By Jessica Rettig, Washington Whispers
Having stared down every president since JFK, columnist Helen Thomas, the dean of the White House press corps, isn't about to go soft on President Obama. "He has not taken a stand on anything," says the outspoken scribe, who just cowrote a new book with pundit Craig Crawford called Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do. While left leaning, Thomas is not a big fan of Obama. She wants action on the wars and healthcare. And she wants more Obama-time, arguing that he needs to do more press conferences. "I think the press is very confused about who is Obama. What are his convictions? Why doesn't he fight?" she asks. For her part, Thomas says she has firm convictions and thinks she could even do a better job in the Oval Office. "If elected, I will serve," she says with a smile.