Obama Needs More TV Time
November 18, 2008 10:03 AM
Sure, I know it’s a delicate line to walk for president elect Barack Obama, as he bides his time until January when he is officially sworn in as the nation’s 44th president.
And that’s a mistake. Every cable news network should be crawling all over him right now, as the economic picture worsens. And I hope we see the president elect roll up his sleeves and not stand on protocol.
So how really delicate is that president-elect fine line? Not at all, I say.
For years we’ve had a lame-duck president, who can’t do a thing now. Witness just this weekend an unproductive G20 conference in Washington, where economic leaders from all over the world just put lipstick on the global economic meltdown pig.
Of course nothing came out of that. How could it?
This past Sunday, CBS “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft scored an interview with Barack and Michelle Obama, and yes, I was among the 24.5 million viewers who tuned in to see what he had to say—mostly the economy.
Basically, I liked what I saw, but Obama was tentative.
Today, just a day later, I hear that Obama, president elect, who has been tiptoeing around economic issues during this transition period, will play some role in this week’s plea by General Motors to secure a bailout at the Fed window.
Obama needs to be at that table. And I encourage all news gathering organizations to prod Obama to push aside protocol and not stand on formalities to jump-start our great nation.