The scene: a press conference with the President of the United States in Seoul, South Korea. The foreign press is peppering the President with questions about his abysmal personal performance on his 10-day foreign trip.
The President begins to get a little peeved. After all, in his own mind, he is still The One and these foreign reporters are not as subservient as the American press. He sneaks a look at his watch. As the questions get tougher, small beads of sweat begin breaking out on his Presidential forehead. He really wants to get away from these pesky reporters.
The Teleprompter was out of commission, so the President was forced to ad lib a reason for ending the press conference early. And as you know, whenever you see the words “Obama” and “ad lib” in the same sentence, you’re in for some fun.
Let’s turn it over to India’s NDTV for the ensuing hilarity:
By the time 45 minutes had passed, Mr. Obama seemed eager to end the news conference and get on to his next stop: Yokohama, Japan, where he is to attend yet another conference, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. As a president with his own plane, Air Force One, Mr. Obama controls his own schedule. But he cut short his final questioner.
“I’m late for my flight,” the president explained.
“I’m late for my flight.” That’s the best he could come up with? The most powerful man in the world, the man who has the world’s most famous airplane at his beck and call, is afraid he’ll be late for his flight?
We think that NDTV is being too harsh. The President knew that with all these new airline security regulations he would have to stand in line to get his junk checked. And with Bill Clinton in line in front of him, you know how long that could take.