SEOUL — In the homestretch of his nine-day, post-election foreign trip, a prickly President Barack Obama faced a barrage of questions about his domestic agenda and how he’ll govern with an emboldened Republican leadership in Congress....The president complained several times during his news conference about the U.S. media’s coverage of the G-20 summit. He pushed back at the suggestion that he’s weaker on the world stage because of the midterm elections and argued that his fellow leaders are no tougher on him than they were a year ago when he was new to the scene and his poll numbers were high.
“I remember our first G-20, you guys writing the exact same stories you’re writing now. Don’t you remember that, Sheryl?” Obama said to The New York Times’s Sheryl Stolberg.
Asked by CBS’s Chip Reid about complaints heard from other leaders during the summit, Obama shot back: “What about compliments?”
He appeared thin-skinned about the characterizations of his time at the summit, saying that nobody wrote about leaders setting the stage for financial regulatory reform at the last G-20 summit because it “wasn’t real sexy” and criticizing reporters’ “search for drama.”
“Sometimes, I think, naturally there’s an instinct to focus on the disagreements, because otherwise, these summits might not be very exciting — it’s just a bunch of world leaders sitting around intervening,” he said
The takeaways from the G-20 were incremental. The nations agreed on a “framework of cooperation” for economic growth, including to strive for market-determined exchange rates and to develop early warning indicators that signal trade imbalances. But the agreement lacked specific target numbers and deadlines — the countries’ finance ministers are tasked with following up on it next year — and Obama faced questions about whether he’d lost cachet on the world stage.
“When I first came into office, people might have been interested in more photo ops because there had been a lot of hoopla surrounding my election,” Obama said, adding that he now has relationships with key leaders, including Chancellor Merkel of Germany, President Lee of South Korea and China’s Hu Jintao — all of whom kept Obama from getting precisely what he sought out of the summit.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
This is a pretty significant takedown of The Won. Even better? The photo accompanying the article. I often call the president "Bambi", and boy if someone didn't capture the deer in the headlights here. Yowza.
Here are some snippets:
OMG... was he really upset that reporters didn't ask him what compliments he had received?! Is he 12?!
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