KOB-FM drops the ball on President Obama interview UPDATE: Lame interview generating national headlines
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President Obama recorded an interview with the “Morning Mayhem” crew on KOB-FM in Albuquerque earlier this week.
Today (Friday, Aug. 17), they played the interview.
And man, was it bad.
Now, I know when somebody agrees to talk to morning DJs at a pop music station, you’re not going to get heavy policy questions — and that’s probably why the President agreed to it. Politicians of every stripe hope to get through interviews with the least amount of trouble. I’m not going to rap President Obama for doing the show.
But I will take the DJs to the woodshed.
Even by the standards of softball questions, the “mayhem” crew was particularly lame.
Among the questions:
If you had a super power, what would it be?
What’s your favorite New Mexican food?
What’s your favorite song to work out to?
The editors of Tiger Beat would ridicule this. C’mon. Even if you just wanted to ask questions about what makes the guy tick, this is the best you can up with?
This makes Barbara Walters’ “what kind of tree are you” question look insightful.
Here’s the KOB-FM interview in all of its inanity:
The folks at Buzzfeed roasted the effort as well, posting a story headlined:
President Obama Only Answers Ridiculous Questions
Update: The lousy interview is generating news across the country. Politico talked to one of the DJs who defended himself by saying, “I’m not a reporter.”
I don’t have a problem with somebody who’s not a journalist with a capital “J” interviewing the President. I don’t even have a problem with an interview that calls for no political questions.
My problem is not that they didn’t ask political questions. My issue is that they asked stupid questions.
The DJs had plenty of time to prepare and come up with interesting questions of the guy who holds the highest office in the land. Even if you don’t ask about politics and try to “talk to Barack Obama the man, not Barack Obama the president,” as the DJ told Politico, you can do a helluva lot better than the lame questions asked.
For example, you could have asked him:
What’s the thing you like best about your job?
What’s the worst?
What’s it like living in the White House? Can you order a chocolate sundae at 2 o’clock in the morning and it gets delivered instantly?
Is there any time you can shake off the Secret Service?
Do you miss being a private person?
What’s an average day like for you? What time do you get up? When do you go to bed?
You seem like an even-keeled guy. When was the last time you lost your temper? What were the circumstances?
Was there a movie or book that changed the way you look at life? What was it?
Your dad was pretty much absent throughout your life. How did that affect you growing up? Do you think about him much? How has that affected you in raising your two girls?
Are you strict with your kids?
Your mother-in-law lives in the White House with you and your family. What’s up with that?
C’mon, “Morning Mayhem” crew, it’s not that hard.