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"rich irony at the White House"

I'd call it hypocrisy:

There was some rich irony at the White House today -- President Obama signed the Press Freedom Act, and then promptly refused to take any questions.

The new law expands the State Department's annual human rights reports to include a description of press freedoms in each country. It seemed a good opportunity to showcase press freedom in this country.

Recall that last Friday the president refused to take any questions after delivering his angry statement on the oil spill in the Rose Garden. And he has not held a prime-time White House news conference in many months, despite much pleading from pundits and members of the media.

So after he signed the bill, and as the press "wranglers" began aggressively herding us out of the room, I asked if he still has confidence in BP. He ignored the question so I tried this: "In the interest of press freedom, would you take a couple questions on BP?"

The answer was no.

He's biting the hand that fed him.

Let's hope they get rabies.

And on a related note:


Crossposted at Brutally Honest.


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He does not have the abilit... (Below threshold)

He does not have the ability to converse coherently in an open conversation without exposing his lack of knowledge about the subject at hand. He is also prone to say something that inadvertently exposes his true views and I suspect his ability to contain his anger is limited.

I can't wait to see the first press conference where he's asked a series of questions that does not fit his preplanned agenda.

It's not fun any more. It'... (Below threshold)

It's not fun any more. It's not exciting. He's no longer the coolest, hippest President ever, able to campaign through his whole tenure in office - people are actually expecting more than platitudes and generalities - and he doesn't have anything to give them.

He's surrounded himself with syncophants and yes-men, people who thought they had the capability to do the job from their academic credentials - but most people realize that the real world is far from what's envisioned in the halls of Harvard and Yale. Solutions that work nicely in a classroom environment, where all the variables are controlled and known, don't necessarily translate out to workable fixes outside academia, where the people just don't respond the way they do in the textbooks, dammit!

Obama's not getting the unquestioning worship of the MSM any more - they've realized he's screwed 'em over and didn't even leave a benjamin on the nightstand. They feel so cheap now...

He's getting significant pushback on the programs that he thought would be hauled through Congress on the shoulders of the people, with them clamoring with pitchforks and torches FOR the passage of his signature legislation. Instead, the peasants are revoting! How DARE they question him!

Look for him to avoid the press more and more and answer less and less. Gibbs will be a poor substitute, and eventually he'll get so tired of taking questions from the media and never having answers from his boss, he'll quit. I'd estimate 6 months on that.

I'll be surprised if Obama runs for re-election, or if the Dems even float him as a candidate.

I have said numerous times.... (Below threshold)
retired military:

I have said numerous times.

Hillary will be the candidate in 2012. She will run on Obama's failures and say he had his chance and blew it.

WIth 10%+ unemployment, the eventual collaspe of the Euro and states either going into bankruptcy or Obama bailing them out ("after all we tried to bail out Europe" will be hue and cry) the problems will go into a death spiral faster and faster.

Hillary will deem herself as the savior of the dem party and will lose in 2012 after the minority voters stay home in droves because they will feel cheated that Obama didnt get nominated again.

The republicans can even use the race card against Hillary. Now that would be hilarious.

Good analysis, Lawson.... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Good analysis, Lawson.

Re: "coolest, hippest..." His cranky old codger act, complaining about the 24/7 news cycle and bragging on how he doesn't even know how to run an iPad, I'd like to quote a line from the movie A Fish Called Wanda, "Asshole!"

With the MSM it looks more like battered wife syndrome to me. He's made it clear he doesn't love them and he's going to keep on abusing them, but that he still expects them to clean the house, cook the meals and put-out for him. I think most of them are still trying to win his love back.

I am so looking forward to a Washington skyline without Robert Gibbs. Or BHO.

With the MSM it looks mo... (Below threshold)

With the MSM it looks more like battered wife syndrome to me.

Old Guy, I couldn't agree with you more.


Oh come one....It is SO<... (Below threshold)

Oh come one....It is SO hard to get those Tele-prompters set up and prime the media with the right questions for these small (short) announcements.
Besides, the media has beenasking a few (very few) questions that aren't scripted and Obama has proven he is an empty suit whennot-answering these questions.

"I think most of them ar... (Below threshold)

"I think most of them are still trying to win his love back."

Yeah, sounds like battered spouse all right...

But all it's going to take is for one to remember that they 'made' him what he is today - and they're not being paid by the government.

Sounds like Obama has throw... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

Sounds like Obama has thrown the media under the bus, now that they no longer serve his purposes.

This bill was named after D... (Below threshold)

This bill was named after Daniel Pearl, who was tortured and beheaded on television by radical Islamic terrorists because he was an American and a Jew, not because he was a journalist. Gateway Pundit has a great article on it. But it's typical of this WH to get this wrong, to ignore radical Islam to the point that they tacitly approve of its aims.

Yes, Danny Pearl was murder... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Yes, Danny Pearl was murdered by Radishes, er Radical Islander, er... Well he was killed by someone but it had nothing to do with religion or nationality it was just that he was a journalist.

Don't worry, Obama will apologize to Ahmadinejad for Pearl's death soon.

Small man, small mind. You... (Below threshold)

Small man, small mind. You don't kiss Barry's ass 24/7, he won't talk to you.

What fascinates me is how l... (Below threshold)
jim m:

What fascinates me is how liberals are so easily enthralled by pseudo intellectuals like obama and Kerry. They love politicians who can blather on and on using terms they half learned the meaning of in college philosophy or poli sci courses. They worship people who can speak for 10 full minutes (or 17 in obama's case) and say absolutely nothing.

Somewhere along the line libs lost the thread and mistook sounding sophisticated for actual sophistication of thought. They mislabel verbal obfuscation as 'nuance', failing to understand that real intelligence displays itself in the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and without ambiguity.

Libs have fallen for a long line of fools who speak with faux sophistication yet lack the ability to actually do anything. Obama, like Kerry, has a history of non-accomplishment. There is no interest in doing or producing anything, but an unending thirst for talking, critiquing and 'deconstructing' the world around them they so little understand.

He cannot hold a press conf... (Below threshold)

He cannot hold a press conference because all the reporters are on to his rambling answers to use up time. Plus, Obama gave this particular BP oil platform an exemption from filing certain documents mostly dealing with impact and secondary planning. A secret deal that backfired. It is only a matter of time before the secretary of the interior is forced to take the blame. Just like all democratic stories, it takes a while before the MSM will address it. He cannot blame GW for this. ww

Well, the real irony... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Well, the real irony is that 100% of the White House press corps in 2012 will vote for Obama...again.

wildwillie"He cannot... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"He cannot blame GW for this."

What do you mean? They are already trying.

"100% of the White House pr... (Below threshold)

"100% of the White House press corps in 2012 will vote for Obama"

Understandable, after all, they are a 'fringe' group.

100%...not all of th... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

100%...not all of them will vote for Obama. Some sharp questioners, like John Gizzi with Ann Coulter of Human Events, Reàgan`s favorite periodical, will still vote for anything connected with the GOP, hardly surprising, considering how knowledgeable they are.


Q All right. What's the administration's reaction to the news that Halliburton has just been given a $568 million no-bid contract by the administration?

MR. GIBBS: On what issue?

Q Not sure yet what that was.

MR. GIBBS: Well, how about we reconnoiter on both and we'll figure that out. Do you have another?

Q No. Well, yes. (Laughter.) You will give me an answer on that when I find the reports on what it was exactly? (Laughter.)

MR. GIBBS: Like I said, we'll meet somewhere in the middle on that one. Yes, I will find that one out.

Other than Fox News and the... (Below threshold)

Other than Fox News and the readers of this and other blogs, nobody will take note of the supreme hypocrisy of The Won. Almost 2 years ago, a lot of illiterate, uncritical, un-American dorks went to the polls and elected this wetback to occupy the Oval Office and America could well be doomed as a result! Some of the slumbering idiots are awakening to their folly - but not nearly enough. And what's our fallback position - impeach The Won and "Plugs" Biden takes his place. Dare we call THAT an upgrade? I don't think so.

JLawson, that was a great a... (Below threshold)

JLawson, that was a great analysis of the situation. The only thing I disagree with is he won't run again. I think he's too narcissistic to step aside.

Hillary will resign in the next few months because she "just can't support this President's foreign policies". Panetta will quietly shovel loads of dirt re: Barry to her to use in her campaign.

Time for popcorn!

Obama as viewed thru a Kom... (Below threshold)

Obama as viewed thru a Kommie Kaleidescope.

May you live in interesting... (Below threshold)
John S:

May you live in interesting times. I'm guessing the 100-seat rout of Congress in November and 20 percent plus unemployment will make Obama irrelevant and he will be dumped by the Democrats in 2012 for Hillary. I'm not sure the GOP will win in 2012, though. That vote will be split between the media-picked RHINO and a 3rd party candidate of the Ron Paul or Sara Palin mold. So for the 3rd time a Clinton will sleaze in with less than 50 percent of the vote.

Sarahconner2, I think Obama... (Below threshold)

Sarahconner2, I think Obama's running HARD into the reality that he's nowhere near as special, as talented, as wonderful, as intelligent, as exceptionally gifted - as others have been telling him all along.

You don't get to be President without a healthy self-image, but there's a big difference between a big ego with the talent, training, and experience to back it up, and a hollow shell that looks nice and shiny.

Because once you're in the job - it changes from being a beauty contest to an endurance event with a crushing load of responsibility. And Obama's not had much positive experience handling responsibility.

You can take a piece of half-inch steel and polish it to a mirror gloss - and you can take a piece of glass and silver it. Which is going to take a whack with a 5 pound hammer better?

The rest of the world went easy on him to begin with. Now the hammers are out, and things will only get worse for him. You see it in his mannerisms - what used to be ego-gratifying fun for him is something he's avoiding.

He knows he's in over his head.

By the end of his tenure, I'm thinking he's going to cite 'family issues' as the reason not to run... if he doesn't have a breakdown first. It's NOT an easy job by any stretch of the imagination, and I pity anyone who runs for it and gets it.

I don't think Obama realize... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

I don't think Obama realizes he is in over his head - he is too much of a narcissist to ever consider that (assuming he would drag himself away from the full-length mirror long enough for any serious introspection in the first place). Foreign leaders already understand it, after meeting him at least once, though - which is why nobody cares what he wants or thinks. He is ruining our position in the world through his feckless timidity and "Blame America First" mindset.

Why should this surprise us, though? He never had the remotest qualification for any office he's held. He's a two-bit Chicago street hustler with the Midas touch of Affirmative Action. In the '70s there were so many like him there was a classification: "Jive-as$ turkey" . . .

Crickmore: "....will still ... (Below threshold)

Crickmore: "....will still vote for anything connected with the GOP, hardly surprising, considering how knowledgeable they are."

Shorter Crickmore: People in Massachusetts and New Jersey sure aren't very knowledgeable.

Hey Steve, tell us, what makes those folks in Massachusetts and New Jersey so ignorant?

Photo= Circle jerk... (Below threshold)


Circle jerk of futility.

Jim - "I don't ... (Below threshold)

Jim -

"I don't think Obama realizes he is in over his head - he is too much of a narcissist to ever consider that (assuming he would drag himself away from the full-length mirror long enough for any serious introspection in the first place)."

No, I think he's got enough of a survival instinct to know when to bail - he knew he wasn't doing any good in his job as a 'community organizer', he bailed on the Annenburg Foundation (admittedly, after they ran out of money) and his jobs as Senator - he's like any good grifter, he knows when it's time to cover his tracks and leave town.

But now he can't. He pulled the biggest con in the world, admittedly with a lot of help, and now he's right in the middle of the spotlight. He's losing credibility daily, his lack of experience is showing, his high-rolling backers and supporters have got to be going "What the hell did we ever see in this clown, anyway - and what can we do to get RID of him before he tears apart the entire economy?"

His ONLY chance at political survival would be to hunker down and get out of the spotlight - and if he had the political acumen he's SUPPOSED to have, he would. Or if he's got a reasonable survival instinct. I think he does - he didn't get where he is by sticking his neck out TOO far in the early years of his career.

But then again, I could be completely wrong. In which case things are going to get VERY interesting.

And I, for one, could stand for that not to happen.






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