Annoying everyone…

“At the risk of annoying everyone here…” is how Deborah Charles prefaced her question to Barack Obama this morning after his announcement of Tom Daschle as the new Sec of HHS.

Hers was the ONLY question relevant to the news conference, and her prefacing comment was brilliant in that it a) shamed the previous reporters for obsessing about Blagojevich and b) exhibited responsible reporting by actually questioning Obama’s plan and how he intended to pay for it.

I just wanted to say how much I appreciated that question. It wasn’t a ‘softball’ and it elicited more information from President-elect Obama than we otherwise would have gotten.

Sean

Thank you: GBU Editor

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