Because: I wonder if this kid has any idea of the ruckus he is causing down here in Argentina.
In short, Argentina’s president Cristina Kirchner is currently in the United States. She held a talk yesterday at Georgetown, and there is one scheduled for today at Harvard. Each features an open Q&A session. The irony of the matter is this: She does not hold press conferences, or ever take questions from the press here in Argentina. So, this student asked her about it. “Why are you talking to us, Georgetown students, but you don’t speak with the Argentine journalists?” To summarize her response, she said it is because they yell, scream, more or less make a scene when she gives them an answer they don’t like. Apparently, they behave badly, there is no such thing as independent/objective press and she does, in fact, talk to journalists… but that is why she does not hold press conferences.
This Reddit forum for her Harvard talk surfaced, and I presume Gavin pulled his question from a similar place, which, honestly, is great. Someone should be able to ask her important, tough questions that likely will make her squirm, even if the only way that can happen at present is in the form a undergrad in the U.S. who found his way to an online forum where some Argentines wanting answers presumably had posted.
I am very interested to see what happens at tonight’s Harvard talk. It seems there is a policy prohibiting pre-screening questions, something Cristina would have had to been aware of and agreed to before scheduling the talk. After this Georgetown talk, I hear she tried to cancel today’s Harvard one. The talk will be live-streamed here.