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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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

No, Ms. Fluke will become the new Copulation Czar, or perhaps the new Fornication Czar, or perhaps the new Felatio Czar, or perhaps the new Sodomy Czar…

Heck, given her pronouncements, she can handle all of those things on a part time basis and still have time to teach the little kiddies about the joys of abortion.

And there will be no apology forthcoming from me for my statement. I don’t care how many of my sponsors defect! :)

turfmann on March 6, 2012 at 1:20 PM

I just started listening and heard “The One” say “wrongly” 3 times. Who is he blaming now? I know it’s not himself.

dirtseller on March 6, 2012 at 1:21 PM

THIS SON OF A BITCH WILL TALK FOR THE FIRST 40 MINUTES AND OH NOW HE TAKES QUESTIONS
WHAT AN F UP

Delsa on March 6, 2012 at 1:21 PM

LMFAO….”Acted Responsibly”

Tim_CA on March 6, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Holy crap. My comment jumped from the 2nd page to the 1st page!

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

Paul-Cincy on March 6, 2012 at 1:21 PM

I just started listening and heard “The One” say “wrongly” 3 times. Who is he blaming now? I know it’s not himself.

dirtseller on March 6, 2012 at 1:21 PM

“unscrupulous banks”

Paul-Cincy on March 6, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Syria…this should be good

Tim_CA on March 6, 2012 at 1:22 PM

I never listen to BHO’s speeches. The mute button gets a workout! The only speech I’m interested in is his concession speech this November.

KCsecurity1976 on March 6, 2012 at 1:22 PM

In January, Obama took questions through YouTube in his “first completely virtual interview

Completely virtual president gives completely virtual interview.

Perfectly appropriate.

UltimateBob on March 6, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Obumbles is just so far over his head that it hurts to watch.

Tim_CA on March 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

The only speech I’m interested in is his concession speech this November.

KCsecurity1976 on March 6, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Kicking and screaming.

Kicking.
And.
Screaming.

CycloneCDB on March 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

WHAAAAAAAAAAH Repubs make fun of me!

Tim_CA on March 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Good grief, can he stall any longer?

jintrabar on March 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Answer to question 1 starts at 10:22. I’m guessing 8-10 minute answer.

dirtseller on March 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

“Bluster and Bigtalk”

Pot meet kettle.

Tim_CA on March 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Strawman always gets the blame

cmsinaz on March 6, 2012 at 1:26 PM

FLUKE WILL BE THE LESBIAN CZAR
SHE WILL BE THE PRESIDENTS QUICK SEX CHANGE ARTIST!
HE IS AN ASS AND SO IS SHE

Delsa on March 6, 2012 at 1:26 PM

His answers take 40 minutes. the press will be lucky to get 4 questions in.
i AM LAUGHING AT THIS CREEP. THEN I TURN HIM OFF. CAN’T STAND HIS VOICE

Delsa on March 6, 2012 at 1:26 PM

How does an ego that large fit behind such a small podium?

dirtseller on March 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

“Some of these folks”. Strawman argument again.

Doughboy on March 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

We’re screwed…

Only the Commander-in-chief know everything….
No one else knows anything..

Repubs…no need to campaign….you know nothing.

Electrongod on March 6, 2012 at 1:27 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 I bless Me.”

There…FIFY.

Battlecruiser-operational on March 6, 2012 at 1:28 PM

You would think straw producers would be bustling right now. He is trying to revive the entire economy based on hyper-production of straw.

CycloneCDB on March 6, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Is anyone watching?

sandee on March 6, 2012 at 1:29 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

Employment-Population Ratio Correlated with Political Party of Majority Control

2007-2012: (D)emocrat majority (D)rives into ditch and stays there.

What do we need?

Election results so strong in November 2012 that we can start 2013 off right and…

… in 2013: (R)epublicans (R)everse to get back out of the ditch.

(R)everse and (R)epeal Obamacare.

(R)everse and (R)epeal Dodd-Frank.

(R)everse and (R)epeal the Community Reinvestment Act.

Any questions?

ITguy on March 6, 2012 at 1:29 PM

*Fingers in my ears* lalalalalalalalalalalalalala I can’t hear you.

jintrabar on March 6, 2012 at 1:29 PM

he comes off as an effete milquetoast.

Tim_CA on March 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

How does an ego that large fit behind such a small podium?

dirtseller on March 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Inflatable ears.

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Obama speaks, Dow drops 200 points.

fogw on March 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Isreal!!

Tim_CA on March 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Libiya doesn’t ring a bell

cmsinaz on March 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Not wanting to listen to or watch Obama transcends humans too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XivhwO_zWWg

moo on March 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

On an “Open thread” I’m getting a “You’re posting to quickly” error?

Um…ok.

Tim_CA on March 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Is anyone watching?

sandee on March 6, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I’m watching at work in between phone calls. I figure he’s only gonna take 5 or 6 questions total anyway.

Doughboy on March 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

No, Ms. Fluke will become the new Copulation Czar, or perhaps the new Fornication Czar, or perhaps the new Felatio Czar, or perhaps the new Sodomy Czar…

turfmann on March 6, 2012 at 1:20 PM

No, since fell@tio and s0domy don’t require birth control, 0vomit will put someone else in charge of those functions.

BTW, and slightly off topic, who does that chick’s hair? It’s freaking hideous. She looks like she hasn’t shampooed in about a week and just rolled out of bed.

UltimateBob on March 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Obama: “the notion that to solve every one of these problems is to deploy our military …”

Typical Obama strawman argument that no one, NO ONE, is making. How can he continue to say such stupid, juvenile, illogical things, without people calling him out on it? He’s ridiculous. When he says such things, he comes across as a clown.

Paul-Cincy on March 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM

He’ll be rolling out his new housing plan.

Here’s a wild guess: this program will entail reaching into taxpayers’ pockets to help Barry/Baraka get more votes in November.

AZCoyote on March 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Obama:

“Israel, I’ve got [a knife at] your back!”

ITguy on March 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM

“We’ve got isreal’s back….what does that mean”?

Tim_CA on March 6, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Damn – once again about 90 seconds into his prepared statement it became obvious he was not going to resign so I lost all interest in what he had to say.

NeoDawg on March 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Heh.

Nothing new today.

Tim_CA on March 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Damn – once again about 90 seconds into his prepared statement it became obvious he was not going to resign so I lost all interest in what he had to say.

NeoDawg on March 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM

LOL!

sandee on March 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM

The first 3 questions are about the Middle East. Was the press corps(e) instructed to only ask about foreign policy?

Doughboy on March 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

No, Ms. Fluke will become the new Copulation Czar, or perhaps the new Fornication Czar, or perhaps the new Felatio Czar, or perhaps the new Sodomy Czar…

turfmann on March 6, 2012 at 1:20 PM

No, she’ll be the “Elimination of Religion and Redirection of Religious Energy to the State” Czar.

The Rogue Tomato on March 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

“Mr. President. A Law Enforcement investigation has determined that your Selective Service registration card and the Birth Certificate the White House posted online are forgeries, and INS cards for Americans returning on flights from overseas are missing from the National Archives for the week of 1-7 August 1961.
How do you explain that?”

Every reporter should be asking some form of the above question, repeatedly until we get to the truth.

Dexter_Alarius on March 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Damn – once again about 90 seconds into his prepared statement it became obvious he was not going to resign so I lost all interest in what he had to say.

NeoDawg on March 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM

wtf is going on w/ the board?

Tim_CA on March 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Ed Henry: Why have you not visited Israel during your administration?

d1carter on March 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

The first 3 questions are about the Middle East. Was the press corps(e) instructed to only ask about foreign policy?

Doughboy on March 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Huh. You’d think that if the questions they ask the GOP were any indication – this entire presser would be contraception and Catholics.

That’s odd.

CycloneCDB on March 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Dude, Iran has NEVER ENGAGED IN NEGOTIATIONS.

Wake up Scooter.

fogw on March 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

HaHa

“Mr. President you consistently say you have Israel’s back but you haven’t visited there once in your three years in office.”

pwned.

fogw on March 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Enough. Back to Rush for me. Skippy is the most boring speaker I’ve ever heard. Can you imagine sitting in one of his college classes?

jintrabar on March 6, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I knew Henry would be awesome

cmsinaz on March 6, 2012 at 1:40 PM

“Mr. President you consistently say you have Israel’s back but you haven’t visited there once in your three years in office.”

Did someone ask him that..

sandee on March 6, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Tim_CA on March 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM

I’m psychic.

I predicted what Neodawg would say a full 2 minutes before he said it.

wooooooooooo!

Tim_CA on March 6, 2012 at 1:41 PM

“We’re looking into bottlenecks with refineries.”

Yeah, that’s the problem. Liar.

fogw on March 6, 2012 at 1:41 PM

May 15, 2008 – Bush to Knesset: U.S. stands with Israel

Mar 5, 2012 – Obama to Netanyahu: Yo’ dawg, I gotcho back

He’s so eloquent. So smart. Isn’t that what we’re told?

CycloneCDB on March 6, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Obama: “the notion that to solve every one of these problems is to deploy our military …”

That’s right Barry, because the plastic “reset button” gag gift is so much more effective…

cicerone on March 6, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Did someone ask him that..

sandee on March 6, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Yup.

fogw on March 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM

“I want to raise gas prices? Does that make sense to anyone here?”

Yes! Yes it does! You’ve said it over and over again. Higher gas prices, to cut down on consumption. Higher gas prices, until it gets to the “actual” cost, considering environmental issues. Yes, it makes PERFECT sense that you want to raise gas prices.

Paul-Cincy on March 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

I won’t comment on Rush…..but I will comment on Rush.

Tim_CA on March 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Good Lord, he just ridiculed Ed Henry (Fox) for asking a gas prices question.
Held the question in ‘ludicrous’ category.

First question I’ve watched, and I wanna piuk.

pambi on March 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

d1carter on March 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

BHO spends the next 10 minutes talking about why gas prices are so high and what he has done to bring them down…

d1carter on March 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

“The reason I called Ms. Fluke was because of my daughters.”

Whaaaaaaaa??

fogw on March 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Honestly….the d-bag is really off his game…he seems disconnected today.

Tim_CA on March 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

I am not the first POTUS not able to visit Isreal in his first term…he has Isreael’s back…

d1carter on March 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Ah. The Rush Limbaugh issue. “Was his apology sufficient”.

Finally, important issues.

Paul-Cincy on March 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

There it is…Rush Limbaugh’s show…sincerity of his apology.

Remarks that were made have no place in public discourse. The reason he called Ms. Fluke he thought of his daughters…and he does not want them to be attacked for what they say.

d1carter on March 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

So basically he doesn’t have a plan on energy prices. I mean, we’re already p-ssing away billions on solar energy with nothing to show for it. He’s blocking drilling and additional exploration, so the supply won’t increase anymore(at least not without him doing his best to stand in the way). Increasing fuel efficiency standards will make cars less safe and more expensive, offsetting any financial gain we may have from using less gas. So what does that leave?

Doughboy on March 6, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Ah. The Rush Limbaugh issue. “Was his apology sufficient”.

Finally, important issues.

Paul-Cincy on March 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

If he mentions his 2 daughters, I’m turning it off.

OK, he just did. That’s it.

Paul-Cincy on March 6, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Good Lord, he just ridiculed Ed Henry (Fox) for asking a gas prices question.
Held the question in ‘ludicrous’ category.

First question I’ve watched, and I wanna piuk.

pambi on March 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

What was the question?

WisRich on March 6, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Maybe someone should ask him what he thinks of Bill Maher’s remarks about Sarah Palin, or Ed Schultz and Laura Ingraham?

sandee on March 6, 2012 at 1:45 PM

The BBC cut off the President mid way through the “no President wants gas prices to go up” answer

J_Crater on March 6, 2012 at 1:45 PM

I assume Obama’s concern for young women in the public spotlight doesn’t extend to Carrie Prejean.

Doughboy on March 6, 2012 at 1:46 PM

“fair” shot “fair” share. Drink up.

RicRx on March 6, 2012 at 1:46 PM

“Fair”

Tim_CA on March 6, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Does anyone hear this prick????
Unreal. The woman in blue is like gaga over him
Un real

Delsa on March 6, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Gonna give the Maher money back dumbo???

Tim_CA on March 6, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Tim_CA

You are totally in my head. I better be careful which websites I visit today.

NeoDawg on March 6, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Vote buying time, eh?

sadatoni on March 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

“Latino voters love you, why is that oh great president.”

No, that wasn’t the question, but yeah it was in so many words.

fogw on March 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

“I give a lot of credit to President Bush.”

OK, I’m turning the liar off now.

fogw on March 6, 2012 at 1:50 PM

His administration has done more for border security than any other administration? Excuse me?!

Doughboy on March 6, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Question our media never ponders:

Will socialism ever work?

Our media would be happy being treated like Hugo Chavez’s press so long as they thought the goal of social justice was being served.

A shame the soviets turned out so badly for them. But it is looking like the Russian Federation might once again be a better place for them.

The ruling junta just has to hit the ‘hero of the working man’ thing better. There leader goes topless on horseback. Think how WAPO would love someone else’s pecs up there in the sun!

IlikedAUH2O on March 6, 2012 at 1:50 PM

BHO: Perhaps you have not noticed that I am running for reelection and I need some more face time on TV in front of a complicit media…?

d1carter on March 6, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Post socialism?

OK. “Their” leader. And I had numbers of the locals threaten to go rogue if he got back in.

The general government is till better than the Communists. That is the opinion of about 90% of the people.

Fifty million or so corpses later. Sigh.

IlikedAUH2O on March 6, 2012 at 1:51 PM

The press corps not calling him out on his lies, Shocka

cmsinaz on March 6, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Nora O’Donnell on cue gives the POTUS an opportunity to comment on the Repub candidates…

d1carter on March 6, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Probably his best answer ever at one of these things in response to the dumb question by Norah O’Donnell.

Doughboy on March 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

The real reason the G8 summit was moved out of Chicago was the potential for riots ruining Obama’s party.

RicRx on March 6, 2012 at 1:54 PM

“We’re looking into bottlenecks with refineries.”

Yeah, that’s the problem. Liar.

fogw on March 6, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Even if that was the problem, and even if the government had any authority to “look into it” (which they don’t, but that never stopped him before), he has absolutely ZERO intention of looking into anything.

UltimateBob on March 6, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Skippy is the most boring speaker I’ve ever heard. Can you imagine sitting in one of his college classes?

jintrabar on March 6, 2012 at 1:39 PM

His Harvard classmates reportedly devised a system for suffering through his windy, tedious, narcissistic answers in class. They would rate his remarks on an “Obamanator” scale, assigning a high score to those comments that were most Obama-like (arrogant, wordy, smugly superior, self-referential, etc.).

AZCoyote on March 6, 2012 at 1:57 PM

I was wrong. 6 questions all from predetermined members of the press
Wants to “spend more time with Putin” at camp david. How sweet. two communists having a brew together. Hell maybe they will compare chests??
What fun.
God forgive me but I HATE THIS MAN!

Delsa on March 6, 2012 at 1:57 PM

She looks like she hasn’t shampooed in about a week and just rolled out of bed.

Well, when you do it as much as her, who has time?

Dirty Creature on March 6, 2012 at 1:59 PM

His administration has done more for border security than any other administration? Excuse me?!

Doughboy on March 6, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Scooter just misspoke. He meant to say that his administration has done more to eliminate border security than any other administration.

AZCoyote on March 6, 2012 at 2:01 PM

HA needs much work on this site…it is almost unusable…

d1carter on March 6, 2012 at 2:01 PM

“None of this stuff is easy…and it never has been”

LMFAO

Not what you were saying in 2008 you dumb@ss

Tim_CA on March 6, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Obama’s transparency:

I’m transparently trying to take something from the results of the Republican primary going on today….

ProfShadow on March 6, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Total Friggin’ Waste of Time.

Tim_CA on March 6, 2012 at 2:02 PM

That’s it?! Not even 45 minutes at the podium.

Doughboy on March 6, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Bottom line for BHO: I can lie all I want to but those Repub candidates are much too casual about what I have to do…
John Bolton calls this comment an intention falsehood…

d1carter on March 6, 2012 at 2:03 PM

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