Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, hasn’t made himself available to his traveling press corps for questioning since April 11.
At the Glider Diner in Scranton, Penn., this morning, he and Sen. Bob Casey, Jr., ordered some breakfast. Waffles, sausage and orange juice for himself; pancakes for Casey.
An NBC reporter sidled up and asked him if he’d heard about former President Jimmy Carter’s meeting with Hamas.
"Why can’t I just eat my waffle?" Obama asked.
Obama is remarkably inaccessible to the press in comparison with his Democratic rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, who has availabilities every couple days, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, whose life is a non-stop avail.
Last Friday, a desperate reporter threw Obama a rare question on the tarmac. Obama answered. The next time reporters were on the tarmac — coming back from that event — they were kept at bay about 20 feet behind Obama.