Open thread: Obama press conference with David Cameron

posted at 10:41 am on May 13, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Talk about bad timing! UK Prime Minister David Cameron is paying a long-scheduled visit to Washington DC, and protocol for such a visit requires a joint press conference.  Barack Obama will have to face the press just as two scandals are erupting, one new — the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups for the past three years — and one renewed, the Benghazi terrorist attack and talking-points scrub.

USA Today says that the 11:15 ET presser might include a question or two on those topics, putting Obama on the hot seat:

President Obama holds a brief news conference Monday morning with British Prime Minister David Cameron, but he is likely to be asked about pressing domestic issues: Benghazi and the IRS.

Obama has not commented publicly on the IRS admission that it gave extra scrutiny to the tax-exempt status of groups with “Tea Party” and “Patriot” in their names, though White House aides have criticized the practice.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the IRS, which is conducting its own investigation, is a non-partisan entity and has only two political appointees.

“We certainly find the actions taken, as reported, to be inappropriate,” Carney said.

Rep. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told CNN’s State of the Union that it is “almost as disturbing that President Obama and treasury secretary Jack Lew have not personally apologized to the American people and promised a full investigation.”

Collins isn’t alone.  Joe Scarborough asked Chuck Todd on today’s Morning Joe why Obama hasn’t reacted to the IRS scandal, and Todd thinks the White House has made a big miscalculation (via Jim Geraghty):

TODD: Why aren’t there more Democrats jumping on this? This is outrageous no matter what political party you are, that an arm of the government, maybe it’s a set of people just in one office but, mind you, that one office was put in charge of dealing with these 501c4s and things like that.

SCARBOROUGH:  Why didn’t the president say something on Friday afternoon?

TODD:  I don’t know. Maybe they were distracted by Benghazi. Maybe they made the decision they didn’t want it to be about healthcare. I raised this question – where is the sense of outrage? And the only pushback was, Jay Carney spoke about this at the press briefing and he was pretty strong. I have to say it didn’t sound very strong to me. I don’t know if the White House realizes. I think this story has more legs politically in 2014 than Benghazi.

Yes.  Let’s see if the press today thinks so, too.


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Keep pushing. I wanna see another Presidential Temper Tantrum (TM).

kingsjester on May 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Filibustering

petefrt on May 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Isn’t this about the 20 billionth time Obamuh said we’re not going to tolerate something, and yet the intolerable goes on–and on–and on–and on, ad nauseam …

stukinIL4now on May 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

what video????

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

He’s just rambling now.

Mike Morrissey on May 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

We dishonor them by looking into Benghazi?

Wow.

Axe on May 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Will he take another question or crawl into his rat-hole and hide?

fogw on May 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

no time for political games
not easy
resources, tough judgements and tough calls

threat streams
Brits too
whole bunch of people in State Dept
I’m willing to put myself in harms way

we dishonor them, when we turn this into “political circus”
extremists
hunt down
“fix the system”

Where were you that night?

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

The really funny thing is he’s standing next to Cameron who, I’m sure, has all the British Intelligence on this so, when Obama starts talking about the movie, etc. he’ll know the truth.

I wonder if anyone in the press will ask if British Intelligence ever though Benghazi was about a 3rd rate movie trailer?

bflat879 on May 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM

I hope this unleashes a deluge of whistleblowers.

BuckeyeSam on May 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Cameron just lied; Stevens was in Benghazi to arm the opposition.

alwaysfiredup on May 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Muenchhausen orgasmed.

Orwell orgasmed.

Goebbels married his coffin today. His ultimate dreams are fulfilled.

Oaf talks more than Bill Clinton. Just imagine the finger.

Machiavelli orgasmed.

Pinocchio threw a party. He is delirious.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM

I wonder if anyone in the press will ask if British Intelligence ever though Benghazi was about a 3rd rate movie trailer?

bflat879 on May 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM

good one…but doubt it…

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM

The Prevaricator-in-Chief.

kingsjester on May 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM

He wants to fix the system but doesn’t want to investigate what happened…

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM

sigh….

you had to rush here first thing to do your “ALL IS WELL” Kevin Bacon thing didn’t it, and are going to get flattened by the mob just as quickly..

When even MSM outlets are worried as Hell..

don’t tell us we’re the ones being unreasonable here.. I guarantee that the groups targeted never got a dime from you, or a moments hearing.. you were to busy defending Obama’s sterling record of secrecy and stone walling investigations.

mark81150 on May 13, 2013 at 11:26 AM

LOL…I consider verbaldeuce the Chip Diller of Hot Air.

Thank you sir, may I have another.

HumpBot Salvation on May 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM

“My name is Barack Hussein Obama. I’m a VICTIM here. I’ll tell you more after I have had a chance to talk with my Attorney!”

kirkill on May 13, 2013 at 12:03 PM

please for the love of pete that tingles and the rest of the lsm call dear leader to the mat about this crapola he just spewed…

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 12:03 PM

http://abcnews.go.com/live

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 12:03 PM

The Bama lies like a Persian Rug. For a third rate break in Nixon was given a hatch job. For Benghazi Obama should be accorded the same the treatment.

RZuendt on May 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM

The Prevaricator-in-Chief.

kingsjester on May 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM

No doubt, I googled “Beating around the Bush” and this speech showed up!

kirkill on May 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Can you imagine how this wuss of a president looks to the Muslim Brotherhood? They are laughing their arses off.

kingsjester on May 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Obama on the IRS: Sgt Schultz Impersonation – ” I know NOTHING…”

(Michelle Bachman accuses the ‘O’ administration of letting the IRS story out to detract from the Benghazi scandal…I would not doubt it at all. The IRS story can be pawned off on some ‘scapegoat’ while Benghazi tracks all the way back to Obama’s & Hillary’s front door.)

Obama on Benghazi: “There is no ‘there’ there…nothing new was brought up last week….this is nothing but a ‘political game’…the GOP is using this to raise money & campaign….we dishonor Ambassadors – like Stevens – when we make events like Benghazi a political game.”

What a P.O.$!

easyt65 on May 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Idiot Cameron “I do what is in the interest of Britain, to hell with the people”.

Cameron is a moron.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Still have that Arabian curtain as a backdrop for our Muslim CiC.

fogw on May 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM

I didn’t think I could get more disgusted with this president ?, but he just proved me wrong…

sandee on May 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM

He’s just rambling now.

Mike Morrissey on May 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

He didn’t have anyplace to go. :) He wandered around. They pretty clearly haven’t got “a way of looking at it” completely worked out, but he gave us some insight into what that will be. Sounds like they are trying to get the “this is old news” horse dug out of the ground. Vaguely.

Axe on May 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM

It would be great if bho had the meltdown I hope will happen when he really gets mad? I don’t watch or listen to him, but if he EVER has the meltdown, I will watch for hours!
L

letget on May 13, 2013 at 12:05 PM

still can’t believe he said i just learned about it last friday

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 12:05 PM

We don’t have time to investigate what happened we need concentrate on how to prevent this from happening again…

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

…under a Republican administration.”

freedomfirst on May 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

“Old News”? The families of those butchered Americans feel differently.

kingsjester on May 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Can you imagine how this wuss of a president looks to the Muslim Brotherhood? They are laughing their arses off.

kingsjester on May 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM

His brothers succeed, apace. He enables them and the world sleeps, and deserves to have heads cut off. May the media’s heads go first on the block. I’d laugh.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Dear Leader thinks he and his media can lie themselves out of the Benghazi debacle…the IRS scandal is simply low level rogue employees. He must know he has insulated himself on the IRS problem.

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

You would think the WH would have been better prepared for these questions.

Mike Morrissey on May 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM

freedomfirst on May 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

yup

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Sounds like they are trying to get the “this is old news” horse dug out of the ground. Vaguely.

Axe on May 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM

You left out “political witch hunt”.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM

The State Run Media: You know that sounds reasonable. I believe him. I believe.

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM

More filibustering. Eating up the clock.

petefrt on May 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM

the media trashed carney’s presser and dear leader spewed the same exact tripe…c’mon lsm, do your job

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

“Filibustering” doesn’t begin to define the creepy, non-pointed, weirdly aggressive, inane diatribe by Obama on the issue of Benghazi.

Now he’s rambling on pretending to be an expert on the EU and the UK’s position about it.

Lourdes on May 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

It’s laughable that Obama’s is trying to vouch for the credibility of those involved in Benghazi. That might have worked 10 days ago, but I think that ship has sailed. Some of the liberal journos have broken with him and probably won’t like being called liars.

BuckeyeSam on May 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Dear Leader: I called a terrorist attack the next day….

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Did he have Candy Crowley walk up to the microphone and confirm this for him again?

farsighted on May 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

More filibustering. Eating up the clock.

petefrt on May 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM

oh yeah

uhhhhhh, uhhhhhhh

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Obama on the IRS: Sgt Schultz Impersonation – ” I know NOTHING…”

(Michelle Bachman accuses the ‘O’ administration of letting the IRS story out to detract from the Benghazi scandal…I would not doubt it at all. The IRS story can be pawned off on some ‘scapegoat’ while Benghazi tracks all the way back to Obama’s & Hillary’s front door.)

Obama on Benghazi: “There is no ‘there’ there…nothing new was brought up last week….this is nothing but a ‘political game’…the GOP is using this to raise money & campaign….we dishonor Ambassadors – like Stevens – when we make events like Benghazi a political game.”

What a P.O.$!

easyt65 on May 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Yep, the IRS ‘apology’ could be a limited hangout.

We should take this as a clue that there’s much more to Benghazi than we know yet.

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

We love the Brit’s so much we send Churchill’s Bust back and don’t attend Thatchers funeral…

MontanaMmmm on May 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Mike Morrissey on May 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Perhaps, their hubris has finally been their downfall.

Their egos did not allow them to believe that they would ever be called on their actions.

kingsjester on May 13, 2013 at 12:09 PM

So disgusting, a coward he is.

Lourdes on May 13, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Imagine, Syria is an “easy” question for this POS. Nevertheless, he’ll beat it to death to avoid further grilling on Benghazi.

BuckeyeSam on May 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM

You would think the WH would have been better prepared for these questions.

Mike Morrissey on May 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Lies always still come out as lies, no matter how many times you prepare to speak them.

kirkill on May 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM

syria needs to resolve their issues, you couldn’t say the same for libya no?

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM

You left out “political witch hunt”.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Part and parcel. :)

It’s amazing. They are actually flat-footed. And this Obama, talking about Putin at the moment, sounds exhausted. :) The real questions are over. Now it’s just yeoman’s work.

Axe on May 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Uh-Oh. Just insulted his BFF Putin.

fogw on May 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM

“There remains lingering suspicions

This is a Harvard grad, recall.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM

“Filibustering” doesn’t begin to define the creepy, non-pointed, weirdly aggressive, inane diatribe by Obama on the issue of Benghazi.

Lourdes on May 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Right you are. Especially the creepy, weirdly aggressive part.

petefrt on May 13, 2013 at 12:11 PM

msdnc folks wanted him to get out in front of these issues…he sure didn’t do that will they call him out on it now?

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 12:11 PM

You can’t broker a deal with an antique shop, you are no Reagan PUTZ.

MontanaMmmm on May 13, 2013 at 12:11 PM

And this Obama, talking about Putin at the moment, sounds exhausted. :) The real questions are over. Now it’s just yeoman’s work.

Axe on May 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM

He made Putin, the thug a “world stage leader” :)

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Did he have Candy Crowley walk up to the microphone and confirm this for him again?

farsighted on May 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Didn’t Crowley herself ultimately eat crow not only for interjecting herself but also for citing a comment that was really meaningless?

BuckeyeSam on May 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

All those “ah’s” take up a lot time.

Mike Morrissey on May 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Axe on May 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM

good point…angry man now trying to be professorial

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

would someone please throw their shoes at him now!

kirkill on May 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

It’s…uh…very, er, hard…uh…to, er, put…things…back…uhh…to…gether.

- Orator-in-Chief

steebo77 on May 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

That’s it?

WhatSlushfund on May 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

This is the biggest fool on the world stage.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

wow 2 questions…

that’s all folks

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Cameron is a wet Tory, but he wouldn’t be bad at all as a POTUS.

victor82 on May 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Obama not taking the chance on follow-up questions from the American press.

steebo77 on May 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Speak with a monotone and make this nonsense sound like the most boring stuff in the world. This takes all of the umph out of any strory the MSM may deem to come up with.

freedomfirst on May 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

That’s it…over. Burack kissed Davo on the cheek.

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 12:13 PM

that’s all you’re gonna hear folks….. that’s it.

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Coward took one question and ran into his rat-hole.

fogw on May 13, 2013 at 12:13 PM

It’s…uh…very, er, hard…uh…to, er, put…things…back…uhh…to…gether.

- Orator-in-Chief

steebo77 on May 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Harvard, on your taxes

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Wow that’s it. Only two reporters get to ask questions?

WisRich on May 13, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Hahahaha… So much for any more questions.

petefrt on May 13, 2013 at 12:13 PM

tingles
was he strong enough against the irs?

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 12:13 PM

He acts like he’s scared about Benghazi.

The trail leads directly back to him.

kingsjester on May 13, 2013 at 12:13 PM

More filibustering. Eating up the clock.

petefrt on May 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM

oh yeah

uhhhhhh, uhhhhhhh

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

uhhhhh….my mother was a whore….uhhhhh…my wife is ugly inside and out……..uhhhhhhhhh…I wish I was getting f_cked by reggie love right now…..uhhhhhh…i’m really stupid…..uhhhhhhh…

GhoulAid on May 13, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Some press conference.

WhatSlushfund on May 13, 2013 at 12:13 PM

leave us alone already…..
@whitehouse.

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM

wow 2 questions…

that’s all folks

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

That’s standard. Credit to the US reporter though whoever she was for asking Obama about the IRS and Benghazi.

Doughboy on May 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Cameron is a wet Tory, but he wouldn’t be bad at all as a POTUS.

victor82 on May 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

He is an absolute idiot, who deserves to lose. He is an Obama-shit-consumer, always.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM

corn liked his response natch

todd-no personal outrage against irs only benghazi

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM

That’s standard. Credit to the US reporter though whoever she was for asking Obama about the IRS and Benghazi.

Doughboy on May 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Not US. She was from the Assoc. Press, surprisingly. They usually eat Obama’s Beluga caviar shit.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM

What a worthless chump of a “leader” of the greatest nation on Earth.

Thanks, leftish human garbage, thanks for electing this ball of whacks to be preznit based purely on his skin color, you sure pulled a fine one on the rest of us.

Bishop on May 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Barack fears Benghazi…maybe the Clintons.

He thinks he is insulated on the IRS.

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Benghazi = no there, there ???
OMG .. even da press ain’t gonna like that one, surely !

pambi on May 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Whatsamatter, Obamuh couldn’t find any children to surround himself with for this morning’s pressconf while he fielded distasteful questions so he resorted to a visiting dignitary in Cameron to diminish some of the flack?

stukinIL4now on May 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM

straight armed boehner…a shot across the bow for dear leader against the gop and his 2nd term agenda…

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM

“I got the sense he was running out the clock.” –Fox

Axe on May 13, 2013 at 12:16 PM

nonpartisan: “See? I told you this was all just a waste of time.”

kirkill on May 13, 2013 at 12:16 PM

That’s standard. Credit to the US reporter though whoever she was for asking Obama about the IRS and Benghazi.

Doughboy on May 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Agreed, at least she got three questions in for her “first question”

WisRich on May 13, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Benghazi=sideshow

IRS=low level problem. I know nothing.

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 12:16 PM

pambi on May 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM

tingles ok with it…liked that he called it side show

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Why the f*ck was Obama talking about the relationship between the UK and the EU, if not to run out the clock?

steebo77 on May 13, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Obama ran out the clock on the presser and used the same talking points, as always.

He diverted with EU/Britain business, which is none of his business.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM

On Drudge right now:

“White House announces that the preznit will take no more questions from the press for the remainder of his term.”

Bishop on May 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM

the president was accurate…this is a side show
-mark ginsburg

yup, the msdnc is defending him on benghazi

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Benghazi=(political) sideshow

IRS=low level problem. I know nothing I found out last Friday.

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 12:16 PM

This is a global Charlatan in Chief, a thug, who lies with no conscience. All who brung/kept him deserve full destruction. I hope you will never recover, especially those Is and Rs for RP and who stayed home, sucking on your various pacifiers. I hope he destroys you and yours, in full.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Yes, yes…keep talking…keep getting more pissed…here’s some more rope, sir. Keep going…

El Dillo on May 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Keep pushing. I wanna see another Presidential Temper Tantrum (TM).

kingsjester on May 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Sounds like a good presser.

22044 on May 13, 2013 at 12:19 PM

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