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Strange morning after. President Obama's press conference last night has resulted in our Readers Who Comment suggesting he did great, asserting that he was awful, and in some cases blaming the MSM for letting him off the hook.

There are relatively few comments that address issues, such as the economy, while there is some concern about such important issues as the new location of the teleprompter and a few suggesting that Obama's answers were prepared and the media was complicit.

But media columnist Howard Kurtz tells us that the president "faced far more aggressive questioning than in his first prime-time encounter with the media."

Finally, TV Critic Tom Shales gave Obama's television performance high marks. Not everybody agrees.

We'll start with comments on the main story and smcferra, who wrote, "I was pretty impressed. I thought he was pretty fair in recognizing that these are complex problems that will not be solved by quick fixes. I think he fully appreciates the pain a lot of people in this country feel during these exceptionally hard times..."

Miss_Hogynist said, "I've felt free recently to criticize Obama for economic moves which to my mind show too much deference to Wall Street. I'd just like to add how delightful it is to finally have an intelligent, articulate and pragmatic person in the Oval Office..."

But nobama9 wrote, "I know why he likes raising taxes, he and his tax cheat cabinent don't pay them! Neither do the poor! That is the democratic base - tax cheats and handout recipients... I don't want him spending my tax dollars to fly a plane to CA, get on a talk show, and make fun of retawrds."

And antisocialist said, "Will some main stream media person please ask BO: "who are these no-fault homeowners who can't pay their bills so now I have to?" Will some attorney general out there please provide a list of the names of all homeowners getting their mortgages paid at my expense? I want to go protest in front of "their" homes."

exco wrote, "It doesn't really matter what Obama said tonight. By tomorrow, the public will be totally absorbed in discussing where the teleprompter was and Congress will get back to the oh-so-urgent matter of deciding what else they can do to punish AIG employees who received bonuses..."

kubrickstan said, "Bush did not include the Iraq war in any of his budgets....President Obama on the other hand, put the war into his budget even though he voted against the war in Iraq. Is this an honest president or what?"

tdl62 complained that "Obama is certainly no extemporaneous speaker. you can't trust a person that needs a teleprompter in a news conference to explain economic events. He would make a good college professor but a lousy world leader."

All comments on the main story are here.

Those who disagreed with Howard Kurtz's assertion that Obama "faced far more aggressive questioning than in his first prime-time encounter with the media" included vze39p8e, who wrote, "The national media sucks to be truthful. The national media people didn't do their jobs for 8 yrs and now are trying to make up for it. The really have shown their true colors..."

And crosseyedamerican said, "The media harder? They got slammed, and stop pretending like that is not true, Kurtz! Not one single media person there last night deviated from his or her narrow-minded-single-issue-TryToBeGotcha question, while the President commanded every single detail and nuance of a the larger picture..."

All comments on the Kurtz column are here.

As for TV Critic Tom Shales column, postfan1 wrote, "Hey, let's hand it to Obama - the man can talk on camera. It's something we've been lacking for a while, and should be an absolute requirement for the position of president. As far as public policy goes, he needs to repair the economy before embarking on the spending spree of the century..."

And we'll close with spidey103, who said, "Those of you accusing Shales of bias in favor of Obama are pretty much wrong. As the TV reporter, what Shales does here is review Obama's TV performance, not his politics. If you had been paying attention, you would have noticed that Shales consistently gave Ronald Reagan high marks for his performances."

All comments on the Shales column are here.

By Doug Feaver  |  March 25, 2009; 6:42 AM ET
Categories:  Economy Watch , Media , Obama  
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