President Obama will at last discuss Syria and the secret tracking of U.S. telephone records – big issues that both required Rose Garden appearances and quizzing from White House reporters but instead will get late-night treatment and the gentle questioning of Charlie Rose.
Obama will appear on Rose’s eponymous show, a low-profile approach since most people who have to work will miss it because it’s generally airs at 11 pm. Now, I understand that not many people in the Obama economy have jobs, but one would still think the president would opt for speaking about such important matters earlier in the day, when everyone – employed or not – could at least catch it on the early evening or prime time news shows.
Rose will provide Obama plenty of time to explain his decisions without subjecting him to the kind of intensive questioning the issues deserve, because while Charlie is a good interviewer, he’s a prober and not a griller.
Remarkably, Obama has only addressed the telephone and data mining scandals once, during a brief press conference nine days ago. And even more remarkably, he has not made any public statement at all about his decision to join militarily into the conflict in Syria by arming the rebels there.
But he did have time for a round of golf Saturday.