached, "I’m just the excuse for what you are accomplishing, for what you are making happen all across this country. See, I am inspired by you, I’m infatuated with you!"

Obama said that the media is suspicious of his supporters’ enthusiasm, offering that up as an explanation to the criticism of his supporters’ reactions. He then flipped it around and offered up his own criticisms of the press, singling the out the 4th estate at the three specific times in his stump speech – two times addressing the concerns of how he can excite a crowd.

"Reporters don’t know what to do. They have been shocked at the high turnout in every early states," Obama said, and later, "A lot of reporters don’t really understand what y’all are doing…"

The crowd reacted viscerally to the flipped tables, in agreement with Obama – who confirmed he knew that feeling, "So in the same way people are skeptical about you, they are skeptical about me," Obama complained, sighting how his credentials have been questioned based on years in Washington.

Obama’s lines of critique of the press, comes at a time where the press are being critiqued for their coverage of him, even mentioned in the latest Democratic debate by Senator Clinton.

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