In a conversation with the NewsHour’s Steve Goldbloom, senior correspondent Gwen Ifill reflects on her exclusive interview this week with Sen. Barack Obama and discusses how his campaign is shaping its Iraq policy ahead of his upcoming trip to the war zone.
“It’s interesting being backstage at these interviews. Barack Obama is a very controlled individual now. He realizes that everything he says can be seen and broadcast and ‘YouTubed.’ So once he gets in front of that rolling camera he’s very conservative in what he says and what he does. So it’s the sort of inside, behind-the-scenes moment that most people don’t get to see when they just watch the interview as it airs on the NewsHour,” Ifill said.
Ifill described Obama as “a subtle politician, which means he never outrightly changes his position, but he has been evolving and — as he puts it — ‘refining’ his position on Iraq.”