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Barack Obama is Skipping the Gridiron Dinner

The only thing news worthy about Barack Obama's skipping the Gridiron Dinner is that it makes him the first president since Grover Cleveland to miss the first Gridiron Dinner of his presidency. The dinner is one of those widely accepted rituals that presidents attend to schmooze with the inside the beltway journalists. It's interesting that Barack Obama who received messianic praise by the media chooses not to go, while George W. Bush who was kicked around mercilessly by the press for eight years not only attended he even sang them a little ditty at his farewell Gridiron last year. This must have been recorded by a rogue guest who snuck his camcorder into the event:

After his song, he went on to make some very gracious comments about the media, and without a teleprompter I might add:

President Bush was and still is a truly classy man. I believe the American people will begin to miss him if they aren't already.

Carol Platt Liebau at Townhall:

Occasions like the Gridiron Dinner represent opportunities to shore up relationships with people who can (at least on the margins) help or hurt a president. The fact that Obama isn't taking advantage of such an opportunity demonstrates one of two things: Either he doesn't realize the importance of such seemingly small gestures, or else, his self-confidence is such that he doesn't believe that he needs the help of the press to succeed.

President Bush was very gracious to the press, but they hated him anyway and did the best they could to torpedo his presidency. For all intents and purposes, they succeeded, at least in the realm of public opinion.


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President Bush was... (Below threshold)
jp2:
President Bush was and still is a truly classy man.

I know! Maybe one day Bush will do his "where are those WMDs?" routine again. You know, the one involving his dog Barney, looking under White House curtains and hamming it up for the press while soldiers died looking for WMDs.

"his self-confidence is ... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"his self-confidence is such that he doesn't believe that he needs the help of the press to succeed."

I don't think it's self confidence; it's arrogance. He knows the "press" is in the bag for him.

However, this could be a big mistake for Obama-- The press are mostly leftists and as such, generally very small and petty people. By dissing them like this they could turn on Obama or at least do a very small amount of honest, objective news reporting (for a change) to punish him.

GW's class is more obvious ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

GW's class is more obvious when tasteless, crude and rude trolls spew their hatred. ww

Sorry, Willie: he didn't... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Sorry, Willie: he didn't crawl around on his hands and knees "looking for WMDs" while Coalition soldiers died in Iraq on a mission that was initially predicated upon that same task?

Oh, phew! I thought for a second that the ostensible leader of the free world for eight years was an insensitive lowbrow douchebag! Glad that that was just a dream I apparently shared with everybody else who thinks Dubya was and ever shall remain a laughingstock.

The dinner is one of tho... (Below threshold)
Brian:

The dinner is one of those widely accepted rituals that presidents attend to schmooze with the inside the beltway journalists.

Interesting. This after attacking Obama for a) partying too much, and b) feigning outsider status when he's really just another beltway politician.

What possible reason could conservatives have for caring about the perpetuation of "rituals that presidents attend to schmooze with the inside the beltway journalists"?

GW's class is more obvio... (Below threshold)
Brian:

GW's class is more obvious when tasteless, crude and rude trolls spew their hatred.

So that's why you post here, willie? To make GW's class more obvious? It's not working.

I'm glad Obama's not going ... (Below threshold)
James H:

I'm glad Obama's not going to the Gridiron dinner, and I wish Bush hadn't. Events like Gridiron, Alfalfa Club, etc., only highlight a too-cozy relationship between journalists and the government officials they cover.

I'm not saying politicians and the press should actively hate each other, but a bit of mutual loathing would do wonders for political journalism.

Obama doesnt eed to go to a... (Below threshold)
LiberalNitemare:

Obama doesnt eed to go to a dinner to schmooze the beltway insiders, he hired most of them into his administration.

What a pompous fool. The p... (Below threshold)
DSL:

What a pompous fool. The press is so fickle....lets wait and see how long it takes for them to put the "One" up on the cross.

I know it went way,way over... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

I know it went way,way over your heads, hyper and jp2, but the WMD vid was making fun of you leftists. I doubt few who were in the military or other patriotic Americans were offended by it.

Aw? The mission was predica... (Below threshold)
914:

Aw? The mission was predicated upon removing a dangerous regime that was itself shown to be a weapon of mass destruction Brian.. Much like the current regime perpetrated upon us all in this Country is.

Pardon my outburst, but ...... (Below threshold)
James H:

Pardon my outburst, but ...

Please, please, please, SHUT UP about the damned WMDs!!! It's worse than listening to a couple Baby Boomers grouse about the 1960s.

George Bush is a man with e... (Below threshold)
Tim:

George Bush is a man with enough confidence to poke fun at himself. Barack Obama, on the other hand, is a thin-skinned, arrogant, and thoroughly humorless prick.

Oh sorry, I said Brian abov... (Below threshold)
914:

Oh sorry, I said Brian above, It aws meant for Hyper.

Sorry Brian

George W Bush might have ma... (Below threshold)
arcman Author Profile Page:

George W Bush might have mangled some words here and there, but at least he could speak without the use of teleprompters.

The ticking on Obama's cloc... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The ticking on Obama's clock is getting louder. Hyper, Brian and J2, get ready. There is a whole lot of "I told you so's" coming.

This guy is a joke. If it isn't written, he can't deliver. He has not class. He has no core decisiveness. He is an empty suit. Hyper, tell us what that feels like. ww

Is "teleprompter" the idiot... (Below threshold)
Winner (D):

Is "teleprompter" the idiot meme of the day? Has "go Galt" croaked that fast?

It was wonderful to watch a... (Below threshold)
Prairie:

It was wonderful to watch and listen to GWB, his sense of humor is amazing and hey he can carry a tune!

Obama will never ever be that comfortable and needs to be scripted. Left on his own he stutters and cannot carry through a thought. What he wants to do is reach for a cig buying him time to collect his thoughts. What an absolute disappointment he is and will continue to be - thanks Chicago.

hyper - "Sorry, Willie:... (Below threshold)
marc:

hyper - "Sorry, Willie: he didn't crawl around on his hands and knees "looking for WMDs" while Coalition soldiers died in Iraq on a mission that was initially predicated upon that same task?"

Care if I make a guess?

You were laughing like a hyena at Clinton's parting video (I did), yet you fail to see the humor in Bush's video that was presented in a forum that nearly dictates things have a comedic flair.

Obama tells the diabolical ... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Obama tells the diabolical MSM to get bent and the concern trolls pitch a flinging fit.

Well, actually it's more of a cranky pout mixed with tired confusion and refusal to drink their milk.

The press is in bed with th... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

The press is in bed with the asshole, why should he have to smooze up to them?

Oh, I'm sorry. President Asshole.

Most likely Obama had to sk... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Most likely Obama had to skip this event because his writers were busy with other projects.

I also heard there was a crew of engineers working on a set of teleprompeter contact lenses so it wouldn't be so obvious.

(And for the lefties who may be reading, I just made that last part up as a joke.)

Bush has a sense of humor w... (Below threshold)
914:

Bush has a sense of humor which is a great thing to be able to laugh at Yourself.

Obama has a great sense of teleprompting. Which makes it impossible to speak without sounding like a bungling buffoon.

President Obama is skipping... (Below threshold)

President Obama is skipping the Gridiron Club Dinner because his two daughters are on spring break at the same time and he's choosing to spend it with them. I think we are all forgetting that President Obama has two elementary aged children. We haven't had that in awhile. So criticizing him for wanting to spend some quality time with the children is a little lame. But I expect this. After former President Bush was lambasted over EVERYTHING, it's just an eye for an eye for the other side to give Obama the "business".

His the URL to the article ... (Below threshold)
Obama sent out marching ord... (Below threshold)
braininahat:

Obama sent out marching order to ACORN and, obviously, to his moronic minions.

Run, scary super-intelligent trolls are taking over!

I think Comrade Urkel shoul... (Below threshold)
Kat:

I think Comrade Urkel should spend time with his daughters. We wouldn't want them to get pregnant and have babies like their peers. What is it like 70%?

You see, Obama has thrust u... (Below threshold)
brainihat:

You see, Obama has thrust us into trillions of dollars in debt, lied about presidential signing statements, lied about appointing lobbyists, donated $900 million (or was it billion or trillion -- who can keep track these days) to HAMAS, snubbed England, lied about not being a socialist/Marxist/fascist (take your pick), and on and on, because there were no WMDs.

Damn, these left wing guys are so smart. Why can't I be a 'usuful idiot' too! Man, why can't I belong to the super-smart group that undermines democracy and capitalism. I sure hope the fascists have a use for agitators like them when they have power.

Well said #28... (Below threshold)
914:

Well said #28

Man, why can't I belong ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Man, why can't I belong to the super-smart group that undermines democracy and capitalism.

You are. We're just not letting you do it anymore.

Obama owns the media. He k... (Below threshold)

Obama owns the media. He knows he can get away with a snub.
http://www.rightklik.net/

The teleprompter didn't get... (Below threshold)
TOhio:

The teleprompter didn't get invited, so Obama said "No teleprompter, no me!" Too bad.

Obama was smart enough to g... (Below threshold)
Humperdink:

Obama was smart enough to get into Harvard without affirmative action, unlike all the other presidents. He has the highest IQ of any president ever. He is the best communicator in history. The world loves Obama, so just leave him alone!

We're just not letting y... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

We're just not letting you do it anymore.

Once again, Democrats do what they accuse Republicans of.

It's as true, and predictable, as orbital mechanics.

"The world loves Obama, ... (Below threshold)
914:

"The world loves Obama, so just leave Him alone."

I wish the world would take this loser off our hands and leave us alone pumpernickel.




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