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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Too bad.

Bmore on January 14, 2013 at 11:03 AM

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.

You’re killing me, Ed. Go easy with the jokes this early in the morning.

Doughboy on January 14, 2013 at 11:03 AM

So sad?

Bmore on January 14, 2013 at 11:04 AM

You’re killing me, Ed. Go easy with the jokes this early in the morning.

Doughboy on January 14, 2013 at 11:03 AM

I’m here to help.

Ed Morrissey on January 14, 2013 at 11:05 AM

I’m here to help.

Ed Morrissey on January 14, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Ha!

Bmore on January 14, 2013 at 11:06 AM

I wonder if Pravda and Izvestia have submitted their questions and know who’s been picked to ask them yet? I can’t imagine this press corp asking anything tough and, if they do, there certainly won’t be a follow-up. I think I’d ask if he believes Washington has a spending problem?

bflat879 on January 14, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will remain in the same post

I guess he can’t find an equally unqualified butch carpet muncher.

The Rogue Tomato on January 14, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Marco Rooobio and his “immigration reform”….puleeze.

Being an ardent Mark Levin fan I know of his love for all things Roooobio, so color me shocked when I see Mark has posted a link on his facebook page to this…..

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/337590/groundhog-day-immigration-mark-krikorian#

Happy and relieved that Mark’s eyes are opening to Mr Rubio’s true immigration vision…..one that will keep him out of the WH.

tencole on January 14, 2013 at 11:10 AM

“Was that really a $30 Target dress that Michelle wore in Hawaii?”…that will be about as edgy as the presstitutes will get…

hillsoftx on January 14, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Yeah I expect the press to be twice as tough on poor Barky than they were for the past fourtwenty years. /

Brat on January 14, 2013 at 11:11 AM

I’m tired of these press conferences interrupting The Young and the Restless.

TxAnn56 on January 14, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Notice how the biggest losers always stick around.

HopeHeFails on January 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM

I’m here to help.

Ed Morrissey on January 14, 2013 at 11:05 AM!

Ha

Bmore on January 14, 2013 at 11:06 AM

He means he’s here to help his establishment buddies.

Unless of course we’re talking guns….then he’s 100% conservative hawk.

It’s really getting tedious.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM

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.

You mean to tell me that’s not a man?

UltimateBob on January 14, 2013 at 11:14 AM

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

That’s a woman? The Crying Game- DC edition.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2013 at 11:14 AM

You mean to tell me that’s not a man?

UltimateBob on January 14, 2013 at 11:14 AM

that’s never been proven.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:15 AM

I’m tired of these press conferences interrupting The Young and the Restless.

TxAnn56 on January 14, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Since Obama is almost always late to these proceedings, does this mean he’ll come on right after 12 when Rush’s show hits the air?

Doughboy on January 14, 2013 at 11:15 AM

C-SPAN is saying 11:30.

theperfecteconomist on January 14, 2013 at 11:16 AM

I’m tired of these press conferences interrupting The Young and the Restless.

TxAnn56 on January 14, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Well, you wouldn’t expect him to interrupt Honey Boo Boo would you?

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2013 at 11:16 AM

You mean to tell me that’s not a man?

UltimateBob on January 14, 2013 at 11:14 AM

That’s a woman? The Crying Game- DC edition.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Great minds, and all that. :-)

UltimateBob on January 14, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Shouldn’t it be titled:

O = Obamaa

R = Recites

G = Galavanizes

A = Attentive

S = Sycophant

M = Media

I mean isn’t that what the media will fawn after this event?

rsherwd65 on January 14, 2013 at 11:17 AM

C-SPAN is saying 11:30.

theperfecteconomist on January 14, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Which means sometime between 11:45 and 12:30.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2013 at 11:17 AM

What’s the over-under on how late Obama will be?

rockmom on January 14, 2013 at 11:17 AM

What are the odds bho will not show up on time? He never has for anything as far as I recall?
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letget on January 14, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Happy and relieved that Mark’s eyes are opening to Mr Rubio’s true immigration vision…..one that will keep him out of the WH.

tencole on January 14, 2013 at 11:10 AM

We can only hope that the outcry over amnesty is enough to halt the push again.

Back in 2007, when Bush pushed an immigration bill, Numbers USA supporters flooded congressional fax machines and phones with letters and calls. The New York Times credited the group with halting the bill. “And we only had 350,000 members then,” Beck says proudly.

NumbersUSA now has 1.3 million members so I expect the outcry to be even louder.

TxAnn56 on January 14, 2013 at 11:18 AM

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.

Rubio’s amnesty sellout is not the “center”. The left would be very happy if it became law.

Jon0815 on January 14, 2013 at 11:18 AM

What are the odds bho will not show up on time? He never has for anything as far as I recall?
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letget on January 14, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Not true. He never misses a tee time or tipoff.

Doughboy on January 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Which means sometime between 11:45 and 12:30.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Deadlines are for the little people.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM

“Was that really a $30 Target dress that Michelle wore in Hawaii?”…that will be about as edgy as the presstitutes will get…

hillsoftx on January 14, 2013 at 11:10 AM

She had to, poor girl. No couture designer carries or tailors size 28 dresses.

Archivarix on January 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Well, you wouldn’t expect him to interrupt Honey Boo Boo would you?

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2013 at 11:16 AM

From the little I’ve seen or heard of Honey Boo Boo, I bet should could give a better press conference and make more sense.

TxAnn56 on January 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM

She had to, poor girl. No couture designer carries or tailors size 28 dresses.

Archivarix on January 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM

lol

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Doughboy on January 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM

True! I stand corrected.
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letget on January 14, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Surprise! Bill Clinton to show up as “presenter.”

Brat on January 14, 2013 at 11:22 AM

From the little I’ve seen or heard of Honey Boo Boo, I bet should could give a better press conference and make more sense.

TxAnn56 on January 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM

I’ve read she refers to her external female reproductive organ as “biscuit”. We have to refer to ours as “Mr. President”.

Archivarix on January 14, 2013 at 11:23 AM

FOX just put up a standby feed on page 1 of the site.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Archivarix on January 14, 2013 at 11:23 AM

lol…

you’re on fire this morning.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Will the press corps make an issue of the criticism over his Cabinet appointments?

…can they do that when they’re on their knees?…………..with their mouth full?

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2013 at 11:27 AM

I’ve read she refers to her external female reproductive organ as “biscuit”. We have to refer to ours as “Mr. President”.

Archivarix on January 14, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Ouch! That’s going to leave a mark.

All kidding aside, what kind of redneck teaches her daughter to publicly joke about her lady parts like that?

UltimateBob on January 14, 2013 at 11:27 AM

I’ve read she refers to her external female reproductive organ as “biscuit”. We have to refer to ours as “Mr. President”.

Archivarix on January 14, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Now that’s funny.

TxAnn56 on January 14, 2013 at 11:27 AM

We can only hope that the outcry over amnesty is enough to halt the push again.

Back in 2007, when Bush pushed an immigration bill, Numbers USA supporters flooded congressional fax machines and phones with letters and calls. The New York Times credited the group with halting the bill. “And we only had 350,000 members then,” Beck says proudly.

NumbersUSA now has 1.3 million members so I expect the outcry to be even louder.

TxAnn56 on January 14, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Roy Beck of NumbersUSA sounded very confident in a recent interview that they can kill it in the House again.

Jon0815 on January 14, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Another campaign speech

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 11:30 AM

bho is probably waiting till Rush comes on as he seems to do all the time?
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letget on January 14, 2013 at 11:30 AM

So that makes what? His Third Presser?

portlandon on January 14, 2013 at 11:30 AM

The jugeared jackass will solve the economic problems by proposing to enable millions of illegal aliens to work legally.

The journo-listers will swoon and drool. And the band plays on.

platypus on January 14, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Well….11:30 has now passed….business as usual…you’d think the a-hole could buy a watch.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM

lol… you’re on fire this morning.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Now that’s funny.

TxAnn56 on January 14, 2013 at 11:27 AM

“There is no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.” — Will Rogers

Archivarix on January 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM

O/T a bit but on bho. If you want to see something funny, go to below link and see the picture of bho under ‘world, dognapping gangs on rise’!

http://www.wnd.com/
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letget on January 14, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Well….11:30 has now passed….business as usual…you’d think the a-hole could buy a watch.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Cut the dude some slack. He thought it was 2008 when he visited Westminster Abbey in 2011, so keeping track of time probably isn’t his forte.

Doughboy on January 14, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Is this one also going to be full of cheering fans?

cibolo on January 14, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Mr. President, who ordered the stand down in Benghazi?

sandspur on January 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM

A momentous occasion, to be sure

…wasn’t Janet Napolitano one of the winners I saw on the NFL’s Punt Pass & Kick contest yesterday?

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM

O/T a bit but on bho. If you want to see something funny, go to http://www.wnd.com and see the picture of bho under ‘world, dognapping gangs on rise’!

letget on January 14, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Very chuckleworthy.

Archivarix on January 14, 2013 at 11:38 AM

letget on January 14, 2013 at 11:35 AM

lol….looks like smoked shnauzer with cajun seasoning.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Mr. President, who ordered the stand down in Benghazi?

sandspur on January 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM

C’mon, you know he can’t comment on that when there’s still an ongoing investigation.

Doughboy on January 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM

here we go!

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Mr. President, who ordered the stand down in Benghazi?

sandspur on January 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Chairman Hu Jintao. Why are you asking?

Archivarix on January 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM

been a very productive 4 years.

The economy is rolling.

what an ass

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM

He’s already got me sick to my stomach!

CoffeeLover on January 14, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Ah yes, cutting spending. Good idea. Too bad you didn’t do that with the fiscal cliff deal.

Doughboy on January 14, 2013 at 11:41 AM

I, I, me, me

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Bragging about all these spending cuts… dude you still reached the debt ceiling

Idiot

Blame Congress yada. Yada yada

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Blaming it all on congress….how original.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:41 AM

I I I I I I I I I I I I

fair share

I I I I I I I I I I I

50sGuy on January 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM

We still need revenue

Balanced package… drink!

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM

oh but the American people agree with him……………Oi

CoffeeLover on January 14, 2013 at 11:43 AM

A skinny little, ego-driven snake-oil-salesman.

the press will swoon.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Closing loopholes in the tax code for wealthy Americans. Gee, which Presidential candidate ran on that platform and ridiculed for it?

Doughboy on January 14, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Balanced approach…responsible way. Words just words.

Brat on January 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM

lmao…

through the lens of politics!

hilarious

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Liar!

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM

We still need revenue

Balanced package… drink!

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM

I would love a reporter to ask about the 47% of the people who pay no income tax at all.

You know fair share and all that.

gophergirl on January 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Oh no
Social security
Military pay

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM

that’s right scare the people…he won’t pay SS, Medicare, Military….

CoffeeLover on January 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Threats.

Brat on January 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM

congressional Republicans

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Balanced approach…responsible way. Words just words.

Brat on January 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM

What’s so asinine about this is that he just got his g-ddamn tax hikes! True, not all of them since the cutoff was 400 grand for individuals and not 200 grand. But he still ended up 75% of the new “revenue” he asked for. The rest of the “balance” needs to come from spending cuts. Everyone knows this. Well, maybe not everyone based on what Boehner relayed from his meeting with Obama.

Doughboy on January 14, 2013 at 11:46 AM

and everyone is irresponsible but HIM!

CoffeeLover on January 14, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Ransom.

Brat on January 14, 2013 at 11:46 AM

MIGHT tip us into recession…who writes this sh!t?

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:46 AM

What a shameless dork.

D-fusit on January 14, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Indeed gg

Lsm just digging this

Gop must act responsibly…never mind what ge and the dems have not done

Blames the rating downgrade on the gop natch

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 11:46 AM

he’s blaming his debt on congressional republicans.

he’s just such a cute little libtard.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Goody, question time.

D-fusit on January 14, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Bahahahaha

@figdrewton Who has a live link for this press conference? I’m getting an old one from 2008.

rockmom on January 14, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Closing loopholes in the tax code for wealthy Americans. Gee, which Presidential candidate ran on that platform and ridiculed for it?

Doughboy on January 14, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Closing loopholes and deductions in the tax code for the “wealthy” will make limousine liberals howl like never before… These f***ing hypocrites only advocate higher taxes in public because they know that they can use every tax loopholes and deductions under the sun to make any tax increase practically ineffective… If Obama wants the biggest civil war in the history of the democrat party and a war with the “rulers” of the democrat party i.e. the limousine liberals then he will go after tax loopholes and deductions…

mnjg on January 14, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Gun Violence….drink!!

(wait…. too early)

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Ap…gun violence

Debt ceiling meh

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 11:48 AM

I can’t believe you guys are actually watching this turd brain.

I’m at work, but if I was home today the last thing I’d be doing is raising my blood pressure by watching this purple lipped lying sack of sh1t.

UltimateBob on January 14, 2013 at 11:49 AM

First question…gun violence.

Brat on January 14, 2013 at 11:49 AM

I had to turn it off. I just can’t abide him.

Naturally Curly on January 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM

I’m at work, but if I was home today the last thing I’d be doing is raising my blood pressure by watching this purple lipped lying sack of sh1t.

UltimateBob on January 14, 2013 at 11:49 AM

It’s actually pretty funny.

Any of us here could have written this speech….same ol’ sh!t.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Goody, question time.

D-fusit on January 14, 2013 at 11:48 AM

That was a short one.

UltimateBob on January 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM

I can’t believe you guys are actually watching this turd brain.

I’m at work, but if I was home today the last thing I’d be doing is raising my blood pressure by watching this purple lipped lying sack of sh1t.

UltimateBob on January 14, 2013 at 11:49 AM

I watch it and comment on it to spare as many others on here from the pain of listening to this farce. If I were at home, I’d be playing the Obama drinking game. And probably be passed out already.

Doughboy on January 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Yepper Tim

SSDD

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Congresscritter wouldn’t have to weigh their own conscience if they just followed the Constitution!!!

D-fusit on January 14, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Chuck Todd EO for debt ceiling

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 11:52 AM

“MAKING SURE I’M HONEST TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!!!

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Chuck Todd….Executive Order on debt ceiling. Emancipation Proclamation…good grief

CoffeeLover on January 14, 2013 at 11:52 AM

He won’t answer the question… blames gop to pay the bills

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 11:52 AM

It’s actually pretty funny.

Any of us here could have written this speech….same ol’ sh!t.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM

I can understand the entertainment value of it.

I watch it and comment on it to spare as many others on here from the pain of listening to this farce.

Doughboy on January 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Thank you for performing this service. :-)

Del Dolemonte does the same thing by going to toxic sites like DU and Daily Koz and relaying to us what the brain dead commenters there are saying.

UltimateBob on January 14, 2013 at 11:53 AM

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