Well, dissent used to be the highest form of patriotism. Apparently that line of reasoning is so totally, like, 2005. We can't afford to think that way now. This country needs a successful presidency. Do you believe we can achieve a successful presidency by speaking truth to power? No, my friend, to ensure our nation remains strong we need a President who is free to make decisions without being hounded by an adversarial press at every turn.
We need a big, hot, steaming cup of shut your yap.
"Let me just cut you off because I don't want you to waste your question." Obama is easily able to dodge the metaphorical shoe thrown by a reporter with nary a scratch and the reporter is saved from embarrassing himself by putting The One on the hot seat. And Americans get a successful start to Obama's presidency. It's win-win-win.
Obama's already grown in office. The new brush off sounds a lot more presidential than whining, "Come on guys; I just answered, like, eight questions. We're running late." Now it's not about Obama running late. It's about the reporter wasting his question. What a thoughtful gesture!
The press better play nice or Congress and President-Elect Obama will really fix their little red wagon.