At a joint press conference with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete on Monday, President Barack Obama neglected to mention the nineteen firefighters who lost their lives fighting wildfires in Arizona until prompted by a journalist’s question–and then blamed the journalist when he forgot to answer the question.
From the White House transcript, near the end of the record:
Q: And the wildfires?
THE PRESIDENT: Oh, thank you. See, this is what happens when I’ve got too many questions. Obviously, the news is heartbreaking. And our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the brave firefighters who are out there.
On June 30, in South Africa, President Obama had also scolded the U.S. media in a joint press conference with President Jacob Zuma, telling American journalists to “behave” by not asking too many questions in one. In March, he delivered a similar rebuke in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.