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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Is he lying yet?

forest on November 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Poor Luke. It was a legitimate question. However, he doesn’t have the chops to get away with it, like his Dad did.

kingsjester on November 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

kingsjester on November 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

yup

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Is he lying yet?

forest on November 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

only if his lips are moving.

(is it really a lie if you’re reading it off of a teleprompter…?)

Tim_CA on November 14, 2012 at 1:27 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’s scary is how when Bite Me promised on the campaign trail a few weeks ago that they were going to raise taxes by a $1 trillion that he was actually lowballing.

Doughboy on November 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog

Hamas leader takes his new Chevy Volt out for a spin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6U2ZQ0EhN4&feature=player_embedded

“There I was, driving along, minding my own damn business … .

davidk on November 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Obama: Just this once I’ll let you ask me about my business.

Press: Did you let Americans die in Benghazi and then lie and cover up because it suited your criminal political goals?

Obama: No. (You stupid schifosa)

claudius on November 14, 2012 at 1:28 PM

First Question:

“what’s your favorite color”…

PatriotRider on November 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

How Many lights to you see Mr. President?

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Mitt Romney still isn’t talking about Benghazi, so why should the press ask any questions on it?

Deets on November 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Israeli PSA

IDF ‏@IDFSpokesperson

We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead.
Retweeted by David Burge

davidk on November 14, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Here is a real leader”

http://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin/posts/10151264793653588

Sarah Palin · 3,482,019 like this
31 minutes ago ·

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

We need a TRUE Conservative to lead our party.

PALIN 2016

ChuckTX on November 14, 2012 at 1:32 PM

BHO chooming in the green room….

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 1:32 PM

How Many lights to you see Mr. President?

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM

“Um, uh, purple.”

davidk on November 14, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Mr. Pesident, is the offensive by Israel in response to your re-election?

kingsjester on November 14, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Two minute warning for #OPresser

Connie on November 14, 2012 at 1:33 PM

He is so cooooooool…..on jobs like a laser.

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Was this supposed to be a Noon Presser? 35 minutes late…that’s about right for the Manchurian President.

kingsjester on November 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Just another campaign speech, nothing to see here, move along folks.

JPeterman on November 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

His eyes are blood shot and he is munching on cheetos….?

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Mitt Romney still isn’t talking about Benghazi, so why should the press ask any questions on it?

Deets on November 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Here is a real leader”

http://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin/posts/10151264793653588

Sarah Palin · 3,482,019 like this
31 minutes ago ·

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

We need a TRUE Conservative to lead our party.

PALIN 2016

ChuckTX on November 14, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Next question.

davidk on November 14, 2012 at 1:36 PM

1st tough question:

So MR. President, congratulations on your victory. Since the 1st term and the election worked out so well, what can we do to allow this second term to go just as smooth?

bflat879 on November 14, 2012 at 1:36 PM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog

Hamas leader takes his new Chevy Volt out for a spin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6U2ZQ0EhN4&feature=player_embedded

“There I was, driving along, minding my own damn business … .

davidk on November 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Gotta give it to the Israelis, they’ve pretty much perfected the air-to-jihadi missile.

slickwillie2001 on November 14, 2012 at 1:37 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’s scary is how when Bite Me promised on the campaign trail a few weeks ago that they were going to raise taxes by a $1 trillion that he was actually lowballing.

Doughboy on November 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

He is spouting off the same old same old as he’s been saying over and over again. Raise those rates on the rich NOW…

CoffeeLover on November 14, 2012 at 1:37 PM

I’m glad to hear Obama is open to new ideas.

/

Doughboy on November 14, 2012 at 1:38 PM

More threats and thuggish rhetoric…I won.

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 1:38 PM

How Many lights to you see Mr. President?

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Bam’s no Jean Luc Piccard. Is that your reference, portlandon?

crash72 on November 14, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Dear Leader do you want us to further your agenda for REVENGE?

suziejoh on November 14, 2012 at 1:38 PM

You already have all of our money, Preezy. Telll your anonymous ME credit card donors to send some more dinero your way.

kingsjester on November 14, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Premise of first question: little Bammie didn’t know about the investigation of Petraeus…

Good grief.

slickwillie2001 on November 14, 2012 at 1:40 PM

It begins already.

“I have no evidence at this point… there is an ongoing investigation, and I don’t want to comment on any specifics of that investigation.”

Longing4Lincoln on November 14, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Ummmm, uhhhhh, ummmmm, uhhhhhh…don’t want to comment while investigation is going on…………..

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 1:40 PM

No, no, no. Please don’t comment on any ongoing investigations, Mr. President.

Doughboy on November 14, 2012 at 1:40 PM

What about voters….

“uhh… eeehh… uhhh.”

Longing4Lincoln on November 14, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Good Call Ed.

That did not take long

TomAnon on November 14, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Associated Press accepts that the POTUS was not told about DP until after the election…
Should have been…When did you first become aware of the investigation of the DCIA..?

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 1:42 PM

No, no, no. Please don’t comment on any ongoing investigations, Mr. President.

Doughboy on November 14, 2012 at 1:40 PM

The CIA acted stupidly…

Oh wait, they work for me? Nevermind, still under investigation.

slickwillie2001 on November 14, 2012 at 1:42 PM

No, no, no. Please don’t comment on any ongoing investigations, Mr. President.

Doughboy on November 14, 2012 at 1:40 PM

“You are going to have to get your answers from the FBI”

JPeterman on November 14, 2012 at 1:42 PM

BS. I hope the General sinks Scooter’s Battleship.

kingsjester on November 14, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Who are these reporters? Drag them into a closet and beat the liberal indoctrination out of them.

Longing4Lincoln on November 14, 2012 at 1:43 PM

CNN hits him from the left….

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 1:43 PM

The same tired old lines he’s said over and over…

CoffeeLover on November 14, 2012 at 1:43 PM

“Two years ago the economy was in a different situation.”

Yeah, it was better.

Doughboy on November 14, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Bam’s no Jean Luc Piccard. Is that your reference, portlandon?

crash72 on November 14, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Yeah it was.

Obama would break quick. Probably before the lights turned on.

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 1:43 PM

The questions, however they are parsed, all come down to one sentiment;

Oh Messiah, is being you even more wonderful than knowing you?

Whether that is meant in the “Biblical” sense or not, I leave as a subject for discussion.

Once more, I am acutely glad I don’t have cable or satellite, and only really use my TV for watching classic films like The Big Sleep (1945 and 1946 versions, both) and the original King Kong (1933).

I expect to get much more of that sort of thing done in the next four years.

clear ether

eon

eon on November 14, 2012 at 1:43 PM

That last question was basically, “How dare you not stand up to those dirty, rich-loving Republicans. Surely you won’t fail us again, right?”

Longing4Lincoln on November 14, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Fiscal Cliff question. Another softball. Campaign speech, rewind.

TomAnon on November 14, 2012 at 1:44 PM

He wants to reform the tax structure and eliminate loopholes and deductions. Where did I here that idea recently?

Doughboy on November 14, 2012 at 1:45 PM

So we’re 0-for-2 on answering questions. I suspect that he’ll end the press conference with no better than a .100 batting average on even answering the questions.

Longing4Lincoln on November 14, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Go watch the 2004 post-election press conference from Bush in 2004. Then compare and contrast.

How this guy got re-elected still baffles me.

And this press, they are his lapdog so far in this. What kind of questions are these?

James on November 14, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Wash, rinse, repeat.

Blah, blah, blah, blah….

Cody1991 on November 14, 2012 at 1:46 PM

shortened……….I refuse to reduce spending on anything.

CoffeeLover on November 14, 2012 at 1:46 PM

I won!!!!

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 1:46 PM

The wealthy people must pay more, I won.

JPeterman on November 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Why is he still campaigning against Romney? What are your plans now that you have WON the election?

James on November 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Did I mention that I won!!!?

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Oh no. The child king believes that he has a “clear majority” that agrees with him.

We’re screwed.

Longing4Lincoln on November 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

He’s flexible and is willing to negotiate except on items where he is totally inflexible and not willing to negotiate. Is there really anything that fits into the former?

slickwillie2001 on November 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I won.

TomAnon on November 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Oh good, he’s “willing to look at the work we can do on the discretionary spending side.”

I’m sure we’ve got major reforms coming down the pike.

Longing4Lincoln on November 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Is he still talking about “Bush tax cuts for the wealthy”? Is there any reason for him to have had this press conference?

forest on November 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Lecturing and hectoring.

Imagine a different election outcome….. in a couple of months we would have been listening to someone intelligent with something worthwhile to say.

Cody1991 on November 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

This “press” conference is such a farce!

James on November 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

One question on patraeus

Nothing about the actual attack?

Im shocked
/

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Question 4 from TELEMUNDO. How are they the fourth most important news organization? He’s clearly steering toward the more friendly media outlets.

Longing4Lincoln on November 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

He just effected a Latino accent…heh.

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Amazing that 4 years in office and he’s still “looking at” cutting spending and reforming entitlements. Is he still gonna be “looking at” that in his farewell address?

Doughboy on November 14, 2012 at 1:49 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

Purina

Solaratov on November 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Obama the prophet cites his prophecy about the strong latino vote and republican navel-gazing.

All hail.

Longing4Lincoln on November 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

No one is still interested in anything about Benghazi?

silvernana on November 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

“Two years ago the economy was in a different situation.”

Yeah, it was better.

Doughboy on November 14, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Snap.

BobMbx on November 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

A concerned president would skip the inauguration, alas.

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

The Press Pool needs a gong that they can strike when he starts rambling too long.

Longing4Lincoln on November 14, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Layoffs in Jan. will be epic.

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:51 PM

No one is still interested in anything about Benghazi?

silvernana on November 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

That was rhetorical, right?

Doughboy on November 14, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Another campaign speech…

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 1:51 PM

“How exactly has your reelection enchanted you, Mr. Perfect, and may I say you look dashing today.”

-hard hitting non-partisan media

Bishop on November 14, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Fluke Obama, not in a good way. He is a delusional demonic charlatanic thug.

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Wow
Yeah hard hitting questions indeed there politico

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 1:52 PM

“What’s the secret to your awesomeness Mr. President?”

Akzed on November 14, 2012 at 1:52 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

Purina

Solaratov on November 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Trick question. VV00kies don’t wear clothes.

BobMbx on November 14, 2012 at 1:52 PM

He talks and talks and says very little. He does believe he has a mandate to take from “the rich.”

I just don’t like this man.

Fallon on November 14, 2012 at 1:52 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

Purina

Solaratov on November 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Not sure who will design it, but I predict a yellow print material.

slickwillie2001 on November 14, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Will someone just make him shut the hell up?

Longing4Lincoln on November 14, 2012 at 1:52 PM

He didn’t come close to answering those questions….

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 1:52 PM

A concerned president would skip the inauguration, alas.

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

It will be the most expensive ever.

Let. It. Burn.

JPeterman on November 14, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Media, suffocate in Obama’s azz, you fools.

It’s not Beluga caviar.

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:52 PM

No wonder he appeals to ignorant voters. They can identify with him.

Cody1991 on November 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Will he call on ed Henry?

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM

slickwillie2001 on November 14, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Like I said, A Frames From Thornton Melon’s Big & Tall.

kingsjester on November 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Chuck Todd asks a good needling question on the investigation.

And taxes.

Bravo…. ish.

Longing4Lincoln on November 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Layoffs in Jan. will be epic.

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:51 PM

More like right before January. The 2014 Obamacare regulations are based off of 2013 employment numbers.

MobileVideoEngineer on November 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Jake Tapper at all?

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Did the Whitehouse arrange these questions?

Shouldn’t the press be asking questions? I seem to remember a time when the press would come up with and determine the order of questions.

This is so lame.

James on November 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Sgt. Schultz defense???? Bphphpwaaahahahaaaa

jake49 on November 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Should you have known sooner or are you withholding judgement? Oh dear heavens… What a stupid question.

FOUR DEAD IN BEN-GHA-ZI.

Fallon on November 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Liar, Liar, Liar!!!

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Chuck Todd – I will give you credit for your first question.

D-fusit on November 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Liar, Liar, Liar.

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

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