Hillary Clinton’s forced friendliness with the public is already the stuff of legend.
But now even her supporters in the press are taking note and commenting critically.
On CNN’s recent “Legal View” broadcast, anchor Christine Romans couldn’t help but point out just how unnatural Clinton’s repertoire was with all things communications. After showing a clip of Clinton’s meet-and-greet with members of the media aboard her campaign plane, Breitbart reports that Romans said the following:
“That felt like kind of an awkward first date to me.”
The characterization isn’t likely to help soften Clinton’s image with the public, especially since many in the media have been keeping a running count of the number of days – around 275 – since she’s given a press conference and fielded policy questions.
Brianna Keilar, a senior political correspondent with CNN, tried to excuse Clinton’s social awkwardness with a lengthy explanation of how nice it was the candidate actually took time to meet with journalists, given her long-lost presence from the press conference podium.
She said, in part: “As a journalist, this is something that is welcome. Hillary Clinton declared her candidacy last April, and for the last 16 months or so has traveled on a separate plane than the press. … [A]nd as Hillary Clinton hasn’t had a press conference – which is, that’s the formal press conference, right? Since December. It’s very welcome.”