Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on February 4, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

If a “reset” button gets pressed in a media desert, does it make a noise? Maybe not, but the White House Correspondents Association certainly does:

The White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) sharply criticizedMr. Obama‘s decision to sign the New START nuclear-arms pact withRussia in a private Oval Office ceremony with virtually all of the press barred from the event.

The New START deal, key to Mr. Obama‘s hopes for a “reset” of troubled relations with Moscow, was one of the administration’s big victories in the closing days of December’s lame-duck session ofCongress and the first major treaty ratified by the Senate since Mr. Obama took office. …

The WHCA immediately blasted the move in a pointed letter to press secretary Robert Gibbs, pointing out that the “STARTtreaty was held up as one of the president’s most important foreign-policy priorities for almost a year.”

The WHCA also hit Mr. Obama‘s press operation for failing to provide journalists with a “substantive update” as events in Egypt unfolded Tuesday prior to Mr. Obama‘s evening remarks.

Wasn’t the treaty supposed to be one of Barack Obama’s big lame-duck-session victories?  Wasn’t its passage part of the media’s “momentum” meme that signaled a big comeback for Obama in the second half of his term?  Why, then, did Obama refuse to have video cameras present for the event?

Heck, Obama even let Joe Biden watch:

Even Democratic Vice President Joe Biden was allowed into the Oval Office on Wednesday to help witness President Obama signing the new START missile warhead reduction treaty with Russia. This is a really big deal until the next one.

The nation’s economy is obviously now in full-swing recovery mode because, as everyone knows, for this crowd creating jobs has been Job One from Day One.

So, there’s plenty of free time now for nine other Washington types to help witness the presidential signing by uselessly standing around. (If a president signs something and nobody’s officially watching, is it still really, really signed?)

Why keep the press out, especially if Biden gets in?  This is an entirely avoidable controversy, and one that reinforces the notion that the treaty isn’t a victory at all, either for Obama or the US.

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apostic on February 4, 2011 at 8:09 AM

The most transparent administration, evah!!

JimK on February 4, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Because he’s obviously ashamed

skatz51 on February 4, 2011 at 8:11 AM

and one that reinforces the notion that the treaty isn’t a victory at all, either for Obama or the US.

true and yet the blm will still herald it as the greatest thing since sliced bread during the 2012 campaign…this is a minor blip, the blm will forget about this little snafu..they’ve got a president to prop up don’cha know

cmsinaz on February 4, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Why keep the press out, especially if Biden gets in?

Sort of answers itself doesn’t it? Why would BO want the press to be around when he is with Mr FootInMouth?

OBQuiet on February 4, 2011 at 8:18 AM

What start treaty?

Skandia Recluse on February 4, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Treaties are about give and take.

We stopped the missile defense in Europe.

What did the Russians give up? It must be a lot since Obama is a master of foreign policy, much better than Palin.(rolleyes)

DavidM on February 4, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Perhaps he did a swifty and swapped the real one for the one that Russia really wanted.

OldEnglish on February 4, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Because Obama didn’t want the press to see him sign this pact with devil in his own blood.

RedRedRice on February 4, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Hot Air – why the downplaying or ignoring of Obama’s role in the current situation in the middle east. There are many, many articles out there criticizing him and yet hardly any show up here on Hot Air? Why?

albill on February 4, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Heh, BO was probably making signing statements throughout that only the Russkies could be privy to. Such a statesman!!

onlineanalyst on February 4, 2011 at 8:30 AM

There are many, many articles out there criticizing him and yet hardly any show up here on Hot Air? Why?

albill on February 4, 2011 at 8:25 AM

I would guess that all of the facts aren’t completely on the table, and Ed and Allah are pretty careful in their homework before they write for publication.

beatcanvas on February 4, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Ot: 9%

cmsinaz on February 4, 2011 at 8:32 AM

To be fair though, Biden was only there to get a presidential pen, that’s why he was jumping up and down and clapping.

Bishop on February 4, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Ot: 9%

cmsinaz on February 4, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Do you believe it? I don’t.

Key West Reader on February 4, 2011 at 8:43 AM

LameStream Media! Don’t like it? Start running the fact the this President is holding two(2) Federal Judges decisions in COMTEMPT.

That oughtta get you some attention.

FUBO. The only thing between you and pitchforks is rule of law, ignore it at your peril.

orbitalair on February 4, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Mr. President has the attitude that he can pretty much do whatever he wants and to hell with anyone who objects. All he has to do is invite the press for dinner and he’ll be in their favor again.

scalleywag on February 4, 2011 at 8:45 AM

It’s odd KWR to say the least

cmsinaz on February 4, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Tru dat scalleywag

cmsinaz on February 4, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Arrogant baastard

OmahaConservative on February 4, 2011 at 8:58 AM

The WHCA also hit Mr. Obama‘s press operation for failing to provide journalists with a “substantive update” as events in Egypt unfolded Tuesday prior to Mr. Obama‘s evening remarks.

Neither WHCA nor any of the liberal media have “got the memo” that this “leadership” is dangerously inept in foreign policy, (including the token Rose Law Firm graduate). I honestly think that when the “boy-king” made his world campaign tour, the liberal media pundits just assumed that the “approving masses” meant there was no other enlightenment necessary on the earth. The disappointment must be shaking their foundations of the progressive movement, as the reality sets in that not only is the man incapable of walking on water, his experience in leading this nation is equivalent to the radius of his golf swing—a back and forth motion that does not imply the results will be the direction desired. The liberals rolled the dice in this fixed crap game, and we are all paying for the snake-eyes.

Rovin on February 4, 2011 at 9:00 AM

….one of the administration’s big victories….

Big victories for this regime always seem to bode ill for the rest of us.

CurtZHP on February 4, 2011 at 9:10 AM

The obamateurism of the day (again) is that he didn’t resign.

Basilsbest on February 4, 2011 at 9:10 AM

…reinforces the notion that the treaty isn’t a victory at all, either for Obama or the US

Reinforces the ‘notion’, to say the least.

petefrt on February 4, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Well said rovin

cmsinaz on February 4, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Because he’s obviously ashamed

skatz51 on February 4, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Dear Liar would only be ashamed if the treaty was good for America.

rbj on February 4, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Aw shucks! I thought it would be this one today.
http://nation.foxnews.com/barack-obama/2011/02/03/obama-botches-bible-verse-prayer-breakfast
You’d think this guy would bother to pick up a bible and verify the quote. Well,this one can be saved for Monday…unless he does something else bone-headed this weekend.

mizflame98 on February 4, 2011 at 9:56 AM

cmsinaz on February 4, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Thanks cmsinaz, I thought it was rambling a bit, but I just do that to piss off the libs. Gave up long ago trying to use specifics or logic.

Rovin on February 4, 2011 at 9:57 AM

So then I am guessing by the hush hush signing of this, obama has agreed with Russia that the preamble is indeed binding and the US is now not allowed to have missile defense. And that is just A-Ok with him.

Spectreman on February 4, 2011 at 10:06 AM

mizflame98 on February 4, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Thanks for the link, mizflame98. I especially liked the following:
“The president also took time to explain how he came to know Jesus Christ through his work as a community organizer.”
Putting that one right next to my deed for oceanfront property in Nebraska.

SKYFOX on February 4, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Ok, we’re now good to go with the deep cuts to the defense budget.

Kissmygrits on February 4, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Perhaps there was no signing ceremony because Bammie couldn’t find any democratics in Congress willing to be in the pictures other than Bernie Sanders?

slickwillie2001 on February 4, 2011 at 11:06 AM

It’s the beginning of the press being locked out of more and more events. They will soon find that they are living in a totalitarian society that only postures that the pretense of a free press and they have only themselves to blame!

flytier on February 4, 2011 at 11:57 AM

This is an entirely avoidable controversy, and one that reinforces the notion that the treaty isn’t a victory at all, either for Obama or the US.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide (spelling on purpose)!

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Mr. President has the attitude that he can pretty much do whatever he wants and to hell with anyone who objects. All he has to do is invite the press for dinner and he’ll be in their favor again.

scalleywag on February 4, 2011 at 8:45 AM

All he has to do is let them out of his ars, now and then, to breathe, and they’re fine for another round.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2011 at 2:27 PM

I give him foreign policy props. Hey, I was thinking we would have run out on both wars and been producing films on their mistreatment for the GITMO guests by now. Russia hasn’t taken a shot at us in some time.

And compare The One with Vlad. Brrrr…At least we still have the US territory in one piece.

IlikedAUH2O on February 4, 2011 at 11:18 PM