Barack Obama can't (or won't) answer a direct question. Whether he's eating waffles or touring an automotive plant, it's clear that he has better things to do than talk to the rabble and deal with their constant pestering.
On youTube, there is an active debate going on about whether it was inappropriate to call the reporter "sweetie", and also whether her question was inappropriate, since it would have required a complex answer and he wouldn't have been able to give it the attention it deserved.
My problem is neither with the nickname nor with the particular question. My problem is with the dismissive and condescending way he treats anyone who asks him something he doesn't want to answer, whether the question is legitimate or not. Floating about like a debutante and pouting when he's questioned makes him more like a spoiled princess than a presidential candidate.
Of course, we still don't know if he ever answered "Sweetie's" question, since the reporters were then dismissed.
© Jana Ogletree 2008