By Justin Sink
President Obama made clear this week his frustrations with Washington extend to the media.
In Minnesota, Obama chastised reporters for not talking about the struggles of everyday Americans as they covered the debates in Washington.
The president also hit cable news programs for the way they cover D.C. politics.
“If you watch the news, you’d think, ‘Okay, Washington is a mess and the basic attitude is that everybody’s crazy,’” Obama said.
And at a high-dollar fundraiser Thursday night, Obama took another swipe at reporters when describing his conversation with a working mother who wrote him a letter about her economic struggles.
“You may not hear it because the press will not report it — the only reason I’m in politics is because of you,” Obama said.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the president's swipe at the media were motivated by his desire to focus on issues that weren't as “sexy or intellectually captivating as some other things on the news more regularly. But it doesn’t mean they’re less important.”
And Obama showed he’s also willing to charm members of the White House press corps.
On Friday, he made time for the granddaughter of one White House correspondent.
Arriving back at the White House after a two-day trip to Minnesota, Obama was walking from his helicopter back to the Oval Office — until he spotted a six-month old baby in the arms of ABC reporter Ann Compton.
“Give me that baby!” Obama told Compton, walking over to the area where press had gathered to watch his arrival.
"She is adorable," Obama said of the baby girl. "You can't beat daughters."
At an earlier impromptu stop at a Minneapolis ice cream parlor, Obama offered to treat the traveling press corps to a scoop.
“Press, you guys want some? On me. No? Is that unethical?” Obama asked reporters who accompanied him to the Grand Ole Creamery, a Twin Cities chain. “I’m trying to soften you up.”