Today on the way home from work, I was listening to the Thom Hartmann show (he's very liberal, honest, smart, knowledgeable, sincere -- I disagree with most all his views but respect and learn a lot from him).
Thom has a regular guest, Ellen Ratner from Talk Radio News Service, who reports on political happenings of the day. Thom and Ellen were both lamenting Obama taking a question from the Huffington Post during his press conference today. According to Ellen and Thom, the people selected to ask questions are not random. Reporters must submit their questions to the White House before the press conference begins. Obama and his staff then select the questions they want to answer and call on those reporters. Effectively, there are no surprise questions at Obama's White House briefings. Ellen said reporters were never asked to pre-submit questions to Bush's staff, but Bush was given a seating chart so he could call on specific reporters/news organizations if he chose to.
I have somewhat lost a little respect for Obama's amazing speaking abilities.
Has anyone else heard this before?