Isn't it nice of the reporters to take suggestion?
Did you know that the oldest meaning for the English word "suggestion" — according to the (unlinkable) OED — is "Prompting or incitement to evil; an instance of this, a temptation of the evil one"? ("Deedly synne hath first suggestion of the feend." Chaucer, Parson's Tale 1386)
That meaning is obsolete now, but nevertheless interesting. I went looking up the word because I thought of "taking suggestion" in terms of hypnosis. The hypnosis meaning — which goes back to the late 19th century — is "The insinuation of a belief or impulse into the mind of a subject by words, gestures, or the like; the impulse or idea thus suggested." I think that's about right for the effect of Obama's people on the reporters.
What can be done to wake these people from their hypnotic state?
1. Tell them they are becoming more and more awake at each count and begin slowly counting from one to a predetermined number.
2. Tell them to "get up" or "wake up". If they don't, repeat step 1.
3. If there are still problems, remember that the participant may either be actually asleep, or simply is being stubborn about getting up out of the trance.