Obama Answering Questions Invokes Passion from MSNBC
Four weeks after the Inauguration during one of Obama's first press conferences, MSNBC's Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann were "impressed" with how "intellectual" he was and how adept he was at answering multiple part questions.
As NewsBusters Brad Wilmouth documented at the time about how smitten Olbermann was:
This is an entirely different experience for anybody who really perhaps only knew in their young lives President Bush ... This news conference in which a President will answer a multi-part question with a series of four different answers, all of them absolutely common sense and also intellectual and will take seven minutes to answer them. Is he going to adjust to where people were with George Bush’s, kind of, more truncated performance, or is he anticipating the democracy to be participatory and people are going to go in there ... is he going to demand of, you know, citizens, to go along with him and listen for the whole seven minutes?"