Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on May 18, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama held a big event for the signing of the Freedom of the Press Act, quite a celebration. How did Obama celebrate his new law? By telling the press to shove off (video via Andrew Malcolm):

After the signing of the Freedom of Press Act on Monday, President Obama declined to take any questions from the press.

During a pooled press event in the Oval Office, President Obama was asked if he would take a couple questions.

“You’re certainly free to ask the question,” Obama told the reporters in the room. “I won’t be answering, I’m not doing a press conference today, but we’ll be seeing you in the course of the week.”

Gee … how nice. Which reminds me: how exactly does Obama plan on celebrating his next milestone — the one-year anniversary of his last press conference? It’s only two months away.

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The most transparent administration ever. Scum like this can only exist in the dark.

TXMomof3 on May 18, 2010 at 8:07 AM

His telepromter was un-available for comment.

SHARPTOOTH on May 18, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Isn’t it enough that he let’s them touch the hem of his garment?

trubble on May 18, 2010 at 8:12 AM

what a bloody snob…

the one-year anniversary of his last press conference?

you think the msm will take notice?

cmsinaz on May 18, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Freedom of the Press Act

Uh, I don’t like the sound of that. What’s in that thing?

forest on May 18, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Me thinks Team Hopey/Changey,is closer to

Translucent!!
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translucent:

Definition,translucent adj. Transmitting light but causing sufficient diffusion to prevent perception of distinct images.

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 8:13 AM

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 8:13 AM

+1
excellent observation

cmsinaz on May 18, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Freedom of Press Act- since the 1st Amendment just doesn’t quite do it anymore.

Fletch54 on May 18, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Somebody finally got through to him and told him to keep his mouth shut. That’s a bad thing as far as I am concerned. He most likely will not take unscripted questions from anyone anymore and that is a shame.

Johnnyreb on May 18, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Mary K Hammer dropped the hammer on him with this little video. At least he’s being perfectly consistent…..as he loves to say.

questions and fingers for thee, but not for me. He demands answers and asks all the questions, yet assumes no responsibility for answering any. How typical of a punk leftist.

ted c on May 18, 2010 at 8:20 AM

I love the “Thank you, thank you everyone” phrases from the president’s assistant. Her tone was so strident that only one meaning could be taken from her insistent, whiny “platitude of gratitude”: “Get out! NOW!”
.
Man, he drones on and on, doesn’t he? I cannot take more than 30 seconds at a time.

ExpressoBold on May 18, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Does everyone remember when Lefty Journalists
were accusing President Bush of targetting jou
rnalists!?
==============================================

Is Bush Targeting the Media?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3421-2005Mar3.html
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Wife of Al-Jazeera Journalist Files Lawsuit Against Bush, Rumsfeld

http://www.missionandjustice.org/wife-of-al-jazeera-journalist-files-lawsuit-against-bush-rumsfeld/

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 8:22 AM

questions and fingers for thee, but not for me. He demands answers and asks all the questions, yet assumes no responsibility for answering any. How typical of a punk leftist.

ted c on May 18, 2010 at 8:20 AM

ted c:Yup,I remember that,your wasting your question!!

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 8:25 AM

The most transparent administration ever. Scum like this can only exist in the dark.

TXMomof3 on May 18, 2010 at 8:07 AM

Cockroaches hate the light.

SKYFOX on May 18, 2010 at 8:28 AM

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 8:13 AM
+1
excellent observation

cmsinaz on May 18, 2010 at 8:14 AM

cmsinaz:)
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Freedom of Information Act

A democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires transparency. As Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” In our democracy, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which encourages accountability through transparency,
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http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/FreedomofInformationAct/

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 8:29 AM

Opaque! It’s the “NEW Transparency”!

Key West Reader on May 18, 2010 at 8:31 AM

And how much does this ‘legislation’ cost us? Are we going to have a ‘Declaration of Dependence’ before these felons are convicted?
Wars have been started over much less.

Cybergeezer on May 18, 2010 at 8:31 AM

TXMomof3 on May 18, 2010 at 8:07 AM
======================
Cockroaches hate the light.

SKYFOX on May 18, 2010 at 8:28 AM

SKYFOX:Speaking of light.Talk about timing!!
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sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Freedom of the Press Act
Uh, I don’t like the sound of that. What’s in that thing?

forest on May 18, 2010 at 8:12 AM

When an enumerated right just is no longer enough, Bury and his Posse are making up new one to superceed the old ones. Kind of like the Koran.

thomasaur on May 18, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Serfs have no right to expect the nobles to answer their questions. Feudalism/fascism by another name.

rbj on May 18, 2010 at 8:35 AM

This was written as a reaction to the murder of Daniel Pearl for the protection of American Journalists in Foreign Lands. How a piece of paper can do this, I have no idea.

kingsjester on May 18, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Quite obvious now, the puppet masters don’t want this bumbler talking off script, not even to the state run media.

Keemo on May 18, 2010 at 8:37 AM

Freedom of the Press Act
Uh, I don’t like the sound of that. What’s in that thing?

forest on May 18, 2010 at 8:12 AM

forest:Taking a guess,maybe,the Civilian National Security
Force!!(sarc).

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 8:37 AM

Is Bush Targeting the Media?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3421-2005Mar3.html
====================================

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Ahhh yes…we won’t see this type of article during dear leader’s reign, that wouldn’t be prudent…

cmsinaz on May 18, 2010 at 8:39 AM

only 978 more of these “Obamateurism of the Day”

pappy on May 18, 2010 at 8:43 AM

He doesn’t want to answer for any of his words or actions. When you’re organizing for the takedown of America, you don’t seek answers you look for problems, and the more widespread the better.
His orientation becomes more obvious by the day, but he can’t afford to explain it – yet.

Not until it’s too late for the US and HE’S the only answer.

ontherocks on May 18, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Freedom of the Press Act…what the press will be able to say after the 1st amendment has been overturned.

Kissmygrits on May 18, 2010 at 8:47 AM

This was written as a reaction to the murder of Daniel Pearl for the protection of American Journalists in Foreign Lands. How a piece of paper can do this, I have no idea.

kingsjester on May 18, 2010 at 8:35 AM

kingsjester:Me thinks,Sweet F/A!!!

And,remember the Gay Activists who handcuffed
themselves to the gate,and police were ready
to arrest the journalists if they didn’t leave!
——–:)

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Team Hopey,is the same as Team Clinton,
American policies will be dealt with
Lawyers and pieces of paper!!

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 8:50 AM

This was written as a reaction to the murder of Daniel Pearl for the protection of American Journalists in Foreign Lands. How a piece of paper can do this, I have no idea.

kingsjester on May 18, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Does it commit our troops to rescuing journalists who don’t listen to good advice and go into places they shouldn’t?

journeyintothewhirlwind on May 18, 2010 at 8:50 AM

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 8:22 AM
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Ahhh yes…we won’t see this type of article during dear leader’s reign, that wouldn’t be prudent…

cmsinaz on May 18, 2010 at 8:39 AM

cmsinaz:Yup:)

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Also see this.

And as for press repression, when Obama himself singles out Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the like for Alinsky inspired mockery (the “gaze” of his exalted opinion) isn’t that a form of repression – or at least an attempt to silence critics? How about his speech to the U of MI where he equated labeling him a “Socialist” as a secessionist act which inspires violence? When he hires Cass Sunstein as his Info Czar, a man who believes in the “Fairness Doctrine”, isn’t that press suppression? How about his appointment of Mark LLoyd as the FCC’s Diversity czar – a man who admires Venezuela’s Communist revolutions? Has Obama ‘gazed’ in Chavez’ direction? The list is endless…

Buy Danish on May 18, 2010 at 8:52 AM

What’s with all of these “boys of color” (not being racist either) standing at his right in all of these pics of his signings? These kids don’t have ANY idea of what he’s doing, just supposed to be worshipping I guess. Still a moron….

sicoit on May 18, 2010 at 8:57 AM

I almost fell asleep during that dissertation. What enthusiasm!!

The next candidate who runs on a platform of not having children as props at signings gets my vote.

ctmom on May 18, 2010 at 8:58 AM

A free and independent press is crucial to preserving our political process . Every president has been held accountable for his words and actions to various degrees for two hundred years . Except this president . He does not have to take questions from the lapdog state run media . He does not have to take any unscripted questions at any time . He is allowed to lie, spin, and deceive with impunity . The press will simply NOT allow Barry to fail . This is no longer comical – the disconnect between what is really happening and what is being reported will lead to violence eventually . It has to .

DeweyWins on May 18, 2010 at 9:03 AM

He probably doesn’t want to have to answer questions about Iran.

ProfessorMiao on May 18, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Barack Obama avoids the press because he can’t take the chance they may slip up and print the truth.

Yoop on May 18, 2010 at 9:21 AM

I think the kid is the new Elementary School Czar.

Cybergeezer on May 18, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Jack Nickelson’s famous line “You want the truth, You can not handle the truth”, is the prime directive for this Administration. Besides, I am not even sure that they understand the the meaning of the word Truth.

MSGTAS on May 18, 2010 at 9:33 AM

It’s great to live in a world so perfect that Congress can spend time taking the Constitution from the top and duplicating it. I am pretty sure we are still working on continuting resolutions for a budget. WTH?!?!?!?

Cindy Munford on May 18, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Yeah,you’re free to ask but I won’t be here!:) Arrogance personified and the media just slinks away,”Okay,you’re the prez”.

ohiobabe on May 18, 2010 at 9:35 AM

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 8:13 AM

That still transmits to much light. Opaque is the correct term for this administration.

To our friends (/s) in the press you were useful idiots to get him elected. How does it feel to be thrown under the bus?

chemman on May 18, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Typical arrogance and audacity.

onlineanalyst on May 18, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Not surprising. If you don’t kiss Barry’s ass 24/7, you get no access.

GarandFan on May 18, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Obama: No questions at press freedom event
By: Julie Mason
Examiner White House Correspondent
05/17/10 11:42 AM PDT

We just don’t talk anymore. (getty images)
President Obama today signed the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act, a measure that gives the federal government an oversight role in tracking international press freedom issues. The pool-only event went down in the Oval, where Obama was asked if he would entertain some questions — specifically about BP.
“Speaking of press freedoms,” ventured Chip Reid of CBS News.
“You’re certainly free to ask the question,” Obama said. “I won’t be answering, I’m not doing a press conference today, but we’ll be seeing you in the course of the week.”
Oh, right. Wednesday’s press conference with visiting Mexican President Felipe Calderone. We hear it’s two questions per side. Obama strictly limits his availability to spontaneous inquiry from journalists — but we’re still “free to ask.”

Speakup on May 18, 2010 at 10:33 AM

I hope somebody’s combed through the fine print of this “Freedom of the Press Act” with a microscope.

The devil is always in the details.

hillbillyjim on May 18, 2010 at 10:41 AM

I would think that some in the MFM would get fed-up with this schtick and turn on the Ogabe Admin, hopefully outing the infrastructure of how the press is fed their daily talking points.

I’m not holding my breath, but a man can dream, can’t he? Or is that now under gubmint control too?

ornery_independent on May 18, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Man, he drones on and on, doesn’t he? I cannot take more than 30 seconds at a time.

ExpressoBold on May 18, 2010 at 8:20 AM

I am pretty much down to ZERO seconds; mute, channel, off are my three options when BHO speaks.

Dasher on May 18, 2010 at 10:46 AM

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 8:13 AM
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That still transmits to much light. Opaque is the correct term for this administration.

To our friends (/s) in the press you were useful idiots to get him elected. How does it feel to be thrown under the bus?

chemman on May 18, 2010 at 9:47 AM

chemman: I will concede your point,yes,Opague is much more
closer to Hopeys so-called transparency farce!:)

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 10:54 AM

The devil is always in the details.

hillbillyjim on May 18, 2010 at 10:41 AM

hillbillyjim:Yup:)

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Freedom of the Press Act? Why do we need that? Is this the beginning of a shadow Constitution?

Are any of you pressies paying attention? Do any of you ever do research? Apprarently asking questions these days is verboten.

BetseyRoss on May 18, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Gibbs also refuses to take questions. I’ll get back to you on that–never will. Just have a good laugh at his outstanding sense of humor.

dragondrop on May 18, 2010 at 12:04 PM

There must be a TELEPROMPTER on the floor to his right. He keeps looking dowm to his right before he starts the next sentence.

USMCDevilDog on May 18, 2010 at 12:11 PM

The press shouldn’t worry. Go lick your wounds, and just wait. Obama will use you, when he needs you.

Feels good to be da king, eh?

capejasmine on May 18, 2010 at 12:12 PM

NYT takes swipe at Ojesus?

Mr. Obama lately has become something of a media critic, regularly bemoaning what he sees as divisive, shallow coverage, particularly on cable television. “Today’s 24-7 echo chamber amplifies the most inflammatory sound bites louder and faster than ever before,” he told graduating seniors at the University of Michigan this month. (How he knows, of course, is an intriguing question given that on Monday at an unrelated event, he told an audience: “I know you’ll be surprised that we don’t watch the news shows.”)

If you’ve lost the Gray Lady, you’ve lost America. Bwahahaha.

hillbillyjim on May 18, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Go play with yourself, Obama.

mobydutch on May 18, 2010 at 12:24 PM

It is so #$%^$&* obvious that he doesn’t care what we think and since his party is quiet about his arrogance, they don’t care either. But they will care come November.

amr on May 18, 2010 at 1:10 PM