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Easily Amazed? Brian Williams Finds It 'Unbelievable' to Watch Obama Eat M&Ms Inside the White House
News Busters ^ | June 2, 2009 | By Tim Graham

Posted on 06/02/2009 1:08:05 PM PDT by COUNTrecount

NBC anchor Brian Williams has never been shy about how amazed he is by Barack Obama. But it is really "unbelievable" to be in the White House hallway while Obama walks by munching on M&Ms? In a brief Monday Washington Post article by Howard Kurtz promoting NBC’s latest Inside the White House special with the candy-munching president, Williams couldn’t keep the gush in check:

"There's stuff we've never seen of how the White House operates," he says. "We were pretty stunned at how much we were able to record and how natural events seemed to be."

He recalls "walking through the West Wing and Secretary Clinton drops by to see the president. To be in the hallway when the president walks by with a handful of M&Ms, popping them in his mouth as he goes to visit his chief of staff -- it was unbelievable. I don't think the expression 'took up residence' is hyperbolic." He also spent time with Michelle Obama and went out for burgers with the president.

Such specials are part of a 40-year NBC tradition, but Williams had to make the sale, a lobbying effort that began before the election. Chief of staff Rahm Emanuel allowed the network to record some senior staff meetings but, says Williams, "Rahm closed the door in front of our crew eight times."

While such behind-the-scenes programs tend to be positive, Williams hopes to highlight the sacrifice involved in the demanding jobs so viewers "will see White House aides as people. There's emotion in it, pathos, personality."

NBC’s previous hour-long specials inside the White House have been generally greeted with more skepticism, that NBC is selling out its independence a bit to gain access. See how much more skeptical both Kurtz and Tom Brokaw seem in the Post of January 21, 2002, when George W. Bush granted access:

Tom Brokaw knew George W. Bush was putting on a show.

"It goes without saying that they don't wake up and say, 'Oh, my God. NBC is coming!' " Brokaw says. "They obviously arranged a very full day for him."

Brokaw spent last Thursday hanging with Bush, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice and the gang for an NBC special that was supposed to have been taped Sept. 18. Events intervened, and the anchor got to see the White House on a war footing -- which, as it turns out, helps explain why the president chose this moment to let the NBC crews in.

"They're concerned about the public drifting away from the mission of the war," Brokaw says. "This was an opportunity for them to kick-start it, to keep the country refocused."

George Bush may be no Martin Sheen, but he knows how to play to the cameras. "Inside the Real West Wing," which airs Wednesday night before the fictional version, will show Bush "in a pretty commanding fashion," Brokaw says.

What happens in these ventures might be best described as mutual manipulation. NBC needs access to assemble an hour-long narrative that can be sold to advertisers; the White House team gets to reach millions by staging day-long events while pretending that the camera operators and sound technicians aren't there.

Kurtz noticed that Bush was pressed on the notion that the press had gone easy on him:

Bush laughed at the notion that the press has gone easy on him during the war, arguing that he got roughed up over civilian casualties in Afghanistan and the initial lack of military progress, Brokaw recalls.

The political war over Enron was also a hot topic. "They were not overly defensive," Brokaw says of administration officials. "They've obviously got their message and they're working on it."

At the time, Brokaw praised the White House for being "very well run," which isn’t quite as positive as finding M&M munching an "unbelievable" sight.


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I'd rather see him eat some pork rinds.

1 posted on 06/02/2009 1:08:05 PM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

Williams used the presidential knee pads, I see.


2 posted on 06/02/2009 1:08:46 PM PDT by Sig Sauer P220 (The great object is that every man be armed. - Patrick Henry)
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To: COUNTrecount

Brian Williams just wants Obama to suck on his M&Ms.


3 posted on 06/02/2009 1:08:46 PM PDT by Jewbacca (Yes, I am very hairy and good with small arms.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Why would god need to eat M&M’s???


4 posted on 06/02/2009 1:09:28 PM PDT by SandWMan (Even if you can't legislate morality, you can legislate morally.)
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To: COUNTrecount

He would really rather watch him eat a banana.


5 posted on 06/02/2009 1:09:30 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: COUNTrecount
That's weird. Brian Williams is usually so fair and balanced.
6 posted on 06/02/2009 1:10:17 PM PDT by exist
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To: COUNTrecount

Wow! And these people consider themselves serious journalists.


7 posted on 06/02/2009 1:10:32 PM PDT by Seruzawa (Obamalama lied, the republic died.)
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To: COUNTrecount
"There's stuff we've never seen of how the White House operates," he says. "We were pretty stunned at how much we were able to record and how natural events seemed to be."

Yeah, it's not like Ronald Reagan who used to eat "jelly beans" (gag)... < /sarc >

8 posted on 06/02/2009 1:10:42 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Justice is blind. Sonia Sotomayor is not even qualified to sit on an IMPARTIAL jury.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Williams used to talk about how he loved NASCAR like he was a conservative. I think Hannity had the phony on once.


9 posted on 06/02/2009 1:10:54 PM PDT by Frantzie
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To: SandWMan

He eats only the red ones.


10 posted on 06/02/2009 1:11:20 PM PDT by COUNTrecount (http://obamaclock.org/)
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To: COUNTrecount

another leg-tingler.


11 posted on 06/02/2009 1:11:31 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://www.stink-eye.net)
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To: COUNTrecount

I guess he never watch Reagan eat JellyBelly beans.

That God for the British news media.

At least we can find out what is actually going on in the world and the US.


12 posted on 06/02/2009 1:11:32 PM PDT by OpusatFR (Those embryos are little humans in progress. Using them for profit is slavery.)
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To: COUNTrecount
Chief of staff Rahm Emanuel allowed the network to record some senior staff meetings but, says Williams, "Rahm closed the door in front of our crew eight times."

Glad to see it verified about who pulls Zero's strings....

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13 posted on 06/02/2009 1:12:52 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (All the “boxes” are gone: soapbox, ballot box, jury box, bullet box. (History of the Near Future.)
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To: OpusatFR

Remember when the media mocked Bush for eating peanutbutter sandwhiches and fritos? I guess M&Ms are high class.


14 posted on 06/02/2009 1:13:14 PM PDT by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: COUNTrecount
"There's stuff we've never seen of how the White House operates," he says. "We were pretty stunned at how much we were able to record and how natural events seemed to be."

Because he ate M&M's, no president ever did this before? Not even Bill Clinton, who had special bags of M&M's with the presidential seal on them on Air Force One??

The level of ridiculousness is reaching critical here.

15 posted on 06/02/2009 1:13:20 PM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: Sig Sauer P220

Twisted face and twisted mind.


16 posted on 06/02/2009 1:13:20 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: a fool in paradise
Yeah, it's not like Ronald Reagan who used to eat "jelly beans" (gag)... < /sarc >

Those same jelly-bellies were blamed for Ronaldus Magnus' onset of Alzheimer's. But, M&Ms are the nectar of the gods, so I'm sure there will be no negative effects on The Messiah.

17 posted on 06/02/2009 1:13:25 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: COUNTrecount

Such childish pandering

Clearly indicative of lack of substance of all concerned


18 posted on 06/02/2009 1:13:32 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: COUNTrecount
He recalls "walking through the West Wing and Secretary Clinton drops by to see the president. To be in the hallway when the president walks by with a handful of M&Ms, popping them in his mouth as he goes to visit his chief of staff -- it was unbelievable.

As Americans lose their homes, pensions, investments, and jobs, I am sure they are just as thrilled by this unbelievable news.

19 posted on 06/02/2009 1:14:29 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Seruzawa

A slobbering love affair, indeed.

Disgusting.


20 posted on 06/02/2009 1:14:30 PM PDT by Noumenon (As long as I have a rifle, I STILL have a vote...)
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To: COUNTrecount

You know, just when I feel a little bit apprehensive about labeling Brian Williams a koolaid-drinking Obamabot lemming ...

Brian Williams comes shining through to show me I was correct.


21 posted on 06/02/2009 1:14:50 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: COUNTrecount
If Wilson thinks that's so cool, he needs to head down to N’orleans.


22 posted on 06/02/2009 1:15:40 PM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: OpusatFR

Excellent line about the British press. Republicans should start using it. Make the “news” media a figure of derision.

As far as the M&Ms go, I guess Williams does not think a president is actually human. Of course most of 0’s supporters think he can walk on water so they forget he is just one of us.


23 posted on 06/02/2009 1:15:44 PM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: COUNTrecount

He saw O munching M&M’s because O wouldn’t be caught walking down the hallway with a cigarette in his hand.


24 posted on 06/02/2009 1:15:45 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican ("During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." --Orwell)
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To: COUNTrecount
But it is really "unbelievable" to be in the White House hallway while Obama walks by munching on M&Ms?

For the state-run media, of course it is.

25 posted on 06/02/2009 1:15:58 PM PDT by GOP_Raider (Have you risen above your own public education today?)
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To: COUNTrecount
"I'm the High Priestess (and #1 fan) in the 0bamarama Church."


26 posted on 06/02/2009 1:16:54 PM PDT by spald
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To: MozarkDawg

My whole world has been ruined! I’ve been able to live in abject ignorance that my favorite candy had been despoiled by 2 of the absolute WORST presidents this country has ever had. I think I’m going to go home and drown my sorrow in a pound or two of M&M’s :-(


27 posted on 06/02/2009 1:17:01 PM PDT by JoyjoyfromNJ (Psalm 121)
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To: COUNTrecount

Mr. Physical Fitness that chomps M&M’s and smokes like a fiend...and yes, he still does smoke.


28 posted on 06/02/2009 1:18:47 PM PDT by NMEwithin
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To: COUNTrecount
I'd rather see him eat some pork rinds.

Or a hot dog.




29 posted on 06/02/2009 1:19:30 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: SERKIT
If Obambi is eating handfuls of green M&Ms, it'll be blamed for his sexual 3-way in the limo with Brian Williams and Chris Matthews.
30 posted on 06/02/2009 1:20:09 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Justice is blind. Sonia Sotomayor is not even qualified to sit on an IMPARTIAL jury.)
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To: COUNTrecount
"Brian, I'll believe he's the Messiah when he walks on water. Just bringing me, the only objective Democrat, back to life is not enough. By the way, these M&M's really give you a lot of energy."


31 posted on 06/02/2009 1:20:25 PM PDT by spald
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To: OpusatFR

32 posted on 06/02/2009 1:20:26 PM PDT by Neverforget01 (Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Shoulda been there in the Clinton years: thongs, pizza boxes, Lewinsky’s, etc....


33 posted on 06/02/2009 1:20:26 PM PDT by DC Ripper
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To: COUNTrecount
As skinny as zero is, the seemingly endless energy, the constant appearing in public, and always munching on alcali processed, high sugar content chocolate?

We have an addicted mulato, Kenyan Muslim sitting in the highest office of the free world, every action aimed at destroying this freedom ..... Folks ... as well as the birth certificate, the passport and the school papers .... LET'S SEE YOUR MEDICAL SIGN OFF.

I think we have a stone junkie on our hands ... more'n likely Meth (mini-crosses)

34 posted on 06/02/2009 1:21:13 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: COUNTrecount

I’d rather see how Brian screws his head on in the morning.


35 posted on 06/02/2009 1:21:14 PM PDT by eleni121 (The New Byzantium - resurrect it!)
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To: COUNTrecount

Typical news story. Omits the crucial facts: plain or peanut?


36 posted on 06/02/2009 1:21:49 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: COUNTrecount

well, brian williams certainly sounds like he’s giddy as a schoolgirl at being in “the presence”...


37 posted on 06/02/2009 1:22:05 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor has no pedigree.)
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To: SERKIT
But, M&Ms are the nectar of the gods, so I'm sure there will be no negative effects on The Messiah.

The cocoa tree's Latin name is Theobroma Cacao ("Theobroma" is Latin for "food of the gods", Cacao is a Mayan word meaning "God Food").

Coincidence?

You be the judge...

38 posted on 06/02/2009 1:22:34 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 134 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: COUNTrecount
Greenspan: "I certainly concur with Brian Williams' irrational exuberance. How 'bout you, honey? How does he keep it all in?"

Andrea: "Depends."


39 posted on 06/02/2009 1:23:18 PM PDT by spald
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To: COUNTrecount

Gag me.
The more these “reporters” drool, the more difficult it will be for them to admit their error. I believe they will eventually understand it, but how can they ever report it?


40 posted on 06/02/2009 1:23:55 PM PDT by ElayneJ
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To: COUNTrecount
Remember when the media mocked Bush for eating peanutbutter sandwhiches and fritos? I guess M&Ms are high class.

Maybe BO was eating the M&M's with a spoon . . . .

41 posted on 06/02/2009 1:24:21 PM PDT by jeffc (They're coming to take me away! Ha-ha, hey-hey, ho-ho!)
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To: SERKIT; OpusatFR
Not just any jelly beans...Jelly Belly:


42 posted on 06/02/2009 1:24:29 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: aruanan


43 posted on 06/02/2009 1:25:50 PM PDT by paulycy (BEWARE the LIBERAL/MEDIA Complex)
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To: a fool in paradise
Yeah, it's not like Ronald Reagan who used to eat "jelly beans" (gag)... < /sarc >

Reagan's jelly beans were an example of his lack of seriousness about the office. While major world events occurred just beyond his intellectual reach, President Reagan had the tough choice of grape or cherry. At best they were yet another example of the amiable Actor playing his biggest role without having any input on what would be on today's script.< /Full on MSM attack mode>

(Yes, that was what many of the reporters' comments on Reagan's jelly beans sounded like, and that was with nearly three decades less time to sharpen their partisan propaganda)

44 posted on 06/02/2009 1:26:07 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (No free man bows to a foreign king.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Brian Williams needs to go back to his job at the Pancake House in Middletown, NJ. I’m sure he was a heck of a lot better flippin’ flap jacks than he is as a journalist.


45 posted on 06/02/2009 1:27:25 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: COUNTrecount
"They obviously arranged a very full day for him."

From what I know about the Presidency, every day is a very full day.

46 posted on 06/02/2009 1:28:58 PM PDT by theDentist (qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: COUNTrecount
"We were pretty stunned at how much we were able to record and how natural events seemed to be."

Really? Everything this man and his administration do is absolute PR and not natural. It is a 24/7 PR campaign.

47 posted on 06/02/2009 1:29:41 PM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: paulycy

The bottom photo reminded instantly of the photo of Teresa Heinz Kerry during the 2004 campaign.


48 posted on 06/02/2009 1:32:24 PM PDT by exit82 (The Obama Cabinet: There was more brainpower on Gilligan's Island.)
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To: COUNTrecount

To be in the hallway when the president walks by with a handful of M&Ms, popping them in his mouth as he goes to visit his chief of staff — it was unbelievable.

Brian!....My gaydar is getting a reading from you!


49 posted on 06/02/2009 1:33:10 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: COUNTrecount
I'm surprised the story didn't turn into Obama feeding the masses with two small burgers and five M&Ms.
50 posted on 06/02/2009 1:33:25 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (No free man bows to a foreign king.)
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