CNN's Ed Henry asked a long, rambling, nearly incoherent question at the Obama press conference this week, starting with a question about why Obama and Geithner were so slow to express outrage over the AIG bonuses, and then moving on to a question about how Obama's budget will increase the deficit. Obama gave a long and detailed answer to the question about the deficit, focusing on how rising health costs must be brought under control, both for the benefit of the private sector as well as the public sector.
Henry pounced after Obama was finished because Obama did not answer the first part of the question, which was both unrelated to the second part and really unimportant. Why was Obama so slow to jump on the outrage bandwagon, unlike speedy Andrew Cuomo, the attorney general of New York?
Obama's reply here was much shorter. "It took a couple of days because I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak."
There is some debate over whether this insult was aimed at Andrew Cuomo for speaking too early on this, the previous administration for speaking without knowing, or at Ed Henry for being an idiot. My vote is that it hit all of them, but Henry took the brunt.
Henry wrote on his blog that he got the better of Obama. He is nearly alone in this assessment.
Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post was on Keith Olbermann's Countdown program, and when asked about Henry's view that he won the confrontation, made a comparison to someone being dunked on, the ball hitting him in the face on the way down, then getting up and acknowledging the cheers of the crowd.
"Dude, the guy just made you his... companion."
I love this. The colloquial use of the technical phrase for female dog can mean either "nasty person, usually female" or "companion". I would like to see the word "companion" used more widely to clear up this ambiguity. Please work it into your conversation at your soonest convenience.
Thank you for your kind attention... companions!