NewsBusters — CNN’s Gloria Borger provided the Obama campaign spin on Tuesday afternoon, excusing the President’s choice to not meet privately with any foreign leaders at this week’s UN General Assembly. This despite the previous two presidents having met with world leaders at the UN during a campaign year.
“This is kind of a ‘don’t rock the boat’ strategy. I think there’s a sense that no good can come of any controversy right now,” Borger explained the President’s decision. However, even anchor Wolf Blitzer called it “probably a missed opportunity” for Obama, and reporter John King said even some Democrats questioned it.
What was Borger’s explanation? “And that if you have one bilateral meeting, and only one bilateral meeting, you’re going to get other people angry. If you have a host of bilaterals, there’s more of an opportunity to get more people angry,” she sounded, painting the private meetings as a lose-lose situation for Obama.
“So if you’re – if you’re in the Obama campaign, and you’re looking at the next six weeks, you’re saying why do we want to cause ourselves any problems? And that’s exactly what’s behind this,” she continued.
Borger was not so defensive of GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan when he joined Mitt Romney’s ticket, calling him a “polarizing figure” and re-airing Paul Krugman’s disgusting smear of the Ryan budget. She also saw it fit to question Artur Davis’ political motives when he spoke at this year’s RNC after addressing the DNC in 2008.
CNN’s John King addressed the concerns of “a lot of people in the foreign policy community, even Democrats” over Obama’s decision to duck meetings at the summit by noting that “The new Egyptian leadership is there. The new Libyan leadership is there. The President of Afghanistan is there. You have fires burning around the world, if you will, right now.”Continue Reading on newsbusters.org