NBC News was granted extensive access to the White House for a special series airing this Tuesday and Wednesday, but some interesting scenes did not make the Nightly News cut.
NBC just posted several "web exclusives," however, like this 11-minute video of Obama chatting during a ride in the presidential motorcade. In response to anchor Brian Williams, The President knocks cable news culture, name-checking Pat Buchanan, Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann. "I don’t find most of the cable chatter very persuasive," says Obama, adding "I don’t feel as if I’m learning anything from the debate." He prefers print media, he explained.
Then at the end of ride — 8 minutes in — Obama rebuffs his aides’ attempt to delay his exit so that pool reporters can cover the scene. Told that White House staffer Marvin Nicholson was trying to arrange press coverage of the arrival, Obama replies flatly, "he’s being overruled."
(More from Rahm Emanuel below.)
The President’s media criticism is pretty tame, however, compared to Rahm Emanuel.
It looks like the White House Chief of Staff really got into character booting the cameras out of meetings. In one exchange from the short video below, Emanuel swears at White House correspondent Chuck Todd and adds, "I hate all of you."