President Obama was interrupted by Neil Munro of The Daily Caller today during a White House presser announcing the administration's politically motivated decision to grant amnesty to a large number of illegal immigrants.
Let's go to the video:
“I always go to the White House prepared with questions for our president. I timed the question believing the president was closing his remarks, because naturally I have no intention of interrupting the President of the United States. I know he rarely takes questions before walking away from the podium. When I asked the question as he finished his speech, he turned his back on the many reporters, and walked away while I and at least one other reporter asked questions.”
Diane Sawyer, who co-anchored ABC’s live coverage of the presidential statement, said afterward that Mr. Munro, despite his White House credentials, was “clearly considered a heckler.”
Paul Brandus, a White House reporter who posts to the Twitter account West Wing Reports, wrote that it was “an extraordinary exchange.” He wrote that Mr. Munro was wearing a temporary press credential, not a permanent one.
“Essential to ask all presidents questions. Sometimes we have to raise our voices as they walk away. But let him finish his remarks,” Mr. Brandus wrote on Twitter after the exchange, calling Mr. Munro’s behavior “boorish.”
Mr. Munro will, I'm certain, be deemed to be persona-non-grata post haste by Obama and his minions but given what this administration has done today, completely circumventing Congress doing so purely for political reasons, I say Munro's actions are warranted.
Tucker Carlson, Editor-in-Chief: “I don’t remember Diane Sawyer scolding her colleague Sam Donaldson for heckling President Reagan. And she shouldn’t have. A reporter’s job is to ask questions and get answers. Our job is to find out what the federal government is up to. Politicians often don’t want to tell us. A good reporter gets the story. We’re proud of Neil Munro.”
Neil Patel, Publisher: “The President today announced a very controversial policy and does not want to answer tough questions about it. Neil Munro is a veteran Washington reporter who today tried his best to time his question to be first as the President was wrapping up his remarks. He in no way meant to heckle the President of the United States.”
Clearly, this President thinks he's King Obama... and too many of his psycophants in the media, most of whom are covering for him anyway, think the same.
November can't get here soon enough.
Crossposted at Wizbang.