VP Debate: President Attended Moderator’s Wedding.

President Barack Obama was a guest at the 1991 wedding of ABC senior foreign correspondent and vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz, The Daily Caller has learned. Obama and groom Julius Genachowski, whom Obama would later tap to head the Federal Communications Commission, were Harvard Law School classmates at the time and members of the Harvard Law Review.

After TheDC made preliminary inquiries Monday to confirm Obama’s attendance at the wedding, ABC leaked a pre-emptive statement to news outlets including Politico and The Daily Beast Tuesday, revealing what may have been internal network pressure felt just days before Raddatz was scheduled to moderate the one and only vice-presidential debate Thursday night.

Both Politico and The Daily Beast jumped to ABC and Raddatz’s defense. The Huffington Post, a liberal news outlet, joined them shortly thereafter, while calling “unusual” ABC’s attempt to kill the story before it gained wide circulation.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/10/abc-news-scrambles-to-cover-up-barack-obamas-attendance-at-vp-debate-moderators-wedding/#ixzz29DDpXFjB

  • Mary

    The way I heard it, he attended her FIRST wedding because the groom was his friend. She is now divorced from her first husband. If anything, seems to me it could present more problems for any runing mate of Obama’s than special positive treatment.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Might be. :-)

  • http://theshepherdspresence.wordpress.com Karyl

    Actually, I didn’t see any bias on her part. VP Biden was unruly and she didn’t stop him very well. He would have come unruly regardless of who was running the questions for the debate. He was “loaded for bear” and nothing was going to stop him whether he actually answered the question or not. He really did show his true character, I believe.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I didn’t watch it Karyl. The foot and the pain meds sort of put me down. But I trust your judgement. Thanks for telling me this.

  • http://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com neenergyobserver

    I referred to this as well but, in truth Washington (for the movers and shakers, anyway) is a small town, and to much can easily be read into it. She decidedly did lose control of the debate and at times herself as well. Was it bias, probably not overtly, anyway, but singularly unattractive from one who is supposed to control the debate, if she’s not woman enough for the job then she (and her boss, as well) are incompetent.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Actually, it as your post that made me go on a search for this. I think you’re right in that too much can be read into this. Mary mentions in the comment above President Obama is a friend of the groom at the wedding he attended and that said groom and Ms Radditz have since divorced. If anything, this might prejudice her AGAINST Vice President Biden.

      I will say, in both her defense and that of the moderator in the first Presidential debate, that it’s awfully hard to tell people of this stature to shut up or you’ll make them take a time-out and go sit in a corner. I’m not sure it’s the moderator’s job to control people running for president and vice-president. One would hope that they could control themselves.

      A lot of times I post things like this just to inform, not to persuade.

      PS: Re-read this and tried to fix all the typos. My defense: I am on pain meds and they are doing the typing! :-)


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