Open thread: Final Obama presser of first term

posted at 11:01 am on January 14, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

A momentous occasion, to be sure, since Obama tried to get by without holding any more press conferences with White House correspondents than absolutely necessary:

So what’s on tap for today’s presser?  Barack Obama will want to make the case for tougher gun laws, even though his own administration shows little enthusiasm for enforcing those on the books already.  He’s almost certainly going to make a pitch for his upcoming proposal on immigration reform, as he races to get ahead of Marco Rubio and secure the center.  Obama will get help in that regard from his latest Cabinet announcement:

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will remain in the same post as President Obama begins a second term, a White House official said Monday. …

A former governor of Arizona, Napolitano may play an important role in Obama’s push for immigration legislation, a high early priority for the administration.

Given the rising criticism of his all-white-male Cabinet announcements of late, it’s no surprise that Napolitano is sticking around for a while longer.  After the departure of Hilda Solis from Labor, Obama can’t afford to lose another woman, even if it would give him the opportunity to name another.

Will the press corps make an issue of the criticism over his Cabinet appointments?  Will they ask questions about what Chuck Hagel’s appointment says about the Obama administration’s posture on Iran?  I’d guess yes to the first, and no to the second, but maybe someone will surprise me.  Keep an eye on Jake Tapper’s replacement in the gaggle, Jonathan Karl, to see if he will continue Tapper’s tradition of nonpartisan scrutiny.

Update: The start of the presser has been pushed back to 11:30 ET.


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“I’m a pretty friendly guy,” President Obama said near the end of his White House news conference Monday afternoon.

I almost choked on my dinner reading that. Friendly to whom? MSNBC for sure. Jay and Beyonce, yup. Hollywood celebrities, you bethcha. Anyone in Washington who happens to disagree with him? Not a chance. What a beligerant, petulant president he’s become.

scalleywag on January 14, 2013 at 8:32 PM

mag·nan·i·mous
1. what Obama is NOT

Paul-Cincy on January 14, 2013 at 10:07 PM

I sure do miss the days when we had an actual American President.

kingsjester on January 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM

This. ^^^^

tbear44 on January 15, 2013 at 4:56 AM

Bride of Frankenstein but uglier.

Sherman1864 on January 15, 2013 at 7:08 AM

I so wanted Pravda or Izvestia to ask Obama to explain why we don’t have a spending problem. I believe that, getting him off-script on that one would have enlightened a lot of people about this debt limit debate.

I will continue to be annoyed at the Republican establishment and the press for helping this guy get re-elected. I’ve never seen a more divisive person as President, in my lifetime, and see no solutions to our problems coming from this White House or his party.

bflat879 on January 15, 2013 at 7:28 AM

What does a screen cap of Obama and Frank Luntz have to do with this thread?

BuckeyeSam on January 15, 2013 at 8:39 AM

“Big sis” looks like a dressed-up member of a special-ed class.

MelonCollie on January 15, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Yeesh, that picture. I still keep seeing a big bright red nose on her. It fits the eyes and face perfectly.

jake49 on January 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM

She still thinks Janet Reno is in the building and needs o find her and her . The mission, ride off into the sunset in that Fire Red pick-up to race off

MSGTAS on January 16, 2013 at 7:44 AM

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