President Obama is known for his expertise with a teleprompter and, in a press conference today, he showed that he has learned the first rule of media training: answer the question you want to ask, not the question you were asked.
So, when ABC’s Jon Karl asked him if “America’s influence…that your influence in the world – is on the decline,” Obama redefined the question to one he could give a flippant answer. Obama said,
“I think if the premise of the question is that whenever the United States objects to an action and other countries don’t immediately do what we want, that that’s been the norm, that would pretty much erase most of twentieth century history.”
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