This is assuming that the reporter that ran with it ran with it because he said it, or ran with it becaus he was simply wanting to attack Obama.
You can attack Obama on ANYTHING if you want to. Examples:
Obama takes a break and says to the kids "I wanted to get out of the white house": He's over whelmed and scared
Obama takes a break and see's some kids, but doesn't say anything as to why: "He's over whelmed and scared and afraid to admit it"
Obama doesn't take a break and focus's on his work: "Obama is avoiding the media the day after the Tom Daschal story revved up afraid of admitting his mistake"
Obama doesn't leave the white house but doesn't focus on his work: "Obama is overwhelmed by this situation and is not getting back to picking a new replacement for Daschel, worried that his next may have similar problems".
I could go on and on.
You're assuming this writer did what he did out of complete and utter honesty and worry about what Obama implied by saying it. A kind of attitude to the press i've never see you present before.
Same thing goes with Ahmadinejad.
Obama does nothing about Israel, Ahmadinejad claims he's doing it because he's afraid of making Iran angry and because he's weak.
Obama does something about Israel, Ahmadinejad calls him a liar that lied to the American public and is just continuing the legacy of George Bush.
People who want to criticize will ALWAYS find ways to criticize. Indeed, it requires the good judgement of the public to read these things and decide if they're legitimate worth while criticism or just some ****ing idiot trying to make a story out of nothing.