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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Barrack Obama gets snippy with Texas TV reporter

Barrack Obama gets snippy with Texas TV reporter - Ahead of next year's (US) United States presidential election, the White House has launched a concerted effort to leap over national media and reach out to local journalists in hopes of receiving more favorable coverage.

But that effort may have backfired a bit yesterday, when President Barrack Obama was caught on camera testily reprimanding a Texas reporter for apparently not giving him sufficient time to answer questions.

"Let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, all right?" Obama told Brad Watson, a reporter with Belo TV, which owns several Texas TV stations including Dallas's WFAA and San Antonio's KENS.
The interview, one of four Obama conducted with local TV reporters Monday, had already been a bit heated by that moment.

"Why do you think you're so unpopular in Texas?" Watson asked Obama, at one point.

The president replied by acknowledging that Texas had long been a "pretty Republican state," but he implied that the politics there were changing, adding that he'd only lost by a "few percentage points" in 2008.

But that statement, as Watson noted, wasn't exactly true. Obama actually lost Texas to John McCain by 11 points during the last campaign as pointed out by the reporter

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