President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose relationship has been notably icy in the past, showed a united front on Wednesday to poke fun at NBC’s Chuck Todd for asking too many questions during their joint news conference.
Todd began by asking Obama about the peace process. He then asked Netanyahu about the timeframe for Iran acquiring nuclear weapons. As he started his third question, the president cut him off.
“Chuck, how many have you got? Do you guys do this in the Israeli press — you say you get one question and then you add, like, five?” the president said. “You see how the young lady from Channel 1, she had one question. She was very well-behaved, Chuck.”
Todd pointed out that he had only asked one question of Obama but noted, “Passover starts in a couple days. I get four questions, right?"
That’s when Netanyahu joined in with his commentary.
“These are Talmudic questions. They have reiterations,” he said. “Look, and this is not a kosher question, but don’t hog it.”
Todd did sneak in one final question, asking Netanyahu why the Israeli people have failed to embrace Obama as they have his two predecessors.
But Obama answered that one.
"So you had to get a polling question in there right at the end, Chuck?" the president said. "I mean, you're just incorrigible."
Speaking of the incident with TODAY on Thursday, Todd jokingly refused to back down. "It really was actually only three questions."