Obama to Fox News reporter: “I didn’t know you were the spokesperson for Mitt Romney”

posted at 4:42 pm on October 13, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via Greg Hengler, here’s O “kidding” with Ed Henry by implying that he’s a hack whose network is already in the tank for the likely nominee. Is that why Henry brought Romney up in his question — as a free plug at Obama’s expense for the guy who polls best against him head to head? Or is it maybe because Obama and his team are themselves already gratuitously injecting Romney into their political messaging and planning to start campaigning against him months before the first votes in Iowa are cast?

Mitt Romney hasn’t won anything yet, but President Barack Obama’s campaign team is confident enough that Romney is the probable — if not the presumptive — Republican nominee that they have begun aiming their fire almost exclusively at him…

“The other Republicans have sucked so bad we didn’t have any choice” but begin to target Romney months before the Iowa caucuses, said a top Obama ally, who spoke on condition of anonymity…

[T]he Obama campaign, stocked with 2008 veterans, thinks Obama’s standing in the polls is too low to allow Romney free reign to trash Obama without direct pushback. Moreover, they are thrilled to jump back in the middle of a campaign and eager to go on the attack after years on defense in the besieged West Wing.

But most importantly, targeting Romney gives Obama what he’s lacked since dispatching John McCain 23 months ago: A living, breathing, deeply flawed Republican foil who liberates the president from running only on the the hope-and-change expectations of 2008, now frayed after three difficult years.

There’s why he snapped at Henry, of course. If his job approval was at 55/40, you could shoot “Mitt Romney says” spitballs at him all day and he’d simply smile magnanimously and thank Mitt once again for his inspiration on ObamaCare. At 40/53, you get this — a sort of peevish humor. If his numbers slide any further, that last shred of mirth will disintegrate and he’ll be in full “let me be clear” glower mode. In fact, you could probably plot his mood at the mention of Romney’s name against his polling on a graph and produce a straight line. Something for Nate Silver to try whenever he has some downtime, maybe.

Two clips, one the exchange with Henry and the other, via Mediaite, of Henry’s reaction after the presser.

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The smartest President we ever had.

Oil Can on October 13, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Testie

400lb Gorilla on October 13, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Pitiful small man trying to act like a President…

PatriotRider on October 13, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Could anyone really tell Romney and Obama apart based solely on their terms in office?

angryed on October 13, 2011 at 4:45 PM

I didn’t know Obama was a Hot Air commenter.

Lily on October 13, 2011 at 4:45 PM

It’s called pushing a meme. It won’t work because tea partiers control the GOP and they are all hard-of-hearing old people. They hear what they want to hear, and Romney isn’t it.

platypus on October 13, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Right Obama . . . and I didn’t know that CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post and other lesser mainstream media were your spokesmen. This guy is really losing it.

rplat on October 13, 2011 at 4:45 PM

This was such a dumb response by Barry. That was frankly a softball by Henry. All Obama had to say was that his administration took out bin Laden and al-Alwaki. Scoreboard. Next question. Instead he comes off as a short-tempered, pompous a-hole.

Doughboy on October 13, 2011 at 4:47 PM

“Listen here, Ed, you’re supposed to bow to me before asking a question.”

-PBHO

Bishop on October 13, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Naw, he’s not thin skinned.

a capella on October 13, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Wait, I just read on another thread that Romney keeps The Won awake at night.

Cindy Munford on October 13, 2011 at 4:49 PM

[T]he Obama campaign, stocked with 2008 veterans, thinks Obama’s standing in the polls is too low to allow Romney free reign to trash Obama without direct pushback.

Alex_SF on October 13, 2011 at 4:49 PM

The appropriate response to Obama.

JammieWearingFool on October 13, 2011 at 4:49 PM

^^ Politico needs to hire some writers who can write.

Alex_SF on October 13, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Translation: “All these other guys here are workin’ for me. Who the hell are you?”

Rational Thought on October 13, 2011 at 4:50 PM

I didn’t know Obama was a Hot Air commenter.

Lily on October 13, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Aha! So I guess this means you’re secretly working for the Romney campaign!

forest on October 13, 2011 at 4:50 PM

If he actually had testes he wouldn’t be so testy.

Zaggs on October 13, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Petty, petty, petty.

petefrt on October 13, 2011 at 4:50 PM

I liked the nervous laughter from the crowd.

booter on October 13, 2011 at 4:51 PM

If his numbers slide any further, that last shred of mirth will disintegrate and he’ll be in full “let me be clear” glower mode scratch his cheek with an extended middle finger.

WashJeff on October 13, 2011 at 4:51 PM

I didn’t realize you were the president. All you do is golf and whine.
Loser.

carbon_footprint on October 13, 2011 at 4:52 PM

“Shut up”, he explained.

mike_NC9 on October 13, 2011 at 4:52 PM

I bet team Romney is thrilled. A president this despised attacking anyone only serves to elevate the attackee. The hard left will hate whoever the nominee is with or without Obama’s condemnation. But to the Independants who handed Obama his victory last time, this probably makes them think more of Romney, not less.

Meh on October 13, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Could this be attributed to a teleprompter malfunction?

sheesh on October 13, 2011 at 4:56 PM

forest on October 13, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Nah I avoid the threads where Allah/Ed/Tina are accused of shilling for Romney/Palin/Christie/Perry/Cain/Gingrich/Bachmann/Hunstman/Santorum.

Wait…scratch the last two. No one has ever been accused of shilling for/mentioning Huntsman or Santorum.

Lily on October 13, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Translation: “All these other guys here are workin’ for me. Who the hell are you?”

Rational Thought on October 13, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Truth.

pambi on October 13, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Barry’s looking at Viktor Yanukovych right about now and thinking… damn, why didn’t I think of that?

Red Cloud on October 13, 2011 at 5:04 PM

I remember when he was labeled “cool” and “calm” and “intellectual”.

The good old days.

faraway on October 13, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Cracking….cracking….cracking….
petulant little man child.

HornetSting on October 13, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Obama should have just said …

“Well, that’s what Governor Romney says TODAY … let’s wait and see how many times he flips on that before I make a final response … okay?”

HondaV65 on October 13, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Has this guy ever acted like a president, or like a grown up?

Kindergarten is indignant.

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Scooter’s not doing too well at this presidential thing, is he?

kingsjester on October 13, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Barry’s looking at Viktor Yanukovych right about now and thinking… damn, why didn’t I think of that?

Red Cloud on October 13, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Note to any Republican – Skip the soup at the next White House Dinner.

teke184 on October 13, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Read this and cry at what a destructive and inept fool is your president.

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Since Rush endorsed Romney (see link) Obama knows who he will face.

hotair.com/archives/2008/02/05/rush-limbaugh-endorses-mitt-romney/

hanzblinx on October 13, 2011 at 5:13 PM

There’s why he snapped at Henry, of course. If his job approval was at 55/40, you could shoot “Mitt Romney says” spitballs at him all day and he’d simply smile magnanimously and thank Mitt once again for his inspiration on ObamaCare. At 40/53, you get this — a sort of peevish humor. If his numbers slide any further, that last shred of mirth will disintegrate and he’ll be in full “let me be clear” glower mode. In fact, you could probably plot his mood at the mention of Romney’s name against his polling on a graph and produce a straight line. Something for Nate Silver to try whenever he has some downtime, maybe.

This is Allahpundit at his stinging, snarky best.

Kudos, big fella, you apparently ate your Wheaties this morning!

fossten on October 13, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Since Rush endorsed Romney (see link) Obama knows who he will face.
hotair.com/archives/2008/02/05/rush-limbaugh-endorses-mitt-romney/
hanzblinx on October 13, 2011 at 5:13 PM

You did not listen to him today, did you, Troll?

Nice try.

kingsjester on October 13, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Scooter’s not doing too well at this presidential thing, is he?

kingsjester on October 13, 2011 at 5:12 PM

This president thingy is HARD!

HornetSting on October 13, 2011 at 5:15 PM

. . . Instead he comes off as a short-tempered, pompous a-hole.

Doughboy on October 13, 2011 at 4:47 PM

O’s just keepin it real . . .

BigAlSouth on October 13, 2011 at 5:17 PM

You did not listen to him today, did you, Troll?

You calling Rush a flip flopper? If he endorsed Romney, he endorsed Romney. And he did.

hanzblinx on October 13, 2011 at 5:18 PM

For once, Obama is right (gasp!). FNC is deep in the tank for Romney. One of many reasons I haven’t been watching much of them lately, not even Hannity is watchable.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on October 13, 2011 at 5:18 PM

You did not listen to him today, did you, Troll?

Nice try.

kingsjester on October 13, 2011 at 5:14 PM

What did Rush say about Romney today? I’m not a Romney guy, but I have been curious as to why he was acceptable to some in ’08 but isn’t now. Did he just say the choices were worse then and Romney was the least offensive choice but this time we have Cain or something?

Meh on October 13, 2011 at 5:19 PM

hanzblinx on October 13, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Don’t deceive. Only lefties are good at this.

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2011 at 5:19 PM

If he endorsed Romney, he endorsed Romney. And he did.

hanzblinx on October 13, 2011 at 5:18 PM

I was for him in 2008 too, and you may call me anything, just not to vote for him next year.

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Obama can’t pull off “tough.” He tries but it just comes off whiny.

Ampersand on October 13, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Meh on October 13, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Rush, as quoted on thehill.com:

“Romney is not a conservative. He’s not, folks. You can argue with me all day long on that, but he isn’t. What he has going for him is that he’s not Obama and that he is doing incredibly well in the debates because he’s done it a long time.

…. I’m not personally ready to settle on anybody yet — and I know that neither are most of you, and I also know that most of you do not want this over now, before we’ve even had a single primary! All we’ve had are straw votes. You know that the Republican establishment’s trying to nail this down and end it.”

kingsjester on October 13, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Don’t deceive. Only lefties are good at this.

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Ohh but I have hard evidence. You have not provided any. Please do if you’ve got some.

hotair.com/archives/2008/02/05/rush-limbaugh-endorses-mitt-romney/

hanzblinx on October 13, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Axelrod to Bammy after his presser:

“Doh! I told you that you needed to grow some testes, not grow more testy!

VelvetElvis on October 13, 2011 at 5:25 PM

All the media in that room are Obama’s personal 99%ers.

portlandon on October 13, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Barry is a nasty, thin-skinned man. Someone like Reagan would have handled this with humor. Barry tries to bite the reporter. That strategy doesn’t work so well.

obladioblada on October 13, 2011 at 5:26 PM

“I didn’t know you were the spokesperson for Mitt Romney”

Awwwwwwwwwww somebody call the douche a waaaaaaaaambulance.

Tim_CA on October 13, 2011 at 5:27 PM

kingsjester on October 13, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Interesting. The Republican establishment is definitely trying to nail this thing down and end it. Moving these primary dates (among other things) is going to have unintended consequences. I just don’t see how having our candidate set in stone a year before the election is going to help us. It will definitely help Obama though.

Meh on October 13, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Could this be attributed to a teleprompter malfunction?

sheesh on October 13, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Negatory.
Clearly a Teleprompter READER malfunction.

TOTUS will not be pleased!

VelvetElvis on October 13, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Little man in a big office.

Hening on October 13, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Says the spokesperson for George Soros.

Christien on October 13, 2011 at 5:30 PM

The Whine is transparent because his skin is that thin.

rbj on October 13, 2011 at 5:33 PM

It could be worse…

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on October 13, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Coming soon – taking an oath of allegiance to the One before the reporter is allowed to ask questions of Obama.

albill on October 13, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Sounds like somewon needs a widdle nap!

capejasmine on October 13, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Every time he talks he gets a little smaller. I think he is standing on a foot stool to see the teleprompter.

Jaibones on October 13, 2011 at 5:47 PM

This is important

Aquateen Hungerforce on October 13, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Alex_SF on October 13, 2011 at 4:49 PM

What you said. Illiterate journalists are illiterate.

Damian G. on October 13, 2011 at 5:51 PM

The appropriate response to Obama.

JammieWearingFool on October 13, 2011 at 4:49 PM

I always hated that movie. I did spend $15 on Van Halen Tickets though.

rihar on October 13, 2011 at 5:52 PM

I didn’t know Obama was a Hot Air commenter.
Lily on October 13, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Ding ding ding.

Buy Danish on October 13, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Since Rush endorsed Romney (see link) Obama knows who he will face.

hotair.com/archives/2008/02/05/rush-limbaugh-endorses-mitt-romney/

hanzblinx

Any chance you’ve glanced at a calendar lately?

Since your argument is devoid of….well, any logic, I’m guessing you’re a liberal.

xblade on October 13, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Any chance you’ve glanced at a calendar lately?

Since your argument is devoid of….well, any logic, I’m guessing you’re a liberal.

xblade on October 13, 2011 at 6:07 PM

The logic is this. If Rush endorsed Romney as the only candidate with all 3 legs of the conservative stool, Rush must be right. He’s always right. Right?

hanzblinx on October 13, 2011 at 6:14 PM

What a punk. Plain and simple.

peacenprosperity on October 13, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Here were my choices in NJ in 2008. I voted for Romney too, because by that time, it was between him and McCain.

Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
John McCain 313,459 55.36% 52
Mitt Romney 160,388 28.33% 0
Mike Huckabee 46,284 8.17% 0
Ron Paul 27,184 4.06% 0
Rudy Giuliani* 15,516 2.74% 0
Fred Thompson* 3,253 0.57% 0
Total 566,201 100% 52

Doesn’t mean I want Romney now—or then.

IrishEi on October 13, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Did it get its widdow feewings hurted?

BOO FREAKIN’ HOO!!!!!

hillbillyjim on October 13, 2011 at 6:24 PM

I didn’t know Obama was a Hot Air commenter.

Lily on October 13, 2011 at 4:45 PM

LOL. Thread winner.

Go RBNY on October 13, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Dude. Everyone is watching.

pat on October 13, 2011 at 6:53 PM

So basically Obama is signaling to the entire rest of the GOP field he’s not so much as spent one second preparing for them?

Good luck on that one, champ.

It pains me that this petty man is leader of the free world.

BKennedy on October 13, 2011 at 6:59 PM

You can take the punk out of the street, but you cant take the street out of the punk. Such a tennie weenie of a man…………

J.

JohnnyMojo on October 13, 2011 at 7:08 PM

The fix is in.

Saltysam on October 13, 2011 at 7:23 PM

You calling Rush a flip flopper? If he endorsed Romney, he endorsed Romney. And he did.

hanzblinx on October 13, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Everyone endorsed Romney as the anti-McCain. Good Lord, is your memory that bad?

It won’t work because tea partiers control the GOP and they are all hard-of-hearing old people. They hear what they want to hear …

platypus on October 13, 2011 at 4:45 PM

I’m Tea Party. I’m not old and I sure as hell am not hard of hearing. If Mitt Romney was the answer it must have been a stupid question.

The only bigger RINO in the race is Jon Huntsman, who is a RINO’s RINO.

pdigaudio on October 13, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Everyone endorsed Romney as the anti-McCain

Actually if you look at the quote Rush endorsed Romney as a full spectrum conservative. All 3 legs of the stool conservative. He did not say Mitt was the anti-McCain. You said that, not him.

Yes truth hurts I know.

hanzblinx on October 13, 2011 at 7:55 PM

23 months ago??? The Politico only wishes the 2008 election had only been 23 months ago.

RW_theoriginal on October 13, 2011 at 9:15 PM

How does anyone expect Obama to be able to handle Iran when he can’t even handle Fox News? George Bush went into the ring with the beast on numerious occasions. There were many times when you’d sit there and say, “What is he thinking?” because you just knew there was going to be nothing fair about the interview. Obama, on the other hand, can’t handle any questions that aren’t pre-screened. TOTUS just doesn’t do well under pressure, so he won’t do any interviews on Fox without a set time limit.

Ironically, the ones he’s done haven’t shown him to be all that bad,except the hosts wouldn’t let him get away with stuff like the rest of his fans in the sycophant media. I hope the Republicans call him on this and make his fear of Fox look foolish.

bflat879 on October 13, 2011 at 10:40 PM

What a bozo we have for our POTUS.

Thin skinned, narcissist, blame everyone but me. 464 days left of putting up with this self-absorbed idiot and his overeating wife.

joelj31 on October 13, 2011 at 10:48 PM

How can anyone support Barack Hussein Obama II – Barry Soetoro.

He has repeatedly demonstrated that he is a vindictive, hate filled, racist, bigoted, arrogant, condescending, jealous, envious, self centered, venemous, narcissistic, self absorbed, deceptive, dishonest, venemous, radical, insensitive, malicious person.

William2006 on October 14, 2011 at 1:50 AM

Could anyone really tell Romney and Obama apart based solely on their terms in office?

angryed on October 13, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Yes, they could.

The difference is very clear.

Conservative Samizdat on October 14, 2011 at 1:56 AM

Yes, they could.

The difference is very clear.

Conservative Samizdat on October 14, 2011 at 1:56 AM

The difference between Obama and Slobama. Other than party, not much.

SKYFOX on October 14, 2011 at 7:29 AM

I keep hearing guys from the “Big Three” speak of Romney as though he’s the “presumptive front runner” even as more than one reliable poll says otherwise.

manwithblackhat on October 14, 2011 at 8:36 AM