Open thread: Obama’s post-election presser

posted at 12:15 pm on November 3, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama will give a rare press conference today in a few minutes, so let’s open a thread for it now.  For background on Obama’s reaction in the aftermath of electoral disaster last night, the message thus far from the White House has been “stay the course” — no changes on agenda, organization, or personnel required.  According to Politico, that approach has given rise to a fight within the administration over all three.  Speaking with current and former White House staffers but not identifying them, Glenn Thrush says the prevailing opinion is that Barack Obama “doesn’t get it”:

Some of the calls for a White House shake-up are now coming from inside the building.

Frustrated current and former West Wing staffers, speaking on condition of anonymity, told POLITICO they hoped Tuesday night’s humbling losses would convince President Barack Obama to pursue a much more sweeping fix than just the “natural” post-election churn of personnel his administration has insisted will take place. …

Obama has had weeks to brace for the worst, unlike Clinton, who was blindsided by the ’94 results. But some of Obama’s allies fear he will take Tuesday’s result too much in stride. That perception was fueled by Axelrod, who told a gathering of Democrats earlier this week that he didn’t interpret Tuesday’s expected debacle as a rejection of the president.

“I’m not sure [Obama] gets it yet,” said one person close to the president.

The picture painted by Thrush is that of a decentralized mess with too much autonomy for the inner circle.  There are no middle managers to organize and enforce policy in this picture, just a large collaboration with unclear lines of authority.  Worse, Obama himself seems cut off from the organization, at least according to former Clinton staffer Mike McCurry.

Some changes have been underway for a few weeks anyway.  The replacement of Rahm Emanuel with Pete Rouse has already set the White House on a path to tighter organization.  Other staffers have already been pushed out or are known to be on their way, like Patrick Gaspard, who will likely depart soon from his position as political director.

But the changes will mostly be based on personality rather than policy, according to the account given by Thrush, and that means the White House will have to pursue its existing policy goals through regulation rather than legislation.  Expect the EPA to get more aggressive in its CO2 endangerment findings and action plans, for instance, and the FCC to start pushing again on Net Neutrality.  That, however, carries risks of its own.  All the Democrats who went on record to back it — called “bold Democratic candidates” by NetNeutrality Protectors — failed to win their elections yesterday.

That’s the risk of being out of touch and failing to heed the voice of the electorate.  And Obama appears ready to keep making that mistake all the way to 2012.


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IndieDogg on November 3, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Take them to Best Buy, they will give you a ten dollar gift certificate.

Cindy Munford on November 3, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Anyone know why the Obama girls and Michelle are going on this 2 billion dollar trip to visit a Mosque in Indonesia? Does daddy want to show them where he grew up? Glad we are footing the bill for their happy family memories./

txmomof6 on November 3, 2010 at 2:41 PM

He is a moron, and the people who voted for him are also morons. He will never get it. It disgusts me to think about all the perks he will get after we throw him out in 2012.

ultracon on November 3, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Move to the center? He don’t need no move to the center.

Berri got everything he needed from his beyond-corrupt Congress when he got obamacare. Everything else he got was icing. If not completely defunded/dismantled, that alone will take the nation down. More than glad to hear John Boehner say as much this morning. See it through, John.

berri’s next 24 months will be end-running the Capitol Building; ordering his minions of shadow govt czars and regulators to ramp into even higher gear (wow, a car metaphor) while he abuses the executive order powers for all they are worth and ignores the law (as in the GM/Chrysler bond-holder theft and ignoring judicial decisions such as the one that said he could not ban drilling in the Gulf, based on his fraudulent “report”.)

This is also going to define Boehner and this House. It’s up to them to stop this. Start by pulling every “czar” out of their rathole by the hair and kicking them to the curb. That’s just for starters, mind you. Every regulation that is legislation in disguise must be voided and of course, obama’s crimes, which are legion, (and if the fairytale were to come true), would lead to some very pretty articles of impeachment. They have the power – let them proceed with all haste.

tigerlily on November 3, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Does anyone know where you take teleprompters for recycling?

I’d hate to just throw them all in a landfill in 2 years. Just thinking ahead.

IndieDogg on November 3, 2010 at 2:36 PM

They can go into Bammie’s pursedential liberry, probably somewhere in the hellhole that is Chicago.

slickwillie2001 on November 3, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Shep Smith seems to think that Obama is deeply wounded over the losses of some many Democratic public servants. Fox’s Mike Emanuel (sp?) seemed to agree.

Did those two watch and listen to the same presser that I did? Obama couldn’t care less.

BuckeyeSam on November 3, 2010 at 3:14 PM

txmomof6 on November 3, 2010 at 2:41 PM

I’ve yet to hear a reason for the trip to India. King ODumbAss just wants an all expenses paid vacation there. There is no diplomatic reason, or the harridan could have handled it when she was there.

dogsoldier on November 3, 2010 at 3:17 PM

txmomof6 on November 3, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Here is your answer, according to a press source in India:

FTA:”Obamas wanted to celebrate Diwali in India
Press Trust of India, Updated: November 03, 2010 11:38 IST

Washington: Barack Obama, who became the first US president to personally celebrate Diwali in the historic East Room in 2009, wanted to “specifically” celebrate the festival of lights with Indians, the White House has said.

“He (Obama) specifically wanted to have an opportunity to celebrate Diwali and to do so with the Indian people, getting beyond simply his official business,” Jeff Bader, Senior Director for Asia Affairs at the National Security Council, White House, said”

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/obamas-wanted-to-celebrate-diwali-in-india-64177?pfrom=Namaste,-Obama

As far as I can find he has no or little ‘official’ business there and certainly none that Haillary could not handle.

dogsoldier on November 3, 2010 at 3:26 PM

I’m not convinced yet.

Cindy Munford on November 3, 2010 at 2:38 PM

LoL!..Let’s hope so!..:)

Dire Straits on November 3, 2010 at 3:29 PM

The One says he wants to work with Republicans to bring down the deficit and get things done? Ha!! He’ll work with them if they do what he wants them to do! What a lying schmuck this guy is!! The sad thing is that many gullible citizens in this Country actually believe him, so they are willing to go along with whatever he says.

As far as I’m concerned, he’s aware of how he and this Congress have ruined the Country with their deficit spending and socialist programs, and they’re doing it on purpose. The only way this is going to end is for Obama to get thrown out of office, and until then it will be a major fight, because they will never give up on their liberal agenda. Never.

Susanboo on November 3, 2010 at 3:48 PM

If I don’t admit it exists, it can’t be true!

Reminds me of a kid who thinks no one can see him because he has his hands over his eyes and can’t see himself.

ConDem on November 3, 2010 at 3:48 PM

I’ve yet to hear a reason for the trip to India.

dogsoldier on November 3, 2010 at 3:17 PM

I won?

Run up the debt? (200 million a day)

Good Indian food?

Take in some Bollywood flicks?

darwin on November 3, 2010 at 3:59 PM

I want to know who the 3,000 people are that he is taking with him at our expense. What the hell is dewali anyway, and why should he be spending this ungodly sum on a lark? He needs to be held accountable for this.

silvernana on November 3, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Perhaps someone can explain this to me, but I have a strong suspicion that the Dewali has very little to do with the location but, rather, with the content.

Just as a prayer in any religion has more to do with what is in the heart than whether it’s offered up on a mountaintop, or in a gutter.

Very typical of this man. A stress on form and surface rather than substance and depth.

IndieDogg on November 3, 2010 at 4:15 PM

If Barack wanted to celebrate Diwali with Indians, there are plenty of Indians and Hindu temples in America. And it wouldn’t cost $200 million smackers a day. And they’d be very cordial and polite in welcoming him.

RebeccaH on November 3, 2010 at 4:32 PM

We will continue to be at war with President Jerk until we boot him out. He will have a new insult to our great United States and its economy every day. He intends to destroy it, and we intend to resist.

GaltBlvnAtty on November 3, 2010 at 4:34 PM

just got back from jury duty…can someone give him a quick overview?

cmsinaz on November 3, 2010 at 4:35 PM

I think the reason for the lack of middle managers is there is no one to bridge the gap between Obama’s co-dependent inner circle and the outer circle of those who have a clue about reality.

INC on November 3, 2010 at 12:45 PM

There is the obvious reason for that. Obama is only to be trotted out to read from teleprompter. And that had to be kept strictly contained within the inner-most circle.

Sir Napsalot on November 3, 2010 at 4:37 PM

him = me….need food

cmsinaz on November 3, 2010 at 4:39 PM

I missed this today. So, how many new references of violence against his “enemies” did he use? Like, you know, “hand to hand combat, they bring a knife, we’ll bring a gun” stuff like that.

JellyToast on November 3, 2010 at 4:45 PM

I want to know who the 3,000 people are that he is taking with him at our expense. What the hell is dewali anyway, and why should he be spending this ungodly sum on a lark? He needs to be held accountable for this.

silvernana on November 3, 2010 at 4:08 PM

I’m pretty sure they could build their own personal Indian temple whereever they wanted for the sum of 2 billion dollars. Then at least they could celebrate Diwali (sp?) there more than once.

txmomof6 on November 3, 2010 at 4:54 PM

I missed this today. So, how many new references of violence against his “enemies” did he use? Like, you know, “hand to hand combat, they bring a knife, we’ll bring a gun” stuff like that.

JellyToast on November 3, 2010 at 4:45 PM

To sum up…

The election was clearly a call for everyone to work together to get my policies in place to save us from the disaster I inherited.

Electric cars are going to save us all.

Oh and we all know That I Am The President.

And Jake Tapper got “the finger” cheek scratch.

Lily on November 3, 2010 at 5:02 PM

And Jake Tapper got “the finger” cheek scratch.

Lily on November 3, 2010 at 5:02 PM

I look forward to the day when most of the White House Press Corpse gives him the finger right back. Let’s hope Republicans do at the State of Obamanation as well.

slickwillie2001 on November 3, 2010 at 5:54 PM

I’m pretty sure they could build their own personal Indian temple whereever they wanted for the sum of 2 billion dollars. Then at least they could celebrate Diwali (sp?) there more than once.

txmomof6 on November 3, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Is there a confirmation somewhere that this trip to India is going to cost TWO BILLION DOLLARS???

The total cost of Iraq operations in 2008 was $140 billion.
That comes to 2.6 Billion dollars per day to prosecute
A WAR.

If it is true that obama is going to spend on a vacation about what it costs per day to fund THE IRAQ WAR then something is wrong, so very, very, wrong.

It’s hard to know where to begin – except the guilty larcenist is as usual, obama, and he. must. be. stopped.

tigerlily on November 3, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Listening to the MSM today I got the impression that the Republicans suffered a big defeat yesterday and will have to compromise with Obama and Reid.

That’s the way they say it.

Dhuka on November 3, 2010 at 8:00 PM

I guess he is so stressed that he needsa another $200 million a day vacation with 2500 of his close friends (maybe the only libtards left who still like him)

txdoc on November 3, 2010 at 8:13 PM

First order of business in January..

Where’s The Birth Certificate?

That should start things off on the right note.

txdoc on November 3, 2010 at 8:15 PM

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