Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Governor Christie Unleashed
Finally, a governor, willing to be frank, and funny with firm conviction plus a tone of authority. The mainstream media is being welcomed to the new politics, along the lines of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The reporter asked a question designed to trap the governor. Governor Christie didn’t take the bait. Instead he went after the reporter in a way that left the voters cheering. And the folks in the room actually laughing.
Compare this to the President, who hasn’t had a give and take news conference since July 2009. Instead of the rough and tumble approach taken by the present Governor of New Jersey, Mr. Smooth uses a teleprompter to stay on the sanitized message. One problem: Mr. Obama is getting less believable by the day. The American people are asking: What does President Obama really think? Can he actually answer a blunt and challenging question from the White House press corp?
The President may want some lessons in public candor from Governor Christie.
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