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President Obama thumps Gov. Rick Perry -- and a Dallas TV reporter: Featured Video
Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011, 10:07AM CST
By Jennifer Peebles
President Obama

President Obama says he loves Texas.

He does not, however, love Gov. Rick Perry. Or Dallas TV newsman Brad Watson.

The chief executive granted a few brief interviews recently to local news affiliates around the nation, including one to WFAA-TV from Dallas. That’s today’s featured video on the Texas Watchdog home page.

"Governor Perry helped balance the budget with about six billion dollars’ worth of federal help, which he happily took, and then started blaming the members of Congress who had offered that help," Obama told Watson.

The president also denied the allegations from some folks in Texas that Houston was turned down as a retirement home for any of the NASA space shuttles because the Obama Administration wanted to send the shuttles to places that could help the president's coming re-election bid.

"That's wrong," Obama said, adding that the decision on who got a shuttle was left to a commission. "The White House had nothing to do with it."

Speaking of the campaign, the prez says he won't write off Texas in 2012, but said Texas is a "pretty Republican state."

But it wasn't anything that the president said during the interview that got noticed by national news outlets like USA Today. Instead, they picked up on Obama's comments to Watson right after the interview ended:

"Let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, all right?"

That one brought back memories of Dana Carvey's Ross Perot impersonation including the oft-repeated phrase "Can I finish?" We couldn’t find any video clips on the Web that included the “Can I finish?” line, but we did find an audio-only .wav file of a snippet of it, as well as video clips of Carvey’s Perot bit without the catchphrase.


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Photo: President Obama talks with advisors in the Oval Office before a phone call with President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon to discuss the situation in Cote d’Ivoire, April 4, 2011. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

Tuesday, 04/19/2011 - 09:37PM

Looks like Obama got thumped! Someone finally stood up to him and he couldnt take it. He's so used to getting a pass from the libs like the writer of this story....2012 can't get here fast enough.

Wednesday, 04/20/2011 - 03:08PM

Thumped? Hardly. Brad Watson needs to go back to J school. Interview FAIL!

A. W. Walker
Thursday, 04/21/2011 - 01:08AM

According to conventional and long-observed American courtesy, Watson had to show respect to the office of the presidency, if not the man. He did that with considerable restraint.

Obama, as the office holder needn't by compelling convention observe any such return courtesy to an award-winning, long term reporter and citizen of a so-called conservative state, which he didn't.

Now, Obama is the public servant and he's going to be unemployed in six years or hopefully sooner. We're his employer, yet he's condescending and patronizing to us simply because he believes one or another of us is a conservative thinker. Shame on him and his incredibly short-sighted advisors.

Sunday, 08/14/2011 - 01:52AM

The entire interview was so chopped up by editing that is was completely impossible to tell whether or not Watson observed "conventional and long-observed American courtesy" in his questions. Frankly, I haven't seen much of that ancient courtesy, either to this president or to his predecessors.

The station editors certainly would have had sense enough to edit out any yapping by their newscaster. Whether I agree with someone or not, I want to hear a full answer to a question, and the reporter should stay in the background. He or she, however self-important, is not important to me.

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