Open thread: Obama’s press conference

posted at 12:15 pm on March 6, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Today, while we wait for the Super Tuesday results to start rolling in, President Obama will provide a bit of a side-show with his first open press conference of the year at 1 p.m. (I leave it to the assembled masses to determine whether or not it was a calculated maneuver to do this on the same day as such a huge primary battle when the press is scattered across the nation.) As The Hill notes, the generally Obama-friendly media has been feeling a bit shut out of late.

Obama has recently received criticism from the press for only making himself available through less traditional formats.

In January, Obama took questions through YouTube in his “first completely virtual interview,” while participating in a Google+ “hangout.” The event was part of a broader strategy by the White House to connect with voters while circumventing traditional news media.

In recent months, Obama has hand-picked social media networks like Facebook and Twitter to relay his message on a variety of issues, holding town-hall meetings on both and participating in a third with LinkedIn…

Some members of the media have been critical of the new approach.

“I worry sometimes that the administration subverts the Wild West appeal of new media by rather scrupulously scrubbing and screening questions — like they have done in various new-media town-hall settings,” said Julie Mason, a talk show host on Sirius-XM and veteran White House correspondent who also serves on the board of the White House Correspondents’ Association.

So what topics with the Campaigner in Chief be hitting? Well, the big AIPAC speech, of course. But that will tie into other foreign policy questions such as what, if anything, he plans to do about Iran. But he’ll hit some domestic issues as well. He’ll be rolling out his new housing plan.

President Barack Obama is aiming mortgage relief at members of the military as well as homeowners with government-insured loans, the administration’s latest efforts to address a persistent housing crisis.

In his first full news conference of the year Tuesday, Obama was to announce plans to let borrowers with mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration refinance at lower rates, saving the average homeowner more than $1,000 a year. Obama also was detailing an agreement with major lenders to compensate service members and veterans who were wrongfully foreclosed upon or denied lower interest rates.

What could possibly go wrong? You are cordially invited to tune in for the presser and submit your own observations. I’ll bring the popcorn, which will be considerably cheaper than the stuff at the movie theater.


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Never. I would destroy my ears, site and brain.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Malignant Narcissist

kirkill on March 6, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Well thank-you for the invitation. But could you serve Pepto-Bismol instead? Promise I won’t sue.

LetsBfrank on March 6, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Nothing more than a tax payer funded campaign event…

All Hail!

dmann on March 6, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I will let y’all listen to this ‘nose in the air’ bho! I can’t stand to look at or hear his voice. Thank you! I’ll just read the comments.
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letget on March 6, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Pay attention to meeeeeeeeee!

Tim_CA on March 6, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I hope he brings Fluke with him, not that I’d subject my eyes to it.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2012 at 12:15 PM

No thanks.. Hurts my head.. To busy emailing the sponsors who have pulled their ads from Rush’s show.

reshas1 on March 6, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Will he talk about green energy…..in particular, the Volt?

a capella on March 6, 2012 at 12:16 PM

He’s going to explain why Nan and Reeeeeid can’t have any of his stash.

NapaConservative on March 6, 2012 at 12:16 PM

He will announce that Michelle and he will adopt Sandra Fluke into the family.

Among other things…

SteveMG on March 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Will someone in the media ask him about an apology for the victims of the Fast and Furious scandal?

Chip on March 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM

“Mr. President, why do you think the GOP wants to ban contrception?”

WashJeff on March 6, 2012 at 12:18 PM

I’m pretty sure all they will ask him about is what’s her face with the contraception problem. How is she bearing up? Have you talked to her today? That is, if there are any questions at all.

Night Owl on March 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM

He speaks…..and his WAR ON LIBERTY gets new marching orders.

God help us survive his Presidency.

PappyD61 on March 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Jazz, softball questions and nothing else

Tapper & Henry our best bets for a decent question

cmsinaz on March 6, 2012 at 12:21 PM

It is too early in the day to watch porn act of the MSM.

galtani on March 6, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Wonder if bho will mention Rush by name if he gets a question on that gal who needs others to pay for her bc?
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letget on March 6, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I’ll be listening to Rush.

ORconservative on March 6, 2012 at 12:21 PM

…..”I got Bin Laden”.

Tater Salad on March 6, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I guess the contraception distraction isn’t working. Time to invent a new one (and what better way than to dictate it directly to the press).

nobar on March 6, 2012 at 12:22 PM

What’s the over-under on him being late.

CurtZHP on March 6, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I’m betting the WH press gaggle have their knives sharpened for a public figure. No, not him.

a capella on March 6, 2012 at 12:22 PM

…..”I got Bin Laden”.

Tater Salad on March 6, 2012 at 12:22 PM

That is all our dear El Presidente Downgrade has an accomplishment – really pathetic for them isn’t it?

Chip on March 6, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Don’t bet on gasoline prices coming up.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I am betting on them GOING up

NoFanofLibs on March 6, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Don’t bet on gasoline prices coming up.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Let’s make homes more affordable! Home ownership is an American right! Let’s force the banks to make these loans!

Bill Clinton tried that, it led to subprime mortgages as a coping mechanism, which in turn led to the financial crisis and our current economy.

But things will different this time. Positive.

Blacksoda on March 6, 2012 at 12:25 PM

First question: “Mr. President, wasn’t Rush mean to Sandra Fluke.”

Second question: “Mr. President, will you be appointing Ms. Fluke as your new Mandatory Coverage for Gender Reassignment Czar when she graduates in May.”

BuckeyeSam on March 6, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Do you folks have jobs? Every second it’s Obama this Obama that? Jeez man.

Uppereastside on March 6, 2012 at 12:25 PM

How many times will he say “C’mon guys…” when a reporter MiniTrue sychophant wanders off message?

drunyan8315 on March 6, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Let me sum up Obowma’s press conference using the Hot Air Time Warp thingy…

“War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…! War on Women…!”

… Thank you!

Seven Percent Solution on March 6, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Will stay with Rush on this one….cannot stomach him and his lies

cmsinaz on March 6, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Here it is in a few seconds. Everything is fine and everything that is wrong is the Republicans fault. Obama is going to make a surprise announcement, he will be naming Bill Clinton Contraception Czar for if there is one guy who knows about unwanted pregnancies it is Bill Clinton.

Smedley on March 6, 2012 at 12:27 PM

“Because of my lovely daughters, nothing is as important to me as women’s health. While there is breath in my body, I will fight to keep the evil Republicans from banning birth control and selling women as property. I will also prevent the evil Republicans from pushing grandmothers off cliffs in wheelchairs. If you do not re-elect me in November, this is the terrible fate that awaits you. Thank you for your attention.”

talkingpoints on March 6, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Contraception = a woman’s reproductive health. Today it becomes fact a campaign slogan.

a capella on March 6, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I’d rather my daughter be punished with a child than watch the Messiah spew his nonsense.

WordsMatter on March 6, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Let’s make it a drinking game. Drink whenever he’s asked about:

1. Fast and Furious
2. Solyndra
3. Light Squared
4. Chevy Volt
5. Keystone Pipeline
6. Why he didn’t contact Sarah Palin when Bill Maher called her a c*nt
7. Why he didn’t contact Michelle Bachmann when Jimmy Fallon plays a “lyin’ ass b*tch” song to introduce her
8. Why he didn’t contact Laura Ingraham when Ed Schultz called her a “talk sl*t”
9. Why he didn’t contact Michelle Malkin when Olberman called her “a mashed up bag of meat”.

No need to bring drinks, we’ll all stay sober…

kirkill on March 6, 2012 at 12:29 PM

No “Drinking Game” for this one folks…

… saving it for this evenings Super Tuesday results.

Seven Percent Solution on March 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

The $85 bucks a month in mortgage savings doesnt compensate for the additional $125 a month in gas.

Odie1941 on March 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Its time for…….. count the “I’s”

dmann on March 6, 2012 at 12:32 PM

while circumventing traditional news media.

Ha!
More like complementing. The excerpt makes it sound like he’s trying to avoid confrontatin with traditional news media. As if…

freedomfirst on March 6, 2012 at 12:32 PM

$1000/year savings?

That could be piled right into their daughter’s contraception need..er wants.

jukin3 on March 6, 2012 at 12:32 PM

…..”I got Bin Laden”.

Tater Salad on March 6, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Would you believe -”I made a decision to not stop the plan put into place by President George W. Bush to find and kill OBL”?

slickwillie2001 on March 6, 2012 at 12:33 PM

No thanks, I have a hangover and a bad headache and will be heading out for a root canal.

JPeterman on March 6, 2012 at 12:34 PM

I can’t watch this for the same reason I won’t watch married people in their own bedroom.

MaxMBJ on March 6, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Do you folks have jobs? Every second it’s Obama this Obama that? Jeez man.

Uppereastside on March 6, 2012 at 12:25 PM

He’s destroying the country. Is that not important?

kirkill on March 6, 2012 at 12:34 PM

All that is good, I have done.

All that is bad, other mean people (the R-words and Bush) have done.

jukin3 on March 6, 2012 at 12:34 PM

I hope someone asks him if this mortgage stupid shi* is the program where you refinanace but you pay PMI for the life of the loan.

ORconservative on March 6, 2012 at 12:34 PM

I’ll pass on the presser because I can give the re-cap before it ever happens.

1. Obama gives a speech filled with class warfare rhetoric that announces stuff that has already been leaked to the press by senior administration officials.

2. Media asks pandering questions. If an awkward issue arises Obama says something like “Let me answer your question this way…” and goes about with a series of vague platitudes that may or may not be relevant to the question.

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2012 at 12:34 PM

…..”I got Bin Laden”.
Tater Salad on March 6, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Big deal. He tries to make the biggest no-brainer decision imaginable into some kind of profile in courage or something. It’s like bragging that you decided to cash in your winning lottery ticket.

tommyboy on March 6, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Let’s make it a drinking game. Drink whenever he’s asked about:

1. Fast and Furious
2. Solyndra
3. Light Squared
4. Chevy Volt
5. Keystone Pipeline
6. Why he didn’t contact Sarah Palin when Bill Maher called her a c*nt
7. Why he didn’t contact Michelle Bachmann when Jimmy Fallon plays a “lyin’ ass b*tch” song to introduce her
8. Why he didn’t contact Laura Ingraham when Ed Schultz called her a “talk sl*t”
9. Why he didn’t contact Michelle Malkin when Olberman called her “a mashed up bag of meat”.

No need to bring drinks, we’ll all stay sober…

kirkill on March 6, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Excellent!

Roy Rogers on March 6, 2012 at 12:35 PM

I want to know if Obama has ever called anyone a slut. This seems to be an important word this week.

stevezilla on March 6, 2012 at 12:35 PM

the lsm is just giddy that dear leader is holding his presser today of all days…he is so awesome!!!

bleh

cmsinaz on March 6, 2012 at 12:35 PM

I love women. Women have been one othe the best parts of my life. As far as 0′s speech, I’ll pass.

Bmore on March 6, 2012 at 12:36 PM

“If I’m reelected there will be a lobster tail in every pot, a Chevy Volt in every garage, and a pack of condoms in every nightstand drawer. Thank you and god bless me.”

-PBHO

Bishop on March 6, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Has America’s Sugar Daddy found a way to force evil theater owners to give away popcorn?

MNHawk on March 6, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Let me save you all the trouble. This is what he is going to say:

Lie, lie and lie…lie some more, lie again and again, another lie. Lie, I lied, I am lying now and am about to lie again. Let be me clear with my lies. Lies, lie, lie and some more lies. Lie. I am lying to you in your face lie…sprinkle of truth.. I like big lies and I cannot lie, but I am. Haha, no one will check my lies but you dumb wingnuts, lol.

On and on for the entire time…

Alinsky on March 6, 2012 at 12:37 PM

No need to bring drinks, we’ll all stay sober…

kirkill on March 6, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I do believe you’ve invented the work safe drinking game.

Excellent!

MNHawk on March 6, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Obama will provide a bit of a side-show with his first open press conference of the year at 1 p.m.

Which in Obama time is more like 1:30ish. The man is ruder than Clinton when it comes to being disrespectful of others time. If Obama actually shows up on time that means things are more desperate behind the scenes than they would have us believe as they make unfounded claims about a roaring recovery, plummeting unemployment, and 2008-like excitement among the Democrat base for giving Obama another four years.

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Has America’s Sugar Daddy found a way to force evil theater owners to give away popcorn?

MNHawk on March 6, 2012 at 12:36 PM

3.5 of 5 Occupiers would rather trash a McDonalds for free McGimmees.

Roy Rogers on March 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

It would be better if the press would sigh and moan audibly each time their boyfriend uttered a syllable. Perhaps if Norah O’Donnell went into a pleasure-induced seizure it would make an Obama presser more endurable. Or maybe if there was some way to show, through infrared cameras or xrays or something, tingles moving up and down the press’s collective leg, maybe then I could watch.

MaxMBJ on March 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Let’s make it a drinking game. Drink whenever he’s asked about:

1. Fast and Furious
2. Solyndra
3. Light Squared
4. Chevy Volt
5. Keystone Pipeline
6. Why he didn’t contact Sarah Palin when Bill Maher called her a c*nt
7. Why he didn’t contact Michelle Bachmann when Jimmy Fallon plays a “lyin’ ass b*tch” song to introduce her
8. Why he didn’t contact Laura Ingraham when Ed Schultz called her a “talk sl*t”
9. Why he didn’t contact Michelle Malkin when Olberman called her “a mashed up bag of meat”.

No need to bring drinks, we’ll all stay sober…

kirkill on March 6, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Okay, later-day Carrie Nation, why are you perpetrating a war on booze? :-)

Chip on March 6, 2012 at 12:39 PM

He’s not allowed on my TV nor radio nor Computer. Enough said.
Busy today, getting ready to vote and listening to Rush!!

Time would be better spent reading Jeffrey Lord’s article on American Spectator about the Sponsors that got righteous overnight.
I read all of it last night and know more than I did yesterday.

It’s in the Green Room also.

It would make Breitbart proud!! You’ll see why the Sponsors pulled out.

bluefox on March 6, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Why should I listen to MORE lies from that scum sucking pig?

Vntnrse on March 6, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Nope, I’ll have Rush on every electronic device in my home and car.

ctmom on March 6, 2012 at 12:42 PM

It’s like bragging that you decided to cash in your winning lottery ticket.

tommyboy on March 6, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Mind if I borrow that one?

CycloneCDB on March 6, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Big deal. He tries to make the biggest no-brainer decision imaginable into some kind of profile in courage or something. It’s like bragging that you decided to cash in your winning lottery ticket.

tommyboy on March 6, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Hey! Give the man credit where credit is due. On the day that Bin Ladin was killed, Obama only played nine holes of golf at Fort Belvior. And it was a Saturday.

With such sacrifice, it is small wonder that Obama runs around as if he personally led SEAL Team Six into combat. Because in his mind he did.

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Unlike Pinocchio, when he told a lie his nose got bigger, when Obamasatan tells a lie his ears get bigger. Hopefully, they’ll get so big he’ll fly away!

Danielvito on March 6, 2012 at 12:47 PM

President Obama will provide a bit of a side-show with his first open press conference of the year at 1 p.m.

Good to see he’s getting up early today.

Lost in Jersey on March 6, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Mr. Obama, do you think ABC should apologize for its new show, “Good Christian B!tches,” now renamed to “GCB” as a smear on Christians?

Would you critcize a show called “GJB” or “GMB”?

Wethal on March 6, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Upperidiotside
Does being indepently wealthy work for you? Does help in freeing up time to comment here after all. Plus, why are you here? Unemployed? Probably.

Bmore on March 6, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Plus, why are you here? Unemployed? Probably.

Bmore on March 6, 2012 at 12:48 PM

I thought we were at full employment…the economy has recovered, hasn’t it?

CycloneCDB on March 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Okay, later-day Carrie Nation…

Chip on March 6, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Wait, Latter Day? I thought she was Disciples of Christ.

de rigueur on March 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Should have written “sight” in first post.

————–
DOW down nearly 200

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Somewhat OT, but…

I think it is time to adopt a tactic of the opposition.

Time to introduce a new term into the lexicon. I rarely have occasion to make a comment about anyone who is arguably a slut, a whore or prostitute. But going forward, if the occasion arises, I will refer to the tramp as a fluke.

novaculus on March 6, 2012 at 12:54 PM

“Remember when I killed them Somali pirates”…

hillsoftx on March 6, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Some members of the media have been critical of the new approach.

You all love me, you all voted for me….
/bho.

ted c on March 6, 2012 at 12:56 PM

if the occasion arises, I will refer to the tramp as a fluke.

novaculus on March 6, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Coin this

NO more Flucks

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Are we taking bets on whether he will be on time or not?

sandee on March 6, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Let’s make homes more affordable! Home ownership is an American right! Let’s force the banks to make these loans!

Are you joking?! Banks were falling over themselves to make these loans, and then collaterlize them, and then leverage those bonds.

Banks bought mortgage origination companies to get more of that business.

inklake on March 6, 2012 at 12:58 PM

No thanks. I can’t stand to hear this ——-’s voice any longer. I would rather have a monkey rip off my face thant listening to this one.

rjulio on March 6, 2012 at 12:59 PM

President Sibilant Esses is about to sssssssssssssspeak.

SlaveDog on March 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM

1:15 I just heard

cmsinaz on March 6, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Really…does he have anything to fear from his press fan club?

It’s not like there is such a thing as bad fellatio.

Press corps- get your knee pads ready.

Marcus Traianus on March 6, 2012 at 1:02 PM

1:15 I just heard

cmsinaz on March 6, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Getting to work on time is HARD!

CycloneCDB on March 6, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Cyclone, indeed

cmsinaz on March 6, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Cyclone, indeed

cmsinaz on March 6, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Seriously – America should fire this guy based on his attendance record alone!

CycloneCDB on March 6, 2012 at 1:08 PM

How sad is it that the mere sound of our president’s voice makes me cringe? Did our parents feel that way about Nixon or Carter? I hear him speak and my blood pressure shoots up. Once upon a time the office of the president was respected and occupied by honorable men. Those days are long gone.

I would rather chew broken glass than listen to President Obama speak. Yet a significant percentage of Americans think he is still teh awes0me.

TheLoudTalker on March 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM

CycloneCDB on March 6, 2012 at 1:05 PM

bho seems to have his face on the tube anytime Rush is on! I wish Bibi, if he is still here, would have a news conference someplace at the same time! Can you bet Bibi would have gobs more viewers?
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letget on March 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Can you bet Bibi would have gobs more viewers?
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letget on March 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I could listen to that guy speak all day long.

CycloneCDB on March 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Never. I would destroy my ears, site and brain.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2012 at 12:14 PM

For those who do, now, live:
http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN2/

Paul-Cincy on March 6, 2012 at 1:14 PM

1:15 I just heard

cmsinaz on March 6, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Obama is speaking now.

Paul-Cincy on March 6, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Amb Gillerman On Fox, Whitehouse has decided they don’t really, really care about Israel ,they want to “talk with Iran”!

lisa fox on March 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM

3.7M new jobs in last 2 years … auto industry is back. Economy is getting stronger. I have a tee time at 2pm. Any questions.

Paul-Cincy on March 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM

… Thank you!

Seven Percent Solution on March 6, 2012 at 12:26 PM

…thought you were Jailbreak there for a minute!
Drinking game tonight?
(I have to leave this thread now…have to take a long sh!t, while sh!thead is speeching!)

KOOLAID2 on March 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM

So has he showed yet?

sandee on March 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Ask him about this.

“Mr. President, what does Baraka mean?”

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Obama, giving away a lot of free stuff so far. Without any need for Congressional action. Making banks give away money. Why go after the banks? Because that’s where the money is.

Paul-Cincy on March 6, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Same crap…different day…from Obama

Electrongod on March 6, 2012 at 1:20 PM

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