During his interview with President Barack Obama on CNN’s “The Situation Room” Monday, Wolf Blitzer took a moment to make a promotional statement about CNN, which included a peculiar request to the president.
Blitzer is a habitual on-air booster of the second-place news network, constantly pointing out CNN’s international presence, for example, by saying “we want to welcome our viewers in the United States and around the world.” But in the midst of part of Obama’s media blitz for the Syria attack plan, Blitzer outdid himself.
“You’re being seen on CNN and CNN International around the world, including in Damascus,” Blitzer said. “What I would like you to do, Mr. President, if you’re amenable to doing it — look into the camera, talk directly to President Bashar al Assad. Tell him specifically what you think he must do to avert a U.S. military strike.”
Obama declined Blitzer’s request.
“You know, I don’t need to talk to the camera,” Obama said. “I suspect he’s got people who will be watching this.”
“He’s probably watching it himself,” Blitzer replied.