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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Calculus is actually somewhat easier than Arithmetic.

James on November 14, 2012 at 2:14 PM

He keeps yakking about the holiday season as if something will happen between now and then…. a month and a half?

He knows it looks bleak for retailers.

Delusional idiot

Cody1991 on November 14, 2012 at 2:14 PM

It’s not calculus… Math is hard.

Fallon on November 14, 2012 at 2:15 PM

What was Eds question?

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 2:16 PM

You could hear the nervousness in Ed Henry’s voice when he asked the one serious question? The rest have been…tell us how wonderful you are and congratulations your highness on reelection.

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 2:16 PM

It’s not calculus… Math is hard.

Fallon on November 14, 2012 at 2:15 PM

I don’t think he got anywhere near calculus, I suspect it was long division where he gave up.

slickwillie2001 on November 14, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Thanks, jpeterman, radio went back to covering it.

Fallon on November 14, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Delusional idiot with a Delusional agenda set in motion by a idiots agenda.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 14, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Diplomatic response in Iran before during and after the campaign. Which one you rat-eared idiot this one or 2008. You’ve been rooting for them to nuke Israel for five years now.

Happy Nomad on November 14, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Sandy = global warming! Good grief.

slickwillie2001 on November 14, 2012 at 2:17 PM

What?

Cody1991 on November 14, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Climate change? Really? With apologies to environmentalists, who GAF.

byepartisan on November 14, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Sooo…did he also tell everyone to “Stand Down”?

kingsjester on November 14, 2012 at 2:14 PM

That’s not what he’s saying at this press conference. He’s saying the opposite. He said he gave the order to give them whatever help they needed.

Doughboy on November 14, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Climate change!!!??!!!

Blech! Carbon tax? Tax the rich!

Fallon on November 14, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Now Dear Leader has switched over to a climate expert and that he does believe that climate change is real…and we have an obligation to do sumptin…

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Yes, Scooter. The climate changes all the time. Isn’t God awesome?

And, why weren’t you this concerned when Nashville flooded, you schmuck?

kingsjester on November 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

He said he gave the order to give them whatever help they needed.

Doughboy on November 14, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Yup. (And, he’s lying.)

Fallon on November 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Dear Pres.

When we kiss your ass with the proper lipstick, why are you so mean as to fart in our faces when we love you so much.

With Love On Our Lips.
mam

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Carbon….give me a break.

graywaiter on November 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

That’s not what he’s saying at this press conference. He’s saying the opposite. He said he gave the order to give them whatever help they needed.

Doughboy on November 14, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Good. So if and when it comes out something completely different happened at least we have it on record.

kim roy on November 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Obama, can you heal the planet in four more years?

James on November 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

msm

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Here we go. Kooks and nuts.

Anything to avoid the real issues like unemployment. Just like the last four years.

Cody1991 on November 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

“Future generations” are gonna love the deficit…

Fallon on November 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Run, Run, Run,

Its plant food….

Its plant food……

CO2 kills run run run.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

I don’t think he got anywhere near calculus, I suspect it was long division where he gave up.

slickwillie2001 on November 14, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Hey! If you read his bio, it is clear that he had lessons in grams and ounces in high school.

I wonder how he is in Chemistry?

IlikedAUH2O on November 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

good grief…….u ignored jobs and growth for 4 years!!!

CoffeeLover on November 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM

He is completely bullsh$tting right now…pulling stuff out his azz to ramble on climate change…

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM

PLEASE Shut UP! Market is down 50 points since he started yakking!

graywaiter on November 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM

More ‘investment’ in Clean Energy – bet there’s no follow-up questions on Solyndra, et al…

affenhauer on November 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Beware of a cold blooded liar who belives his own lies.

What you see is what you get.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 14, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Obama II…The Return of the Lyin’ King.

kingsjester on November 14, 2012 at 2:22 PM

No, Jake Tap-Tap?

Fallon on November 14, 2012 at 2:22 PM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Send help.

You knew that would be the answer.

And documentation for CYA has been underway ever since.

MSNBC’s young black guy said this was “over politicized” by the GOP.

Something about this kept Mitt and his minions away.

IlikedAUH2O on November 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM

This is the last time I will listen to him.

Like the small business woman I spoke with yesterday who broke down in tears I have to figure out how to get through the next few years – if that’s possible.

Cody1991 on November 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I I I I

Me Me Me Me

and the beat goes on…….

CoffeeLover on November 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM

What a farce of a press conference.

James on November 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM

The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.

Fallon on November 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM

This last question was clearly a set-up to make the rat-eared bastard look “Presidential” after having to touch on his many failures concerning Benghazi.

Happy Nomad on November 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM

graywaiter on November 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM

That seems to be the case everytime bho gets his face on the tube?

It might have a tiny bit to do with the ‘war’ going on with Israel and hamas?
L

letget on November 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Where is my post?

I just want to ask about the petition where 100,000 have signed up on a whitehouse.gov petition in order to allow Texas to peacefully secede from the union.

What did you do with my post, Hot Air?

Theophile on November 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM

No, Jake Tap-Tap?

Fallon on November 14, 2012 at 2:22 PM

He called on Jonathan Karl from ABC. The King did not answer his question, only to say…

Tax the rich, tax the rich, tax the rich, tax the rich

JPeterman on November 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I got to this late. Was the press conf. softball city from a complicit media?

kagai on November 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I will stop the CO2, you will pay $5.00 a gal for gas and you will love me for it.

Once the CO2 is under control, the corn may not grow but what the hell you will be stuck at home with no gas ,, so shit happens.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Run, Run, Run,

Its plant food….

Its plant food……

CO2 kills run run run.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Soylent Green – It’s PEOPLE!!!!!

D-fusit on November 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I have to figure out how to get through the next few years – if that’s possible.

Cody1991 on November 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Isn’t that the truth Cody1991. I do believe it is going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

CoffeeLover on November 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Putting arms in the hands of those in Libya who might want to harm Americans or Israelis?

Fallon on November 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Wow, that was a great question, but I’m not answering cause you shouted it out.

JPeterman on November 14, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Was the press conf. softball city from a complicit media?

kagai on November 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM

All but two of them slept with Obama during the press conference and one of the two still got down on his knees.

Fallon on November 14, 2012 at 2:26 PM

That is not a horrible precedent to answer questions from the press… What an “arsehole”. Stick to your script.

James on November 14, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Yup. (And, he’s lying.)

Fallon on November 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Of course he’s lying. And he may as well lie about it. If it’s ever confirmed that he refused to send in any help, he’s finished.

Doughboy on November 14, 2012 at 2:27 PM

He spoke just under 1 hour. Answered 8 questions.

CoffeeLover on November 14, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Obama upset that Susan rice us a scapegoat

Lol

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 2:27 PM

All but two of them slept with Obama during the press conference and one of the two still got down on his knees.

Fallon on November 14, 2012 at 2:26 PM

4 more years of this…serenity now!

kagai on November 14, 2012 at 2:27 PM

What a farce of a press conference.

James on November 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM

It wasn’t a press conference. A selected few stenographers were allowed to gush over his victory last week and ask a softball question. Only one question really went off the reservation when he turned into a thug over the idea that Susan Rice would face Senate opposition to putting the lying partisan whore Susan Rice in as SecState.

Happy Nomad on November 14, 2012 at 2:28 PM

…serenity now!

kagai on November 14, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Is that one of those vampire shows?

Fallon on November 14, 2012 at 2:29 PM

I think the White House press corpse is intimidated by White House and its minions…they fear reprisals…

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 2:30 PM

8 flippin questions…..Wow..We don’t want you to break a sweat now.

graywaiter on November 14, 2012 at 2:30 PM

4 more years of this…serenity now!

kagai on November 14, 2012 at 2:27 PM

I’m not sure my blood pressure is going to be able to handle four more years of this arrogant rat-eared traitor and the criminals he promotes to the highest levels of government. Susan Rice does lack the integrity and credibility for her job. Eric Holder should be in jail. Etc.

Happy Nomad on November 14, 2012 at 2:31 PM

No one in the press is going to ask this POTUS the tough questions…

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 2:32 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

I haven’t been able to listen to him for four years; judging by the responses here, the only truth he told was “I won” — and even that is questionable, as many of us remain skeptical owing to massive voter fraud …

ShainS on November 14, 2012 at 2:32 PM

I Hate President Barack H Obama. There, I Said It.

M2RB: The Romantics

Resist We Much on November 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Whuzzup with Obama re Rice. How come he’s so touchy, so protective of her?

Would he stand up for Hillary, Lurch, or Janet Incompetano like that?

petefrt on November 14, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I think the White House press corpse is intimidated by White House and its minions…they fear reprisals…

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Rahm just got caught recording phone calls with Local Chicago media.

If the FBI can spy on the CIA director by reading his emails, what do you think Obama can do to a stupid reporter?

He has them all afraid of what goods he has on them.

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Dear Leader was trying to intimidate duly elected Senators who will oppose Susan Rice for Sec of State….the thug comes out when he has his back against the wall.

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Those tough guys McCain and Graham will soon be giving Obama exactly what he wants on immigration.

Mark1971 on November 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Resist We Much on November 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I don’t hate him. I hate the people who brung him, from the left to the right.

However, I don’t hate hate them. I just with them total destruction by him.

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Due to the cost of energy they can no longer provide cheap food for the masses. Now they go for cheap $ with fact free intrest rates.

The bills will still come due, even if these commie know nothings think they can pay it back with inflation made $ worth 10 cents on the dollar.

Obama’s problem is you can not pay the bills with bull shit.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM

wish them destruction

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 2:37 PM

I cant listen so thanks for the predictable recap. I just want to know after the spend the 97bil theyre collecting from the evil rich where will they get the money? We’re just trying to fly under the radar. Its cery disheartning but its happening.

ldbgcoleman on November 14, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Whuzzup with Obama re Rice. How come he’s so touchy, so protective of her?

Would he stand up for Hillary, Lurch, or Janet Incompetano like that?

petefrt on November 14, 2012 at 2:34 PM

It’s been a few months since I read The Amateur, but I think Ed Klein said they’re pretty tight. She’s one of his closest advisers on national security matters and was obviously his proxy that morning on all those Sunday talk shows peddling the BS line about the YouTube video, so he’s probably not too happy that the normally wussy GOP Senators are so defiant about her potential nomination as Secretary of State.

Doughboy on November 14, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Read it and you’ll get a surprise. :-)

Resist We Much on November 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM

He has them all afraid of what goods he has on them.

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 2:34 PM

They are all filthy dirty rats, like he is. He just has the more pungent sh*t.

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM

I think this was a chilling presser. Dear Leader was putting his political enemies on notice…there will be hell to pay…check your emails.

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Word of the day: besmirch.

Fallon on November 14, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Dear Leader was trying to intimidate duly elected Senators who will oppose Susan Rice for Sec of State….the thug comes out when he has his back against the wall.

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 2:35 PM

See Drudge.

JPeterman on November 14, 2012 at 2:40 PM

there will be hell to pay…check your emails.

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Crap, now you tell me. Write me at the gulag…?…

Fallon on November 14, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Wonder if they are watching these comments…? Hi Val, Axe, Eric…how’s it going?

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Resist We Much on November 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I ‘hate’ evil! bho and every person around bho, from mo/jarrett/holder/hill/etc/etc are evil! Any person who seems to hate our Republic and every citizen here, but the select few foto’s, EVIL seems to be who they are?
L

letget on November 14, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Wonder if they are watching these comments…? Hi Val, Axe, Eric…how’s it going?

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Val, Axe, and Eric are not paying attention. Not when they have perfectly good trolls on the payroll to do that for them.

Happy Nomad on November 14, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I think this was a chilling presser. Dear Leader was putting his political enemies on notice…there will be hell to pay…check your emails.

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Since the election the few people with whom I discuss politics have all admitted that they are afraid to continue to discuss politics. They are genuinely afraid.

Cody1991 on November 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Obama just said Susan Rice had nothing to do with Benghazi…

Than why did Obama send her out to lie on the Sunday news shows?

Was Hillary too drunk?

idesign on November 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

So sick of the lies from the Potus POS.

I’m still reeling from the election and H/A is frankly the only thing I watch or read anymore.
I’ve lost almost all interest in this sh!t.

The takers have won.

litebeam1 on November 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Like this:

Obama upon his vist to China.

“I got such fine tuned well oiled Bull Shit for you guys.”

The ones of China…

“You f’n trying to bull shit us? Take a boat home, we took your air plane.”

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

I Hate President Barack H Obama. There, I Said It.

M2RB: The Romantics

Resist We Much on November 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Well said. Kudos.

and I agree completely.

Solaratov on November 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

The Takers got a con run on them.

Soon nothing in the till to re-distribute.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 14, 2012 at 2:45 PM

I think this was a chilling presser. Dear Leader was putting his political enemies on notice…there will be hell to pay…check your emails.

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM

He really didn’t say anything. This was to get out there and attempt to intimidate the Congressional leadership before Friday. Essentially putting down a marker about his desire to raise taxes by $1.6T along with the looting of Medicare.

Happy Nomad on November 14, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Testing, testing…. my first two posts were not posted, so this is a test.

Theophile on November 14, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Obama just said Susan Rice had nothing to do with Benghazi…

Than why did Obama send her out to lie on the Sunday news shows?

Was Hillary too drunk?

idesign on November 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

That would have been the perfect follow-up question!

Happy Nomad on November 14, 2012 at 2:47 PM

the guy is seriously full of himself…and winning only made it worst

ugh.

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on November 14, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I would ask Obama about the petition which now has 100,000 signatures allowing Texas to divorce itself from the Union.

Theophile on November 14, 2012 at 2:47 PM

He has them all afraid of what goods he has on them.

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 2:34 PM

They are all filthy dirty rats, like he is. He just has the more pungent sh*t.

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Even democratics that don’t perfectly toe the White House line have to wonder if Eric Holder will be reading their emails as well.

slickwillie2001 on November 14, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I Hate President Barack H Obama. There, I Said It.

M2RB: The Romantics

Resist We Much on November 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

In a word: brilliant!

ShainS on November 14, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Hahahahaha! Are you guys still here calling Barry a jug eared POS and liar?!?!?! Well I guess yo uguys are all encouraged by the results you got from doing it for the previous 4 years-so why not right?!?!?!?

HAHAHAHAHAHA!

God it is so f-n awesome to come here and see all your moaning and sadness.

And now you are reduced to trying to figure out how to hate Petraeus. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

He had prisoners in the consulate that the WH did not know about! Now you have to kill SurgeJesus!

HAhahahahahahahsHSDHDHSDKjhazdlfk ‘ kfjn gasp HAhahahahahahahaha

tommyhawk on November 14, 2012 at 2:47 PM

What they do not teach at Harvard Law.

“You can not squeeze blood out of a turnip.”

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 14, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I think the only purpose of the press conference was to be able to say they just held one once the administration begins hemorrhaging after Petraeus’ testimony.

The good news is we don’t have to listen to the unsufferable putz for another 8 months. I can’t stand the way he pads the answers by pandering to his grievance groups in order to run out the clock.

Droopy on November 14, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Susan Rice had nothing to do with Benghazi…let that sink in.

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Years ago I remember seeing a YouTube where someone close to Obama was saying she thought the UN should invade Israel to force them into peace. Was that Susan Rice? I can’t find the video now.

txhsmom on November 14, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Boy is the lsm going after the gop on rice

The audacity of these folks going after rice….. tingles will call them racists soon enough

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 2:48 PM

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