Chicago Tribune Sees Parallel Obama Press Conference in Parallel Universe

Did this guy see the same press conference I saw?

There were no smiles on Tuesday night, no memorable moments, no attempt by the president to capture the sense of drama or anticipation that has surrounded prime-time news conferences by prior White House occupants.

First, who's he comparing this to? The 'sense of drama' of a conference by George Bush? Then there's the stuff about 'no memorable moments'? What about "It took us a couple of days because I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak"?

But I digress...

Instead, Obama seemed to use the venue, so familiar as a tool of outreach to mainstream Americans, to continue his efforts at reaching key, niche audiences.

'Mainsteam Americans' vs. 'Niche audiences'? Who -- oh Who! -- might he mean?

He passed over reporters from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, opting instead to call on correspondents from Univision, Ebony magazine and Stars and Stripes.

Now I get it: in one corner, you have the NYT, WSJ and the LA Times (i.e. 'mainstream Americans') while in the other you have the 'niche audiences' consisting apparently of latinos, blacks and the American Armed Forces. How more 'niche' can you get?

My only question is, who's really writing this copy? The Colonel himself? Next time they really ought to send someone who doesn't come off sounding like such a tired-out constipated turd.