Obama waffles on Hamas while John McCain would make waffles for reporters at 3AM if they asked.
Most trivial election coverage ever:
As Sen. Hillary Clinton was preparing to campaign here today, Sen. Barack Obama was meeting with voters at a diner and apparently pretty hungry.
"Why can’t I just eat my waffle?" he said, when asked a foreign policy question by a reporter at the Glider Diner.
On the day before the Pennsylvania primary, Obama is campaigning in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas, avoiding the so-called "T" section of the state dominated by rural and conservative voters.
At the diner, Obama listened to a trumpet solo from a high school student. A waitress said the 17-year-old had been waiting outside the diner for several hours before Obama arrived.
On the other side of the diner, two high school seniors had skipped school to meet Obama and got him to sign passes saying "Excuse Colin!" and "Excuse Joey!"
Jay Newton-Small explains why this is a big deal:
Journalists in general don’t relish asking politicians questions in awkward situations, like on a golf course or over a waffle. But sometimes our hands are forced: Obama hasn’t given a press conference in 10 days and the questions, some of them — like Hamas — rather important, are starting to build up. If he wins the nomination he’ll be running again(sic) John McCain, whose philosophy is to give the press total access to the point of saturation; Obama might consider holding avails with a little more regularity. Then, maybe, reporters would let him to eat in peace.
Or maybe, and I’m just thinking out loud here, maybe when the candidate responds with "Why can’t I just eat my waffle?", reporters decide , eh, let it slide because it’s not really "news". Now if a reporter asked Senator Obama, "How do you feel about Jimmy Carter meeting with Hamas?" and he had responded with "How do you feel about your wife fucking the UPS guy while you’re out on the campaign trail with me?"… that would be kind of newsworthy.