After watching the finished segment below, one gets the sense that Watson seemed more motivated to show his own fearless bravado in the face of the leader of the free world than he was in actually getting any newsworthy responses from Obama.
To be fair, Obama’s interview style is often so disciplined — and prone to filibuster on even the most basic questions — that one can understand Watson’s motivation to some degree. However, the final segment that aired last night reveals that Watson was far more interested in promoting his challenging stance than anything the president said, evidenced by how much of Watson’s voiceover and questions are featured instead of Obama’s answers.
Now watch the piece:
Am I the only one to think that the reporter didn’t do anything out of line and that Obama didn’t chide the guy or look that irritated at all? Sure, he aggressively questioned Obama and had a right leaning stance, but so what? Obama can handle that. Every President should be able to handle the mildly adversarial questioning that was in this piece. I don’t know who this reporter is, and he may be a total ass, but what I saw on the video wasn’t that out of line to me.