Obama to state governors: I’ll take your questions, but first let’s kick out the media

posted at 2:41 pm on February 25, 2013 by Allahpundit

What makes this moment extra precious, of course, is that the audience is a roomful of fellow elected officials. Literally everyone there is accountable to voters. So naturally the voters’ window on the proceedings needs to be shut.

WaPo’s Erik Wemple drops the O-bomb on O:

Seems there’s a contest of sorts going on within the White House: Who can fashion the most Orwellian quote regarding open government? Here’s the quote that Obama had to beat, from White House counterterrorism chief John O. Brennan at his confirmation hearing to be the director of the Central Intelligence Agency: “What we need to do is optimize transparency on these issues, but at the same time, optimize secrecy and the protection of our national security.”

Was he about to brief them on troop movements or something? What’s so sensitive that it can be said in an open forum in front of dozens of state officials but not with cameras rolling? My guess is that he’s worried that if he does a Q&A on TV in the middle of sequestermania, the temptation to grandstand will prove too great for some governors and the process will quickly degenerate into a partisan pissing match. (This is a core argument for keeping cameras out of the Supreme Court too.) But so what? Obama did just fine parrying Republican questions at the GOP retreat three years ago. If some red-state governor wants to stand up and demand the end of ObamaCare, that’s O’s big chance to endear himself to the left by beating the questioner down. Last week, after the media’s grumbling over its lack of access to Obama went public, Nate Silver tweeted that it’d be a fine idea for O to do a “question time” session with Congress periodically like the British PM does with parliament. This meeting with the governors was as close as we’re apt to get to that in his second term. He shut it down instantly.

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Ward Cleaver on February 25, 2013 at 4:39 PM

People who read the NYT can be fooled all the time

ama on February 25, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Scary. Much like battered wives syndrome.

Zomcon JEM on February 25, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Good governor

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 5:01 PM

I wish she didn’t call herself Illinidiva. Makes other Illini like myself look bad.

22044 on February 25, 2013 at 5:35 PM

I’m guessing that Chris Christie was granted a private audience, thanks, in no small part, to his incredible oral skills.

Pork-Chop on February 25, 2013 at 5:41 PM

I wish she didn’t call herself Illinidiva. Makes other Illini like myself look bad.

22044 on February 25, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Damn straight, Skippy!

0bama to reporters: “Git yo azz to the back of the bus!”

NOW is the time for the TEA Partys to go after the 0bamaGanda Media. There is nothing like delivering a double whammy to putzes like these.

DannoJyd on February 25, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Then the little lemmings got up, applauded, and left. Thank you Mr. President!!! Community Organizers don’t want to disclose their tactics.

bflat879 on February 25, 2013 at 6:37 PM

I hope the next GOP President laughs in their faces when ever anyone asks a question…

Seven Percent Solution on February 25, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Obviously the ‘prompter was down. Oh, and this was need to know stuff, too. Not to mention that we can’t have footage of Zero putting on his helmet because he might get his ears and ego bruised up by some upstart, uppity Governor.

ghostwalker1 on February 25, 2013 at 7:19 PM

The Most Opaque Presidency EVAH!!!

CW on February 25, 2013 at 7:58 PM

you might as well call them the first lesbian couple to occupy the white house. they both have [email protected]

GhoulAid on February 25, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Well, to be fair, only one of them has one. The other is one.

UltimateBob on February 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Wrong hole. Some owes [email protected] an apology.

S. D. on February 25, 2013 at 8:45 PM

I heychew Obama! I wish we could clear YOU out!

Sherman1864 on February 25, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Exempted from Sequester:

1. “Compensation for the President” – (Section 25, p 19)

2. Social Security benefits (old-age, survivors, and disability) and Tier 1 Railroad
Retirement benefits.

3. Medicaid

4. Refundable tax credits to individuals (p18)

5. Children’s Health Insurance Programmes

6. Academic Competitiveness/Smart Grant Program;

7. Mandatory funding under the Child Care and Development Fund;

8. Child Nutrition Programs (including School Lunch, School Breakfast, Child and Adult Care Food, and others, but excluding Special Milk);

9. Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP);

10. Commodity Supplemental Food Program;

11. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the TANF Contingency Fund;

12. Family Support Programmes;

13. Federal Pell Grants;

14. All VA-administered programmes

15. Special benefits for certain WWII veterans (p17)

16. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programme

17. Net interest (budget function 900).

18. Unobligated balances carried over from previous years for non-defence programmes.

19. At the President’s sole discretion subject to Congressional notification, military personnel can be entirely exempted from sequester or receive a higher percentage of the rate set in place by sequester (p19)

20. A list of “other” budget accounts and activities; readers should consult the statute for a complete list. A few selected examples include a) activities resulting from private donations, bequests or

voluntary contributions, or financed by voluntary payments for good or services; b) advances to the Unemployment Trust Fund; payments to various retirement, health care, and disability trust funds; certain Tribal and Indian trust accounts; and Medical Facilities Guaranty and Loan Fund.(20)

21. Specified federal retirement and disability accounts and activities

22. Prior legal obligations of the federal government in specified budget accounts

23. Foster Care and Permanency Programmes

24. Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

25. Medicare Part D low-income premium and cost-sharing subsidies; Medicare Part D catastrophic subsidy payments; and Qualified Individual (QI) premiums.

26. Specified economic recovery programmes, including GSE Preferred Stock Purchase Agreements, the Office of Financial Stability, and the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

27. The following “split-treatment” programmes, to the extent that the programmes’ budgetary resources are subject to obligations limitations in appropriations bills:

*Federal Aid-Highways;

*Highway Traffic Safety Grants;

* Operations and Research NHTSA and National Driver Register;

* Motor Carrier Safety Operations and Programs;

* Motor Carrier Safety Grants;

* Formula and Bus Grants; and

* Grants-in-Aid for Airports.

The Following “Discretionary” Programmes Are ALSO Exempt From The Sequester

* student loans under Title IV-B and IV-D of the Higher Education Act;

* Medicare;

* community and migrant health centers, Indian health services and facilities, and veterans’ medical care;

* Child Support Enforcement;

* federal pay;

* federal administrative expenses;

* Unemployment Compensation; and

* Commodity Credit Corporation.


Looking for more…

Resist We Much on February 25, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Barry just told the GOP ‘Go screw yourself. 98 cents out of a dollar isn’t enough, I need more’

RdLake on February 25, 2013 at 9:13 PM


MT on February 25, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Most transparent CROOKED administration, evah!

GarandFan on February 25, 2013 at 9:39 PM

…it’d be a fine idea for O to do a “question time” session with Congress periodically like the British PM does with parliament.

Yes yes yes yes yes! Every week. Riveting television (at least, if you have Eton-trained rhetoricians).

Tzetzes on February 25, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Resist We Much on February 25, 2013 at 9:06 PM

…Mark Levin was covering this on the radio on my way home…I like to see it in print…thanks!

KOOLAID2 on February 25, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Well I can’t say that I disagree with the president on this one, seeing as how the press has been so hard on him and been so unaccomodating in the past. Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

scalleywag on February 25, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Why didn’t the reporters insist on staying? After all, the President had released the agenda to the press hours before he gave it to the Governors…

unclesmrgol on February 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM

People who read the NYT can be fooled all the time

ama on February 25, 2013 at 4:47 PM

You can include bayam in that group.

Badger40 on February 26, 2013 at 11:44 AM

dues cost about $135,000 at the time. Other Republican-led states have made the same call, including Idaho and Ohio and, most recently, Florida…”

workingclass artist on February 25, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Holy $hit. Interesting things you find out.
WTH do dues like that go for?
My GOd what a waste of $$ just to get together & hear a bunch of dumba$$e%$ speak.
Which BTW is this the same governor’s conference that had Dr Oz speaking?
I saw him on CSPAN last night & Oz wants governors to make their states stop hiring smokers bcs they cost everybody so much.
I despise Dr Oz anyway. What a damned hack.
Now garbage like this?
Nobody every mentions that GENETICS is why people get sick.
Some people can smoke with no lasting ill effects & some can’t.
WTF business is it of states doing this?
Oh yeah-State run health care marginalizing all sorts of people.
Next it’s fat people.

Badger40 on February 26, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Resist We Much on February 25, 2013 at 9:06 PM

You think for one minute that Obama is going to follow the law on what he can and cannot cut? (He knows you aren’t going to impeach him … that would be “racist” … the MSM will see to that.)

He’ll shut down the airports by removing the TSA agents. Something that he has already forewarned. Who pays that price? Why, corporate America, the Republican constituency, that’s who.

If that doesn’t do it, he will cut off the April 1st entitlement deposits and the people will riot in the streets. “The Sequester and those mean Republican’s gave him no choice.”

The Republican’s will fold their cards before mid-April.

And it will be the last time in a generation that the Republican’s dare any attempt to cut any spending of any kind.

Carnac on February 26, 2013 at 2:23 PM