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The Hive – Obama’s 2nd News Conference

It’s been a while since we have had a discussion thread. So what better time than Mr. Obama’s second prime time ‘news conference”?

Though the only real question to our mind is will he be using a cable feed in addition to his ubiquitous teleprompter?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 24th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

63 Responses to “The Hive – Obama’s 2nd News Conference”

  1. bill says:

    Great, another TOTUS teleprompter reading s%27eance … snore ….

    And the polls continue down down down.

  2. pdsand says:

    I eagerly anticipate my fill of blatant lies, doom and gloom, and then optimism permitting socialism is allowed to blossom in this country.

  3. reefdiver says:

    If they would take away the teleprompter I would actually watch the show, because maybe we would see what he actually thinks(?)
    But the teleprompter tennis match head turning drives me cwazy.

  4. Steve says:

    He’s worked in the AIG bonuses already.

    It’s more and more clear that this was always the plan.

  5. Steve says:

    He just said he wants to make “clean energy the profitable energy.”

    In other words, he is going to make ‘un-clean energy’ prohibitively expensive.

    And he says this will cause economic growth.

    This is simply insane. And only fools and the deranged would believe it.

    • catie says:

      But did you notice the press people fawning over him though? I mean it’s sickening. Does anyone remember if W had given two primetime press conferences this early in his term?

    • TwilightZoned says:

      In other words, hold EVERYONE hostage to expensive energy costs. Just more power er… control over U.S. citizens.

  6. BigOil says:

    He just repeated the lie that he inherited a 1.3 trillion dollar deficit. When did Bush pass the stimulus and omnibus spending bills?

  7. notsoyoungjim says:

    I inherited 1.3 Trillion deficit. Don’t talk to me ’bout no 9.3 trillion.

  8. PC says:

    Scariest line of the speech:

    “…by the end of my first term.”

    Does anyone think the USA will make it to the end of his first term? And if they do, does anyone think they’ll want Obama for a second term?

  9. catie says:

    Okay, I just clicked on my yahoo email and they have his picture surrounded by the presidential seal and it makes him look like he has a halo. And no, I don’t think the USA will make it through 4 years of this clown. Unfortunately the stupid people of ACORN and other assorted circus rejects will continue to vote for this fool.

    • Melly says:

      Yea…I noticed Yahoo posts that photo before each press conference. It’s annoying ain’t it? :/

  10. Media_man says:

    Listen to this it’s striking how much he talks & how little he says. And the things he says of substance are mostly lies, like his assertion that his economic growth assumptions are inline with blue chip estimates. From what I’ve read, blue chip estimates & the Obama’s are miles apart.

    • Melly says:

      I hear him in the background in my house (I cannot watch the man) and he isn’t making any sense whatsoever – virtually retarded in my opinion. Of course the MSM will say he was brilliant tonight.

    • Barbie says:

      Melly, I agree with you. Can’t stand to even listen to him. I hope he’s not giggling this time. Do you think we could at least have a president who doesn’t giggle? Dolt.

    • PC says:

      Even Bill O’Reilly is smitten. O’Reilly says: “He’s a smart man and an excellent communicator.”

      I just don’t see it. He’s a terrible communicator except when reading from a script. He’s just an actor.

    • Professor_Repulso says:

      Maybe more obtuse than profound, but here goes. I ran across, by chance, some of Nietzsche’s writings. Speaking of Sophocles, he wrote, “The noble human being does not sin. The profound poet wants to tell us that although every law, every natural order, even the moral world way may perish through his actions, his actions also produce a higher magical circle of effects which found a new world on the ruins of the old one that has now been overthrown.” Perhaps not, but to me it did seem to be quite applicable to the current situation. Speaking of which, has anyone heard the story of Obama packing around a miniature of the Hindu monkey-god Lord Hanuman?

    • canary says:

      The other night O’Rielly said over and over what a Brilliant man he was. O’Reilly needs to be booted off FOX. He becomes more liberal and stupid. I can only think he is the only show, so that FOX can say balanced news. I’ve boycotted O’Reilly for quite awhile. It’s kind of like checking in CNN. I can last a few seconds. Obama just mixes clauses and phrases around, and sticks a uncommon word in there once in a while, and idiots like O’Rielly, think Obama’s smart. I think Fox needs to dump him, and hire someone else.

      Dang I missed the talk. I was too busy crashing one of those Obama door to door meeting thingys. One slide, of the slide show gave a disclaimer as to political aspects, and they weren’t there to discuss the Republicans rhetoric. Looks like Lions Club is their organization to hope on board. All this “yes I can” and global b.s. I’m sick to my stomach.

  11. BigOil says:

    A flash of anger from The Won when re-questioned on his delay in responding to the AIG bonus issue. “I had to first get my story straight” “I like to know what I’m talking about”.

  12. Rusty Shackleford says:

    What….? Oblabla’s on TV again? It’s been what? 24 hours or is it 48 since he was on last? Gee I sure hope he doesn’t stay away so long next time, the public might forget who he is.

    I’m taking the time right now to make sure I watch a station that does NOT have this wood-carving of a political figure on. I can’t stand to see/hear him at all.

  13. Steve says:

    What absolutely asinine questions.

    And these are the reporters who still have jobs after presumably the chaff has been winnowed out.

    They are either remarkably uninformed or they don’t want to give him any hard questions.

    But it/s probably both.

    • notsoyoungjim says:

      This Presser reminds me of Steve Martin in planes, trains, and automobiles: “And by the way, you know, when you’re telling these little stories? Here’s a good idea – have a POINT. It makes it SO much more interesting for the listener! “

    • PC says:

      “And these are the reporters who still have jobs after presumably the chaff has been winnowed out.”

      Love the woman who asked “Are you having any race problems?” or however she worded it.

      Lady, the economy is in the crapper, Obama is trying to nationalize everything in sight, and you ask a dumb ass question like that?

    • PC I was wondering the same thing.. I mean seriously Your ONE chance to shine and you ask THAT?!

  14. Confucius says:

    Anyone else sick of him connecting sentences with “AAaand” and “THAaat”?

    Harvard should be embarrassd.

    • catie says:

      Confucius, between listening to him and that other whiz kid Caroline Kennedy, I would absolutely be ashamed if my son went to Harvard. (Of course his father and I decided that if he did choose an Ivy League school we would take away the college fund we’re funding and buy ourselves a nice big boat to sail around in, Notre Dame too for that matter but I digress.) I cannot fathom why Bill O’Reilly keeps saying this man is “brilliant”. He’s not able to think on his feet, he’s lost without TOTUS and is utterly immature as he showed with his inappropriate laughing on “60 Minutes” and his stupid Special Olympics comment (which shows me what he really feels in his heart towards kids like my daughter) but yet O’Reilly and others keep talking about how smart this man is. I don’t see it.

  15. retire05 says:

    What Obama should have said:

    I am going bring American clean, green energy. Jeffrey Immelt has done such a bang up job with GE that I appointed him to my Economic Recovery Advisory Board. And he has created this Al Gore scam called Greenhouse Gas Services that should make his salary increase ten fold. That way, he can contribute much more to my campaign in ’12.

    It’s all George Bush’s fault.

    Timothey Geithner is brilliant. Being a tax cheat himself, he will increase the revenue that the IRS brings in because he knows all the dirty little tricks on how to avoid paying taxes. And I’m brilliant because it takes a crook to catch a crook.

    It’s all George Bush’s fault.

    America is suffering. Jobs are being lost. CEOs make too much money (making more than me which pisses me off). So I am going to do all I can to make sure that these companies are so intimidated they move off shore and when third world nations have better economies than we do, we will save trillions by not having to send them money.

    It’s all George Bush’s fault.

    Health care costs are on the rise. I intend to give these stupid press conferences on a regular basis and cut down the need for sleeping medication and therefore reduce medical costs.

    It’s all Gelorge Bush’s fault.

  16. Sorry I am late to the conversation.. I started projectile vomiting once the questions started, and couldn’t stop till he left the podium.. and uh.. umm oh yeah my dog ate the remote.

    • catie says:

      Jason, yes it was sickening wasn’t it? I hope you’re doing well my old Get Drunk buddy.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I love “canned” Q and A sessions. He looked sooooo regal as he looked around the room when he called the names of selected reporters. He didn’t answer 1 damn question. He just pushed his 3 faves; Energy, Economy and Health Care takeovers. Oooooover and Oooooover he rambled!!
      BTW….anyone notice how purple his lips are? I have HD and I was playing with the color tone to clear this up. Hey….there isn’t anything wrong with the color, that IS him!!
      I almost peed my shorts when they showed Madelin Albright in a comatose state as she stared at the floor. HaHaHa!!!!

    • Liberals Demise says:

      It was Helen Thomas, not Ms. Albright…….my bad for drinking non-koolaid adult beverages during Himmler Obamas’ oration / canned heat.

    • U NO HOO says:

      Steve, when will we be able to reply to replies?

    • Steve says:

      “Steve, when will we be able to reply to replies?”

      Oh, the number of nested replies is unlimited. But I think it would be visually confusing. And it’s pretty much unnecessary, as my reply to you shows.

      We don’t want to get too carried away.

  17. U NO HOO says:

    Let me get this straight, if I follow the deficit rationale, if I am overweight and out of a job I should eat 5 for $5 at Arby’s so I don’t have to eat tomorrow when I am broke completely and fatter?

    Yeah, yeah, that’s the ticket.

  18. RightWinger says:

    Well, on the bright side, we won’t have to see him on TV tomorrow night. That’s because tomorrow night is cocktail party night at the White House where I’m sure Lil’ Barry will be yucking it up and having a good laugh while boozing it up with some other washed up, has-been celebrities and kool-aid drinkers. They’ll sit around and laugh about how they have done more damage to this country in 2 months than Stalin and Khrushchev could have ever dreamed of doing.

  19. dannyc says:

    I do not ever watch this ignoramis on TV. I am glad that I am well aware in advance of when he is on TV, that way I can get my root canal done, it is less painful.

    • caligirl9 says:

      I’m with you, dannyc! I am trying real hard to NEVER be able to recognize his voice. Bad enough his mugshot is plastered everywhere! Ick!

  20. bobbys says:

    >>>Look, I believe that it is very important for us to have strong moral guidelines, ethical guidelines, when it comes to stem-cell research or anything that touches on, you know, the issues of possible cloning or issues related to, you know, the human life sciences.

    I think those issues are all critical, and I’ve said so before. I wrestle with it on stem cell; I wrestle with it on issues like abortion.

    I think that the guidelines that we provided meet that ethical test. What we have said is that, for embryos that are typically about to be discarded, for us to be able to use those in order to find cures for Parkinson’s or for Alzheimer’s or, you know, all sorts of other debilitating diseases, juvenile diabetes, that, that it is the right thing to do.

    And that’s not just my opinion. That is the opinion of a number of people who are also against abortion.

    Now, I am glad to see progress is being made in adult stem cells. And if the science determines that we can completely avoid a set of ethical questions or political disputes, then that’s great.

    I have, I have no investment in causing controversy. I’m happy to avoid it if that’s where the science leads us. But what I don’t want to do is predetermine this based on a very rigid ideological approach, and that’s what I think is reflected in the executive order that I signed.<<<.

    I remember him saying this was above his pay grade so i might ask since then who and where did he go to figure this all out whats “Ethical”. If theres a number of people who are against abortion for stem cell, Whats the number??? I can assume its not many and if so is that not a ethical case against stem cell???, But he goes on to say as he did awhile ago Science will establish ethical Qs. But who might i ask did he meet with to go over ethical Qs, The Pope??? What church leaders?, No he did not so i can only assume HE decides Ethical Qs, As in saying he does not want an ideological approach., So i have to come to the conclusion he is giving moral rulings, so either he is GOD or a liar., The sheer aducity to drag in anti abortion people into saying there for stem cell!!!

    • canary says:

      bobby’s Is this the debate on Christianity with Rich Warren? I remember pre-election he talked about raising his daughters with values and morals, but if one of them became pregnant, “I would not punish them with a baby”. Obama only builds a smokescreen on TV.

  21. David says:

    Well I just wasted a few minutes to post a question for Obama’s virtual townhall on Thursday. I can bet my question won’t be answered as I asked how he could be shocked by the AIG bonuses when he specifically requested that the bonus limit amendment be removed. But instead the leading question is something like “when will the government pay for my college education so I can find myself on someone else’s dime.” If you get a chance the questions by the Obama bots are pretty funny. Not surprisingly a good ten percent are about legalizing pot. Country is headed for revolution and these guys care more about their high. Sigh…

    • Liberals Demise says:

      It makes it easier to round up the pot heads with a bag of Fritos rather that chasing crack heads on speed!

  22. artboyusa says:

    That man’s on TV more often than reruns of “Seinfeld”…I agree with what’s been said about O’Reilly. He was always a blowhard, now he’s an Obama-worshipping blowhard.

  23. 64dodger says:

    Obama, investment in education, more spending and taxes

    Obama, investment in health care, more spending and taxes

    Obama, investment in environment, more spending and taxes

    Obama, investment in energy, more spending and taxes

    Obama, new stronger controls of companies, fascism higher taxes

    Obama, we will cut deficit in half, higher taxes

  24. ptat says:

    My wife and I had the same reaction to O’Reilly—every time he praises Obama he looses credibility with us conservatives.Obama is only a great communicator to those who are being deceived. It all started with that pre-election interview he did with Obama. Maybe it is because O’Bama and O’Reilly are both Irish. Anyway, O’Rreilly has always been a little too moderate for my tastes….I guess he has been “obama’d”. (Isn’t “Obama O’Reilly” an old Who song?)

  25. Colonel1961 says:

    He did, indeed, have a cable feed. What an amateur…

  26. proreason says:

    Personal thanks to all posters who sacrificed their sanity to watch and report on The Moron yesterday.

    My clicker thumb is now trained to bypass brain interaction when The Moron takes the first bounce down a stairway or carpet shaking his hands from the wrist. I get enough of that when basketball teams are introduced.

  27. caligirl9 says:

    An Associated Press story via the Chicago Tribune …

    Obama seems less at ease
    Subdued tone at news conference
    WASHINGTON — A lectern, a presidential seal, the red-carpeted hallway leading to the East Room of the White House. The familiar scene conveys to Americans that the presidency is the ultimate center of power — and serves as a favorite backdrop for news conferences in which presidents reach masses of viewers.

    But when President Barack Obama took his place Tuesday in that traditional tableau for his second prime-time news conference, he looked as though he would have preferred to be someplace else, perhaps back on Jay Leno’s couch, or talking college basketball on ESPN.

    The president’s subdued tone seemed a far cry from his vivacious appearance last week on Leno’s “Tonight Show,” when Obama’s explanations of the causes of the economic crisis were simple and sharply drawn. It marked a departure even from his Sunday interview on ” 60 Minutes,” when he indulged Steve Kroft with a tour of his daughters’ new swing set on the White House grounds and laughed at the political peril of pursuing unpopular ideas such as bailouts for car companies and banks.

    There were no smiles on Tuesday night, no memorable moments, no attempt by the president to capture the sense of drama or anticipation that has surrounded prime-time news conferences by prior White House occupants…

    He passed over reporters from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, opting instead to call on correspondents from Univision, Ebony magazine and Stars and Stripes.

He did call on some of the traditional networks, but he did not seem to bring any special energy to answering their questions.

Asked if he would call on Americans to sacrifice, he said, “Folks are sacrificing left and right.” He had used other appearances over the past week to lay groundwork so the public would see him as more than a Washington insider…

    There was last week’s ESPN interview in which the president filled out his NCAA basketball tournament brackets and spoke with authority. (He correctly picked 14 of the Sweet 16 teams.)

Then he hit the Leno show and compared Washington to “American Idol”—but with everyone being a harsh judge. And even during a more somber interview on “60 Minutes,” he took the time to show off the swing set. Standing on the South Lawn, he pointed to his new residence as if he were part of a tour group. “Pretty nice digs,” he said.

    Obama seemed to suggest that while he lived in Washington, he still was something of an outsider.

    The president is turning to a range of media outlets while grappling with public anger at the government. He is seeking ways to retain his popularity as he pursues programs that often are unpopular, such as bailouts of financial firms.


    This just makes me sick. Peter Wallstein (the writer of this piece), why not just get the balls to say that TCO can’t talk about anything of substance without his earpiece or teleprompter or his puppetmasters telling him what his opinion is …

  28. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Here’s a subject for contemplation:

    I refused to watch this president on television. One reason is that he interrupted my prime-time favorite show watching under the premise, I suppose, that what he said would be far more important than an episode of HOUSE. And, for the record, I like HOUSE far more than I like Obama.

    However, consider the following: Did Obama intentionally take prime time viewing hours so as to absorb the heaviest TV watching audience, thinking that “Well, their in front of the tube anyhow so I have a caprive audience”? Or was it to check his Nielsen ratings and if they were high, he and his minions would publish them as a “resounding popularity”?

    Of course, not considering for one moment that some people tune in just to hear what insane crap comes out of his mouth THIS time.

    Also consider that if most either didn’t tune in or turned their TV’s off altogether and the message that would send via the ratings measurement system. I’m not in a Nielsen home so my watching habits have no effect on the ratings. But boy, I would love to see what the ratings are for his cobbled-together “Ain’t I great” fests.

    Just a point to ponder. .

    • TwilightZoned says:

      Yep, watched House also. Hummm…if Nielson ratings were low, would he consider taking over control of broadcasting stations claiming it for the greater good?

  29. pdsand says:

    Has anyone checked in on Chip Reid today, I’d be worried about him after this little exchange…

    OK, Chip Reid?

    Q: Thank you, Mr. President. At both of your town hall meetings in California last week, you said, quote, I didn’t run for president to pass on our problems to the next generation.

    But under your budget, the debt will increase $7 trillion over the next 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office says $9.3 trillion. And today on Capitol Hill, some Republicans called your budget, with all the spending on health care, education and environment, the most irresponsible budget in American history.

    OBAMA: Yes.

    Q: Isn’t that kind of debt exactly what you were talking about when you said passing on our problems to the next generation?

    OBAMA: First of all, I suspect that some of those Republican critics have a short memory, because, as I recall, I’m inheriting a $1.3 trillion deficit, annual deficit, from them. That would be point number one.

    Point number two. Both under our estimates and under the CBO estimates, both — the most conservative estimates out there, we drive down the deficit over the first five years of our budget. The deficit is cut in half. And folks aren’t disputing that.

    Where the dispute comes in is what happens in a whole bunch of out-years. And the main difference between the budget that we presented and the budget that came out of the Congressional Budget Office is assumptions about growth.

    They’re assuming a growth rate of 2.2 percent; we’re assuming a growth rate of 2.6 percent. Those small differences end up adding up to a lot of money. Our assumptions are perfectly consistent with what blue chip forecasters out there are saying…

    It went on from there for about another 5 minutes, and suffice it to say that he never really did answer the question.

    • BigOil says:

      I was wondering the same thing about Steve Kroft after he asked The Won on 60 minutes if he had brain damage. Although, I imagine Barry still hasn’t figured out what punch drunk means.

    • pdsand says:

      Ed Henry too:

      And, more broadly, I just want to follow up on Chip and Jake. You’ve been very critical of President Bush doubling the national debt. And, to be fair, it’s not just Republicans hitting you. Democrat Kent Conrad, as you know, said, quote, When I look at this budget, I see the debt doubling again.

      You keep saying that you’ve inherited a big fiscal mess. Do you worry, though, that your daughters, not to mention the next president, will be inheriting an even bigger fiscal mess if the spending goes out of control?

      OBAMA: Of course I do, Ed, which is why we’re doing everything we can to reduce that deficit.

      Look, if this were easy, then, you know, we would have already had it done, and the budget would have been voted on, and everybody could go home. This is hard.

      And the reason it’s hard is because we’ve accumulated a structural deficit that’s going to take a long time, and we’re not going to be able to do it next year or the year after or three years from now. What we have to do is bend the curve on these deficit projections.

    • pdsand says:

      If I’ve learned anything, it’s that you’re not supposed to remember what a Democrat said, and then compare and contrast it to what he then says on the same topic two or three days later. That’s dirty pool :)

  30. pdsand says:

    I just got around to doing a little analysis of this press conference, and some things stuck out at me.
    The total time elapsed was 56 minutes, of which, 6 minutes were opening statements, and 3 were closing statements. Of the 47 minutes in between, he answered 13 questions, meaning each question and answer rambled a staggering 3 minutes and 37 seconds.
    All of what I would consider the “hard” questions, even though a few of them were from the liberal perspective attempting to push him to the left, he answered none of them directly. And when he rambled and didn’t answer a question, and the reporter basically repeated the question, he got snippy. He got snippy about the AIG question, he got snippy about the global currency, he got snippy about the charitable giving question. It’s clear he wants to be allowed to change the topic and wax poetic about some topic he cares deeply for, and when a reporter wants an honest answer he’s quick to fire off a little barb. Very mature.

    The other thing that stuck out at me, is that AP, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, Politico, and the Washington Times reporters all asked “tough questions” of Obama, with AP asking why should Americans trust the government with the power Obama wants, ABC asking Obama if he’s reversing himself on budget priorities, CBS and CNN asking Obama if he’s hypocritical about “passing on problems to the next generation”, FOX asking if it’s odd that the Chicoms are losing faith in the dollar, and the European Socialists think we’re spending too much, Politico asking that if you reduce the charitable donation deduction, won’t that reduce charitable giving, and the Washington Times asking why we’re letting scientific concensus run our lives, and why are we going ahead with embryonic stem cell research when adult stem cell research actually works much better.
    All the mainstream media seemed to really be all over Obama, asking questions that if worded differently you could have found on here, whereas he then chose to take softball questions from Univision, Stars and Stripes, the Denver Examiner, Agence France Presse, and of course Ann Compton from ABC. Interesting.

    • ptat says:

      Let’s face it–he is getting bored with anything that doesn’t involve adulation and worship of him.

  31. Reality Bytes says:

    Want clarity? Look at Obama’s 60 Minutes moment of hilarity. It was his nervous tick from holding back what really drives him; that private enterprise & investment doesn’t matter to him. It’s just not in him as evidenced by his & the elected congressional leadership’s actions that all point to government catalysts as the final solution.

    How long before your investments are collected in taxes and invested for you? Based on last night’s comments justifying the reduction in charitable contributions, I would say that both will be funneled from the American Taxpayers’ payroll withholdings in the foreseeable future if these new leader’s of economic reform have anything to do with it.

  32. proreason says:

    Only Obamy gets to decide what are legitimate questions. From Andy McCarthy at The Corner:

    “issues related to what he called “that fetus, or child — however way you want to describe it” are not high priorities for him.

    Instead, I want to address the very beginning of the President’s answer: “Okay. No, I — I think it’s a — I think it’s a legitimate question.”

    Obama does this a lot — instinctively, and in response to questions or comments directed to him that contain any hint of criticism. He has been so immune from media scrutiny, and his supporters have been so thuggish in shouting down critics (recall, for example, the efforts to stop Stanley Kurtz’s appearance on Milt Rosenberg’s radio show in Chicago), that a disturbing presumption has taken hold — at least in Obama’s own mind. Namely, questions that imply even mild dissent from or disfavor of Obama are not legitimate unless he personally decides they are within the ambit of proper inquiry. The questioner has to get over the legitimacy hurdle before he or she gets an answer — so better be careful about your topic and your tone.

    Not only do they have to control the message….they have to control questions about the message.

    Sometimes I get the feeling that their whole insane moronic philosophy is such a colossal house of cards that one tiny pin prick can bring it all down. That’s why they defend even the most inane aspects of it with murderous vengence.

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