Christi Parsons is a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Washington Bureau.
One would expect her to behave in a professional manner and exhibit appropriate journalistic integrity.
At Obama's rare news conference yesterday, the starry-eyed Parsons wasn't professional. She checked her journalistic ethics at the door of the East Room.
Parsons gushed like a groupie.
Here's video of the embarrassing scene:
Transcript of the improper exchange:
OBAMA: Christi Parson. Hey.Oh, my God.
CHRISTI PARSONS: Thank you, Mr. President, and congratulations, by the way.
PARSONS: One quick follow up --
OBAMA: Christi was there when I was running for state Senate.
PARSONS: That’s right, I was.
OBAMA: So Christi and I go back a ways.
PARSONS: I've never seen you lose. I wasn't looking that one time. (Laughter.)
OBAMA: There you go.
What was she thinking?
It appears that Obama may have been a bit embarrassed, or he wouldn't have taken the time to mention that they "go back a ways." Obama probably sensed that her gushing might be criticized and he tried to explain it away. He failed and I don't think he cared.
I think Obama loved the adoration from Parsons.
I don't care how far back they go. Parsons' behavior was awful. She's a disgrace to her profession. Unfortunately, she has a lot of company.