Watch Obama calmly tell everyone to "settle down" and "relax" over how he will handle the VP slot. Just give it a little time and be patient. This is a big decision and as is customary, Obama's planning to take his time. But that's not good enough for the crazed media as they staked out the wrong place and looked like amateurs next to TMZ as they tried to find the "super-secret" meeting between Obama and Hillary.
Obama just won an incredible victory on so many levels, but they can't let the piefight go. In my opinion, they are making things much worse with this behavior, but that's for another post.
Obama handles this situation like a true leader.
via CNN's The Situation Room:
CROWLEY (on-camera): You know and I know that if Senator Clinton wanted to tamp down this vice presidential conversation by her surrogates that she would. She has, as she will tell you, more than 17 million voters. She has more delegates than any runner-up in history. Do you have to put her on the ticket?
OBAMA: Well, let me begin by saying - repeating what I said on Tuesday night. She has been an extraordinary candidate. She has been an extraordinary public servant for years now. She ran as tough a race as could be imagined. And I have nothing but respect for Senator Clinton and what she's going to contribute to the party. And I'm also confident we're going to be unified in November.
What I've also said is the vice presidency is the most important decision that I'll make before I'm president. And it's something that I take very seriously.
I know Bill Clinton took it very seriously when he had to go through this process. Senator Clinton, I'm sure, would take it very seriously if she were going through this process. So we've got a committee that's made up of some wonderful people. They are going to go through the procedure and vet and talk to people and get recommendations. I will meet with a range of people, and I'll ultimately make a decision. Senator Clinton would be on anybody's short list.
CROWLEY: But you don't feel -- there's an enormous amount of pressure out there for you to put her on the ticket. Do you feel that pressure?
OBAMA: You know, I'm a big believer in making decisions well, not making them fast and not responding to pressure. I think Senator Clinton right now is in the same position I'm in. Which is, we just completed 54 contests. We want to catch our breath. We need to take stock of where we are. I'm sure she has to do the same thing.
She and I will have a conversation. We won't be doing it through surrogates or the press, to talk about how we move forward, join forces to make sure we're successful in November. And so there's going to be a lot of time for that.
CROWLEY: Is it the best way to win over her supporters, though, if you put her on the ticket? You've seen I'm sure the polling that you're dropping women, sort of down-scale voters, those kinds of voters. Isn't that the best way to win them over is to put her on that ticket?
OBAMA: As I said, think everybody just needs to settle down. We just completed this arduous process. It's only been two days. And I think it's both -- not just in my interest and Senator Clinton's interest, but in the Democratic Party's interest and the country's interest to make sure that I make this decision well. And I will be deliberate and systematic about it because this will be my final counselor when I'm making decisions in the White House. And I want to make sure that I get it right.
CROWLEY: You don't feel at this moment you have to put her on the ticket, as bottom line?
OBAMA: Well, the bottom line is that we're going to go through a process and I'll make my decision sometime in the weeks to come.