Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on August 17, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Seriously — how hard is it for a Democratic President to antagonize the media into open war?  Almost as difficult to fumble Medicare to the point where it becomes an effective Republican attack in a presidential election … but that’s an OOTD for another day.  This week, Barack Obama gave interviews to two hard-hitting news sources: People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight.  That got Joe Scarborough laughing at his lack of courage in facing the White House press corps, but got ABC’s White House correspondent Jake Tapper mad enough to take public the rising anger among the reporters assigned day-in and day-out to cover the President.

As Jim Geraghty noted before the storm broke yesterday, even the entertainment industry is tired of seeing him:

Back in May, after President Obama answered questions about the Kardashians and Fifty Shades of Gray in an appearance on “The View,” Entertainment Weekly’s television critic Ken Tucker argued that it was time for the commander-in-chief to start skipping the fluff interviews: “If you’re going to spend time on TV, Mr. President — and Mr. Romney — do us all a favor and skip Whoopi and The Daily Show and Jay and Dave and the Jimmys and all the celebrity news anchors on the networks. Just speak to us directly, or engage in debates that are real debates which will allow for considered thought and direct questioning of your opponent’s positions.”

What about Mr. Romney?  Hey, he’s ducking the press and angering them equally, right?  Er ….

And what about positions?  Jake Tapper wanted to know that yesterday, too:

It was a joke.  Just like Obama’s refusal to engage serious journalists while escaping to the celebrity shmooze circuit.

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Obama the Fluff President.

Electrongod on August 17, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Carter did it….Maet over at Ace linked to an article highlighting the similarities.

People the press the “old guard” as it were has been in the donk bag since the ’30s, but they are in the donk bag for “the cause” and the long con is their preferred vehicle….

Bark may have wrecked the left’s credibility as “shield of the working class” at a minimum he dealt it great harm….

there’s a reason he is hiding out on Entertainment Tonight….

he can’t bear a press that is ONLY 80% in the bag….

he is fighting the urge to start humming “La Internationale”…..

watch

harlekwin15 on August 17, 2012 at 8:05 AM

The press turned on Carter, too, as I remember it.

At some point they have to, to salvage the last pitiful shreds of their credibility.

VelvetElvis on August 17, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Screw over the country for four years, and the press won’t say boo. Offend their own egos directly though and the anger will show.

Gingotts on August 17, 2012 at 8:06 AM

He’s a fluff president. Makes sense that he is only capaple and comfortable with celebrity type interviews. Smart Power.

TXMomof3 on August 17, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Celebrity-in-Chief.

JimK on August 17, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Mr. Transparency avoiding his uber-friendly WH press team speaks volume of this douchebag..hammer them on every angle…”Hey, WH team, I am available for a talk since I hear you have some spare time” is an ad that needs to run…

hillsoftx on August 17, 2012 at 8:07 AM

He’s scared of the presstitutes?

JimK on August 17, 2012 at 8:07 AM

The WHPC wont submit their questions in advance so TOTUS can respond in the most favorable light for POTUS.

meci on August 17, 2012 at 8:08 AM

meci on August 17, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Exactly. Like my grandparents said, he lies like a rug.

TXMomof3 on August 17, 2012 at 8:10 AM

I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!

The Stuart Smalley pResidency

VietVet_Dave on August 17, 2012 at 8:10 AM

The WHPC wont submit their questions in advance so TOTUS can respond in the most favorable light for POTUS.

meci on August 17, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Exactly, and they HAVE been. This is a battle between the people who worship Bark and the folks who worship the slow long march into the socialist evening….

Attica O’leary on one end and Wolf Blitzer the other….

the Media sacrificed 15% points of trust and is now only 10% over a congress they’ve been demonizing….

the Media DNC guarddogs understand they are losing their power to sway outcomes AT ALL>…..

and Bark raided a cookie jar for 716 billion directly and not IOUs….

BOOM

harlekwin15 on August 17, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Must repeat the question from yesterday: How do you antagonize a kept mistress? All they will do is whine a bit. When told to, they will still “assume the position”.

swinia sutki on August 17, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Obama knows if he were to hold a full blown press conference today, he would be hammered into a greasy spot on the pavement by the time the reporters were done with him. It just shows how totally gutless and arrogant he is, that he feels he is above everything to the degree that he does not need to explain anything to the media, other than give fluff interviews on useless topics.

Bottom line: Obama is a coward.

pilamaye on August 17, 2012 at 8:16 AM

I don’t have a problem with Jay and Dave unless it’s to the exclusion of political press (like now). Indeed, much has been revealed about The O on Leno.

Buy Danish on August 17, 2012 at 8:16 AM

So Obama likes to tell jokes and play golf when he’s not running around to $40k/plate dinners where he doesn’t even want to stick around and talk to the people willing to pay…? Why is this tool even running for reelection again? I

I’ve always had more respect for Jake than most of the other presstitues, so it’s good to see him showing his teeth. Now that Obama has ticked off the traveling press pool as well with their censorship, I believe they have successfully turned an unconditional ally into an unreliable and fickle actor. I mean when you’ve lost Chuck Todd… If there isn’t going to be a 2nd Obama term, there isn’t going to be any cushy jobs with that Whitehouse. Better start cozying up to the the other team now and show them what you can do for them.

CitizenEgg on August 17, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Obama seems to think he can win the election by heavy pandering to women. Note that the fluff entertainment media forums he’s appearing in almost all cater primarily to women. No doubt his next exclusive interview will be with a reporter for the National Enquirer.

tommyboy on August 17, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Citizen Egg,

the newsies never got it….

hey newsies that vaguely metrosexual dusky charmer was NOT THAT INTO YOU….

he just wanted you to buy his ticket to the dance, girl

harlekwin15 on August 17, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Faux indignation (not Jake).

Listen,the journalist really don’t want to sit down and grill Obama, it will make Obama look bad, no matter how soft the questions.

If the NYT wanted an interview, they would get it, if CNN wanted it, they would get it…it’s just that the journalist, if they throw softballs, will be laughed at and ridiculed…but if they do a real interview, Obama will be laughed and and ridiculed. And that journalist would have to find another job, good luck.

It’s a no win for the MSM who want Obama to win.

right2bright on August 17, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Well, you know… it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there and…

ah-h-h, no, it’s a presidente-eat-dog worl…

hey, anybody seen BO lately arou…

LOOK, A CARNEY!!!!1111!!!11!!!

Yoop on August 17, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Just another shaggy dog story… Yeah, right.

Drained Brain on August 17, 2012 at 8:20 AM

There’s a method to Obama’s Axelrodian madness, in that they think that the low-information swing voters are the ones not paying attention to the regular news outlets and are watching Whoopi and The Daily Show and Jay and Dave and the Jimmys and all the celebrity news anchors on the networks. They’re trying to snag those voters by showing Barack Obama thinks like them (which is probably true — Obama’s actually the most non-wonkish president ever, when it comes to actually working at what he’s being paid to do and not spending his time hanging out with celebrities or watching ESPN-HD).

But part of the plan includes the big media not calling him on it, and possibly energizing a bigger field of anti-Obama voters, who may have even gone with the guy over McCain in ’08 and are getting irked that the ligh twalker is hanging out with celebrities and watching ESPN-HD)while they’re out of work. Tapper’s threatening to screw up that part of Axelrod’s stategerie.

The press turned on Carter, too, as I remember it.

At some point they have to, to salvage the last pitiful shreds of their credibility.

VelvetElvis on August 17, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Carter actually had lost the press a year before the election. Given the choice between Goober and a restoration of Camelot under their hero, Edward M. Kennedy, in the Democratic primaries, the big media was all for Teddy. They just didn’t realize how gawdawful a candidate he was on the national level, screwing up that softball question from Roger Mudd on why he was running for president in a way that would have even made Joe Biden look like Winston Churchill.

The media came back to Carter in the fall of ’80 because they hated Reagan with a white-hot passion, but only the idiots in Hollywood and that ueber-lame group of comedy writers on the 1980-81 season of Saturday Night Live were all in with Carter — the media just saw him as the lesser of two evils. Tapper aside, they’re nowhere near as far along in their dislike of Obama right now.

jon1979 on August 17, 2012 at 8:21 AM

If I am not mistaken, this is the first time Obama has run for re-election. Has never had to defend his positions as the incumbent before.
Alinsky tactics work well, kind of, when not the office holder, but the book fails when one has to defend.

Frankly, Obama is outside his historical comfort zone.
And it shows.

Jabberwock on August 17, 2012 at 8:22 AM

National Enquirer.

tommyboy on August 17, 2012 at 8:18 AM

They have more cred than the MSM, at least they were willing to carry the John Edwards debacle….

hillsoftx on August 17, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Obama the Fluff President.
Electrongod on August 17, 2012 at 8:04 AM

That’s an insult to all the good, hard working fluffers out there.

Why, Barry might be heard to say “You didn’t fluff that!” just as Michele dropped the cast iron skillet on his head.

turfmann on August 17, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Recently, as President, Obama’s gotten smaller and smaller in stature. I can’t see him reversing this trend. It’s getting painful to watch.

Paul-Cincy on August 17, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Stay-puff marshmallow man s dear leader’s mascot

cmsinaz on August 17, 2012 at 8:27 AM

What are they complaining about? The guy is busy. He’s working half a day today. He doesn’t have time for the press:

Obama Schedule || Friday, August 17, 2012

by Keith Koffler on August 16, 2012, 11:01 pm

11:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
11:30 am || Meets with senior advisers

All times Eastern

Cody1991 on August 17, 2012 at 8:28 AM

It was a joke. Just like Obama’s refusal to engage serious journalists while escaping to the celebrity shmooze circuit.

It isn’t a joke if you have to explain it is a joke.

But this is really a two-fer OOTD. Jay Carney essentially read the same speech about wind energy that was on Obama’s teleprompter in Iowa. The claim is that wind energy has doubled under the era of bad stewardship. Well, are we really to believe that that extra capacity was planned, went through the environmental impact studies, was constructed, and put into operation in the last three years? Of course it didn’t. This is the administration, for a change, taking credit for something that they inherited.

Also produced the phrase of the day- cable catnip!!!

Happy Nomad on August 17, 2012 at 8:30 AM

I’m telling ya Owebarkie doesn’t care! He’s already planning to have the ballot boxes so stuffed by the new black panthers, illegal aliens, union thugs and whatever ACORN is calling itself these days that there will be far more votes then registered voters! It won’t stop me from voting Romney/Ryan, but I suspect this election is already in the tank, paid for by Mr. Soros

Vntnrse on August 17, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Cody1991 on August 17, 2012 at 8:28 AM

I’d be fascinated to know how Mr. Obama spends his mornings. He never gets briefed before 11am. I’m sure the administration will tell you he’s doing important stuff not on the official calendar. I’m equally sure he rolls in at 10:59 and only half listens while he brushes up on who will be attending his next fundraiser.

Happy Nomad on August 17, 2012 at 8:32 AM

While we’re all having a good time tittering about Obama and the Press’ hypocrisy on simple press conferences….

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/08/17/nato-2-us-troops-killed-in-afghan-police-attack/

another afghan cop killed 2 americans…

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/08/16/army-reports-spike-in-suicides-in-july-as-pentagon-wrestles-with-problem/

and the suicide rate amongst US GIs doubled from june to july….

we lost 26 last month including 2 officers…

Hey US Press you remember when every US casualty whether here in CONUS or downrange of any kind was directly the President’s fault?

Don’t worry neither does President Obama……

I curse all of you “journalists” who are hypocrits on this matter.

harlekwin15 on August 17, 2012 at 8:34 AM

If I am not mistaken, this is the first time Obama has run for re-election. Has never had to defend his positions as the incumbent before.

Jabberwock on August 17, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Technically that’s not true. He did run several times for re-election as an Illinois State Senator. But you’re right in that this is the first time he’s sought re-election for a nationally held office. And it’s also one of those rare occasions where he has an actual record and is unable to run virtually unopposed either via smear tactics or legal challenges. So he’s definitely in unfamiliar territory and it’s showing.

Doughboy on August 17, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Obama is apparently too dumb to realize that while 90% of the MSM is on his side they have to make a living and he has to throw them a bone now and then. Only an idiot and a fool would antagonize and alienate a press corp that desperately wants to support him and carry his water.

farsighted on August 17, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Don’t worry. The liberal media hasn’t given up on Obama. They’ve just had some extra lengthy Dem talking points given to them and they’re trying to digest them for the next onslaught.

They’ve publicly committed themselves too far to their left wing idealogy to change their tune. They weren’t quite as blatant during the Carter years. It’s too late now. The only way it will stop is if they get fired and go down to Venezuela and work for Chavez. Or maybe Putin, I hear he’s revving up again. Pravda ought to be up and running shortly.

iamsaved on August 17, 2012 at 8:38 AM

I’d be fascinated to know how Mr. Obama spends his mornings. He never gets briefed before 11am. I’m sure the administration will tell you he’s doing important stuff not on the official calendar. I’m equally sure he rolls in at 10:59 and only half listens while he brushes up on who will be attending his next fundraiser.

Happy Nomad on August 17, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Remember Bush’s routine? He worked out in the morning and started work around 7 AM. Once Romney is in the WH I think we’ll see that sort of routine again.

These schedules tell us so much. In fact, just looking at them each day is enough to convince anyone that he has to go. I don’t see why we’re paying him to spend all of his time raising money for his campaign.

Cody1991 on August 17, 2012 at 8:39 AM

If I am not mistaken, this is the first time Obama has run for re-election. Has never had to defend his positions as the incumbent before.

Jabberwock on August 17, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Technically that’s not true. He did run several times for re-election as an Illinois State Senator. But you’re right in that this is the first time he’s sought re-election for a nationally held office.

Doughboy on August 17, 2012 at 8:34 AM

For all intents and purposes those Illinois State Senate reelection bids were uncontested. His district was in Chicago.

farsighted on August 17, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Just like Obama’s refusal to engage serious journalists while escaping to the celebrity shmooze circuit.

when you’re a Kardashian, any guy with a mike and a camera is.……a serious journalist./

ted c on August 17, 2012 at 8:41 AM

The question for Obama is whether the fluff media alone can preserve his all important like-a-bility X factor, which is the only thing propping him up in the polls. He loses on politics, policies and results, but gosh darn it, people still like him and that’s all he needs to win his 2nd term.

Comes a point though, where the press decides that if you’re not going to work with us we’ll show you the folly of that position. He’s already suffering from being chained to Slow Joe, and now he’s got to run for his life (and reelection) and it’s a 6 week sprint coming up.

I’m looking forward to Romney smiling at him after the convention and when Obama asks him why, Romney can reply “Because I’m not left handed”.

CitizenEgg on August 17, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Cody1991 on August 17, 2012 at 8:39 AM

I think he’s the one who’s never worked a day in his life. He has the work ethic of a welfare queen.

TXMomof3 on August 17, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Is it Ofumbles? Obumbles? Obummer? Or is he just dogging it for now?

chai on August 17, 2012 at 8:43 AM

May these random acts of journalism spread like crabgrass.

Naturally Curly on August 17, 2012 at 8:44 AM

I’m looking forward to Romney smiling at him after the convention and when Obama asks him why, Romney can reply “Because I’m not left handed”.

CitizenEgg on August 17, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Or maybe Romney can just say of his success: “I built that” and Obummer clearly hasn’t built anything except multiple golf games….

chai on August 17, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Technically that’s not true. He did run several times for re-election as an Illinois State Senator. But you’re right in that this is the first time he’s sought re-election for a nationally held office.

Doughboy on August 17, 2012 at 8:34 AM
For all intents and purposes those Illinois State Senate reelection bids were uncontested. His district was in Chicago.

farsighted on August 17, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Thanks to both of you for the clarification.

The guy is simply a rookie at everything he does.

Jabberwock on August 17, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Obama the Fluff President.
Electrongod on August 17, 2012 at 8:04 AM

What about Slo Joe? He’s nuts! Ergo Fluffer / Nutter 2012

Naturally Curly on August 17, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Prezzy Fluffer only brings the snark cuz that’s all he’s got. They media better watch out, they can be replaced by the Ministry of Truthiness with an EO signature.

Kissmygrits on August 17, 2012 at 9:10 AM

It’s a no win for the MSM who want Obama to win.

right2bright on August 17, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Why do they want him to win? Do the reporters possess the same ideology, are they all Socialists, do they want America to melt, like the wicked witch……….?

Maybe I’m being naive, but what’s in it for them?

EL on August 17, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Maybe I’m being naive, but what’s in it for them?

EL on August 17, 2012 at 9:12 AM

J school students are the ones who were not smart enough to pass sociology class or are borderline cute and want to “save the world”….

the best of them are just idiot idealists with about 5 seconds of introspection who really believe the donk pablum even though it often hurts the “needy”

The most evil are genuine America hating idealists who think the GOP has secret meetings where we hide all the money from “helping the needy”….

never mind their internal monologue that also says “the gop are ignorant hillybilly trailer trash”….

in the end it boils down to the newsies believe that there is nothing immoral with one man working to eat and another man hijacking or voting himself food….

end of story

harlekwin15 on August 17, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Well, Jack … what did you expect when you sold the ill-informed this fraud in ’08? You wanted a rock star and you reap what you’ve sewn.

mel23059 on August 17, 2012 at 9:20 AM

The liberal media would support Obama 100% all the time so let us not think for a second that even a tiny percentage of them would go against Obama… The liberal media is Obama…It is very foolish to think otherwise…

mnjg on August 17, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Why do they want him to win? Do the reporters possess the same ideology, are they all Socialists, do they want America to melt, like the wicked witch……….?

Maybe I’m being naive, but what’s in it for them?

EL on August 17, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Because they believe what he believes. Yes the media is a bunch of communists and they will so forever… Obama is nothing but a media creation… The man is an insult to any decent human with an IQ above 90… If not for this media this fool would not be President and would be living in Chicago agitating the welfare queens there…

mnjg on August 17, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Jake Tapper mad

So Mr. Tapper ran away from home? Meh…he’ll go back as soon as it gets dark out. It won’t matter though…not this time. The media can try to prop up this doomed President all they like….what’s done is done… and there is no such thing as a born again virgin.

lynncgb on August 17, 2012 at 9:31 AM

VelvetElvis on August 17, 2012 at 8:05 AM

No.

Like a fallen woman and her virtue, the press lost their credibility long ago and do not even think about it anymore.

I think that two things are at play here:

Our President was supposed to be our Savior and that has not happened. There have been failures and some parts of the program don’t look good for the future.

They need the administration to give them attention and the grist for their spew of nonsense.

These two influences are creating friction with a candidate who is used to presenting perfection.

IlikedAUH2O on August 17, 2012 at 9:38 AM

What would the press corp report on if the SCOAMF did hold regular press conferences? How crappy is golf game was the day before?

None of this, however, is stopping his PR people. In the last three days my local FOX TV affiliate has shown Obama buying beer for Iowa state fair-goers, hawking a supposed Whitehouse home brew, Moochelles Big-footing on The Tonight Show, the unveiling of a revolting monument in Chicago memorializing the Obama’s first kiss, and a reprise of the infamous Kiss-Cam thing. Pathetic.

RobertE on August 17, 2012 at 9:57 AM

They think we’re “joking” about Obama being a dog eater?

Um, Jay, a lot of us believe those kind of experiences in his youth and his apparent acceptance of them in his adulthood are huge character issues.

EconomicNeocon on August 17, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Why should Barry worry about the press corps? As he noted TO THEIR FACES – “Most of you voted for me!”

They sold their souls and integrity – and for the last 3 1/2 years have been his whores – now, suddenly they want to do their jobs and are ticked off because Barry affords them no time or respect?

GarandFan on August 17, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Exactly. Like my grandparents said, he lies like a rug.

TXMomof3 on August 17, 2012 at 8:10 AM

I have always loved that saying. Heap coals of kindness upon their heads. Another of my favorites. ; ) Before you get mad at me for miss quoting scripture. I am quoting my Grandfathers use of the phrase, his method of using the quote.

Bmore on August 17, 2012 at 11:07 AM

he can’t bear a press that is ONLY 80% in the bag….

face it, this is punishment, punishment for the lack of tingling up the leg, punishment for complaining about being locked in a closet, punishment for reporting on the 10,000 who came out to greet Ryan, etc.

The press has to learn its lessons.

katablog.com on August 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM

So, Tapper gets really mad when O’Dingle won’t give the press corpse and interview.

When hundreds of people are killed by a government-sponsored gunrunning program that stinks so bad the president has to use dubious claims of “executive privilege” to cover it up: “Ehhh, what’s for lunch?”.

Great job, Jake.

mr.blacksheep on August 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Somehow, I don’t think Jay Carney will look on this stint as Press Secretary as the high point of his career.

I don’t care how or why the press might be turning on Obama now. Even if they’re only doing it because their fragile little feelings are hurt, it is high time and past time for them to stop trying to defend the indefensible.

RebeccaH on August 17, 2012 at 1:16 PM

This election is going to be a schmeear.

spivey on August 17, 2012 at 9:27 PM

OT…Hot Air, why not add Day By Day to Hangouts?

mtb on August 19, 2012 at 2:27 PM