Open thread: Super-president to celebrate himself with press conference

posted at 7:28 pm on April 29, 2009 by Allahpundit

8 p.m. ET, all around the dial. A toast to 100 days of bloggy goodness, my friends. Traffic is up, Rush’s ratings are soaring, and FNC owns every time slot from morning til late night. Sure, America’s on the fast track to economic ruin, but the man’s a gold mine for conservative media. (And not-so-conservative media.) Your must-read while we’re waiting for tonight’s snoozer to begin is the AP daring to call The One on his mind-blowing lie that the crippling deficits to come aren’t really his fault. Quote:

Congress controls the purse strings, not the president, and it was under Democratic control for Obama’s last two years as Illinois senator. Obama supported the emergency bailout package in President George W. Bush’s final months — a package Democratic leaders wanted to make bigger…

Still, his response to the crisis goes well beyond “one-time charges.”

He’s persuaded Congress to expand children’s health insurance, education spending, health information technology and more. He’s moving ahead on a variety of big-ticket items on health care, the environment, energy and transportation that, if achieved, will be more enduring than bank bailouts and aid for homeowners.

The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimated his policy proposals would add a net $428 billion to the deficit over four years, even accounting for his spending reduction goals. Now, the deficit is nearly quadrupling to $1.75 trillion.

Christopher Buckley is, nevertheless, “delighted” at what he’s seen so far, notwithstanding the fact that he seems to disagree with most of The One’s policies. There’s no underestimating the value of “swagga,” I guess. To get yourself in the mood for what’s to come, enjoy video at Gateway Pundit of St. Louis tea partiers greeting Obama before his town hall today. No wonder he was cranky.


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Do we get the pleasure of one of the conferences every month?

Jamson64 on April 29, 2009 at 10:23 PM

Serious question….

Has there been a President in your lifetime who has blamed the previous one at all? If so have they come as close to doing it as much as Obama?

How many of us who work in the real world have had bosses take over a bad situation and blame the previous boss? None in my case. That is not what a leader does.

Jamson64 on April 29, 2009 at 10:25 PM

I watched my regularly scheduled non CNN/MSN/CNBC/CBS programming as usual. This guy thinks his job is to read his teleprompter and thats going to fix things. Riiight. I did hear he blamed bush for his deficit however Obambi voted for all the funding he “”””inherited””” .

More socialism is all. Thanks a lot Voters.

tx2654 on April 29, 2009 at 10:34 PM

Now that his 100 days are up can we please have 24 hour without seeing his fugly face on the TV?

Bicyea on April 29, 2009 at 10:35 PM

or watching Jon Stewart and South Park and SNL.

And learning about as much as can be expected of people educated by leftists.

hahaha!

strangelet on April 29, 2009 at 9:14 PM

Yep.

spmat on April 29, 2009 at 9:39 PM

That’s an interesting meme that strangelet keeps trying to beat into the ground, about people looking to Jon Stewart for political leadership. Beside the obvious absurdity of people taking a comedian seriously, it’s especially ironic because Stewart’s stock in trade is hip, cynical sarcasm. His whole act revolves around criticizing everything in the most nihilistic terms possible, not offering alternatives or proposing solutions. Constructive agendas aren’t funny. Snark is what gets the applause lines. If you want to stop Jon Stewart dead in his tracks and making him stammer like Obama without his teleprompter, ask him what his constructive ideas for addressing economic or security issues are. The hip little clown will be screaming in your face and crying by the time you ask him how 400% increases in the deficit are supposed to lift a country into prosperity… or how his hero the Lightworker will decide who needs to die first, when the nationalized medical system has to start rationing care.

The Obama Administration is like Jon Stewart’s audience, blinking in confusion as the lights come up and serious men in suits start circulating through the studio, handing out work assignments. The class clown stops being funny when the homework gets handed out, and the rest of the students start wishing they had paid more attention to what the teacher was telling them, instead of cracking wise about the color of his tie.

Doctor Zero on April 29, 2009 at 10:36 PM

Did you notice his answer about Pocky-ston? The reason the Tolly-bon are taking over is that the present government is not providing basic services like schools, etc. Riiiight. Not a word about radical Islam–He really thinks totally in Marxist terms.

Somehow, I sense all these Pocky-stoni schools are going to cost us another trillion. Every time the guy opens his mouth it costs us.

PattyJ on April 29, 2009 at 10:36 PM

New motto:

We will not be comrades!

Dhuka on April 29, 2009 at 10:45 PM

Clinton had 3 count them 3 prime time addresses in 8 years besides the State of the Unions.

Oversaturation, overexposure. Oh please keep reaching.

seesalrun on April 29, 2009 at 10:47 PM

Well, Bill does not see the true essence of Obama. Obama invoked Churchill to make himself seem Churchillian and more, make Bush the unChurchill. Facts have nothing to do with it.

Ah, Dick Morris thinks Obama’s abortion answer will hurt him (with his supporters) since apparently he used a phrase like (or exactly) “right to life”.
KittyLowrey

Poor Obama.

Did Churchill use WHATEVER tool was available, like it or not to get the job done?

And yes if you know history that is a stupid question.

Speaking of history and Churchill what did ha say?

History is written by the victors.

Winston Churchill

Does that mean Churchill did or did not use “torture”?

Lets ask!

Mr. Churchill did or did not use “torture”?

“In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.”

But Winston, WTF does that mean?

“In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might”.

But what about the POW’s?

“A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him”.

But Mr. Churchill, did you use TORTURE to win the war?

“No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered with a searching but at the same time a steady eye”

So would you rule out any and all forms of torture even if it meant your people will be killed?

“Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival”.

Okay, so what did you think of Obama’s non-answer to the question if waterboarding and if it worked to give us valuable info that saved American lives?

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened”

Ya that’s what I thought as well.

BTW Mr. Churchill are going to go on MSNBC Olbermann show?

“Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room’.

So you think Olbermann is a monkey?

“The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is”.

DSchoen on April 29, 2009 at 10:49 PM

seesalrun:

Clinton had 3 count them 3 prime time addresses in 8 years besides the State of the Unions.

Yeah, but Billy Jeff had interns to do the job that the media is doing for Ø.

Chickyraptor on April 29, 2009 at 11:04 PM

I pray our TOTUS watches Amanda Carpenter on BOR and is bothered by his new name.
Amand,a we do not need to be tactful, let BO know how we feel.

Gracelynn on April 29, 2009 at 11:08 PM

DSchoen on April 29, 2009 at 10:49 PM

Great post.

progressoverpeace on April 29, 2009 at 11:14 PM

OBAMA: “Number one, we inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit…. That wasn’t me. Number two, there is almost uniform consensus among economists that in the middle of the biggest crisis, financial crisis, since the Great Depression, we had to take extraordinary steps. So you’ve got a lot of Republican economists who agree that we had to do a stimulus package and we had to do something about the banks.

“almost uniform consensus among economists”
“a lot of Republican economists who agree that we had to do”

Is this guy an idiot or does he think you’re too stupid to know the difference tween “consensus’ and “agreement

DSchoen on April 29, 2009 at 11:17 PM

He thinks we’re stupid.

ORconservative on April 29, 2009 at 11:35 PM

I didn’t watch it, but what I would like to know is if he considers water boarding to be torture, then how does he justify his position on abortion and opposing Born Alive legislation?

That’s a logical and ethical disconnect in the extreme.

INC on April 29, 2009 at 11:44 PM

At least that moron got off the TV before 9PM. If he had run over and Lost had started late, I’d have probably started swearing in the gym.

Illinidiva on April 29, 2009 at 11:52 PM

I thought America was “made” pretty well the first time.

29Victor on April 30, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Yeah, but Billy Jeff had interns to do the job that the media is doing for Ø.

Chickyraptor on April 29, 2009 at 11:04 PM

ooooooh, that one’s gonna leave a mark.

29Victor on April 30, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? It’s not over until we SAY it’s over.

And I for one am saying NOT OVER; see you on the field if it comes to that.

Bishop on April 29, 2009 at 7:50 PM

-

So refresh my memory, when exactly did the Germans bomb Pearl Harbor?

Herikutsu on April 30, 2009 at 12:03 AM

The British had German prisoners in WWII but did not torture them even though they were being ‘bombed to smithereens’?

WTF?

BL@KBIRD on April 30, 2009 at 12:07 AM

Sorry if this has already been posted. Yahoo headline “Comforter in Chief”. Funny that they would use that term after the flyover in NY this week.

thevastlane on April 30, 2009 at 12:12 AM

So refresh my memory, when exactly did the Germans bomb Pearl Harbor?

Herikutsu on April 30, 2009 at 12:03 AM

Forget it, he’s rolling.

29Victor on April 30, 2009 at 12:13 AM

Oops, checked Yahoo again and the headline seems to have disappeared. I can’t imagine why..

thevastlane on April 30, 2009 at 12:14 AM

Lie…

Lie…

Lie…

Lie…

Lie..

Seven Percent Solution on April 29, 2009 at 8:04 PM

Takes one back to the heady days of the Presidential Debates, doesn’t it? I’m sure the press with scrutinize his statements with the same diligence that they did back then.

29Victor on April 30, 2009 at 12:15 AM

Paradigm Global is a fund of funds owned and controlled by Hunter Biden and James Biden. These two are Vice President Joe Biden’s son and brother respectively.

Oh yes, and it does involve substance abuse and ponzi schemes (both alleged).

I see lots of possibilities: all of them reflect very poorly on the Bidens.

* They were and remain controllers of a fund of funds which they allege misrepresented its returns and yet which they kept operational.

* They were and remain controllers of a fund of funds which houses an alleged fraud in its offices (Ponta Negra).

* They were and remain controllers of a fund of funds which employed a marketing organization (Onyx) which was associated with distributing alleged frauds (Ponta Negra and Stanford).

* They were and remain controllers of a fund that claimed to have 28 staff many of whom are difficult to trace and where the revenue to fund those staff did not obviously exist. This suggests that either the staff were not paid, did not exist or (more sinisterly) they were paid by stealing from the small amount of funds under management. You could only steal the client money if the asset custody safeguards were not robust. There is an audit statement on the SEC files qualified as to the robustness of these protections – however there is no evidence that the lack of robustness was exploited.

All of this was done from the 17th Floor of 650 Fifth Avenue New York. There are a few other things housed on that floor and you need to walk past Paradigm’s desk to get to them.

Whatever – it quacks and it is controlled by the Vice President’s family.

KentAllard on April 30, 2009 at 12:35 AM

I’m much too lazy and tired to read thru all the replies here, but I heard secondhand what Dennis Miller said on Bill O’Reilly tonight about Helen Thomas. I’m hoping I’ve gotten the gist of it here:

“I saw Helen Thomas, sitting there in the front row. I think Janet Napolitano is Helen Thomas after you’ve added the water.”

TeeDee on April 30, 2009 at 12:53 AM

Bush had the fewest formal press conferences out of any modern president starting with Eisenhower. He could not and did not “do” press conferences.

crr6 on April 29, 2009 at 7:52 PM

Boo hoo! For some reason methinks your couldn’t give a crap how many press conferences Bush did or didn’t have. Or if you did, only the extent it gave you something to rend your garments about. So, STFU. You are making a moot point.

Fed45 on April 30, 2009 at 2:21 AM

Uh huh. Actually Bush is sometimes often called the “vacation” president because he spent over 900 days at Camp David or in his Texas ranch. Nice try though!

Hey clueless! You realize a President never really goes on vacation, right? Wait! apparently you don’t, or you wouldn’t have made such an idiotic statement. Lemme see, how many foreign dignitaries did Bush host while he was “on vacation” at Camp David or Crawford? How many bills did he sign while “on vacation” at Camp David or Crawford.

When Reagan hosted Gorbechev at Camp David, what that a vacation? When LBJ had meetings about VietNam at Camp David, was that a vacation? When LBJ held meetings at his ranch, was that a vacation? When the worst president in history to date held the “Camp David Summit” between Sadat and Begin at….ummmm…Camp David, what that a vacation?

When Bush hosted the hundereds of dignitaries at Camp David, were those vacations?

You do also realize that no matter where the President is, he still receives daily security and other briefings, right? Again, no, apparently you don’t. You do realize the President still holds important meetings when he is “on vacation”, right? Damn! What am I thinking? No, you don’t.

It is the height of cluelessness and naivete when people believe any President actually takes a vacation.

Fed45 on April 30, 2009 at 2:43 AM

“I don’t think we should micro manage…but I want to Nano manage…

DSchoen on April 30, 2009 at 2:44 AM

Why can’t we build cars like Toyota or Honda?
……. because the unions won’t let our companies automate, jackass!
Seven Percent Solution

Not to mention we can’t manufacture Lipo type batteries in the USA
EPA won’t allow it.
Too much “Haz mat”

DSchoen on April 30, 2009 at 2:49 AM

Obama should just design a new car himself.

He could call it “The Peoples Car”

DSchoen on April 30, 2009 at 2:52 AM

“Wash your hands, when you shake hands.”

“Cover your mouth when you cough.”

“If you are feeling certain flu symptoms, don’t get on an airplane.”

This guy’s a friggin’ genius .. for pond scum.

progressoverpeace on April 29, 2009 at 8:12 PM

Good God! The President of the United States of America thinks it’s his duty to give this type of advice? Seriously? Does the boob have ANY idea what office he holds?

I mean, hell, how did any of us manage even friggin’ get out of bed every morning before this Numbskull came along to tell us all how to live? Since Jimmah Cartah, I don’t recall any President thinking he needed to be our Mommy. God!, this guy is an utter embarrassment to the world.

Fed45 on April 30, 2009 at 2:58 AM

Hey obama, you’re a jackass.

long_cat on April 30, 2009 at 3:01 AM

He could call it “The Peoples Car”

DSchoen on April 30, 2009 at 2:52 AM

you mean something like this?

http://pagesperso-orange.fr/Jas-n-Geoff/Geoff/homer.jpg

and the tires ALWAYS stay properly inflated!

Fed45 on April 30, 2009 at 3:01 AM

I’m looking forward to my next Japanese sedan.

Dork B. on April 29, 2009 at 8:14 PM

In the spirit of support for Barry, just today my wife purchased an ’09 Honda Accord. My daughter bought an ’09 Civic last week. And next month I will roll over the lease on my Lexus. All built in America! USA! USA!! USA!!!

Fed45 on April 30, 2009 at 3:08 AM

Thank God! for Tivo!! The one thing that saved me from the choice of gouging my eyes out with an ice cream scooper or listening to this nattering imbecile.

Fed45 on April 30, 2009 at 3:23 AM

He could call it “The Peoples Car”

DSchoen on April 30, 2009 at 2:52 AM
you mean something like this?

http://pagesperso-orange.fr/Jas-n-Geoff/Geoff/homer.jpg

and the tires ALWAYS stay properly inflated!

Fed45 on April 30, 2009 at 3:01 AM

No, I have a feeling he meant something like this.

misslizzi on April 30, 2009 at 4:40 AM

His ‘remaking America’ phrase should scare you. 100 Days is a sample of what he’s trying to do. I hate to say it but ACORN needs to stay out of the next elections.

johnnyU on April 30, 2009 at 5:15 AM

i watched an old John Wayne movie last night “Rio Grande” alot of dialog about honor, duty, country, personal responsibility–you know, that old out-dated stuff.

and duke got the bad guy (sorry to say that they were Native Americans). he didn’t give up.

stupid movie.

kelley in virginia on April 30, 2009 at 7:09 AM

So refresh my memory, when exactly did the Germans bomb Pearl Harbor?

Herikutsu on April 30, 2009 at 12:03 AM

I guess you’ve never seen Animal House? It was part of Bluto’s (John Belushi) big motivational speech.

loudmouth883 on April 30, 2009 at 7:26 AM

100 days? That’s a tad premature for such heavy rotation of Bolshevik Barry’s Greatest Hits. By the way, he’s a pop star, not a rock star–this guy definitely does not rock.

RandyChandler on April 30, 2009 at 7:59 AM

The Audacity of Fraud

Don’t Lie To Me was a good episode on FOX last night.

It was frustrating during commercial breaks to experience Obama being so damn obtuse each instance. Every time you’d hope to find him morphed into a decent president, disappointment awaits. Even with the rose colored glasses, 100 days didn’t cut the mustard.

Listened to larger portions following Obama’s send off–the balloon has popped and the basket case has landed. His media have made themselves below Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest, Dumbfounding.

maverick muse on April 30, 2009 at 8:05 AM

He talks a lot…but never says very much.

What is wrong with people in America?
Like zombies walking around, all hail Obama.

bridgetown on April 30, 2009 at 8:07 AM

not a rock star–this guy definitely does not rock.

RandyChandler on April 30, 2009 at 7:59 AM

+1

btw, on Rock Stars, Flash will mentor next week’s American Idol final four, of which Adam had the least votes sending him on this week. Adam fails to take any opportunity to sing lyrically, given Rat Pack interpreted to mean 1930′s forward through big band era into Las Vegas mode. His falsetto and his true grit are beyond compare, but without the inner register, bipolar. He maintains his heart all to himself. Rock Star prerequisite? As such, Obama has met the prerequisites, media fever & self indulgence, to pop stardom–but hasn’t the range and intensity to qualify as rock star, as you pointed out; nor has Obama the dual polarity attraction of a magnet, only the one extreme antipathy for the US Constitution and the American people. It’s all about Oba, never us. Even a rock star loves his fans more than Obama loves his supporters. He can take or leave them under the bus.

maverick muse on April 30, 2009 at 8:22 AM

24/7 propaganda machine

marklmail on April 30, 2009 at 8:29 AM

Rock on, maverick muse!

RandyChandler on April 30, 2009 at 8:31 AM

Note to Totus: Don’t EVER leave this man’s side.

unwashed minion on April 30, 2009 at 8:46 AM

I watched lie to me. So esentualy we all watched the same thing.

People lying.

sonofdy on April 30, 2009 at 8:49 AM

So refresh my memory, when exactly did the Germans bomb Pearl Harbor?
Herikutsu on April 30, 2009 at 12:03 AM

Oh man, you need some culture.

Bishop on April 30, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Uh huh. Actually Bush is sometimes often called the “vacation” president because he spent over 900 days at Camp David or in his Texas ranch. Nice try though!

crr6 on April 29, 2009 at 7:59 PM

Actually, Bush is going to down in history as the Torture President.
Wonder what these poor scapegoated soldiers think of their CinC now?

strangelet on April 30, 2009 at 9:12 AM

So refresh my memory, when exactly did the Germans bomb Pearl Harbor?
Herikutsu on April 30, 2009 at 12:03 AM

Oh man, you need some culture.

Bishop on April 30, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Seriously. I chuckled when I read that last night…LET’s GO!!!!!

ladyingray on April 30, 2009 at 9:13 AM

AP – I think this is more important

http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2009/04/sean_penn_and_robin_wright_pen.php

budfox on April 30, 2009 at 9:28 AM

“And tonight li’l Barry has a harpsichord recital. Please do come.”

Akzed on April 30, 2009 at 9:47 AM

and the American Way

and all that stuff

me-me-me-me-meeeeeee

maverick muse on April 30, 2009 at 9:51 AM

24/7 propaganda machine

marklmail on April 30, 2009 at 8:29 AM

never getting sanitized, plague

maverick muse on April 30, 2009 at 9:52 AM

BO will soon blame Bush for the swine flu. After all, it started in Texas, right?

la.rt.wngr on April 30, 2009 at 9:56 AM

This is Craig Crawford’s take of the Press Confernce he decided to do it with the old Mystery Science Theater format GRIN.

http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/trailmix/2009/04/mystery-science-press-conferen.html

Dr Evil on April 30, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Before everyone freaks out about the Mexican ManBirdPig Flu (which I would like to suggest should be called the Janet Napolitano Flu), I have not seen Dr. Sanjay Gupta reporting on any piles of burning dead bodies in Mexico City. He is walking around without a mask, people are concerned but not exactly dropping like flies there. Drudge had a post saying that rather than underrepoting deaths, the actual Mexican death toll may be less than what has been reported.

That does not mean Napolitano should get any credit. She is an idiot. But she is lucky this flu is not so deadly as reported.

Mr. Joe on April 30, 2009 at 10:36 AM

BO will soon blame Bush for the swine flu. After all, it started in Texas, right?

la.rt.wngr on April 30, 2009 at 9:56 AM

I think he already blamed Bush.

Also, he took credit for Bush’s ramp up of Tamiflu supplies.

Daggett on April 30, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Akzed on April 30, 2009 at 9:47 AM

as Salieri with dreams of his father

Legnago gave no match for the genius from Salzburg;
nor could Obama ever match the genius from the humble Marktl am Inn.

maverick muse on April 30, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Mr. Joe on April 30, 2009 at 10:36 AM

to be determined in a year

maverick muse on April 30, 2009 at 11:12 AM

I really cannot stand this guy. I’ve seen arrogant people who are totally full of themselves, who take credit for everything good and blame others for everything bad, who think they’re smarter than everyone else, who think they have a “gift”…those types of people are everywhere. But never, EVER, have I seen someone who possessed all those characteristics be virtually adored by those around them. Normally other people can’t stand to be around these narcissists types.

scalleywag on April 30, 2009 at 11:53 AM

So refresh my memory, when exactly did the Germans bomb Pearl Harbor?

Herikutsu on April 30, 2009 at 12:03 AM

As John Madden would say:

“Here’s a guy that’s gone through his whole life and has never seen Animal House”

Fed45 on April 30, 2009 at 1:25 PM

EPA won’t allow it.
Too much “Haz mat”

DSchoen on April 30, 2009 at 2:49 AM

And now with their regulation of dust as a pollutant & the cap & trade crap-let’s watch the rest of our economy & way of life fall into ruin.
I guess I might as well start stock piling the cow chips to burn for heat.

Badger40 on April 30, 2009 at 1:57 PM

strangelet on April 30, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Facts are facts.

canditaylor68 on April 30, 2009 at 4:30 PM

No, I have a feeling he meant something like this.
misslizzi o

BINGO!

The last time I know of that a megalomaniac though he could design a new car himself.

DSchoen on April 30, 2009 at 7:17 PM

So I live in Alaska, a Red State, I have noticed that more people are moving up here for jobs from Blue States. And in my discussions with some of these people it sounds like they are going to bring their voting habits with them. Finally in one of these conversations I told the person they are not allowed to vote in this State since they voted to mess up their own state to the point of having taxes that are too high and jobs that are too few. I threatened to run them out of town if they dared register. Not that we haven’t lost jobs, we have. But I don’t want to make the situation as bad as some other states.

lwssdd on May 1, 2009 at 1:48 AM

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