President Barack Obama hasn’t taken a question from the White House press corps in more than eight weeks. He has, however, found time to do interviews with Entertainment Tonight and People Magazine (the same people covering Kim Kardashian's latest tweet, or divorce ... or whatever).
Much to the press corps' growing irritation, it seems the president is deliberately avoiding answering tough questions.
Case in point: Barack Obama on Friday did an interview with some DJ’s at 93.3 KOB.FM in New Mexico and these are some of the hard-hitting questions he fielded:
1) What’s your favorite song to work out to?
2) Red or green?
3) If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Really? Is this for real? Yes. Yes, it is.
“There's nothing wrong with doing softball interviews during a campaign cycle. Lots of people vote based on likeability, and to that end one's take on the mole in Albuquerque is a matter of great regional importance,” POLITICO’s Dylan Byers notes.
“Music matters even more -- Nick Hornby has argued that you can tell a lot more about a person by what they like than by what they're like,” he adds.
And Byers is right: There’s nothing wrong with a softball interview every now and then, especially if you’re trying to work on your likability rating. Answers to questions about favorite songs make people seem more accessible and relatable.
But by only answering what BuffFeed’s Zeke Miller rightly calls “ridiculous questions” while dodging the White House press corps for more than eight weeks, the president probably isn't doing much for his image.
Exit Question: How do you feel about the interviewer saying "I just flirted with the President of the United States of America" after talking with the most powerful man in the world?
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