On Sunday, Newark, NJ, Mayor Cory Booker grabbed headlines by criticizing the Obama camp for its attacks on Mitt Romney's time at Bain Capital.
“To me, we’re just getting to a ridiculous point in America,” he said on "Meet the Press" Sunday morning.
“Especially, I know, I live in a state where pension funds, unions and other people are investing in companies like Bain Capital. If you look at the totality of Bain Capital’s record — they’ve done a lot to support businesses, to grow businesses and this to me, I’m very uncomfortable.”
But that criticism was short-lived. By Sunday night, Booker had released a YouTube video backtracking and saying such an examination of Romney's business record is "reasonable" and the he "encourages" it. He also made it clear that Obama "more then deserves reelection":
The quick about face led the crew of "Fox & Friends" to speculate if the White House called Booker and pressured him to clarify. And even the crew over at "Morning Joe" couldn't deny the odd backtrack. In fact, they coined a new phrase for Booker's YouTube confession: the "hostage video."
Business Insider explains:
In the clarification video, Booker says at one point that he would encourage the Obama campaign to look into Romney's record at Bain Capital.
Host Joe Scarborough said Booker's appearance and subsequent "hostage video" does nothing but "underline how bad the administration's position is on this."
"He got really nervous when they said they were going to cut off his head," Scarborough said, referring to the framing in the video that ... cuts off Booker's head.
Around three minutes into that "Morning Joe" clip, multiple hosts refer to the video as "the hostage video."
“And by the way," host Joe Scarborough said, “most Democrats that fund the party agree with Cory Booker and not with Barack Obama.”