On Monday afternoon, President Obama sat for an interview with a reporter from a North Texas television station. For once, an interviewer asked tough questions and even corrected the President when he got the facts wrong.
The interviewer first put the President on the defensive when he asked him why he thought is poll numbers were so low in Texas. In a not-so-calm fashion, Obama tried to make the illogical and unsupported case that Texas just might be on the verge of turning into a liberal state:
“Texas has always been a pretty Republican state, for historic reasons..” The President continued, “We lost by a few percentage points in Texas..”
The interviewer corrected Obama as the loss in Texas was closer to 11%. Not accustomed to being challenged and perhaps to save face, the President retorted, “If what you’re telling me is Texas is a conservative state, you’re absolutely right,” he said. It is still unclear what the “historic” reason is for Texas being a red state.
As the interview continued, the interviewer asked if the fact that Texas wasn’t given one of the retired space shuttle orbiters was politically motivated.
“That’s wrong, that had nothing to do with it; the White House had nothing to do with it. There was a whole commission, a whole process; that’s how the decision was made.”
After the interview was completed and the President thought that the cameras were off, he let the interviewer know that Barack Obama does not like being challenged, at all.
“Let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, all right?”
Here are the highlights of the interview: