There’s always blow-back. … I think it’s fair to say that when you ask a question that makes the president displeased that displeasure has a way of trickling down and making itself know not only from White House officials but from the unruly masses on Twitter and Facebook and email and the President’s allies in the media. So i think it’s fair to say that yes there’s blow-back but that’s also part of the job and if you can’t handle blow-back because you asked a tough question then you shouldn’t be doing the job. … [B]ut I will say, and especially to reporters out there — or aspiring reporters: Ultimately, if the questions are good ones — and not about stupid things like birth certificates — but ultimately if the questions are good ones, about things that they know in their hearts were fair questions, if uncomfortable ones at the time, you will earn the respect of people in the White House.
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