Barack Obama has been president for more than five years now. For all this time, there have been many questions I’ve wanted to ask him. He does not get asked these questions, for two main reasons, I think: 1) He seldom faces the press. (Why doesn’t the press care more?) And 2) when he does, the questions tend to be different from the ones I would ask.
In today’s Impromptus, I mention the statement he made to Dmitri Medvedev in 2012 (over an open mike, or “mic,” if you prefer): “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.” You remember how Medvedev responded: “I will transmit this information to Vladimir [Putin, the boss].”
It would seem perfectly natural — a no-brainer — to ask Obama, “What did you mean when you told the Russians you would have ‘more flexibility’ after your reelection?” Maybe someone has asked him that. I am unaware of it.
For that matter, I’d like to go back to 2008, when Obama, on the campaign trail, promised a “fundamental transformation” of America. “What did you mean by ‘fundamental transformation’? What would you like to see this country fundamentally transform into?”
Has the president been asked that question? Maybe he is answering it, regardless, through his policies, day by day, month by month, year by year.