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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Liar

Matticus Finch on April 30, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Block, what block.
I’m not familiar with block.
Disgusting petty failure.

D-fusit on April 30, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Maybe he wanted to say “We ain’t got no money.” It would be the first truth he has told this year.

logicman_1998 on April 30, 2013 at 10:55 AM

What difference at this point does it matter WTH he says ?

pambi on April 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Chain of custody…in war?

Putz.

He wouldn’t know a fact…

Rushing to judgement…he does it all the time…

coldwarrior on April 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Boston was not attacked you moron- the city was bombed by Islamic terrorists. SAY IT!!!!

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM

You can see why he doesn’t do pressers.

He’s flailing on the Boston failure-to-notice questions.

PattyJ on April 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Henry: “You have no idea? You hired a lawyer to block them from speaknig.”

Obama: “I’ll look into it.”

crrr6 on April 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Ok, who is going to be the media member that asks the Ghey question?

D-fusit on April 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Sounds like the military is safe for now. I’ve never been so happy to see our CinC afraid of his own red line.

Also, without a TelePrompTer, dude can’t string four words together.

Embarrassing.

hawkdriver on April 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Obama to Ed Henry on the Benghazi cover-up: “I’ll have to find out what you’re talking about Ed……and get back to you”.

He’s sooooooooooo informed!

Rovin on April 30, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Amazing that TFG knows all the minute details of the Boston bombing and Syrian use of chemical weapons, but Benghazi? He’ll check into that.

Matticus Finch on April 30, 2013 at 10:58 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

He will find out who leaked that and punish them.

VegasRick on April 30, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Yada yada yada

cmsinaz on April 30, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Comrade O must be really desperate if he is subjecting himself to anything other than softball questioning.

farsighted on April 30, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Henry: “You have no idea? You hired a lawyer to block them from speaknig.”

Obama: “I’ll look into it.”

crrr6 on April 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Ouch. That’s gotta leave a mark.

petefrt on April 30, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Question: why do you always have your feet up on your desk or your knee on a table during meetings?


Photo gallery: The lean back precedency

Brat on April 30, 2013 at 10:58 AM

@JedediahBila: Obama gives the most long-winded answers. And 9 out of 10 times, I learn nothing new.

idesign on April 30, 2013 at 10:59 AM

This is hard stuff, folks. Shut yer mouths.

Common Sense Floridian on April 30, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Chain of custody…in war?

Putz.

He wouldn’t know a fact…

Rushing to judgement…he does it all the time…

coldwarrior on April 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM

The problem is his FSA rebels have chemical weapons also.

hawkdriver on April 30, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Henry: “You have no idea? You hired a lawyer to block them from speaknig.”

Obama: “I’ll look into it.”

crrr6 on April 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Above the rat-eared coward’s pay grade.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 10:59 AM

D-fusit on April 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Somebody maternal… with warmth and admiration for the bravery that Obama has shown in embracing that basketball player who I hadn’t heard of (and still can’t recall his name) until yesterday.

Fallon on April 30, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Also, without a TelePrompTer, dude can’t string four words together.

Embarrassing.

hawkdriver on April 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

It really is.

VegasRick on April 30, 2013 at 10:59 AM

The Great Prevaricator.

kingsjester on April 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM

This dude is our “leader”?

O_o

Dog Eater can’t get a complete sentence going without sounding like a stuttering fool; jeebus, this is sad.

Bishop on April 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM

He can’t bring himself to say terror, terrorist, terrorism, jihad, jihadi, muslim, Islam, etc. “Tragic.”

steebo77 on April 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM

They’re not terrorists; they’re “twisted individuals.”

steebo77 on April 30, 2013 at 11:02 AM

The Great Prevaricator.

kingsjester on April 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Come on KJ. At four words at a time can his lying be considered “Great”?

Clinton was better.

hawkdriver on April 30, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Please, do pack up and go home!

steebo77 on April 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Karl giving softball question to blame the gop

cmsinaz on April 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Lesson learned…if one is an extremist…that is bad…if one is an Islamic extremists…well..Obama’s down with that…no problem, bro.

No stone unturned?

Like Benghazi?

coldwarrior on April 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Also, without a TelePrompTer, dude can’t string four words together.

Embarrassing.

hawkdriver on April 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

you could tell at the end that he was stuttering on purpose…prob to connect by seeming more ordinary

nonpartisan on April 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM

HumpBot Salvation on April 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Uhh…..uhh….uhh

Big Orange on April 30, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Jonathan Karl is an apparatchik. A question about Obama’s “juice”?

I miss Jake Tapper in that room.

Common Sense Floridian on April 30, 2013 at 11:04 AM

hawkdriver on April 30, 2013 at 11:02 AM

True. Normally I just call Obama “The Manchurian President” and be done with it.

Why does his inability to string his thoughts together in some sort of coherent sentences, remind me of a 51 year old pothead?

kingsjester on April 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

What now? Can’t he shut the hell up for, I don’t know, five minutes? I, for one, am tired of being subjected to his voice and presence. Sit down, shut up and do your job, you attention whore.

totherightofthem on April 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Oh yeah blaming gop on sequester

cmsinaz on April 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

His stream of consciousness diatribe is absolutely soporific. They may need smelling salt to wake up the press.

xkaydet65 on April 30, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Was that Ed Henry – Why did you go along with it?

NICE!

D-fusit on April 30, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Guy Benson had a great graph showing that the FAA “cuts” were actually an increase in its budget. FAIL

I understand that the next painful jab by Obysmal is to cut flood control moneys in the Midwest, just in time for spring flooding.

Jed Babbin asks the correct questions about Benghazi.
http://spectator.org/archives/2013/04/29/obamas-thin-red-line

onlineanalyst on April 30, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Why did you go along with it?

Umm he created the sequester you idgit

cmsinaz on April 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

This is a great orator? This is the smartest guy in the room?

I grieve for my Nation…or what once was my Nation.

coldwarrior on April 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Yeah, there is a way Barky, Stop spending money we don’t have and cut Entitlements. See it’s easy you partisian hack!

D-fusit on April 30, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Be reasonable. Shut up and do it my way.

petefrt on April 30, 2013 at 11:09 AM

How come there wasn’t an opening statement? What is the point of this?

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 11:09 AM

“investing” == spending money we don’t have, on union jobs.

bofh on April 30, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Why do people watch these things unless your an Obama groupie which to them this is like porn.

William Eaton on April 30, 2013 at 11:09 AM

nonpartisan on April 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM
HumpBot Salvation on April 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

heh, that should be a running gag. Lemme try.

you could tell at the end that he was rationalizing the Syrian red line on purpose…prob to connect by seeming less resolute

nonpartisan on April 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM

But then again, viva “el weak knees”. And just keep backing away from that red line. Stay out of Syria.

hawkdriver on April 30, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Also, without a TelePrompTer, dude can’t string four words together.

Embarrassing.

hawkdriver on April 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

And the left claim this guy is smart. After five years, I still see no evidence of it.

Alabama Infidel on April 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM

How come there wasn’t an opening statement? What is the point of this?

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Deflection!

D-fusit on April 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM

obama now confirmed as bloviator-in-chief

greydude on April 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport: The Pride of America.

steebo77 on April 30, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Ramble ramble ramble. Zzzzzzzz…

petefrt on April 30, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Sequester…hurting our economy?

Lie!!

Trying to put it on the GOP…blatantly.

A cut in the increase of a budget means there is still an increase in the budget…you dumb putz!

coldwarrior on April 30, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Did CBS News just acknowledge that Guantanamo is still open?

steebo77 on April 30, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Here we go Gitmo.

D-fusit on April 30, 2013 at 11:12 AM

BLAHBLAHBLAHBLAHBLAHRepublicansBLAHBLAHBLAH. #SOSDD

Buy Danish on April 30, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Hey Barky, want to save money on Gitmo – Execute all the animals, problem solved.

D-fusit on April 30, 2013 at 11:13 AM

I REALLY miss leadership in this country.

pambi on April 30, 2013 at 11:13 AM

This is a great orator? This is the smartest guy in the room?

Pfft! An urban myth perpetrated by his mentors and lackeys in the LSM.

I grieve for my Nation…or what once was my Nation.

coldwarrior on April 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

I’m not quite there yet, but I fervently pray for it, its leadership and us.

Also, without a TelePrompTer, dude can’t string four words together.

Actually he can, if its a topic on which he is passionate: golf, his vacations, community activism (socialism), and his personal favorite: islam.

hawkeye54 on April 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM

“Maybe I should pack up and go home.”

Please.

PattyJ on April 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM

so…let Congress do what’s right….let them talk to the survivors of Benghazi, you putz!

coldwarrior on April 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Somebody watch it so I won’t have to.

avagreen on April 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM

This bloviating on every single question is a disgrace. All of it done by design to take fewer questions and mislead the American public with half-truths and demagoguery.

This guy is diabolical.

Common Sense Floridian on April 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Can’t stand any more of his unserious BS. Tuning it off, now.

petefrt on April 30, 2013 at 11:15 AM

“I will fight for the rights of the terrorists in Guantanamo.”

steebo77 on April 30, 2013 at 11:15 AM

What now? Can’t he shut the hell up for, I don’t know, five minutes? I, for one, am tired of being subjected to his voice and presence. Sit down, shut up and do your job, you attention whore.

totherightofthem on April 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

I’d much rather him talk than do work. Any work he does will end up expanding the power of government and shrinking the rights of the individual.

hawksruleva on April 30, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Maybe POTUS is thinking about putting the Benghazi survivors in Gitmo…

mjbrooks3 on April 30, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Just got here, any tough questions?

sandee on April 30, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Did CBS News just acknowledge that Guantanamo is still open?

Ah, yes, our taxpayer paid for vacation resort for misunderstood islamic feedom fighters on the delightful island of Cuba.

hawkeye54 on April 30, 2013 at 11:15 AM

And the left claim this guy is smart. After five years, I still see no evidence of it.

Alabama Infidel on April 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Because he is so laid back….

They think it is so cool…were us normal folk view it as just being lazy.

That is our one saving grace in all this. The American Stalin or Mao is a lazy bum which is why the progressives at times are so disappointed in him. He is too lazy to complete the glorious revolution they were all expecting. Stalin and Mao, no matter how awful they were, did work hard. Obama just gives speeches with hints about what he might do once he stops long enough from a round of golf to do it.

William Eaton on April 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Guy Benson had a great graph showing that the FAA “cuts” were actually an increase in its budget. FAIL

I understand that the next painful jab by Obysmal is to cut flood control moneys in the Midwest, just in time for spring flooding.

Jed Babbin asks the correct questions about Benghazi.
http://spectator.org/archives/2013/04/29/obamas-thin-red-line

onlineanalyst on April 30, 2013 at 11:07 AM

I’m thinking national parks on Memorial Day weekend.

slickwillie2001 on April 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Not one US airport?

Of course not, you putz.

Getting your junk handled by some pervcert TSA guy…that’ll dissuade hitting the like button on Facebook.

coldwarrior on April 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

“It’s easy to demagogue the issue.” No one knows how to demagogue better than BO, so yeah, easy for him.

Buy Danish on April 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

I’m not watching the presser. I don’t watch them any more, for my own health.

However, for those tuning in, I’ll point out something that I noticed long ago. Obama is a terrible card player. When he stutters and stumbles and fumbles, it’s not because he’s a bad speaker. It’s because he’s giving you an answer that he doesn’t really believe. It’s his tell. It’s very simple. When he stutters, he’s lying.

Chris of Rights on April 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

They’re starving to death in Gitmo!

O’s got a fix for that…..they’re called drones.

Rovin on April 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Obamacare via chuckie

cmsinaz on April 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Also, without a TelePrompTer, dude can’t string four words together.

Embarrassing.

hawkdriver on April 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

And the left claim this guy is smart. After five years, I still see no evidence of it.

Alabama Infidel on April 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM

The affirmative action preznit.

slickwillie2001 on April 30, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Is he talking about Gitmo or is he talking about his administration…

coldwarrior on April 30, 2013 at 11:18 AM

So has he blamed the Republicans for everything as usual?

sandee on April 30, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Guy Benson ‏@guypbenson 3m
Poll: 67% of moderate/conservative Democrats support keeping Guantanamo Bay open http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/09/hurray-for-guantanamo-bay/

Rovin on April 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Guantanamo?!?

One of, what, 5 press conferences in the last 2 years, Boston bombings, Islamic terrorism, economy in disarray, Job stagnation, chemical weapons in Syria, Israel attacking them increasing mid-east volatility, North Korea, china moving on India, Benghazi, etc etc etc

And they ask Obama why he hasnt closed Guantanamo yet?!

Skywise on April 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM

The Bitch and Moan President.

Tater Salad on April 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Chris of Rights on April 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

If Zero had to tell the truth, the silence would be deafening.

novaculus on April 30, 2013 at 11:23 AM

H ereminds me of my ex-wife:

Bitchin’ about everything, always blaming others, always felt under appreciated, and generally wanted to spend all she wanted without consequences.

Geez, I can’t wait for the divorce to be final.

Tater Salad on April 30, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Benefits of Obamacare. My rates just went up again.

And I do not need to cover my adult kids…or have ob-gyn insurance.

The individual market works.

Putz.

coldwarrior on April 30, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Lying liar, Lying. Nothing new.

Barred on April 30, 2013 at 11:25 AM

And they ask Obama why he hasnt closed Guantanamo yet?!

Skywise on April 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Well, it was his first official act as the worst President in recorded history. Leave it to the lapdog press to take five years to notice that it is still open.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Obama gets a question about legislation and his eyes glaze over.

steebo77 on April 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM

I’m having my coffee and enjoying the morning. Where are the resident trolls—-too early? Funny how no coherent defense of the AssClown in Chief is forthcoming.

arnold ziffel on April 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM

The whole thing was a bust, and has me thinking that someone in Congress — or, if he’s smart, President Obama…..

Problem is, he isn’t.

UltimateBob on April 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM

“In a country as wealthy as ours, no one should go bankrupt just because they get sick”

He really just said that. We’re not only dead broke, but we’re deeply in debt, with no way out. And he thinks we’re a wealthy country? What a freakin’ idiot. Of course no one calls him out on this. It’s the Emperor’s New Clothes. Wealthy country. Bullshit.

Paul-Cincy on April 30, 2013 at 11:27 AM

O’s got a fix for that…..they’re called drones.

Rovin on April 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM

I’m good with that, a saddle, some duck tape. A quick launch with a high ho silver and some aerial gunnery practice..

The smallest body parts on the tarmac wins..

But I do loves ma brothers in Blue Suits.. Our uniforms are purty.

mark81150 on April 30, 2013 at 11:27 AM

As my grandmother used to say, “who gives a rat’s a$$!” (no, she really didn’t say that LOL)

Amjean on April 30, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Henry: “You have no idea? You hired a lawyer to block them from speaknig.”

Obama: “I’ll look into it.”

crrr6 on April 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Meanwhile, as our intrepid president continues the search for someone’s ass to kick, the one guy who had absolutely nothing to do with the Benghazi attack remains in jail.

Lily on April 30, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Anybody in the press call him out yet?

akaniku on April 30, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Golly.

Ukiah on April 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Guy Benson had a great graph showing that the FAA “cuts” were actually an increase in its budget. FAIL

onlineanalyst

It was a manufactured crisis that was backfiring on Obama until republicans decided to bail him out.

xblade on April 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM

He’s going to call Tim Tebow and tell him what a brave soul he is for remaining a 25 year old virgin.

kirkill on April 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Finally! The GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY question!

steebo77 on April 30, 2013 at 11:32 AM

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