It’s amazing how thin-skinned the Obama-Biden ticket is. Today, they whined that the questions WFTV anchor-reporter Barbara West asked Sen. Biden. First, here’s a transcript of their interview:

WEST: I know you’re in North Carolina trying to help get out the vote but aren’t you embarassed by the blatant attempts to register phony voters by ACORN, an organization that Barack Obama has been tied to in the past?

BIDEN: I am not embarassed by it. We are not tied to it. We have not paid them one single penny to register a single solitary voter. We have the best GOTV operation in modern history. We’ve registered the voters ourselves and so there is no relationship. So I am embarassed for anybody in ACORN who went out there and registered somebody who shouldn’t be registered. I’m not embarrassed by our campaign because we haven’t paid ACORN a single penny to register a single voter.

WEST: But in the past, Sen. Obama was a community organizer for ACORN. He was an attorney for ACORN and certainly in the Senate, he has been a benefactor for ACORN.

BIDEN: How has he been a benefactor for ACORN? He was a community organizer. John McCain stood before ACORN not long ago and complimented them on the great work they did. Does tghat make John McCain complicit in any mistake that ACORN made? C’mon. Let’s get real.

WEST: Okay, moving onto the next question. Sen. Obama famously told Joe the Plumber that he wanted to spread his wealth around. Gallup polls show 84% of Americans prefer government focus on improving financial conditions and creating more jobs in the U.S. as opposed to taking steps to distributing wealth. Isn’t Sen. Obama’s statement a potentially crushing political blunder?

BIDEN: Absolutely not. The only person that’s spread the wealth around has been George Bush and John McCain’s tax policy. They have devastated the middle class. For the first time since the 1920’s, the top 1% make 21% of the income in America. That isn’t the way it was before George Bush became president. All we want is the middle class to have a fighting chance. That’s why we focus all of our efforts on restoring the middle class and giving them a tax break. And John McCain doubles down on Bush’s tax cuts and gives a $300 billion in tax cuts for the largest companies in America. We don’t think that’s the way to do it. We think give the middle class a break. That’s the way to do it.

WEST: You may recognize this famous quote. From each according to his abilities to each according to his needs. That’s from Karl Marx. How is Sen. Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around?

BIDEN: Are you joking? Is this a joke?


BIDEN: Is that a real question?

WEST: It’s a real question.

BIDEN: He is not spreading the wealth around. He is talking about giving the middle class an opportunity to get back the tax breaks they used to have. What has happened just this year is that the people making $1.4 million a year, the wealthiest 1%, good, decent American people, are gonna get an $87 billion tax cut. A new one on top of the one from last year. We think that the people getting that tax break and not redistribute the wealth up, should be the middle class. That’s what we think. It’s a ridiculous comparison with all due respect.

WEST: Now you recently said “Mark my words. It won’t be six months before the world tests Barack Obama.” But what worries many people is your caveat asking them to stand with him because it won’t be apparent that he got it right. Are you forewarning the American people that something might not get done and that America’s days as the world’s leader might be over?

BIDEN: No, I’m not at all. I don’t know who’s writing your questions but let me make it clear to you. The fact of the matter is that everyone with knowledge, from Colin Powell on down, the next president, whether it’s John McCain or Barack Obama. The reason is our weakened position in the world. We’re stretched thin throughout the world. Our economy is in freefall right now. And they’re gonna be tested. And the point I was making is that Barack Obama is better prepared to handle any crisis than John McCain…

Here’s Obama’s response:

The Barack Obama campaign called Barbara West’s interview with Sen. Joe Biden unprofessional and combative.

The first time that someone actually asks real questions, the Obama campaign whines that the interview was combative. That’s what happens when they’re used to getting softball questions. It’s great to hear West isn’t just sitting back and taking it. Here’s her response:

“I have a great deal of respect for him. I have a great deal of respect for Sen. Obama. We are given four minutes of a satellite window for these interviews. Four precious minutes. I got right down to it and, yes, I think I asked him some pointed questions. These are questions that are rolling about right now and questions that need to be asked. I don’t think I was rude or inconsiderate to him. I think I was probing and maybe tough. I can’t believe that in all of his years in politics, and all of his campaigning and such, that he hasn’t run into some tough questions before. He’s certainly up to it in giving good answers.”

Biden appeared insulted at times by Ms. West’s questions. His asking “Is that a real question” was the perfect example of his frustration.

Sen. Biden shouldn’t be insulted. The Obama-coddling media have insulted us with their protectionist attitude towards Obama. Prior to Ms. West’s interview, the media didn’t challenge Obama with any difficult questions. They’ve ignored Biden’s gaffes. When Biden and Obama don’t hold press conferences, they’re silent as lambs.

The American people are getting disgusted because they haven’t seen enough interviews of Mssrs. Obama and Biden like Ms. West has conducted. They want reporters who ask incisive questions. They’re hungering for journalists who read legislation and ask specific questions of politicians relating to specific provisions in that legislation.

Most importantly, they’re looking for reporters who’ll hold politicians and other public officials accountable. That’s why NY Times’ stock is almost worthless.

Finally, I want to thank Barbara West for standing up to Sen. Biden. It’s long overdue.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

12 Responses to “Obama-Biden Whine Because Reporter Asked Real Questions”

  • Four minutes is insufficient to interview a potential VP. Given the time limit, West asked a few of the many questions that have long been waiting to be asked by someone willing to go beyond fluff. Good work.

  • The Buzz says:

    I think Barbara West interview was a complete joke. Just a complete waist of Biden’s time. Her questions sucked and were just stupid. I guess she should stay on her same level and just interview Palin.

  • Craig Travis says:

    You want tough questions? Let’s ask McCain why his crowd has gone off the deep end. Let’s argue about impeachment. Really hasn’t the GOP gotten rather rascist? What about his affair? Shouldn’t he really have gone to jail for the keating five? How about his wife? His brother? How about the greed he encourages? Are rough questions really what we want? Let’s get the National Enquirer front and center. It’s called desperation. It’s a scorched earth policy. Is this what you want to be remembered for? Will that really help you in the long run? Conservatives have a long row to hoe. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.

  • Walter hanson says:

    My screen won’t let me see everyone of those silly comments by person three.

    * The GOP racist. We appointed the first two black secretary of state’s and they were both attacked as uncle Tom’s and incompetenents. Now that one has endorsed Barrack Obama (because he cares about race by the way) you folks so desperate to have the endorsement forget everything
    that he did that you were mad at.

    * A president who lies to win a lawsuit should keep his office? Al Gore didn’t win the 2000 presidential election because the voters threw out the previous administration. If the Democrats had the guts to impeach President Clinton George Bush wouldn’t have been elected President in 2000.

    * The Keating Five? Mccain went to one meeting that he said he shouldn’t have gone to. Because of that experience he tried to reform the campaign finance laws. If you want to talk about corrupt ACRON (which had money given to it by the Obama campaign) went out and registered voters illegally (like the Dallas Cowboys in the state of Nevada in part because their system was paying people by the voters registered). So Obama isn’t corrupt. There are foreign currency swaps in his campaign report even though he shouldn’t take money from foreign people. the basic software that millions of people use everyday on internet charges isn’t used by his campaign.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Walter hanson says:


    At least I now know the idiot who doesn’t care.

    * To go on with corruption we have our current financial crisis because of Fannie Mae. The Democrats blocked the reforms and even though he has been in the Senate for just four years he got the second most money from Fannie Mae. A former director Franklin Raines had described himself as advisor until the Obama campaign went and got some reporters to retract that comment. If you really care about corruption (after all you thought Mccain should go to jail for Keating Five than Obama should join him and serve a longer jail sentence by your own logic)

    * Scored earth. Are you aware that Obama was so desperate to win his first election race he got his campaign to throw the incumbent of the Illnois state senate (the position he was running for) thrown off the ballot? Are you aware that Obama was so tied to the corrupt politics of the Chicago political machine that when the President of the Cook County Board which was up for reelection in 2006 that Obama (the man who claims he is going to reform things) not only refused to endorse the reform candidate he endorsed the candidate associated with continuing the corruption.

    As Gary’s post has pointed out Mccain has been trying to warn what will happen if Obama is elected president and the media has been ignoring it.

    Some day between 2008 and 2012 a lot of Americans will wake up and ask why on Earth did I vote for Obama. In part it was because the media didn’t do their job.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • P.Jones says:

    I appreciate your blog. What is true, the Obama campaign and his tag-a-longs have been coddled for the past two years during his run for Presidency. It reminds me of the first time that I transitioned from community-based-athletics into the more competitive world of interscholastic sports…this isn’t powder-puff any more. You have to compete, and you have to be willing to get asked the tough questions and you for Pete’s sakes, can’t get rattled because someone doesn’t think you’re always right!!! Obama, wake and smell the coffee, because if the critical nature of questioning and line of arguments are too tough now, they won’t get easier. I agree with what was earlier said in your blog, and I pray that the American people wake up and smell the coffee, because these folks represent us, not the other way around.
    As for the recent posting about the claims against the Republican Party’s racist biased as well as McCain’s association with the Keating 5…I think Walter’s response pretty much squashed that…really! I haven’t heard anyone from the Obama supporter side come up with any logical bit of argument, real logical argument debunking policies being proposed of the McCain campaign. I don’t believe all of his tactics will be idea, but I do believe that they are more inline with what is best for America. I laugh at some of the criticisms of O’ supporters when they try to defend their candidate. About the only descriptors that they can muster up and respond with are, “stupid,” or “sucked.” Glad to see the intelligible side of communication. That’s what Jr. High kids do when they when they don’t have an argument or can make a comment.
    I believe that folks who have not made up their mind on a candidate need to really examine the direction that the O’ campaign is pushing for. They are driving towards a more socialistic based governmental system. I’m not sure about anyone else; I don’t want to wear brown and grey clothes for the next 40 years and stand in line for a bowl of soup and bread. I know that’s exaggerated, but you who are questioning…don’t think that I’m not serious when I say that the “redistribution of wealth,” is a fundamental socialistic ideology. The biggest fallacy in that line of thinking is this…there will always be those who have “more” and those who have “less”…always. In a socialist state, it’s separated by those who have “much” and those who have “nothing to very-very-little.” In a free-market democratic state, there are those who have “a lot of wealth,” those who “have some wealth,” some of who “do okay and live a comfortable life,” some who “work pay-check-to-pay-check,” and those who are “reliant on some form of aid.” In a socialist state, there is no way to go up from poor to wealthy, because anything that you make gets redistributed, so therefore, if what I make get’s taken and given to others who haven’t worked as hard, why should I work as hard (by the way, isn’t that what the small business people do…make more so that they can hire more and create more opportunities for other’s?). In a free-market democratic state, the key differentiator is this: EVERYONE HAS THE SAME OPPORTUNITY TO DO WELL…AS WELL AS THEY WANT AND AS WELL AS THEY CAN!!!!
    So, go ahead and cry unfair at the line of questioning O’ supporters…if he wins, you’ll see…you really will see that we should have let the media (at least those who didn’t sell out) ask the tough questions to the O’ campaign. I know that McCain and Palin have had their fair share.
    Thanks for your Blog I like what you’re doing!

  • Khan says:

    Oh, come on. This is such empty talking-points crap. To point that out isn’t whining. She might as well have claimed that her sources claim that Obama is a secret Arab who is going to paint the White House black. Is it “standing up” to someone to ask non-sensical questions? Dropping Red Scare buzzwords is not an interview.

    The Socialist and Communist parties in the US laugh at the epithet “Socialist” being applied to Senator Obama–don’t worry guys, he’s as capitalist as everyone else, as capitalist as you are. Reading books can alleviate this confusion.

    ACORN? This is so flimsy that it’s exasperating. It apparently would surprise a lot of people to find out that ACORN doesn’t control the voter logs, state to state. ACORN submits applications, and county and state election agencies sift, verify, and enter the valid registrations.

    If you review the results of the FBI investigation into voter fraud a few years ago, you will find that voter fraud functionally does not exist in the US. ELECTION fraud, now–the FBI verified tens of thousands of cases of perfectly legal voters being illegally purged from voter rolls across America.

  • Gary Gross says:

    ACORN? This is so flimsy that it’s exasperating.

    It’s been verified several different ways. Sen. Obama did represent them in court. Sen. Obama helped train ACORN employees. Sen. Obama’s presidential campaign paid ACORN $833,000. Yes, I know that the check was made to CSI. What people might not know is that CSI & ACORN are housed in the same building & employees of ACORN also work for CSI.

    What you call tenuous is actually quite solid. Just because people don’t like admitting those connections doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

  • janet says:

    You’ve got to be kidding. That was a real question about Carl Marx? Is West trying to raise a red flag? Maybe she should look at her own colors. If you need to access information on Bush, Carl Marx, etc. Here’s an intersting site for research,

  • joseph femiani says:

    why is it that a half white man(obama) is considered to be better president material than our honorable vet Mc CAIN ? hasn’t obama given his time to help acorn put these poor people in homes they can’t afford just to see them be devestated by the down fall of the worlds economy caused by obamas very methods of upside down loans?Mc Cain tried through legistation to stop this problem obama created but was silenced by both parties. doesn’t Mc Cain stand for change by his very actions ? obama is half black and all non christian by his own words is he the better man to run our military and our future, no! follow the money is what is said in corruption times and obama has a lot of wealthy union people and billionares backing him ,whats up ?looks like the rich don’t believe him about taking their money or maybe they got wealthy giving their money away.not!they know a economy led by democrats makes them more money because of their destructive ways with our future.this happens every time democrats rule and then they vote a republican in to save them me where we are a democracy and where the president has the right to create jobs and regulate industry and put kids in school.when are the stae gov.s going to shut down so the feds can take over ?christian nation led by color not a vets love.

  • purrlions says:

    Biden is terrible. Sarah Palin is awesome.

  • gayla schamburg says:

    It is about time someone like Ms. West asked the Obamunist camp that question. It’s not like millions of Americans haven’t been asking themselves and their friends and families that very question.

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