WFTV-Channel 9’s Barbara West conducted a satellite interview with Sen. Joe Biden on Thursday…
West wondered about Sen. Barack Obama’s comment, to Joe the Plumber, about spreading the wealth. She quoted Karl Marx and asked how Obama isn’t being a Marxist with the “spreading the wealth” comment.
“Are you joking?” said Biden, who is Obama’s running mate. “No,” West said.
West later asked Biden about his comments that Obama could be tested early on as president. She wondered if the Delaware senator was saying America’s days as the world’s leading power were over.
“I don’t know who’s writing your questions,” Biden shot back.
Biden so disliked West’s line of questioning that the Obama campaign canceled a WFTV interview with Jill Biden, the candidate’s wife.
“This cancellation is non-negotiable, and further opportunities for your station to interview with this campaign are unlikely, at best for the duration of the remaining days until the election,” wrote Laura K. McGinnis, Central Florida communications director for the Obama campaign.
McGinnis said the Biden cancellation was “a result of her husband’s experience yesterday during the satellite interview with Barbara West.”
Here’s a link to the interview: http://www.wftv.com/video/17790025/index.html.
So the Obama campaign has come out over-talking and otherwise ridiculing anyone asking about this latest thud from Biden. Burton’s the worst possible “spokesperson” for any political campaign unless the campaign is working to secure a fascist in office (you be the judge in that regard — my conclusion is made, however, Burton is a rude, crude, motor-mouthing, epitome of inconsideration, so, thus, I assume that’s who he’s speaking for [Obama], also).
And, I thought that remark by Biden (“who wrote your questions“) was the essence of condescension, as also, had me wondering what the latest Biden-suspected-conspiracy-theory was was influencing his delusions on-air (and otherwise). Biden is not a well man.
If a candidate (and spokespeople and running mate) can’t answer questions outside their protected, manipulated and “owned” media, it speaks very badly about who that candidate and their campaign is.
The woman with the questions, in this particular case — Barbara West — made an extremely well-modulated effort in approaching Biden. I refrain from describing this as “an interview” despite West’s immensely fine composure and skill, not because of any deficit of or about her, but because of Biden’s idiotic responses, and, the crass, rude and crude criticisms today from Bill Burton.