President-elect Barack Obama apologized to McClatchy reporter Steve Thomma at today's press conference for his staff placing the reporter in the "Cubs," not "White Sox" section of the press seating area. Thomma, a White Sox fan, noted the indignity of it all in the pool report he wrote for the benefit of other reporters not in place to observe the scene.
The light moment gave Obama a chance to make a point that some might interpret as a slap at some other administration. The Bush Administration perhaps?
President-elect Obama: All right. We've got -- I'm going to call on Steve Thomma. Where's Steve? And the reason I'm going to call on Steve: I understand that as a lifelong White Sox fan, you were placed in the Cubs section yesterday, and I want to apologize for that. It -- I -- this is also part of the new way of doing business. When we make mistakes we admit them. So.
Thomma: Well, thank you, sir. That's the change we need --
President-elect Obama: That's the -- (laughs) --
Thomma: on behalf of White Sox fans. (Laughing.)
Hardy har. Thomma's antics have been chronicled on this blog before. In August, Thomma wrote a piece claiming liberal ideas are more popular than conservative ideas -- he interviewed 5 Democrats and zero Republicans to make his case. In September, I noted Thomma completely misrepresented a quote from Sarah Palin. Jammie Wearing Fool took Thomma (affectionately called "McClatchy Nitwit") apart here.