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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They ORDER him to spend, oh god help us!

D-fusit on January 14, 2013 at 11:53 AM

We’re not a deadbeat nation? I think his reelection offers evidence to the contrary.

Doughboy on January 14, 2013 at 11:53 AM

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

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 11:52 AM

In other words: “I’ll run up the bills, and let the GOP figure out how to pay them.”

POS.

UltimateBob on January 14, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Still no hard questions…and no follow-ups.

color me surprised.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM

“Deadbeat Nation” seems to be the latest trigger word!

CoffeeLover on January 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Lap dog media no counter response to him

Cripe

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Spot on ultimate bob

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM

@jimgeraghty BREAKING: Helpless President Laments How Congress Forces Him to Spend So Much Money

rockmom on January 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM

He needs his binky, w/o totus he loses his train of thought. He can’t even answer a simple question w/o rambling on and on….

D-fusit on January 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM

In other words: “I’ll run up the bills, and let the GOP figure out how to pay them.”

POS.

UltimateBob on January 14, 2013 at 11:54 AM

This is the most ridiculous logic I’ve ever heard. Like he’s obligated to spend this money by Congress? You are allowed to reduce federal spending. Nothing is written in stone.

Doughboy on January 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Pay our bills
Drink!

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM

He continues to ABSOLVE himself of any responsibility for the spending.

CoffeeLover on January 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Everything Bad = GOP

Everything Good = Me.

BHO.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM

He talks about “trillions” as though it’s pocket change.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:57 AM

I can, welfare, EBT cards, section 8 housing……

D-fusit on January 14, 2013 at 11:57 AM

The Math Just Doesn’t Add Up

Drink!

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:58 AM

He continues to ABSOLVE himself of any responsibility for the spending.

CoffeeLover on January 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM

That’s part of the stratgery of never passing a budget.

Doughboy on January 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM

It’s amazing coffee lover and the lsm will let him get away with this crapola

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Everything Bad = GOP

Everything Good = Me.

BHO.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM

That’s about it right there.

And the fawning media agrees.

UltimateBob on January 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Wonder if anyone will count the ‘I, me’ in this joke from bho?
L

letget on January 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Did he just admit that barkycare is the #1 driver of our debt, hum……….

D-fusit on January 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM

A gun at the head of the American People.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Just how screwed are we, that this clown can make these arguments and no one calls him on it ?? He sounds like my brother in law with the “we’re not deadbeat nation” My BIL always claimed he wasn’t a drug addict, now he’s in rehab. How long will it be until the USA is in rehab??

rik on January 14, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Reduce health care spending? How? It’s going up thanks to Obamacare.

Doughboy on January 14, 2013 at 12:00 PM

ROTFLMAO.

“THIS IS ABOUT PAYING OUR BILLS”

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM

um, ah, aaaaahhhh, say what about going out to diner.

D-fusit on January 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Obama lecturing anyone on dining frugally is beyond insulting.

Doughboy on January 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Apparently we need to eat at mickey D’s instead of spagos…
What a crappy analogy and the lsm will focus on it

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Smarmy little douche has the nerve to talk about “compromise”

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM

It’s amazing coffee lover and the lsm will let him get away with this crapola

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM

So far not one of them called him on the slop he’s serving.

CoffeeLover on January 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM

sadly, the truth is that President Obama is still paying for a lot of Bush’s mistakes

nonpartisan on January 14, 2013 at 12:03 PM

uh oh….tough question…time to deflect!

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 12:03 PM

You won’t negotiate there bub
Major garret

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Deflect

Deflect

Congress

Republicans

Deflect

Deflect

Republicans

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 12:04 PM

President Irwin Corey

50sGuy on January 14, 2013 at 12:04 PM

teh one is annoyed w/ Major.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 12:05 PM

He’s got no responsibility for this. Ohhh he’s trying to ding Major Garrett for the follow ups now!

CoffeeLover on January 14, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I don’t think anyone would think my position is unreasonable
dear leader

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 12:06 PM

I just turned it on 5 minutes ago. Everything a lie, and straw men. Talks about “default”. Talks about paying our bills.

We’ve made promises, and we can’t keep all of them. The question is, which promises do we keep. We should CERTAINLY keep the promise to pay interest on our debt, yet Obama is indicating “default” is the consequence of not raising the debt ceiling.

Now, he repeats, “balanced way”. The house is on fire, Idiot.

Paul-Cincy on January 14, 2013 at 12:07 PM

blames Congress for the economy not moving further and putting more people back to work!

O leads from behind…some more.

LOL, saying Congress’ position is it’s their way or no way. OMG…roflmao pot meet kettle

CoffeeLover on January 14, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Obama sure loves having conversations. Funny how none of them ever lead to any sort of real solutions.

Doughboy on January 14, 2013 at 12:07 PM

change subject

Deflect

Republicans

Deflect

Republicans

Me

my

Deflect

Republicans

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 12:07 PM

He’s talking about “default” again. That’s HIS plan, not the Republicans!

Paul-Cincy on January 14, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Long Lines At Gun Shows!!!!

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Oohhh noooo there are so many long gun lines

Yeah karl is NOT tapper

What a shame

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 12:08 PM

2 out of 4 questions on GUNS.

CoffeeLover on January 14, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Later in the week I’ll drop the hammer w/ an EO!

D-fusit on January 14, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Yeah, we’re the ones drumming up fear.

D-fusit on January 14, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Gun Buyers have no common sense?

Interesting that.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 12:09 PM

you guys are neglecting the fact that the republican party is more extreme than ever and has shifted far to the right, so much so that it has lost 2 elections and even major republican personalities have said that the party has left them

how is Obama supposed to negotiate with a party so extreme? if republicans bring to obama a sensible plan, i have no doubt the president is willing to listen

nonpartisan on January 14, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Nonpartisan

Puhleeze

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 12:11 PM

how is Obama supposed to negotiate with a party so extreme? if republicans bring to obama a sensible plan, i have no doubt the president is willing to listen

nonpartisan on January 14, 2013 at 12:10 PM

lol…Newsweek much?

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 12:11 PM

nonpartisan on January 14, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Here, / you dropped this.

D-fusit on January 14, 2013 at 12:11 PM

you guys are neglecting the fact that the republican party is more extreme than ever and has shifted far to the right, so much so that it has lost 2 elections and even major republican personalities have said that the party has left them

nonpartisan on January 14, 2013 at 12:10 PM

If the GOP is so extreme, then why did Romney win the moderate/independent vote?

sentinelrules on January 14, 2013 at 12:12 PM

I wish some reporter would ask how much the TWO round-trips to Hawaii, on Air Force One, cost the American taxpayers for his Christmas vacation.

JetBlast on January 14, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Debt ceiling getting dinged about his not negotiating

Taken his words out of context doncha know

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 12:12 PM

if republicans bring to obama a sensible plan, i have no doubt the president is willing to listen

nonpartisan on January 14, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Moon … green cheese/

Dipsh!t

koaiko on January 14, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Millionares and Billionares!

Drink!!

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 12:13 PM

how is Obama supposed to negotiate with a party so extreme? if republicans bring to obama a sensible plan, i have no doubt the president is willing to listen

nonpartisan on January 14, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Simpson-Bowles? Do you enjoy lying?

sentinelrules on January 14, 2013 at 12:13 PM

What is this Budget he speaks about?

D-fusit on January 14, 2013 at 12:14 PM

We’ve already made cuts we need more revenues

Arrrgghh

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 12:14 PM

“If the GOP is so extreme, then why did Romney win the moderate/independent vote?

sentinelrules on January 14, 2013 at 12:12 PM”

uh, because Romney became extremely rightwinged during the primaries…he certainly wasn’t the moderate who served as governor. And that was imo part of his downfall, the moderate Romney might’ve had the chance. Conservatives are killing their own party by driving their candidates to extremist positions during the primaries that haunt them in the general.

nonpartisan on January 14, 2013 at 12:14 PM

The President and his minions are scared to death of the House’s purse strings.

Speakup on January 14, 2013 at 12:14 PM

We’ve now done some big cuts

Friggin Hilarious.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Republicans Destroy.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Narrow faction is dictating in the Congress

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Break the habit of negotiating/

koaiko on January 14, 2013 at 12:16 PM

sadly, the truth is that President Obama is still paying for a lot of Bush’s mistakes

nonpartisan on January 14, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Just turned off Golden Globes coverage to comment on politics

rik on January 14, 2013 at 12:16 PM

He’s an idiot

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 12:17 PM

The sad part of all of this, is that the Repub Response will be a squishy little offer to compromise again.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 12:17 PM

The mask just slipped. He will raise the debt ceiling if Boehner and McConnel don’t act.

D-fusit on January 14, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Why does it sound like Obama is buffering when he tries to explain anything? He really is clueless on so many levels. Thanks 51%!

JetBlast on January 14, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Nonpartisan your leader spent more in 4 years than what w did in 8:

Idiot

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

“He’s an idiot

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 12:17 PM”

columbia ba, harvard jd, yeah Im sure he’s quite a bit smarter than you

nonpartisan on January 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

uh, because Romney became extremely rightwinged during the primaries…he certainly wasn’t the moderate who served as governor. And that was imo part of his downfall, the moderate Romney might’ve had the chance. Conservatives are killing their own party by driving their candidates to extremist positions during the primaries that haunt them in the general.

nonpartisan on January 14, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Why do liberal trolls pretend to be “non-partisan” and moderate? It’s the most blatantly silly thing ever. We can see right through it as soon as you start posting.

Also, don’t you have something better to do like for instance adding to your worshipful mural to Your Lord and Savior, Barry.

Illinidiva on January 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

uh, because Romney became extremely rightwinged during the primaries…he certainly wasn’t the moderate who served as governor. And that was imo part of his downfall, the moderate Romney might’ve had the chance. Conservatives are killing their own party by driving their candidates to extremist positions during the primaries that haunt them in the general.

nonpartisan on January 14, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Again, this “conservative” Romney won the moderate/Independent vote against Obama in November. So, how is the GOP extreme?

sentinelrules on January 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Blame them, not me he said!

D-fusit on January 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

so much so that it has lost 2 elections and even major republican personalities have said that the party has left them

nonpartisan on January 14, 2013 at 12:10 PM

I don’t think Mourning Joe counts as ever actually being a part of the party, especially nowadays… I’m fairly sure what he is referencing is crap like this: “Scarborough rips ‘far right,’ ‘extreme’ shift of Drudge, Hannity and Levin” currently FP’d on the Daily Caller…

preallocated on January 14, 2013 at 12:20 PM

columbia ba, harvard jd, yeah Im sure he’s quite a bit smarter than you

nonpartisan on January 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Affirmative action… discuss.

Illinidiva on January 14, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Congresses fault

Republicans want 100%

Short-sighted

me

me

I could have written this bny throwing darts at a list of his pet phrases.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Nonpartisan college resume doesn’t mean squat

Economic professors from city college know more than him

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 12:20 PM

columbia ba, harvard jd, yeah Im sure he’s quite a bit smarter than you

nonpartisan on January 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

That didn’t stop you clowns from bashing Bush for 8 years.

D-fusit on January 14, 2013 at 12:20 PM

how is Obama supposed to negotiate with a party so extreme? if republicans bring to obama a sensible plan, i have no doubt the president is willing to listen

nonpartisan on January 14, 2013 at 12:10 PM

sadly, the truth is that President Obama is still paying for a lot of Bush’s mistakes

nonpartisan on January 14, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Ever notice how lefty’s always know what the truth is or what is sensible, etc. The good people.

rik on January 14, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Simpson-Bowles? Do you enjoy lying?

sentinelrules on January 14, 2013 at 12:13 PM

But that would mean that Barry’s minions would get less free stuff.

Illinidiva on January 14, 2013 at 12:21 PM

“Affirmative action… discuss.

Illinidiva on January 14, 2013 at 12:20 PM”

there is no affirmative action for president of harvard law review, you clown

nonpartisan on January 14, 2013 at 12:21 PM

I’m actually quite certain that my IQ and aptitude is tremendously higher than Barama’s. I’d be willing to bet that this would be true for somewhere around 95% of non-AA engineering/science grads from most state universities.

preallocated on January 14, 2013 at 12:21 PM

This is not a press conference…..this is a liars conference.

Rovin on January 14, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Tax the makers before shutting off the EBT cards, yeah that’s the ticket.

D-fusit on January 14, 2013 at 12:22 PM

columbia ba, harvard jd, yeah Im sure he’s quite a bit smarter than you

nonpartisan on January 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Don’t know – we haven’t seen his transcripts.

gophergirl on January 14, 2013 at 12:22 PM

republicans are “suspicious” about SS, Medicare????? No they can do the math!!!!!!!!!!!!

CoffeeLover on January 14, 2013 at 12:22 PM

He keeps doing that Mussolini “Il Duce”, Al Pacino “Scarface” creepy downward smile/smirk/scowl. Is that because he sees himself as a dictator or more of a kingpin?

Is he spending most of his time denigrating the motives of Republicans? It seems that way.

Paul-Cincy on January 14, 2013 at 12:22 PM

there is no affirmative action for president of harvard law review, you clown

nonpartisan on January 14, 2013 at 12:21 PM

lol…put away the bath salts and actually LISTEN to your Messiah libtard.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM

there is no affirmative action for president of harvard law review, you clown

nonpartisan on January 14, 2013 at 12:21 PM

That is actually the place where the AA is the most evident. The Nobel prize is the only place in Obama’s resume that the AA could possibly shine brighter.

americanthinker.com/2011/08/early_obama_letter_confirms_inability_to_write.html

preallocated on January 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Blame them, not me he said!

D-fusit on January 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

I hate that man.

gophergirl on January 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM

columbia ba, harvard jd, yeah Im sure he’s quite a bit smarter than you

nonpartisan on January 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

You know what they call the guy that graduates with the lowest scores in medical school?

“Doctor”

JetBlast on January 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Pain and Drama

BHO

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Paul-Cincy….”it seems that way”….no he’s just spending the time purposely denigrating the motives of the Republicans.

CoffeeLover on January 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Why does it sound like Obama is buffering when he tries to explain anything? He really is clueless on so many levels. Thanks 51%!

JetBlast on January 14, 2013 at 12:18 PM

I, uh … uh … uh … let me be … uh … clear. I’ve said this all along. Uh.

The “lie” microprocessor in his brain needs an upgrade. Or some lubrication.

Paul-Cincy on January 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM

CNN International cut off the live news conference after about a half hour…

albill on January 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM

It was then that the saga of the Law Review’s affirmative action program began, when the editors adopted a race- and gender-conscious policy by a 45 to 39 vote, to the vehement opposition of some faculty members.

Several months of intense debate and negotiations ensued between the Review and the faculty, at the end of which the Review began for the first time considering factors other than merit in choosing its members.
barack-obama-harvard-2

Young Barack Obama seems to have majored in posing for photos

Prior to 1981, law students could join the Review either by being among the top five students in their first-year sections—each class used to be divided into four sections—or through a combination of their grades and their scores on an annual writing competition, a process designed to preserve absolute objectivity.

But the 1981 editors felt it necessary for their admission policy to take into account the underrepresentation of minorities and women.

Under their modified plan, the top four students in each first-year section would still be elected to the Review, but the fifth spot would be reserved for the top-scoring minority student among the top 25, and if no such minority student existed, the fifth spot would go to the woman with the highest grades.

preallocated on January 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM

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