Republicans say Obama’s press conference plan presumptous
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Republicans accused Barack Obama of arrogance on Sunday after he referred to plans to hold a press conference the day after the election.
As Obama was boarding his campaign plane to fly to rally in Columbus, a reporter asked him what kind of instructions he would give his Treasury secretary for implementing the $700 billion financial rescue package.
“We’re on a tarmac,” the Democratic White House contender replied to ABC News correspondent Jake Tapper.
Tapper then suggested Obama call a press conference.
“I will. On Wednesday,” the candidate said.
The Republican National Committee quickly sent the exchange to reporters, labeling it part of the “Audacity Watch.” Borrowing from the title of Obama’s book, “The Audacity of Hope,” the RNC has a web site that chronicles what it sees as Obama’s presumptuousness about his chances of winning Tuesday’s election.
An aide to the Obama campaign later said there would not necessarily be a press conference on Wednesday. Adviser Linda Douglass said Obama would meet reporters by the end of the week but “don’t count on Wednesday.”
Photo credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed. Obama boards his plane in Springfield, Mo. Nov. 2, 2008.