Open thread: Obama’s first press conference in five months

posted at 12:51 pm on November 14, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Just when was Barack Obama’s last open press conference, anyway?  You have to go all the way back to June of this year, nearly five months ago, to find the last time that the Leader of the Free World planned an event where the media could question him.  Obama ducked into a press briefing in August unannounced in order to take a couple of shots at Todd Akin and actually deigned to take a couple of questions, which prompted this legendary riposte from ABC’s Jake Tapper:

“Don’t be a stranger!”

Today, the stranger returns at 1:30 ET (or so), and Politico thinks that Obama will face “tough questions”:

This is not what the White House wanted for President Barack Obama’s first news conference of his second term.

He won’t be able to dwell much on his stronger-than-expected victory or even press his agenda for the next four years. Instead, he’ll be diverted by a Washington sex scandal.

The fallout from former CIA Director David Petraeus’s extramarital affair has spawned the type of sensational media feeding frenzy that Obama detests. But when he holds his first full-scale news conference in eight months Wednesday, Obama will have to explain how he plans to re-create his national security team, what he knows about the burgeoning scandal and why he didn’t get wind of it sooner.

That may well be what the press will ask, but those won’t be “tough” questions; they’ll be easily parried by claiming that he can’t comment on investigations into personal matters.  A tough question would focus on what happened in Benghazi before, during, and after the terrorist attack that sacked our consulate.  Politico’s list of seven questions only has one on that topic, the same number as they offer on marijuana.  No, I am not kidding.     Nor do I think Politico is off the mark here; we’re probably going to hear more about Petraeus than J. Christopher Stevens, the first Ambassador to die in the line of duty in 33 years, or the other three Americans who died trying to protect him and others in the terrorist attack.

We’ll see soon enough.  What questions would you like answered?  Feel free to offer them in the comments section.  If I can find a live embed code for the presser, I’ll update the post.


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Tough question #1:

Who picked those drapes??

AubieJon on November 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM

“We are still investigating”

The end.

JPeterman on November 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Benghazi kamikaze! C’mon, somebody do it!

ElectricPhase on November 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I will not watch or listen to that lying slug. Y’all with intestinal fortitude please give us what isn’t a lie?
Thanks.
L

letget on November 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Tough question #2:

Who do you pick for the final 2 of this years NBA championship?

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Why do you hate Republicans?

djl130 on November 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I can see it now…….

“Mr. President, in light of the recent events involving CIA Director Petraeus, not to mention the incident at Benghazi and the upcoming “fiscal cliff” the nation’s economy is facing………are you planning on seeing “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2″ this week?!!!

pilamaye on November 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Why do you hate Republicans?

djl130 on November 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Correction: “Why do republicans hate you for being black?”

CycloneCDB on November 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Tough questions my left foot…. chuck todd already said that dear leader is insulated from Benghazi because petraeus is a Republican

10 minute replies about nothing except the lsm giving dear leader the chance to bash the gop for obstruction even though he said he would not budge on the tax hike

I’ll let you all watch it

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

If they don’t support those things and they voted for him it’s kind of on them.
 
libfreeordie on March 16, 2009 at 11:21 AM

rogerb on November 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

“We haven’t seen your dog Bo lately, how’s he doing?”

JPeterman on November 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

He might be able to blame the Petraus scandel on a video, but not the kind you find Youtube.*nudge, nudge, wink, wink*

vcferlita on November 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

At this point he should just pull a Willy Wonka:

On Benghazi: “You’ll have to speak up, I’m a little deaf in this ear.”

On follow up regarding fiscal crisis: “You know you really should open your mouth more when you talk. You tend to mumble.”

nextgen_repub on November 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

If you flip Obama over, you’ll see “Ask again later” on his backside.

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Red or green?

Pork-Chop on November 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

“Mr.President, who will be designing Queen Mooch’s inaugural gown”?

JPeterman on November 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

May all the old medis spontaneously combust for dereliction of duty.

Those who escape, suffocate from what you eat, Obama’s sh*t, not Beluga caviar, fools.

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

media, alas

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

F. Chuck has stars in his eyes again….

UltimateBob on November 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

I wish someone would throw a shoe at him.

Shy Guy on November 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

“Mr.President, who will be designing Queen Mooch’s inaugural gown”?

JPeterman on November 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

If they had a brain, and if they’d really care about the times, they’d skip it, alas.

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Boxers or briefs?

Or commando in memoriam of that time when you got Bin Laden?

Lily on November 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

“Mr.President, who will be designing Queen Mooch’s inaugural gown”?

JPeterman on November 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

A: Lane Bryant

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

B. A Frames By Thonton Melon’s Big & Tall.

kingsjester on November 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Mister Preezy, how do you feel about your hitoric, fantastic, mind blowing victory against half the country?

Key West Reader on November 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM

“Mr. President, do you think Paula Broadwell is hot”?

JPeterman on November 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM

This is spot on.

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

“Mr. President, do you expect to improve your golf handicap in the next four years”?

JPeterman on November 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

“Mr. President, do you think Paula Broadwell is hot”?

JPeterman on November 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM

“Mr. President, do you think Paula Broadwell is hot, AND, have you plugged the hole yet”?

Pork-Chop on November 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

kingsjester on November 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM

LOL!

“If you want to look thin, Hang out with Fat People!”

-Thornton Melon

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

He won’t be able to dwell much on his stronger-than-expected victory

Stronger than expected? He barely squeaked by.

Well, given that, because of his record, he should have been blown out of the water by even a crap sandwich, I guess the fact that he got any votes at all is “stronger than expected.”

UltimateBob on November 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

“Mr.President, who will be designing Queen Mooch’s inaugural gown”?

JPeterman on November 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

A: Lane Bryant

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I was thinking Adkins Draperies and Blinds.

MobileVideoEngineer on November 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Now that you can do whatever you like how many vacations do you and MO plan to take, and how much taxpayer money will it cost?

Answer: “I won. Shut up.”

Cody1991 on November 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

“Classified. It’s all classified. The answers to any questions you ask are either classified or under investigation which means I can’t comment. Next question?”

a capella on November 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

This article nails all the steps. Plenty of questions in here, but many should have been asked ahead of Nov. 6.

Petraeus did what he could from his new post, including working to get Afghan and Pakistani authorities to cooperate against the Taliban, but Obama had other plans for a man whose skill and prestige he needed but whom he also saw as a possible political rival.

When Obama clashed with the general then in charge of Afghanistan in 2010, he persuaded Petraeus to take over. Once again, Petraeus turned the situation around — until Obama suddenly announced that Petraeus was leaving Afghanistan to head the CIA.

The move was inexplicable — like removing Dwight Eisenhower shortly after D-Day to head the OSS instead — except as a ploy to keep Petraeus from getting credit for a victory in Afghanistan as well as Iraq.Now, a year later, we’re getting neither: Iraq is once again degenerating into an al Qaeda haven, and Obama will, in effect, abandon the Afghans to the Taliban by 2014.

Meanwhile, David Petraeus was sidelined to a job he was neither trained nor suited for, as his indiscretions with his biographer-turned-mistress have shown.

Now he’s almost certainly going to be made the scapegoat for the intelligence failures in Benghazi, as well — while we’re left with two lost wars, a major scandal and a broken hero whose talents were squandered and achievements tarnished.

Petraeus, if he’s to redeem himself even for just 1%, will have to tell the full truth and let the chips fall right on Obama’s head, where they belong.

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Politico already setting the table:

He won’t be able to dwell much on his stronger-than-expected victory or even press his agenda for the next four years. Instead, he’ll be diverted by a Washington sex scandal.

So, he won’t be “diverted” by a catastrophic international screw-up in Benghazi with revelations of continuing black-op CIA renditions and abandonment of American fighting personnel, or of a treasonous and preposterous cover-up. No. He’ll be diverted by a “sex scandal” – Yeah, we’ll take the political hit for that, and then that’ll be all there is to see folks, so now move along…

bofh on November 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

What questions would you like answered?

Nothing that will come out of this event.

I’ve just read through the WaPo article that spells out what supposedly will be proposed as a way forward to avoid the fiscal cliff. Utterly unacceptable if you believe in the free market, which, of course, the rat-eared traitor does not.

Boehner needs to come out with a strong rejection of this and then we all need to prepare for going over the cliff. There isn’t one thing in this proposal that makes sense and it is clear the “I won” arrogance has returned. The President can go to hell! Elections have consequences but so does this kind of arrogance.

Happy Nomad on November 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

“What does it feel like to be the Divider in Chief, you charlatanic thug?”

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

A: Lane Bryant

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Effin’ awesome… :-D

affenhauer on November 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

“Mr. President, do you think Paula Broadwell is hot, AND, have you plugged the hole yet”?

Pork-Chop on November 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

He hasn’t plugged the hole in a while. Reggie Love is gone.

The Rogue Tomato on November 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

“Dear Leader, what is your favorite color today?”

DanMan on November 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

“Isn’t it the ultimate form of racism to ask so little of the first half black president? What do you think MLK thinks of you?”

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Mr. Pesident, what’s Jay – Z really like?

kingsjester on November 14, 2012 at 1:08 PM

“If the buck stops with you, and Hillary, how come Petraeus is not being made into the Benghazi scapegoat?”

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Chris Wallace is saying that O is going to hit the campaign trail after Thanksgiving to push his $1.6T in new tax plan on the rich and US businesses.

CoffeeLover on November 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

“What was Petraeus looking for in Benghazi, after you allowed the 4 people, incl. Amb. Stevens, to die?”

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Why do you hate Republicans?

djl130 on November 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Correction: “Why do republicans hate you for being black?”

CycloneCDB on November 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

What a creep you are. I repeat – Mr. President, Why do you hate Republicans?

djl130 on November 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

“How come, you, the most transparent president in all of history, haven’t held a press conference since June?”

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

“President Revenge, we’re not really your whores, are we?”

matthew8787 on November 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

…So, he won’t be “diverted” by a catastrophic international screw-up in Benghazi with revelations of continuing black-op CIA renditions and abandonment of American fighting personnel, or of a treasonous and preposterous cover-up. No. He’ll be diverted by a “sex scandal” – Yeah, we’ll take the political hit for that, and then that’ll be all there is to see folks, so now move along…

bofh on November 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Yeah. That’s how I read it, too.

freedomfirst on November 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

“What do you think the unemployment rate will be in March of next year?”

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Mr. President, who are you attracted to the most? Jay-Z or Beyonce?

Cody1991 on November 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Who is running our country? We’ve got a CIA Director sharing security info with his mistress using an unsecure gmail account. We’ve got the delusional Susan Rice blaming the death of an ambassador on a Youtube video. We’ve got Iran firing on one of our drones a week before the election. We’ve got the White House either ignorant of or covering up all of this. Who is minding the store? Everywhere we look we see the rank incompetence or corruption of the people who are supposedly running our country and our major institutions. Let’s hope that responsible reporters at Obama’s press conference today ask the right questions Americans deserve answers to.

Here’s my question for the president: As our nation’s chief executive you claim to be unaware of the most important and tragic situations we’re facing; so, as a former chief executive, I’d like to know how long it takes for your staff to tell you things like: “Sir, your CIA Director is under investigation”?

- Sarah Palin

idesign on November 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM

“What does Forward really mean?”

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Mr. President….wtf happened to Hot Air?

Tim_CA on November 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

2nd term MUTE BUTTON ACTIVATED.

That being said: Let me see if I can guess what some of the questions might have been for President Loki, son of Asgard.

1. How are you and Michelle holding up under the pressure after the election?

2. When will the Christmas decorations be up so we can have a tour?

3. You look great. Have you been working out?

4. What amendments to the Constitution do you think we really don’t need anymore?

5. Will Michelle be able to be more focused on making sure we all eat right in a 2nd term?

6. Sandy?……should we really name storms with pretty names like that? Isn’t that offensive to a certain segment of the population?

7. Why don’t we see more of you on television since the election? Could we expect that we might see you on say the Disney channel or Nick more than maybe once a month in a 2nd term?

8. Many of your opponents are trying to score political points over this whole Libyan situation on 9/11. Do you think that’s really un-American like most people do?

9. Will you be playing any more golf in a 2nd term? Will you be able to squeeze in some more vacation time with your great looking family?

10. Oh, please don’t go Mr. President, just one more question….Will you please let us know if you feel like you have more “flexibility” after the election to deal with really thorny issues like budgets and stuff like that? Or is the word “budget” just too limiting?

Just a few guesses.

PappyD61 on November 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

“Mr President, did this election cycle feel like vindication against those who have called you incompetent,lazy,ineffective,and a complete and utter failure?”

-Portlandon, Conservative News Central

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Why did Ambassador Stevens have to meet the Turkish ambassador in Benghazi, while both embassies are in Tripoli, on the other side of Libya?

rbj on November 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Mr. President….were you aware that Israel was going to bomb the Gaza Strip today….before it happened?

BobMbx on November 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

“Mr. President,Don’t you feel betrayed that you trusted that Republican Patraeus and he disappointed you with a sex scandal in your otherwise scandal free administration?”

sandee on November 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

“Mr.President, how much does your campaign pay trolls to spam on HotAir?”

JPeterman on November 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

“Mr. President, why are you so darned awesome?”

-MSM

changer1701 on November 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

“When did Holder tell you about Petraeus under-the-desk operation?”

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

11.

Do you really think Romney supporters are “Mitches”?

PappyD61 on November 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

“Mr.President, who will be designing Queen Mooch’s inaugural gown”?

JPeterman on November 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Coleman Outdoors

AubieJon on November 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

will not watch or listen to that lying slug. Y’all with intestinal fortitude please give us what isn’t a lie?
Thanks.
L

letget on November 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Amen. And I say, “..but God damn Amerika!”. Amen.

HiJack on November 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Mr. President, how in the world do you explain 59 precincts in Philadephia casting no votes at all for your opponent?

kingsjester on November 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

“Why was Stevens in Benghazi on 9/11, officially and unofficially?”

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Let’s hope that responsible reporters at Obama’s press conference today ask the right questions Americans deserve answers to.

Gonna be vewy vewy quiet there…

bofh on November 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

12. Mr. President when was the last time you wiped your Beyonce?

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/gossip/la-et-mg-beyonce-election-tumblr-instagram-mitches,0,2077768.story

PappyD61 on November 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

“Mr.President, who will be designing Queen Mooch’s inaugural gown”?

JPeterman on November 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Hidden insulated “lobster pockets” for state dinners?

Tim_CA on November 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Let’s hope that responsible reporters at Obama’s press conference today ask the right questions Americans deserve answers to.

Hahahahahahahahah,choke,hahahahaha

sandee on November 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Mr. President did you know Jill Kelley?

kingsjester on November 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

“Why do you think you are a better and more likeable person than Mitt Romney?”

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

There will be 3 questions, none will be answered, but the response will be 20 minutes long. There will be a lot of Uhhhh’s.

kringeesmom on November 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

How many questions will be asked…? 1….2….3…

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Mr. President, what did Ms. Jarrett mean by payback?

kingsjester on November 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Mr. President did you know Jill Kelley?

kingsjester on November 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Nah “Do Valerie Jarret and Michelle know Jill Kelley?”

Focus

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

He’s already committed to taking more vacation time…”good for his soul”. LOL

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Mr. President, were you watching in the Situation Room, as those 4 Americans were murdered at the Benghazi Consulate?

kingsjester on November 14, 2012 at 1:17 PM

CoffeeLover on November 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Good gosh, could that be true? How does bho think getting on AF1 between Thanksgiving and Christmas, where people have very little money to eat, give gifts, etc. help see his 1.6T tax increase?
Sick, sick!
L

letget on November 14, 2012 at 1:17 PM

How many questions will be asked…? 1….2….3…

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

It doesn’t matter. None will actually be answered.

This appearance is simply to quell the criticism for not having a presser for months.

Cody1991 on November 14, 2012 at 1:17 PM

“Mr President, was the CIA using the Benghazi Compound as an illegal prison for illegal torturous interrogations? And was its secrecy and security top priority over the Benghazi Consulate and their inhabitants?

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 1:18 PM

“Mr. President, why are you selling that empty lot next to your home in Chicago”?

JPeterman on November 14, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Mr. President, during the campaign, you repeatedly spoke of “asking” people with incomes over $250,000 to pay more in taxes. What happens if you ask, but they say no?

J.S.K. on November 14, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Mr. President….is there any truth to the rumor that Ed Morrisey will be “reaching out” to illegals on your behalf?

wait….that one’s already been answered…

Tim_CA on November 14, 2012 at 1:19 PM

He won’t be able to dwell much on his stronger-than-expected victory…

The fact that a 2.8% margin is considered “stronger-than-expected” for the godlike light-bringer says a lot, right there.

KS Rex on November 14, 2012 at 1:19 PM

With luck, maybe Julio can get credentialed in time for the press conference.

bofh on November 14, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Mr President, Who puts the Coke in the holes? Who is smokey the bear?

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 1:20 PM

I currently have nothing civil to say about this excrement.

freedomfirst on November 14, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Mr. President, since you spend so little time in the Oval Office, with your Cabinet and Congress members, don’t you think the “empty chair” criticism is valid?

Cody1991 on November 14, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Who is running our country? We’ve got a CIA Director sharing security info with his mistress using an unsecure gmail account. We’ve got the delusional Susan Rice blaming the death of an ambassador on a Youtube video. We’ve got Iran firing on one of our drones a week before the election. We’ve got the White House either ignorant of or covering up all of this. Who is minding the store? Everywhere we look we see the rank incompetence or corruption of the people who are supposedly running our country and our major institutions. Let’s hope that responsible reporters at Obama’s press conference today ask the right questions Americans deserve answers to.

Here’s my question for the president: As our nation’s chief executive you claim to be unaware of the most important and tragic situations we’re facing; so, as a former chief executive, I’d like to know how long it takes for your staff to tell you things like: “Sir, your CIA Director is under investigation”?

- Sarah Palin

idesign on November 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM

******and yet she bailed on taking on this this this…._______.

I would have walked over broken glass to have her in the White House instead of this guy……but……

PappyD61 on November 14, 2012 at 1:21 PM

I’m watching all the legacy media types preening themselves as they prepare for their stand ups…you can’t tell they are on their knees.

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 1:21 PM

“What enchanted you the most about being reelected?”

Chickyraptor on November 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

“What does Forward really mean?”

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Funny you should mention that. One of the candidates for a local office here in Delaware ran with the slogan, “Moving forward, giving back.”

When I went to the polling place on Nov. 6th to vote, there were 2 teenage boys standing outside wearing his T-shirts. I asked one of them what that slogan meant. He just babbled some crap about improving education, etc (the usual Democratic talking points) with a bewildered look on his face. He probably never expected anyone to ask him that question, and I could tell he had no idea what it meant. Must have been one of the candidate’s kids.

UltimateBob on November 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

“What enchanted you the most about being reelected?”

Chickyraptor on November 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Heh.

Tim_CA on November 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

“Is it OK if I spit?”

bofh on November 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Here’s my question for the president: As our nation’s chief executive you claim to be unaware of the most important and tragic situations we’re facing; so, as a former chief executive, I’d like to know how long it takes for your staff to tell you things like: “Sir, your CIA Director is under investigation”?

- Sarah Palin

idesign on November 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Very good. That’s the question that must be asked.

Gelsomina on November 14, 2012 at 1:23 PM

lol
just popped over to msdnc andrea mitchell trying to scootch her away from luke russert…calling him, ‘your colleague’ and then went ‘our colleague’

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Does it even matter?

Natebo on November 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

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