• WaPo’s David Ignatius Agrees With Obama: No One Wants President Who ‘Whines About Media Coverage’

    Washington Post columnist David Ignatius berated the Republican presidential candidates Sunday on CBS’s Face the Nation for their “squabbling” about the biased questions asked during the CNBC debate.

    Moderator John Dickerson played a clip of President Obama mocking the GOP candidates handling of the media.

    “It turns out they can’t handle a bunch of CNBC moderators,” Obama scoffed during his speech at a Democratic fundraiser in New York City last week. “If you can’t handle those guys — you know, then, I don’t think the Chinese and the Russians are going to be too worried about you.”

    Dickerson gleefully noted that he played the clip of the president because “it seems like he’s in a sweet spot before a nominee gets named where he can have fun at the Republicans expense” and asked his panel to weigh in.

    Ignatius lauded Obama’s assessment and declared the American public want someone who does more than “whines about media coverage.”

    “I thought it was a great line. And I thought there some was truth to it,” Ignatius said. “The Republican debate may have been a disaster for the media asking the questions, but I didn’t think the Republican candidates came out very well. All the squabbling, unfair, the media’s so mean, they’re asking nasty questions. I think that makes Republican candidates—it diminishes them.”

    “If they stay on that, it may work with some Republican primary base voters, but I can’t imagine it’s going to be effective with the electorate as a whole, people are looking for someone who can be commander-in-chief and that’s not the person who whines about media coverage.”

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