As Barack Obama demonstrated on Thursday, one of the best ways to ensure an interview full of “softball” questions is to bring in someone who has benefited from your policies and is happy to say so.
After Jerry Penacoli and the president exchanged greetings, the Extra correspondent stated: “Thank you for inviting us. I know this is rare to have an interview sitting down with you here in the Rose Garden. It doesn't happen very often.”
“It is my pleasure,” Obama stated.