Open thread: Obama presser at 10:15 10:30

posted at 10:01 am on April 30, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

What might be the topic that actually prompted Barack Obama to make a rare appearance at an open presser?  Perhaps he wants to try his stand-up routine from the White House Correspondents Dinner on the daytime TV crowd.  More likely, Obama wants to push his budget priorities and push back against the sequester — the same as when he last held an open presser, on March 1st:

Part of this sudden desire to talk has to be the sudden criticism from fellow Democrats that Obama once again gave away his leverage on the sequester, this time with his signature on the FAA funding fix:

Democrats are frustrated that the White House still seems to think Republicans are going to come to the table and reverse the sequester. But from the 2011 supercommittee to refusing to go over the fiscal cliff on New Year’s Eve 2012 to last week’s air-traffic-control furlough fix, the administration has caved on every pressure point it designed.

Instead of taking a political risk and keeping pressure on Republicans, White House officials are banking that a series of dinners with GOP senators will foster enough good will to produce legislation.

“The easier, smarter way to do it is to eliminate the sequester and replace it with good policy, balanced, fair, sensible policy, including smart cuts, including smart entitlement reforms, including tax reform that generates revenue that can be applied to deficit reduction,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday in response to a question about the FAA bill, which will allow the agency to move more than $250 million in funds to prevent the air-traffic-controller furloughs that resulted in flight delays across the country.

Of course, Carney has been saying pretty much the same thing in most of his news briefings since November.

Expect Obama to say it himself today too, but don’t expect it to have much more impact.  As Glenn Reynolds writes in USA Today, Democrats lost the sequester fight and have made themselves the Chicken Littles of budget discipline:

The whole sequestration gambit has failed, to the point where even the Washington Post’s Ezra Kleinadmits that “the Democrats have lost on sequestration.” The idea was that even the comparatively minor cuts in spending caused by the sequester would be so painful that voters would demand higher taxes rather than endure cuts in spending.

Problem was, when the spending cuts came, nobody noticed. This led the Obama administration to try to up the pain by focusing cuts in places where people might feel the pain: canceling White House tours for schoolchildren, or furloughing air traffic controllers.

That didn’t work either. The tour-canceling just looked mean, and the problem with targeting air travel is that members of Congress, and their top donors, fly a lot. Huge bipartisan majorities in Congress thus quickly passed legislation forcing the FAA to make cuts elsewhere instead.

The whole thing was a bust, and has me thinking that someone in Congress — or, if he’s smart, President Obama — ought to propose more across-the-board cuts as a means of addressing our swollen deficit and national debt. Critics of across-the-board cuts always say that we should make “smart cuts” instead of using a “meat axe.” But the reason why we have a ballooning national debt is that our politicians are clearly incapable of making “smart cuts.”

Hell, they’re usually incapable of any cuts at all.  We can’t even get them to stick to reductions in the rate of spending increases, let alone real spending reductions.

Obama will probably want to stick to budgets and slamming Congress over its general meany-ness in not embracing the spendiest budget in history.  Perhaps the press might take the opportunity to ask about a couple of other topics.  If so, the Boss Emeritus has a few suggestions:

Update: It’s been pushed back to 10:30, according to ABC News.


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I thought he might announce that he declared war on Syria. lol!

Blake on April 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Unless Obama is announcing that effective at noon today both he and Biden are resigning…

Not worth the time.

coldwarrior on April 30, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Strawmen cometh

Blame gop not me

Ok
-lsm

cmsinaz on April 30, 2013 at 10:04 AM

What is it now? Lotto Number?

Oil Can on April 30, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Please don’t tell me he’s going to talk about the gay NBA player. Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if that question just “happens” to be asked.

sydneyjane on April 30, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Softball questions

cmsinaz on April 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Postponed for 30 minutes….

cmsinaz on April 30, 2013 at 10:07 AM

“Mr President, any thoughts on the first openly gay pro basketball player?”

Limerick on April 30, 2013 at 10:07 AM

False start, one hour penalty.

cozmo on April 30, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Obama presser at 10:15

Which is to say Obama presser at 11:00.

He will say nothing new or different.

The harm offensive has failed.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM

well, coldwarrior beat me to it. Bat face can talk to the wall.

tom daschle concerned on April 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Please no war with Syria.

ChunkyLover on April 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM

He’s expecting tough questions
-msdnc talking head

Lolololol

Puhleeze

cmsinaz on April 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Postponed for 30 minutes….

cmsinaz on April 30, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Appears Biden is balking…

coldwarrior on April 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Postponed for 30 minutes….

cmsinaz on April 30, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Appears Biden is balking…

coldwarrior on April 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM

its Sryia

ChunkyLover on April 30, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Good ol Mark Knoller. He seems to have lost all interest in archiving the President’s days on vacation, number of media appearances, etc…

I wonder why that is?

HumpBot Salvation on April 30, 2013 at 10:10 AM

He boxed himself in with the red line… he’s got to answer for it
-libs talking head

Yeah he’ll do that
/

cmsinaz on April 30, 2013 at 10:10 AM

I assumed it was going to be about Syria.

ButterflyDragon on April 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Please don’t tell me he’s going to talk about the gay NBA player. Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if that question just “happens” to be asked.

sydneyjane on April 30, 2013 at 10:04 AM

You know who else was gay? Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Pic of the Day: Control

Resist We Much on April 30, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Sadly, most people have no idea what an impoverished, unemployed, he!! the government created to take care of the native Americans. To actually see the despair inherent in the system is breathtaking.

trs on April 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

ChunkyLover on April 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM
Blake on April 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM

If it’s Syria, I’m going to UNC/Chapel Hill with some protest signs.

(For some reason all the good war protestors are taking extended vacations since obama started his wars. How hard can it be?)

hawkdriver on April 30, 2013 at 10:13 AM

What ever The Chosen One is going to talk about, you can be sure IT’S THE FAULT OF SOMEONE ELSE!

GarandFan on April 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Going to announce that he got Bin Laden – again.

He really enjoyed that.

LetsBfrank on April 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

If it’s Syria, I’m going to UNC/Chapel Hill with some protest signs.

hawkdriver on April 30, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Just stick with the signs. Code Pink’s shift to woman parts was disturbing.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

This will be postponed until 12pm when Rush starts his program.

Conservative4Ever on April 30, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Go Hawkdriver!

cmsinaz on April 30, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Today is 100 days into the second term of the worst President in recorded history. I’m guessing the presser will be about that.

Basically trying to press the re-set button on his second term agenda because gun-grabbing, sequester, Arab Spring have all been massive failures to date.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Things don’t look so rosy for The One just 3 months into his second term. Too much explainin’, not enough doin’.

Tater Salad on April 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Postponed for 30 minutes….

cmsinaz on April 30, 2013 at 10:07 AM

That’s a given with the President. The rat-eared coward is always late to send the message that he’s too important to be stuck to the schedule. GWB had more respect for others.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Unless he says, “By Executive Order, I have declared the NRA, Tea Party, and Republican Party to be terrorist organizations. The arrests start at noon!” I couldn’t care less what Obama has to say.

Liam on April 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Too much explainin’, not enough doin’.

Tater Salad on April 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Too much failin’ not enough gettin’

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM

hawkdriver on April 30, 2013 at 10:13 AM
Just stick with the signs. Code Pink’s shift to woman parts was disturbing.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Capitalist Hog might look good in pink. Not my color though.

hawkdriver on April 30, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Does anybody really care what he says at this point?

Tater Salad on April 30, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Perhaps he wants to try his stand-up routine from the White House Correspondents Dinner on the daytime TV crowd.

From his stand-up routine at the White House Correspondents Dinner:

These days, I look in the mirror and I have to admit, I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be. (Laughter.) Time passes. You get a little gray. (Laughter.)

I wish at least ONE of those White House Correspondents would have the courage to ask Obama:

1) Please explain what it means to the Muslim world when a person repeats the opening lines of the Islamic call to prayer in Arabic. (long-time readers of HotAir should know

POOF! You’re a Muslim!

If that’s true for “Jeff” on the TLC show, and for Muslims world-wide, then why wouldn’t it also be true for Barack Hussein Obama?

And guess what? In 2007, Barack Hussein Obama publicly confessed the Shahada in Arabic.

He once got in trouble for making faces during Koran study classes in his elementary school, but a president is less likely to stereotype Muslims as fanatics — and more likely to be aware of their nationalism — if he once studied the Koran with them. Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (it’ll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”

Whether he believes it or not, he said it, and Barack Hussein Obama knows that the Muslim world views him as a Muslim because he recited the Shahada in Arabic.

I wish at least ONE of those White House Correspondents would have the courage to ask Obama:

2) Barack Hussein Obama, why did you publicly confess the Shahada, the opening lines of the call to prayer, in Arabic? Why did you send a signal to the Muslim world that, in their eyes, means that you are a Muslim?

What Obama truly believes is anyone’s guess, but Obama deliberately wants Christians to think that he is a Christian, and deliberately wants Muslims to think that he is a Muslim.

Again, I don’t know if Obama is a Muslim, or just an atheist who wants the Muslim world to believe that he is a Muslim, but one thing for certain is that he is not a Christian. I believe that a Christian would rather become a martyr than to deny Jesus Christ by confessing the Shahada. You cannot confess the Shahada in Arabic and legitimately call yourself a Christian.

Obama publicly confessed the Shahada in Arabic. The opening lines of the call to prayer IS the Shahada, the Islamic confession of faith, and in the eyes of the Muslim world, anyone who confesses those words in Arabic IS a Muslim.

Will any of the White House Correspondents have the courage to ask him these questions?

ITguy on April 30, 2013 at 10:23 AM

I couldn’t care less what Obama has to say.

Liam on April 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Oh! I think if you dig really deep and push yourself you would find that you indeed could care less about the mindless ramblings of a sociopath.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Oh! I think if you dig really deep and push yourself you would find that you indeed could care less about the mindless ramblings of a sociopath.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Well, that’s true to a degree. Him saying, “I resign,” would certainly get my attention!

Liam on April 30, 2013 at 10:26 AM

What is it now? Lotto Number?

Oil Can on April 30, 2013 at 10:04 AM

hahaha.

Sadly, I can see this guy at the podium, congratulating a “California’s first Mega Winner” if they were Latino or LGBTXYZ, and somehow trying to take some credit.

budfox on April 30, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Democrats are frustrated that the White House still seems to think Republicans are going to come to the table and reverse the sequester.

Because being “a spending President” is hard work. ObamaCare’s already gone over a trillion from its original cost. Are we going to reverse this failed policy too?

Rovin on April 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Has he started yet?
I need to hear the traffic but don’t want to turn on the radio if there is a chance to hear that voice. Talk about the day going downhill before it should.

ORconservative on April 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM

I can’t stand listening to the man, so I’ll pass.

changer1701 on April 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Well, that’s true to a degree. Him saying, “I resign,” would certainly get my attention!

Liam on April 30, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Leaving aside the sudden nightmare of President Joe Biden, the rat-eared coward is too much of a drama queen to resign in any fashion other than before a joint session of Congress with a 21-gun salute and planes passing in formation overhead (were it not for sequestration).

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Whatever lies, blame, excuses, class warfare, self praise, and lectures he plans to spew, it ain’t worth my time. Besides, the sound of his voice makes me puke.

antipc on April 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Today, the President will announce that the Family
Dog is “coming out”.

ToddPA on April 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Trending on Twitter …

#QuestionsObamaWontAnswer

Pork-Chop on April 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM

The man is impotent.
All show and no go.
This presser will only be news if a tough question is asked or if an answer is a gaff…

mjbrooks3 on April 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Leaving aside the sudden nightmare of President Joe Biden, the rat-eared coward is too much of a drama queen to resign in any fashion other than before a joint session of Congress with a 21-gun salute and planes passing in formation overhead (were it not for sequestration).

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 10:30 AM

You can be sure they’d find the money for THAT! *L*

Liam on April 30, 2013 at 10:33 AM

I’m probably going to listen until if/when Ed Henry gets a question.

crrr6 on April 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Pic of the Day: Control

Resist We Much on April 30, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Libs: “Insensitive”

Bwahahahaaaaa !

petefrt on April 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM

If he is asked about a gay NBA player my left eye will twitch uncontrolably…

mjbrooks3 on April 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Driving to our new property, the Mrs. and I have to drive by most of the small arms ranges on the Ft. Bragg Reservation. We’ve been a bit worried about the range activity on Sat and Sun. During dwell time since GWOT started, weekends are normally sacred.

A lot of National Guard units there also.

I hope that doesn’t man anything.

hawkdriver on April 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Did Ben Ghazi come out as gay? No? Obama’s not interested.

Fallon on April 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Trending on Twitter …

#QuestionsObamaWontAnswer

Pork-Chop on April 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Let’s jump on it. Feed that beast.

petefrt on April 30, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Obama presser at 10:15

Which is to say Obama presser at 11:00.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM

He’s done to the Office of President the same thing that he’s done to America. Belittle it by always being late, being a clown on late night tv, saying one thing and then doing another, making whiny finger pointing excuses for his failures, and treating the White House like a porch party. It’s is his way of showing disrespect for the traditions that we are founded on.

Mimzey on April 30, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Not up yet orcon

cmsinaz on April 30, 2013 at 10:37 AM

“mean” anything …

hawkdriver on April 30, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Might he spike a football?

The Treasury Department is expected to start paying down U.S. government debt this quarter for the first time in six years.

With April tax payments rolling in and a squeeze on government spending due to the federal spending cuts known as sequestration, the Treasury had enough cash this quarter to make a $35 billon debt payment.

_RobRob on April 30, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Trending on Twitter …

#QuestionsObamaWontAnswer

Pork-Chop on April 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM

What’s your handicap?

hawkdriver on April 30, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Inspired by Jason Collins, he’s decided to come out of the closet.

TarheelBen on April 30, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Is he talking yet?

forest on April 30, 2013 at 10:39 AM

“If I had a son, he wouldn’t look like Chris Stevens.”

steebo77 on April 30, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Tingles thinks dear leader is going to call on the ‘neo con’ journalists who are going to ask about red line

Lol

Funny

cmsinaz on April 30, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Which is to say Obama presser at 11:00.

He will say nothing new or different.

The harm offensive has failed.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Obama presser at 10:15 10:30 ???

This was way too predictable.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 10:41 AM

OT:

Leftists protest Boeing for manufacturing drones, don’t mention Obama

These people are “against drones” yet can’t vote for Barack “Mr. Drone” Obama fast enough. You can’t make this stuff up.

visions on April 30, 2013 at 10:43 AM

If he is asked about a gay NBA player my left eye will twitch uncontrolably…

mjbrooks3 on April 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM

If he’s asked about a gay NBA player, a real President would look disgusted at the reporter and ask if that is the question they really want to ask- what with all the important stuff going on in the world. The rat-eared coward would give a twenty minute answer.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Late again. As the charade progresses, it is harder and harder to keep the lies straight.

novaculus on April 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Begins.

Ed Henry first? After that, it should be easy.

novaculus on April 30, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Ed Henry – Bengahzi!

D-fusit on April 30, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Ed

Syria and Benghazi!!!!!

cmsinaz on April 30, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Trending on Twitter …

#QuestionsObamaWontAnswer

Pork-Chop on April 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM

To be fair to the “one”, he can’t answer a question the sock puppet press won’t ask.

WisRich on April 30, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Nope Syria, oh well.

D-fusit on April 30, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Ed Henry: #Benghazi

idesign on April 30, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Ed Henry:

1) do you look like a jagoff for drawing that red line with syria?
2) with benghazi will you let the CIA operators, whom your state dept is threatening, speak?

crrr6 on April 30, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Dear Leader is worried about something not going according to his plans.

Time for a staged, rehearsed, and carefully orchestrated press conference.

farsighted on April 30, 2013 at 10:50 AM

He spending 10 mins blabbing about Syria and he will blow off the Bengahzi one.

D-fusit on April 30, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Sadly, most people have no idea what an impoverished, unemployed, he!! the government created to take care of the native Americans. To actually see the despair inherent in the system is breathtaking.

trs on April 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

‘Tis true, which allows Democrats to cover up their racist history through lies, propaganda, and agitprop while convincing LoInFos that they care about them and everyone else is racist.

‘Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why WE’VE WORKED TO PASS EVERY ONE OF OUR NATION’S CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS, and every law that protects workers. Most recently, Democrats stood together to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act….ON EVERY CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE, DEMOCRATS HAVE LED THE FIGHT. We support vigorous enforcement of existing laws, and remain committed to protecting fundamental civil rights in America.’

- DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Democrats.org

That’s just a FLAT-OUT LIE, as I’ve documented Progressivism, Propaganda & Pretending using the most ‘nonpartisan’ resource possible: The Congressional Record. I also prove Democrats are liars when they claim that they were the champions of suffrage and Republicans opposed Social Security and Medicare. As to the former, Democrats blocked the proposed 19th Amendment four times in the Senate and, when the 19th Amendment finally was added to the Constitution, it was because 26 of 36 state legislatures that had voted to ratify were under Republican control. As to the latter, the Me-Toos of the 30s and Rockefeller Republicans of the 60s were more than happy to vote in large numbers for Big Government.

Resist We Much on April 30, 2013 at 10:50 AM

When I am making decisions…… I can’t do anything until it is polled and focus grouped.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Need strong evidence

Red line Meh

cmsinaz on April 30, 2013 at 10:50 AM

My guess is the presser is about damage control… that he’s going to try to weasel out of his “red line” bluff. He probably knows he’s been damaged.

petefrt on April 30, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Unless he says, “By Executive Order, I have declared the NRA, Tea Party, and Republican Party to be terrorist organizations. The arrests start at noon!” I couldn’t care less what Obama has to say.

Liam on April 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Errr, don’t give him any ideas, please.

I’m already alittle pissed that the uproar over the Obamacare enrollment form resulted in it getting improved. It’s like we’re the unpaid testers for the program providing feedback for free.

smfic on April 30, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Good grief, this guy can’t just answer a friggin’ question!

What an equivocating buffoon.

Common Sense Floridian on April 30, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Obama giving the obfuscation/blizzard-of-sh!t non-answer approach to answering questions, as he does.

crrr6 on April 30, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Now he’s blaming the UN for his inaction on his own red line.

D-fusit on April 30, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Is he finally coming out of the closet? Full ghey? Reggie Love is thrilled, and Larry Sinclair vindicated…

nonpartisan has a thrill up his leg.

Polish Rifle on April 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Second verse, same as the first.

kingsjester on April 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

So if the well being of civilians is the measure, why are you ignoring the Darfur region of Sudan? We have as much national interest there as we do in Syria.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

#QuestionsObamaWontAnswer

To be fair to the “one”, he can’t answer a question the sock puppet press won’t ask.

WisRich on April 30, 2013 at 10:48 AM

THIS!

ITguy on April 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Obama: My red line is not your red line, and everything is subject to change.

Translation: I spoke stupidly…….again.

Rovin on April 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Go Ed go.

D-fusit on April 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Blah, Blah, Blah another 15 minute answer that says nothing at all.

Big Orange on April 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Game change means “re-think the range of options available to us”. Shouldn’t we have those options prepared to execute ahead of time if they cross the red line? Duh!

crrr6 on April 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM

I will find out what you’re referring to…

Liar.

Fallon on April 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM

I’m not familiar with this notion of someone being blocked

You lie

cmsinaz on April 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM

What a liar.

Big Orange on April 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM

The assclown sitting to the left of Henry looks like he just shat his pants – todd somethingorother

VegasRick on April 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Need strong evidence

Red line Meh

cmsinaz on April 30, 2013 at 10:50 AM

I can’t stand to watch or listen to Dear Leader. Is that what this is about? … Explaining why he is not doing anything after his bluff was called by claiming his bluff wasn’t called?

Predictable. The bad guys won’t need to take any notes.

farsighted on April 30, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Obama: “I have no idea what you’re talking about with anyone being blocked from talking about Benghazi. I’ll look into it.”

crrr6 on April 30, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Why the limp wrist, Barry?

petefrt on April 30, 2013 at 10:55 AM

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