Irritated CBS reporter to Obama: “Do you have any plans for a real press conference?”

posted at 8:13 pm on May 19, 2010 by Allahpundit

Every love affair has its troubles, but … I don’t know, guys. Reporters griping to Politico about how thin-skinned and controlling the White House is felt like a quarrel before bed, the political equivalent of “we’re not spending enough time together lately.” But actually snarking at The One in public about his refusal to answer questions? With his most special girl, a.k.a. the Times, piling on? I fear we might be near a formal separation.

Can this marriage be saved?

At a ceremony to sign a bill promoting press freedom around the world on Monday, President Obama refused to take questions from the reporters in attendance. “I’m not doing a press conference today,” he told Chip Reid of CBS News, “but we’ll be seeing you guys during the course of the week.”

So when the president hosted a “news conference” in the Rose Garden with the visiting Mexican president on Wednesday, Mr. Reid thought maybe this time Mr. Obama would take questions. Instead, Mr. Obama allowed only a single question from the American media and called on a reporter from Univision, knowing that he would be unlikely to be asked about Tuesday’s anti-incumbent election results…

As the event ended and Mr. Obama swiveled to head back into the Oval Office, Mr. Reid tried again and shouted out a question about the elections.

Mr. Obama ignored him. Maybe he meant later in the course of the week.

The Times’s headline: “Obama Turns His Back On the Press.” It pains me to say it given his insane overexposure, but … maybe it’s time for another prime time press conference? A little Iran spin here, a little Arizona-bashing there, then a suave, softly whispered “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” and suddenly the magic is back. No? Well, something needs to be done to get these two crazy kids back on track. Maybe they could simply offer to pay him? If there’s a surefire way to get some action from The One, cold hard cash is it.

Update: Actually, this relationship is the definition of co-dependency, isn’t it?



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The sad thing is, when Obama finally does have a press conference these same whining reporters will stand up and say:

“Mr. President, you did a great job on the oil spill, can we expect the same kind of awesome leadership when you go after that criminal governor in Arizona?”

Some things never change.

fogw on May 19, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Can this marriage be saved?

Basically, a pimp married his prostitute. He is showing the exact same amount of respect he always showed. The media just EXPECTED to eventually start getting treated better.

He’ll keep doing whatever the Hell he wants, and she’ll keep demanding more attention. Soon, the b1tch-slapping will start.

logis on May 19, 2010 at 9:51 PM

I think it’s great that the press hold the President’s feet to the fire for not holding enough press conferences. But the hootin’ and hollerin’ from you bunch is really quite rich!

chumpThreads on May 19, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Look, another brilliant thought out post…why a VP candidate has the same influence, power, impact as a sitting president, why even the same influence and expectations.
I was wrong before, you are actually Super F’in brilliant to make that kind of observation.
Why hasn’t anyone else thought of that…you are amazing.
Please, keep posting, I can hardly wait for your next astounding post.
It’s a shame to hide behind your poster name, I am sure every media outlet will want you as an analyst…simply amazing…keep posting, it’s exciting to see what you come up with next.

right2bright on May 19, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Some flickering low-wattage lightbulb of a political advisor has figured out that press conferences not only don’t help Obama but may be hurting him. If this recognition has sunk in, why, for God’s sake, would he have them? What the hell does he care? If, however, it is resolved that having one is necessary to correct a public perception problem that he is dodging them, he will have one. But does the public really care how many press conferences a president has? Do they even notice the absence of them? I doubt it. These things are for the press, and as long as Obama knows that the press, despite some minor lover’s-quarrel snarking, is deeply, utterly, irreversibly, soul-sellingly pledged to the illusion of success of his presidency, he couldn’t care less.

rrpjr on May 19, 2010 at 9:53 PM

ObaMao has a HUGE in-house propaganda and PR machine that produces its own videos, photos, and (Axelrod, Emanuel,and Jarrett) press releases. They don’t want or need the steenking media, even if it is on its knees.

Hugo ObaMao has spoken.

onlineanalyst on May 19, 2010 at 9:55 PM

chumpThreads on May 19, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Hey . It’s one of them famous “Look!Bunnies!” trolls.
Ask for them by name.Accept no substitutes.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 19, 2010 at 9:55 PM

rrpjr on May 19, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Obviously, Obama cannot speak intelligently without writers and a teleprompter. They are doing everything possible to keep him under wraps…even though he is the leader of the U.S., he still isn’t as powerful or influential as a VP candidate.

right2bright on May 19, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Hey ChumpThreads…we are waiting for your next brilliant post…can hardly wait.

right2bright on May 19, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Can this marriage be saved?

Barack doesn’t want any reporters meddling in his affairs.

TN Mom on May 19, 2010 at 9:58 PM

The sad thing is, when Obama finally does have a press conference these same whining reporters will stand up and say:

“Mr. President, you did a great job on the oil spill, can we expect the same kind of awesome leadership when you go after that criminal governor in Arizona?”

Some things never change.

fogw on May 19, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Say, that reminds me… how IS Nashville doing anyway??

KMC1 on May 19, 2010 at 9:59 PM

The enablers are always the first ones dragged off to the killing fields…

… They have no more useful purpose.

Doesn’t anyone in our “Free and Independent Press” read the history of Marxist/Socialist Dictators…?

Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on May 19, 2010 at 10:02 PM

I don’t see it as a marriage… I see it as the LameStream Media being his wh*re and he’s stopped paying for it… I don’t feel one bit sorry for the LSM… they made their bed…lost the respect and credibility they had and now they can lie there being totally used and discarded after…

CCRWM on May 19, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Nashville is doing and the locals from the hills are going to Nashville to help. The Tea Party folks are going 60 miles up the road to help the folks in Franklin where the Harpeth runeth over.Hell with DC the folks from Davy Crockett’s home town( also the home of FRED the T) are taking care of friends and family. Glad you asked.

Col.John Wm. Reed on May 19, 2010 at 10:08 PM

The White House Video Department (Ministry of Truth) is up and running. Why has the WH press pool not been disbanded?

ROCnPhilly on May 19, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Hugo THE ObaMao has spoken.

Fixed it for you gratis!

SeniorD on May 19, 2010 at 10:13 PM

chumpThreads on May 19, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Hey . It’s one of them famous “Look!Bunnies!” trolls.
Ask for them by name.Accept no substitutes.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 19, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Oh yeah…this tool is a first class di*khead.

BigWyo on May 19, 2010 at 10:19 PM

Is the Jurassic Media falling out of love with President Transparency?

Hilarious!

jjrakman on May 19, 2010 at 10:22 PM

“Do you have any plans for a real press conference?”

Ouch. That’s gonna’ leave a mark!

Mr_Magoo on May 19, 2010 at 10:25 PM

Irritated CBS reporter to Obama: “Do you have any plans for a real press conference?”

Obama to irritated CBS reporter: “Shut up and drink your Kool Aid”

ToddonCapeCod on May 19, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Ha!! Elections have consequences.

ultracon on May 19, 2010 at 10:33 PM

“Do you have any plans for a real press conference?”

Why start now?

IrishEyes on May 19, 2010 at 10:38 PM

The media had plenty of warning from the very beginning but was to dumbstruck with love to see the warning signs. While we’re on the marriage analogy, remember when Obama visited the press room(?) after his innauguration? He wasn’t there to answer any of their questions but just to say “Hi”. It was like the bride waking up in the honeymoon suite to find her new husband sitting on the couch watching sports for the remainder of the day while ignoring her.

shick on May 19, 2010 at 10:40 PM

The most transparent adminstration evah–so transparent you can even see the emperor’s new turbin.

I wonder if Draw Mohammed Day has some pictures of Caliph Hussein with a fuse in his head.

Western_Civ on May 19, 2010 at 10:41 PM

If the President never holds another press conference, he’ll have held more than QuitterCuda did when she was vamping for VP.

chumpThreads on May 19, 2010 at 9:10 PM

So the fact that, by your contention, Obama is doing as well as a former vice presidential candidate from Alaska once did, the very woman for whom you purport to hold so much contempt, is supposed to serve as evidence that he’s doing just dandy as President of the United States?

According to you, that’s what the leader of the free world – allegedly most brilliant man to ever sit in the oval office – is expected to live up to? He’ acing the job if he’s up to par with a woman yall dismissively call “Caribou Barbie”? Really?

Wow, that bigotry of low expectations stuff sure isn’t nearly as soft as it used to be, is it.

Seriously, for someone who believes Sarah Palin’s not qualified even to be dogcatcher. it’s rather odd that you repeatedly choose her to serve as the benchmark for the performance in office of a President you supposedly admire.

One would think you secretly believed she’s a candidate for Mt. Rushmore or something the way you keep trying to brag that Obama is doing as well as she.

leilani on May 19, 2010 at 11:09 PM

Say, that reminds me… how IS Nashville doing anyway??

Can’t recall what channel I was watching Mondaynight, but the host was interviewing a man who had recently been to Nashville. The guest referenced comments made by Red Cross workers who arrived in Nashville, something to the effect that the RC had expected more work. Seems the locals had started their own clean-up and restoration efforts BEFORE the RC showed up. And where the RC would normally need to establish some basics, the locals had already taken the initiative and saved the RC quite a bit of work. Nice. Reminded me of how we used to do things in this country.

oldleprechaun on May 19, 2010 at 11:31 PM

Meh. This is like any action movie where the couple isn’t getting along, but then the arrival of the major villain/evil menace manages to bring the family back together again before the closing credits.

In this scenario, Barack Obama’s John McClane, the big media is his estranged wife in the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles and whomever the Republicans nominate in 2012 is going to end up being Hans Gruber in their eyes. Obama can treat them like dirt today; 24 months from now, you’ll never know there was ever a squabble.

jon1979 on May 19, 2010 at 9:24 PM

This is true.

Alana on May 19, 2010 at 11:47 PM

Press conferences as we’ve known them are out – permanently. First, it’s too difficult to control the questions, second, there is no fallback position if the answers get screwed up and third, it’s a level playing field. That is, everyone gets to come whether they are friends or not. Exclusive interviews are the way Obama plans to go for the rest of his administration. This way he has created a reward that he can give out to the faithful and even if the interviewer goes out of his mind and asks a tough question or a question that Obama flubs, he can put pressure post-interview to cut it out of any broadcast or report. So what’s not to like about exclusive interviews?

Fred 2 on May 20, 2010 at 12:29 AM

If they would have spent an extra $50 and bought a Maytag teleprompter, this wouldn’t have happened.

Shy Guy on May 20, 2010 at 12:30 AM

F them both.

I’m telling you, given the lapdog status of the “professional” media, if the Congress even dares to vote on a law that limits internet speech, we need to vow to remove every single effing incumbent, as a warmup to throwing out the dirtbag in the WH after that.

drunyan8315 on May 20, 2010 at 1:21 AM

There is nothing more fragile than a reporter’s ego. The turning on him has started. Be for this is all over they’ll be saying he’s worse than Nixon.

- The Cat

P.S. Forget the B-Cert where’re the missing tapes?

MirCat on May 20, 2010 at 3:30 AM

Pathetic rationalization, old school:

It’s my fault he hits me. His supper was cold, and I forgot to iron his shirt. If only he’d come back, I’d do better!

Pathetic rationalization, new school:

It’s my fault he won’t answer questions. We didn’t convince people to support the Health Care Bill, and I asked that hard question about the stimulus. If only he’d come back, I’d do better!

RegularJoe on May 20, 2010 at 4:12 AM

If this were a Republican administration, the press would really be furious. In fact, the headlines of all the media would be PRESIDENT REFUSES TO SPEAK TO THE PRESS. Obama has decided to be King of America. HIS Congress will see to that before 2012.

afotia on May 20, 2010 at 4:30 AM

They haven’t acted like real journalists, and Obama isn’t treating them like they are. They are getting what they deserve.

Maybe when they get mad enough, they will straighten up, get their sh*t together, shake off their tingles and start doing their jobs.

Chad Deckers, the lot of ‘em.

sarainitaly on May 20, 2010 at 6:28 AM

Imagine if any Repub president had gone TEN months without a press conference. The media would be wall to wall with stories against the WH and its stonewalling, its fear of the press, its abdication of responsibility, its arrogance, yada, yada, yada. But with Obama, it’s just a hushed spat. Maybe the lib media thinks its racist to criticize Obama’s lack of pressers? Maybe the lib media thinks it would be racist to demand more regular pressers from first AfAm Pres?

eaglewingz08 on May 20, 2010 at 7:20 AM

Nashville? Do they have illegal aliens there?

bloggless on May 20, 2010 at 7:57 AM

Why not call it what it really is? It’s not a press conference, it’s a press recital.

bloggless on May 20, 2010 at 7:58 AM

IN a DICTATORSHIP they government decides what and when will be said
Why should anyone be surprised ?
Do you think HUGO or CASTRO take questions for reporters to ask them how many ” enemies of teh state ” have been rounded up for re education ”
The good news is OBAMA wants complete control over teh food supply
Get the power and the food
Maybe we should all watch ” TOTAL RECALL ”
Vilos Cohaagen has a novel idea ” cut off their oxygen ”
Is that all that could be LEFT ?
LOL
HOPE N CHANGE
I hope they change this joke of an administration and QUICK
OBAMA can keep his HOPENCHANGE
The rest can cling to our bibles and guns

VIVA OBAMA SUPREME DICTATOR OF THE GLOBE !!!

ELMO Q on May 20, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Media, you wanted him…you got him

Bevan on May 20, 2010 at 3:57 PM

…as long as Obama knows that the press, despite some minor lover’s-quarrel snarking, is deeply, utterly, irreversibly, soul-sellingly pledged to the illusion of success of his presidency, he couldn’t care less.

rrpjr on May 19, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Exactly and very well said, BTW.

Extrafishy on May 20, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Press: Mr. Obama, will you still respect me in the morning?

Obama: Baby, I love you. Of course, I will respect you in the morning.

bitsy on May 20, 2010 at 4:28 PM

The lamestream media AND Obowma have always acted stupidly…..sooooooo, it must be Bush’s fault.

dthorny on May 20, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Obowma: I love me some me.

Lame stream Media: We love us some you too but not as much as we loved you in 2008.

Obowma and lame stream media: No inflated egos here, move along.

dthorny on May 20, 2010 at 4:39 PM

From a friend whose sister still works at the Kennedy Space Center.
Hi Friends:

Thought you all might like to know what the “visit” from the President to the workers at the Kennedy Space Center was really like. The day before the meeting, a 747 landed and unloaded 6 limousines and a small army of his security staff. They drove 3 miles to the building where he would be, checked it out, then turned around and drove back and got into the 747 and left. (Your tax dollars at work). The meeting was held at one of the smallest buildings on KSC.
All the staff in this building were told to stay home and not come to work.
Then only 40 guests were invited to hear him speak. ALL DIGNITARIES AND VIPS AND NOT ONE, I REPEAT NOT ONE, WORKER FROM ALL THOSE THAT WORK HANDS ON AND ACTUALLY WITH THE SHUTTLE WERE INVITED.
It was so staged and phony, it just makes my blood boil. Then that man said he wants to land on an asteroid!!!! Idiot. Here he is giving the Space Station to the Russians who want to charge us 100 million dollars per seat to fly one of our astronauts to the Space Station. Rumor now has it that the last mission also may be canceled. We really feel so bad for the workers out there, some are still raising families and have bills to pay. From the time his 747 landed to the speech given to the VIPS and return to take off was about 90 minutes.
He was in a hurry to get to Miami where Gloria Estefan was having a rally for the Cubans and fund raising for Democrats.

So there you have it. I will leave you with your own conclusions. I sure have mine.

dthorny on May 20, 2010 at 4:41 PM

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