Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on August 9, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

How long has it been since Barack Obama answered a serious question from the White House press corps?  Keith Koffler counts the days … and counts … and counts:

The last substantive question Obama took from a White House reporter was during a June 20 press conference following the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. Obama allowed only six questions during the event, which was nearly guaranteed to keep him out of political hot water as the focus was on foreign policy.

Since then, Obama has held no press conferences, given no interviews to White House reporters, and taken no questions at the White House events he has held where reporters have been present.

Matt Lewis has figured out how to get Obama to take a question — pay for an answer:

While he might be dodging the press, Obama has been much more willing to take questions from donors at campaign fundraising events. In fact, I count at least half a dozen examples in the last month (hereherehereherehere, and here) where he has uttered some version of “I want to spend most of my time in a conversation answering your questions.”

That may be a little unfair.  After all, the President does spend every waking minute worrying about our economy and job creation, doesn’t he?

It’s worth noting that while President Obama had too much “on his plate” to meet with his jobs council — or take questions from the press corps — he did have time for another round of 18 holes this weekend.

Never mind.


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Got an Obamateurism of the Day? If you see a foul-up by Barack Obama, e-mail it to me at obamaisms@edmorrissey.com with the quote and the link to the Obamateurism. I’ll post the best Obamateurisms on a daily basis, depending on how many I receive. Include a link to your blog, and I’ll give some link love as well. And unlike Slate, I promise to end the feature when Barack Obama leaves office.

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Kings and Emperors don’t take questions from the plebes.

wildcat72 on August 9, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Being president is hard

cmsinaz on August 9, 2012 at 8:04 AM

He’s afraid that any question he answers these days will directly affect his ‘likeability’ advantage over Romney.

OT sorta, but did they ever name and shame the reporters who shouted out the questions to Romney in Poland? Just wondering for future reference.

CitizenEgg on August 9, 2012 at 8:06 AM

That may be a little unfair. After all, the President does spend every waking minute worrying about our economy and job creation, doesn’t he?

I believe he does. Because, come November 6th, voters are going to be concerned about the economy and unemployment rates NOT some disgruntled union employee who claims that Mitt Romney killed his wife.

There is little Obama can do at this point about either the economy or job creation so he will spend the next three months pandering by giving the nation’s treasure away to groups that might support him with enough “free stuff.” That’s why his campaign returned yesterday to Sandra Fluke and her government-financed vagina. That’s why we heard the fictional story about Obama’s mother’s death yesterday as well. That’s why potheads, those with student loans, gays, and other special interest groups are all waiting anxiously to see what kind of a deal they can cut as we near the election.

Happy Nomad on August 9, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Being president is hard

cmsinaz on August 9, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Not if you do it the way Obama is doing it.

Happy Nomad on August 9, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Who has time for questions when there is golf to be played and disgusting ads to produce.

gophergirl on August 9, 2012 at 8:15 AM

You dare to question the Great and Powerful Oz?!?!

Naturally Curly on August 9, 2012 at 8:16 AM

He doesn’t answer to anyone! He’s the King! Remember they said they were ready to rule from day one. Imagine what a second term would be like.

Night Owl on August 9, 2012 at 8:18 AM

What difference would it make if he actually had a press conference? You’d only be getting lies.

JimK on August 9, 2012 at 8:20 AM

You dare to question the Great and Powerful BOzO?!?!

Naturally Curly on August 9, 2012 at 8:16 AM

FIFY

CitizenEgg on August 9, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Maybe they should just hold the press conferences on the fairway, so that The One can answer questions in-between holes.

pilamaye on August 9, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Bark has given up. Sure, he and everyone else knew that a lousy set of skills would only take him so far, but at least at the beginning he seemed to at least try to make himself look involved.

The man has reached the end of the line, knows the party is almost over, and is simply trudging through the dreary process until retirement.

Bishop on August 9, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Is that smoke rising up from behind Obama’s teleprompter an over-heating problem or is Barry just helping out the Mexican importing business?

Rovin on August 9, 2012 at 8:25 AM

In Barry’s case, it is slime, jive and pander over substance. But alas, he is winning the American Idol watching public.

bayview on August 9, 2012 at 8:29 AM

CitizenEgg on August 9, 2012 at 8:21 AM

More better ;)

Naturally Curly on August 9, 2012 at 8:29 AM

OT-Good news! We have proof that Nancy Pelosi is nuts!

She claims she hears……………….voices.

“cue scary “OOOOOOOOOOO-WEEEEEEEEEEE-WOOOOOOOOOO!” background music.”

pilamaye on August 9, 2012 at 8:29 AM

What difference would it make if he actually had a press conference? You’d only be getting lies.

JimK on August 9, 2012 at 8:20 AM

The public is smart enough to see through the lies. But more importantly, the press isn’t going to waste their time with the insipid questions he gets from donors. He doesn’t want to talk about the economy or jobs and the public really doesn’t care about much else.

Happy Nomad on August 9, 2012 at 8:31 AM

She claims she hears……………….voices.

pilamaye on August 9, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Maybe it was one of those voices that was making the racial slur as Pelosi was wielding that giant gaval and leading the march into the House to vote in Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on August 9, 2012 at 8:33 AM

“I want to spend most of my time in a conversation answering your questions.”

My leg is tingling at the very thought of how open my messiah is.

Brainfreeordie on August 9, 2012 at 8:33 AM

MNHawk on August 9, 2012 at 8:33 AM

How about a Romneyism of the day?

We’re headed in that direction.

PappyD61 on August 9, 2012 at 8:34 AM

The man has reached the end of the line, knows the party is almost over, and is simply trudging through the dreary process until retirement.

Bishop on August 9, 2012 at 8:25 AM

I’m not convinced that he believes this. He’s doing pretty much what he has always done and the MSM is as much in the tank for him as they always were. I also continue to believe he has a full-on case of NPD and cannot envision himself losing, even if he says things publicly that appear to acknowledge the possibility. Understand that I hope you are right and that he has internal super-secret polling that’s telling him he’s going down in flames, but I remain skeptical on that.

swinia sutki on August 9, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Owebowma couldn’t care less. He’ll keep up pretenses till he’s tossed or termed out and then he’ll move over and become the first “American” head of the UN

Vntnrse on August 9, 2012 at 8:37 AM

How about a Romneyism of the day?

We’re headed in that direction.

PappyD61 on August 9, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Yes, we’re all looking forward to President Romney. Thank you for your support

CitizenEgg on August 9, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Ya got me there HN

cmsinaz on August 9, 2012 at 8:39 AM

The man has reached the end of the line, knows the party is almost over, and is simply trudging through the dreary process until retirement.

Bishop on August 9, 2012 at 8:25 AM

in a sane world, he would be a seal in the ocean, and the press would be a great white shark. but not in the Amerika we live in today.

GhoulAid on August 9, 2012 at 8:46 AM

He would have melted down by now if he were questioned on a regular basis. Damnit.

Naturally Curly on August 9, 2012 at 8:48 AM

I like the suggestion about combining the presser with a round of golf… win-win!

Khun Joe on August 9, 2012 at 8:53 AM

He would have melted down by now if he were questioned on a regular basis. Damnit.

Naturally Curly on August 9, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Probably, but only Republicans have to answer for not answering questions every five minutes. At worst the media gives Barry a barely audible tsk-tsk.

swinia sutki on August 9, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Think someone who knows Obama well or Obama himself will be the worlds first trillionaire.

TimBuk3 on August 9, 2012 at 8:58 AM

OT-Good news! We have proof that Nancy Pelosi is nuts!

She claims she hears……………….voices.

“cue scary “OOOOOOOOOOO-WEEEEEEEEEEE-WOOOOOOOOOO!” background music.”

Excessive Botox reaction???

Sticky Wicket on August 9, 2012 at 9:03 AM

This is more a summary of his entire term as opposed to just one particular day.

Lost in Jersey on August 9, 2012 at 9:05 AM

I’m beginning to wonder if the donk strategy as become (or shortly will be) not to win, but to so greatly lie, pander, divide, slander, obfuscate and undermine as to (attempt to) ruin any chance for effectiveness for any following administration. There’s a certain whiff of “if I can’t have it, no one can!” coming out here.

Maybe I’m paranoid, but then again they have already proven that they are out to get us….

Jerub Baal on August 9, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Maybe if that no-good WH press corp would pass the hat around?

DOTUS (the D is for dumbass) ain’t makin’ no green answerin’ no questions from a bunch of h*nkies!

RedCrow on August 9, 2012 at 9:14 AM

You dare to question the Great and Powerful Oz?!?!

So who would be the “Man behind the curtain”? Soros? Or Valerie Jarett?

crazy_legs on August 9, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Jerub Baal on August 9, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Dems have been doing that for decades. It’s why half of the country are moochers and feel no shame in it.

RedCrow on August 9, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Being president is hard

cmsinaz on August 9, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Especially difficult for him has been that par 5 No.7. Every time he gets to that dogleg he gets hungry and slices the ball hard left.

Yoop on August 9, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Pic of the Day: Bill Burton’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/08/bill-burtons-terrible-horrible-no-good.html

Resist We Much on August 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM

We must cut him some slack. After all, he is too busy presidentin’ with all the matters of state to even have time to campaign. Per Carney(val).
matters of state = another round of golf

Peppa Pig on August 9, 2012 at 10:09 AM

How long has it been since Barack Obama answered a serious question from the White House press corps?

Why should he answer questions from a corpse?

backwoods conservative on August 9, 2012 at 10:16 AM

This was my favorite part of the Keith Koffler piece:

Obama did get one feeble question from what appeared to be a White House reporter during his June 29 tour of the fire damage in Colorado Springs. Obama was quizzed, “What do you think when you see just this stuff right here?”

That’s the press we know and loathe.

Fallon on August 9, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Why should he answer questions from a corpse?

backwoods conservative on August 9, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Because dead people vote?

lfwest on August 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Obama has held no press conferences,

So? What does that ever get us anyway? Providing us with another sixty minutes of perhaps…six questions?…about his hopes and dreams? I’ll pass. If the past 3 1/2 years haven’t told you all you need to know about this administration, then another press conference at this point isn’t going to make a bit of difference.

lynncgb on August 9, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Open, honest, and transparent. Because he says so. Asking questions after that is un-American.

Freelancer on August 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Barry has his ‘priorities’ – and the country / economy are nowhere near the top of his list.

GarandFan on August 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Yu forgot that King Obama has had one cabinet meeting in the last seven months too.

What’s on the not only the most smartest but also the hardest working pres dent in history today:

10:45 am || Delivers remarks at a campaign event; Colorado State Fairgrounds
12:50 pm || Departs Pueblo, Colorado
1:20 pm || Arrives Colorado Springs
2:25 pm || Delivers remarks at a campaign event
4:25 pm || Departs Colorado Springs
9:45 pm ET || Arrives White House

Another day focusing on working for the people.

jukin3 on August 9, 2012 at 11:23 AM

A special thanks to all the ignorant liberals that voted for this criminal.

ultracon on August 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

beware of Obama’s actions after the election. He will have a few months to screw things up even more. And when Romney helps bring back the economy, Obama will try to take credit for putting everything in motion.

2012chuck on August 9, 2012 at 1:25 PM