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“I Want To Say It Again – Mr. President”

An interesting admission is buried in this article from a momentarily incensed Politico:

Obama flashes irritation in press room

By: Jonathan Martin and Carrie Budoff Brown
January 23, 2009

President Obama made a surprise visit to the White House press corps Thursday night, but got agitated when he was faced with a substantive question.

Asked how he could reconcile a strict ban on lobbyists in his administration with a Deputy Defense Secretary nominee who lobbied for Raytheon, Obama interrupted with a knowing smile on his face.

"Ahh, see," he said, "I came down here to visit. See this is what happens. I can’t end up visiting with you guys and shaking hands if I’m going to get grilled every time I come down here."

Pressed further by the Politico reporter about his Pentagon nominee, William J. Lynn III, Obama turned more serious, putting his hand on the reporter’s shoulder and staring him in the eye.

"Alright, come on" he said, with obvious irritation in his voice. "We will be having a press conference at which time you can feel free to [ask] questions. Right now, I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself to you guys – that’s all I was trying to do."

The president was quickly saved by a cameraman in the room who called out: “I’d like to say it one more time: ‘Mr. President.’ ”

Obama spent about 10 minutes total, winding his way through a crush of reporters and photographers between the upper and lower floors of the journalists’ workspace and asking questions about who worked where and how the booths and desks were assigned.

Reporters had little warning about the impromptu visit by the new president, and those who were in the downstairs portion of the press quarters only came to the briefing room after an unexpected and cryptic announcement on the internal intercom that they do so.

"This is worse than the Middle East," he joked, alluding to the territorial claims staked on the cramped corridor. "Who’s sitting where and all that stuff."

He revealed that he had already gotten in two work outs since being sworn in Tuesday.

"Turns out I have a little gym up there," he said with a smile.

Obama said he had watched press secretary Robert Gibbs debut briefing "in anticipation of some flop sweat. … I just want to thank you for not completely ripping up Gibbs," Obama said.

"I am very proud of him today. He got a fist bump from me."

Petulant? The Messiah?

Is’t possible?

But here is the kicker:

The president was quickly saved by a cameraman in the room who called out: “I’d like to say it one more time: ‘Mr. President.’ ”

Ah, yes, our unbiased media.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 23rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to ““I Want To Say It Again – Mr. President””

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    Not since Dan Rather to Nixon has there been this great an opportunity. “Mr. President. I would appreciate it if you kept your hands to yourself.” That Chris Matthews would blather on about it being subliminally racist would be just icing on the cake!!!

    (I still got it!)

  2. Odie44 says:

    I wonder what the over/under is; in time, for the media to finally turn on Bambi.

    His “style” is self serving, vague and loves to control the dialogue – which is directly opposite of what a) The People’s President is, b) the media and c) an adult.

    He clearfly has leeway, being he is their chosen “One”, but even the media do not like to be a reactive arm of policy communications.

    So far, within 72 hours Bambi has:
    a) Failed to allow photographers access to the Oval Office and instead were fed Bambette team “selections” b) refused to answer a basic question from the press exemplified in this article and c) has not held an offical press conference, with all hands on deck, in the press corp room.

    Even the devout liberal media has needs, expectations and a job to do – this will not cut it.

    I say by St Patty’s Day – leaks, stories and a tougher assesment may start coming through.

    One can only hope.

    • proreason says:

      “media to finally turn on Bambi”

      It’s not gonna happen odie. The media is Obamy’s Republican Guard. They helped create obamastein and they will never give up on their creation. Loving mothers don’t turn on their children either.

      But some dissenters will arise from time to time. Their careers will be ruined.

    • Odie44 says:

      Pro –

      I like the Rep Guard comparison – because I beleive similiar to these cowards – when the chit hits the fan and a gun is pointing at their head – they will run in droves.

      I am not naive enough to think all of MSM will turn – but I do believe as profits decline, revenue dries up and if/when the recession continues for media companies – it will force thier hand. And within media – I believe bloggers, aside from the inane dopes like Kos and Huff, will start to turn, because their ethos is disruption. Magnified during Bush’s years – it will be a slow trickle, so perhaps I should rethink St Patty’s – but in the end Bambi’s luster will fade.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      I’ll have to take over (after) St. Paddy’s…

      Perhaps ‘May Day’ would be more appropriate! lol

    • proreason says:

      Let’s hope the Fool’s luster fades, and soon, but the msm will be working overtime to prevent it.

      Colonel believes that things are close to normal, and this obamanation will like many others pass in time.

      I’m of the mind that a corner has been turned and it may take a cataclysm to alert the sheep (it took Pearl Harbor last time). I haven’t decided yet whether I’m rooting for that. If those are the two alternatives, neither looks good.

      But maybe you are correct and free-thinkers will eventually prevail and turn the tide with truth. That would be good. I’m just afraid the other side has got the truth surrounded, and that the sheep don’t care anyway.

    • curvyred says:



      “WASHINGTON — President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill today that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration.

      “You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done,” he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.”

      Translation: Your constiuents will hear what is going on and flood your offices voicing their dismay – and we might not be able to snake all these social engineering projects thru without a struggle.

  3. proreason says:

    How soon will the puppet masters impose telepromters at press conferences?

    • caligirl9 says:

      First they have to write the proper script and pass it out to the media types. That way the messiah knows what’s coming, in what order, and then he can turn to his teleprompter.

      Or his BlackBerry.

      The current herd mentality of the media will ensure the script is followed to the letter.

    • Flession says:

      Don’t forget the prepared photos of him!

      After all, we can’t post a unfavorable photo of him to where a good caricature can finally be made of him.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Was not Hildabeast raked over the coals for “Canned” press conferences?
      I can hear it in the back ground……”PLAY BALL”!

  4. bweed says:

    Amazing…checked the video at Politico, and again here for the alleged snub. Politico scrubbed the Presidential slights that made it into the article. Where is the video of “O” stifling the press’s Constitutional right to ask questions? Where is the video of the cameraman’s cover? I find it hard to believe the entire episode was not recorded for posterity. A self censoring press?

  5. bweed says:

    Sorry, CNN scrubbed the video.

  6. aze_216 says:

    these guys are amazing.. “journalists”? Cameraman sucks up to obama to keep him from having to answer that mean reporter’s question. Cameraman didn’t want obama to look stupid.

    these guys are a bunch of fawning idiots! the really need to get a refund from whatever J school they attended.

  7. Confucius says:

    Dear White House Press Corp,

    How does it feel being ho-slapped by yo’ pimp?

    Dear PBo,

    Do it again! Do it again! Do it again!

  8. caligirl9 says:

    Journalism education today isn’t what it used to be.

    All too frequently, news writers wait for press releases to come across their desks and then they will use the contents of a news release/media kit to write a story or will call the contact person on the news release and collect the pablum the PR type is willing to feed. If what you are selling is presented well and timely, it will be used.

    I know this, I am a PR type. Or at least I was …

    The difference between public relations and marketing is that public relations works to get “credibility” through the use of media. Marketing is less credible because you can buy television, newspaper or magazine space and say whatever you wish. If the media prints something, certainly it must be true and good for us!

    Students don’t learn how to question sources (unless of course they are from a conservative source!) and the extent of doing “research” is a nice Google search. Gone are the days of the reporter stake-out and hours spent at the department of records/city hall/etc., talking to sources and digging up the dirt.

  9. TickTock says:

    He’s just following Hitler’s playbook to the letter, and MSM is his gold-plated Cadillac.

    Don’t take your eye off this guy, not for a second.

  10. pinandpuller says:

    Can we get some Mexicans to do the job the American Press Corpse refuses to do?

    • Liberals Demise says:


      Whats next? A water fountian with mouthwash / gargle station so they can rid themselves of “ASS KISSING” after taste? IF….you presist on kissing that much ass, you should be stuck we the taste and smell for the rest of the day.

  11. Anonymoose says:

    Jeez, I’m a hapless nobody with a capital N and I know more about handling the press than that.

    First off, don’t do some cryptic announcement and then start playing 20 questions asking where they sit and what they do, they’ll be wanting to know what’s up.

    Second, the press is friend only to ratings and nothing else, but you always want to “play nice” with them.

    Or to put it another way, Obama should have gone down with a big friendly smile, expecting anything he said would be reported, and politely talked about he was here to “get to know everyone” and told the Politico reporter he’d be happy to answer his questions at the press conference, probably followed by a few simple rhetorical “how’s it going, like here” questions. In other words toss him a bone but don’t give anything up. You take control by letting the other guy feel he got something out of it.

    But to stare down a reporter and expect them to tolerate him coming down to “pal around” and reporting only when he wants them to? Ooooohhh, they hate that, and it may be the first crack in the MSM worship of him……….I can hope, can’t I?

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