Harry Smith's Tail-Between-The-Legs Question To Obama

<div style="float: right"><object width="240" height="194"><param name="movie" value="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=ydaGytaGaG&amp;c1=0xCE4717&... name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=ydaGytaGaG&amp;c1=0xCE4717&... allowfullscreen="true" width="240" height="194"></embed></object></div>Pres. Obama told Harry Smith that &quot;I would not want just a calm, passive dog.  I want a dog with a little bit of spirit.&quot;  Maybe so when picking a family pet. But when it comes to the media, PBO apparently prefers a lapdog.  Witness Smith's tail-between-the-legs performance that won him a huge smile from the prez.<br /><br />Over the course of two days, the Early Show aired clips of Smith's recent interview of the PBO.  Kyle Drennen <a href="/blogs/kyle-drennen/2009/06/22/cbs-s-smith-father-chief-obama-where-did-you-learn-love">noted </a>a real softball from yesterday's segment. Smith was back at it this morning.  Toward the end of today's segment, Smith says: <b>&quot;People in the mainstream media have been accused of being afraid to speak truth to power.</b> <b>I've got some truth to power for you.&quot;</b><br /><br />Was Smith building to a hard-hitting question on, say, PBO's <a href="http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=49856">firing</a> of the inspector general who was too diligent in his duty of discovering corruption in AmeriCorps, PBO's pet project?  Of course not. <b>In a pathetic display of precisely the kind of MSM wimp-out Smith had described, Smith asked the president a question about . . . his dog.</b><!--break--><br /><blockquote>HARRY SMITH: I've been observing.  Your dog looks like he's out of control.<br /><br />BARACK OBAMA: Bo, Bo, you know, he's a teenager.  He's a puppy still.  And every once in awhile, he does get a little frisky.  But <b>I would not want just a calm, passive dog.  I want a dog with a little bit of spirit, </b>and he definitely has some spirit.<br /></blockquote><b>Note: </b>No one can accuse PBO of an excess of modesty.  Just before the canine question, the prez boasted to Smith: <b>&quot;Over the last five months, under some fairly extraordinary circumstances, we have, I think, been extraordinarily productive.&quot;</b>

Mark Finkelstein
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