Open thread: Obama presser

posted at 2:56 pm on August 9, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, after the President parried shouted questions at a meeting with the Prime Minister of Greece by promising an open press conference today, my Twitter news feed erupted with “BREAKING” announcements from news media outlets announcing today’s presser at 3 pm.   It’s a measure of how infrequently Barack Obama holds open press conferences with White House correspondents that his aside at the end of the availability made for news flashes from the majors. It’s only his third since re-election, and the first since April, although he did a joint appearance in May with David Cameron.

The question that prompted the promise — “Is the reset over?” — is likely to be repeated today.  Russia will very much be on the minds of reporters after Obama snubbed Vladimir Putin over the Edward Snowden asylum case, but it won’t be the only issue at hand, or at least shouldn’t be.  In fact, this seems like a strange time to hold an open forum, as Obama will go on vacation for eight days immediately afterward.  Normally I defend presidential vacations — every President takes them, they all stay on the job the entire time anyway, and the Martha’s Vineyard destination is fairly unremarkable — but this is a very curious time to take a leave from the White House.  The US has closed 19 embassies around the Eastern Hemisphere due to the biggest national-security threat since 9/11 … and the President is going to the beach? Just on the basis of optics, this is a strange decision, and it will be very curious to see if any reporter asks about it today.

That’s not the only question about Obama’s vacation plans, either:

President Barack Obama and his family fly this weekend to Martha’s Vineyard for a vacation at a rented multimillion-dollar modernist home owned by Chicago investment banker and Democratic Party donor David Schulte. …

Schulte is a managing general partner at the corporate finance firm Chilmark Partners. In 1990, he teamed up with billionaireSam Zell to form the $1 billion Zell-Chilmark Fund to buy control of financially distressed companies.

Chilmark’s investments included mattress maker Sealy Corp., Carter Hawley Hale Stores, Schwinn Bicycle Co., and radio station operator Jacor Communications Inc. When Clear Channel Communications Inc. bought Jacor in 1999 for about $4.4 billion in stock and assumed debt, the fund earned a profit of more than $1 billion.

Schulte has given $90,350 to Democratic candidates and party committees since 1989, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research group. He contributed to Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns as well as his earlier Senate run, and gave the maximum $28,500 to the Democratic National Committee in 2008.

Of course, it will be very curious to see how many questions reporters get to ask. President Obama has a habit of showing up late and offering lengthy, meandering answers that limit queries.  Hugh Hewitt has set the over/under for today:

I’m taking the under on that one.  I’ll be on the air when the presser begins, but Allahpundit and Mary Katharine will be on hand to grab anything significant.


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I’m really beginning to think they are just playing a rhetorical game and don’t actually want to repeal Obamacare, they just want the votes from the people who DO want to repeal it.

bflat879 on August 9, 2013 at 4:02 PM

They’re not getting my vote until they grow some nuts. Plain and simple. I’d rather see the country go down in flames in full revolt with the Dems in charge of the government than to support the status quo.

HiJack on August 9, 2013 at 4:06 PM

The problem is, he’s right. You can’t talk about repealing something without offering the alternative.

bflat879 on August 9, 2013 at 4:02 PM

That’s retarded. BarkyCare is un-Constitutional, stupid, and thoroughly un-American. Only a total moron would think that he has to “offer an alternative” to that criminal law.

You’re an idiot.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 9, 2013 at 4:07 PM

I heard a reporter ask what’s to stop the next president deciding not to enforce the law like he does. Anybody hear the answer?

DanMan on August 9, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Yeah, support gay marriage and stop global warming.

petefrt on August 9, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Doughboy on August 9, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Yes and the reason you don’t hear about the republicans alternative because it doesn’t fit their agenda. They want single payer. It’s that simple

mrscullen on August 9, 2013 at 4:08 PM

heh heh Imagine how funny it would be if our comments were running along the bottom of the screen as he speaks. It would be like MST-3000.

SailorMark on August 9, 2013 at 4:09 PM

DanMan on August 9, 2013 at 4:06 PM

That was Henry..

He never answered, just went into his pitch for obamacare.

Barred on August 9, 2013 at 4:09 PM

“I wanted a national discussion on trade-offs between our security programs but a seruies of leaks distracted …”

… uummmm, don’t you usually have the national discussions BEFORE you do things, and not after one discovers your hand in the cookie jar?

The Schaef on August 9, 2013 at 4:10 PM

I had to change the channel, I couldn’t take anymore of the ahole.

birdwatcher on August 9, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Ed Henry: Where are the Benghazi killers that you promised you would hunt down?

0bama: Hey, I got Bin Laden, isn’t that good enough for you? Gotta go, I’m late for my golf game.

UltimateBob on August 9, 2013 at 4:03 PM

You think I’m making that up? This is exactly how that question was answered (paraphrasing a little).

OK, I did make up the part about golf, but everything else is accurate.

UltimateBob on August 9, 2013 at 4:05 PM

He will probably golfing on his vacation, so technically you are correct.

tommer74 on August 9, 2013 at 4:13 PM

DanMan on August 9, 2013 at 4:06 PM

He said “we” have the authoritative power to do that because of the unique situation he is dealing with.

“The Republicans don’t agree with me so I needed to do what’s right”
Says he conferred w/ business leaders and unions to make has decision. He don’t need no stinkin’ Congressional approval since everyone other than Republicans agree with him.

racecar05 on August 9, 2013 at 4:16 PM

poor little fool still trying to sell Obamacare, pathetic

I heard a reporter ask what’s to stop the next president deciding not to enforce the law like he does. Anybody hear the answer?

DanMan on August 9, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Yes. He claimed that people are getting “rebates” from their insurance companies. The reality is premiums are spiking and families are losing coverage.

I literally loathe this man. I hope he gets a sharknado while basking on the Vinyard.

Key West Reader on August 9, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Allen West on his facebook page:

Obama finished his press conference and ask yourself, besides his blaming everyone else, what did you glean from his one-hour diatribe?

Not a damn thing, really.

UltimateBob on August 9, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Ben Howe ‏@BenHowe 12m

Obama always seems like he’s answering the press with an attitude of amazement that they aren’t simply thankful he’s speaking to them.

‘xactly!

Resist We Much on August 9, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Sorry, haven’t read. Wanted to stamp this. :)

DepressiveBlogger69 ‏@AceofSpadesHQ 2m

If only the Founders had considered the possibility that the Executive and Congress might disagree.

Axe on August 9, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Feelgood story of the day and boy do we need one after listening to the fothermucker-in-chief blather on unchallenged by LSM.

Terrorists strike Obama’s elementary school
Attack came on day he offered greetings to Muslims celebrating holiday

As President Obama offered greetings from the White House to Muslims celebrating the feast that ends the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, the Catholic school he attended in Jakarta was hit with a terrorist attack.

Asia News said the attack Wednesday came amid an escalation of tensions on the eve of the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr.

http://www.wnd.com/2013/08/terrorists-strike-obamas-jakarta-elementary-school/

wyntre9 on August 9, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Mr. President, if you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?

petefrt on August 9, 2013 at 3:44 PM

“A tulip.” — Barky, Sooper-Geenyus

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 9, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Actually, there is a tulip tree. Just sayin’.

chewmeister on August 9, 2013 at 4:33 PM

On and on and on: https://twitter.com/AceofSpadesHQ

:)

Axe on August 9, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Yeah, support gay marriage and stop global warming.

petefrt on August 9, 2013 at 4:08 PM

awesome

DanMan on August 9, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I literally loathe this man. I hope he gets a sharknado while basking on the Vinyard.

Key West Reader on August 9, 2013 at 4:18 PM

I’d pay a bundle to watch that tape!

Solaratov on August 9, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Obama claims we don’t jail people just for saying something on the Internet?

Good thing Hillary didn’t go after Nokoula (sp?) for some video posted on the internet. It was YouTube, which is different, right?

Perfesser on August 9, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Allen West on his facebook page:

Obama finished his press conference and ask yourself, besides his blaming everyone else, what did you glean from his one-hour diatribe?

Not a damn thing, really.

UltimateBob on August 9, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Well, we have confirmed not only that the WH Press Corps remains overly deferential and in the bag for Barack Obama, but that they are still intellectually, ethically, and morally bankrupt.

The sad part is that we’ve confirmed this regarding the WH Press Corps daily for the last decade…yet we still listen / read them.

Athos on August 9, 2013 at 4:49 PM

a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

I didn’t realize that Shakespeare was a time traveller but he must have had a vision of Obama when he wrote this famous line.

neyney on August 9, 2013 at 4:51 PM

For the smartest president and best communicator ever, he sure says “um” and “uh” a lot, and has a lot of deer-in-the-headlight moments followed by UN-intelligble babble.

oldroy on August 9, 2013 at 4:55 PM

So, how many questions did the President take?

Athos on August 9, 2013 at 4:59 PM

I can not listen to this fool but I heard that he blamed the current cool down with Russia on Putin…finally blaming someone other than Bush but still takes no accountability for his failure….

crosshugger on August 9, 2013 at 5:13 PM

So, how many questions did the President take?

Found out – 8 members of the WH Press Corps asked questions of which only 1 could be classified as a ‘hard’ question.

I suspect most the journalists in the room were pleased that there was nothing really new addressed, so they could depart at 4pm Eastern heading for an early cocktail hour start for their weekend.

We know they had little interest in remaining there to write a real story….or do their jobs.

Athos on August 9, 2013 at 5:18 PM

I was not the only one blistering Ed Henry on Twitter earlier this week when Carney got through Moncay’s presser without any questions about the CNN reports on Benghazi. Looks like he is a bit more motivated.

Gotta just laugh, though, at Obama’s “took me more than 11 months to get bin Laden” retort when confronted on the lack of progress on Benghazi. If I recall correctly, Osama was deep down in hiding, under the cover of state protection in Pockeeston. He wasn’t having strawberry frappés in the local cafe and giving interviews to CNN.

How do these guys get to be reporters when they can’t think on their feet quickly enough to cut the BS with a follow-up question?

novaculus on August 9, 2013 at 5:51 PM

How do these guys get to be reporters when they can’t think on their feet quickly enough to cut the BS with a follow-up question?

novaculus on August 9, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Are you kidding? That’s why they’re reporters. If they were smart or quick-witted, they’d be working in real jobs.

AZCoyote on August 9, 2013 at 6:04 PM

They’re not getting my vote until they grow some nuts. Plain and simple. I’d rather see the country go down in flames in full revolt with the Dems in charge of the government than to support the status quo.

HiJack on August 9, 2013 at 4:06 PM

The average family lives pay check to pay check. The worse things get, the more likely they are to look to the government for handouts.

Basilsbest on August 9, 2013 at 6:09 PM

How do these guys get to be reporters when they can’t think on their feet quickly enough to cut the BS with a follow-up question?

novaculus on August 9, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Follow-up question? I’d just like to hear someone say, “Thank you for your extemely long comment Mr. President, I have a follow-up question for you but I’ll save that until you answer the first one I asked”

Ditkaca on August 9, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Is the press not allowed to ask hard questions if the president is black?

Hey Mr. President? Dozens of CIA in Benghazi, what’s up with that? etc.

If he isn’t up to being President because he’s black he shouldn’t have run. Are we to not expect as much from him because he is black? I guess I’m confused, because there seems to be different rules for this guy.

oldroy on August 9, 2013 at 6:46 PM

obama’s best speech, sans teleprompter

Schadenfreude on August 9, 2013 at 7:04 PM

obama’s best speech, sans teleprompter

Schadenfreude on August 9, 2013 at 7:04 PM

I can’t stop ROFL.

bluefox on August 9, 2013 at 7:09 PM

New Steyn…

Know Thine Enemy

Resist We Much on August 9, 2013 at 7:40 PM

First!

Bishop on August 9, 2013 at 7:48 PM

First!

Bishop on August 9, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Impressive!

Resist We Much on August 9, 2013 at 8:01 PM

oldroy on August 9, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Yes.

avagreen on August 9, 2013 at 8:19 PM

“a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

I didn’t realize that Shakespeare was a time traveller but he must have had a vision of Obama when he wrote this famous line.

neyney on August 9, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Heh!

avagreen on August 9, 2013 at 8:25 PM

oldroy on August 9, 2013 at 6:46 PM

You are SO right. Racially speaking, regardless of which race, he simply cannot be questioned.

marybel on August 9, 2013 at 8:46 PM

The average family lives pay check to pay check. The worse things get, the more likely they are to look to the government for handouts.

Basilsbest on August 9, 2013 at 6:09 PM

… and the faster it will crash and burn, I suppose.

Midas on August 9, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Hate. Nothing less.

Hot. Glowing. Hate.

Midas on August 9, 2013 at 8:58 PM

The problem is, he’s right. You can’t talk about repealing something without offering the alternative.

bflat879 on August 9, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Quick thought experiment.

We’re starving.

You pick up a piece of food that I know for a fact to be extremely deadly to humans.

Am I allowed to tell you not to eat it even if I don’t have something else handy for you to eat?

I realize that it would be better if we had alternatives (and we have proposed reforms and things designed to make healthcare more affordable in the past); however, it’s incorrect to say that you can’t say “Stop! Disaster!!!” unless you have a solution of your own.

JadeNYU on August 9, 2013 at 9:06 PM

The problem is, he’s right. You can’t talk about repealing something without offering the alternative.

bflat879 on August 9, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Simply going back to the way it was before Obamacare IS far better than Obamacare. After Obamacare is out with the trash, Republicans and democratics can work at their leisure on a series of small bills to make improvements here and there.

Demanding that we have in hand some kind of a new comprehensive overhaul of healthcare BEFORE killing Obamacare is a rathole. The REB knows that Republicans could never manage that rathole and that’s why he demands it.

slickwillie2001 on August 9, 2013 at 10:00 PM

obama’s best speech, sans teleprompter

Schadenfreude on August 9, 2013 at 7:04 PM

“comments currently unavailable”

slickwillie2001 on August 9, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Obama was asked after promising to bring the Benghazi terrorists to justice almost a year ago where were they. Obama gave the BS answer that he had promised to catch OBL, that he did, but that it took longer than a year. I guess the fact that 2 news agencies fund the lead terrorist within weeks and conducted lengthy interviews with him by a hotel pool while Obama hasn’t been able to find him in nearly a year either shows how incompetent he & his administration truly is or that this Islamic Extremist sympathizer has not made any effort to find the man responsible for the first dead U.S. Ambassador in over 30 years!

easyt65 on August 10, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Slickwillie2001, AWESOME comments. Demanding you have a detailed solution that is better than what is killing you is a BS argument. Stepping back onto the ledge is a better solution than demanding you find a better way to reach the ground than free-falling, which was a stupid idea to begin with.

easyt65 on August 10, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Schulte is a managing general partner at the corporate finance firm Chilmark Partners. In 1990, he teamed up with billionaireSam Zell to form the $1 billion Zell-Chilmark Fund to buy control of financially distressed companies.

Chilmark’s investments included mattress maker Sealy Corp., Carter Hawley Hale Stores, Schwinn Bicycle Co., and radio station operator Jacor Communications Inc. When Clear Channel Communications Inc. bought Jacor in 1999 for about $4.4 billion in stock and assumed debt, the fund earned a profit of more than $1 billion.

I thought rich businessmen naturally gravitated to Republicans and Conservatism. That’s odd.

/s

Perhaps we should entertain the notion that our views of Free Enterprise and Capitalism are little more than nice theories that mean nothing in the real world? Might be beneficial for us to realize that every major institution exists nowadays solely for personal gain and to enslave us.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 10, 2013 at 8:44 AM

….what’s a “press conference”?

KOOLAID2 on August 10, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Snowden gave obama a really black eye. obama enabled it. History will always record this. However, Snowden is not a racist.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM

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