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Obama's marathon presser

For a guy who doesn't particularly like to hold news conferences, the president went on for an hour and 15 minutes.

I half expected someone to say, "Mr. President, can we break for lunch?"

I was glad the press didn't let the kooky pastor dominate the session. In fact, when ABC's Jake Tapper asked about the "fringe" fellow a half hour into the session, neither he nor Obama used Terry Jones' name. (I doubt they could have forgotten it, since the Koran-hating pastor was on all the morning shows today).

The president made his points on the economy--his main motivation for holding the event--still running against Bush and hitting the Republicans for holding his latest tax and spending plan hostage. But CBS's Chip Reid asked why he had waited until the heart of the campaign to make the proposal--and when Obama didn't explain why the White House was refusing to use the S-word in describing it, Reid shot back: "So it's a second stimulus, huh?"
Obama's most passionate answer came at the end, to the inevitable question about the so-called mosque, which the president used to talk about the importance of not discriminating against Muslims who are, among other things, risking their lives in the military.
I wonder how much economic news the presser will make, given that the president didn't break much new ground there.

By Howard Kurtz  |  September 10, 2010; 12:55 PM ET
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This story was posted at 12:55 pm and as of 2:20 pm there were no comments. Proof Obama is being ignored and proof that he is starting to become boring, repetitive and irrelevant.

Posted by: beachbum09 | September 10, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

His presence is a relief after the no-brain fringe twerps and other Just Say No frauds.He's smarter than the oppo and could just carry the day despite the whines of the chatterers.

Posted by: joe2chase | September 10, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

But CBS's Chip Reid asked why he had waited until the heart of the campaign to make the proposal...

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what, "recovery summer" wasnt just SO awesome that we should obviously do it again?

Posted by: dummypants | September 10, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Or the lack of comments proves that those of us who are lucky enough to still have jobs are too busy to watch TV in the middle of the day.
On second thought, no -- it's because Obama's a Marxist Kenyan. Much easier to process that thought....

Posted by: TomR3 | September 10, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"what, "recovery summer" wasnt just SO awesome that we should obviously do it again?"

What would your alternative be?

Please, be specific.

Posted by: TheHillman | September 10, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama is still a politician on the campaign trail. I wonder if he will ever try to be President of all of the United States.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | September 10, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

No, just means people don't like to comment on Howard Kurtz's stuff.

Posted by: JustTheFacts11 | September 10, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs to limit himself to two sentence, concise answers. The drowning on and on is laborious and doesn't allow enough questions to be asked. You could go to sleep waiting for the finale.

Then the insertion of the tiresome "Bush" did it retort really needs to be ditched. Who is advising him.

Did Roosevelt continually repeat the Japanese bombed us on Dec. 7th? Instead he stuck to being a real leader in a time of stress and kept us focused on the future.

Where do they make politicians anymore? In some virtual factory of coached empty suits and skirts?

And the same thing goes for corporate leaders. Just mumbo jumbo, repeat 7 times, rinse and dry.

Posted by: wesatch | September 10, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

@wetsatch
"And the same thing goes for conservative blog trolls. Just mumbo jumbo, repeat 7 times, rinse and dry."

fixed.

Posted by: tarquam | September 10, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree that it is time to stop blaming Bush. Not only is it demeaning to the office of the President, but it is clearly ineffective. Polls show that a large majority of likely Republican and Independent voters do not believe that the Republicans will return to the Bush policies if they regain control of Congress. So, that whole metaphor of giving the keys back to the people who drove the car into the ditch is tiresome.

Someone asked the question, who is advising Obama? I suspect that the answer is no one. After all, he is the smartest guy in the room, right?

Posted by: hisroc | September 10, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Mr.Obama is,as usual,a day late and a dollar short.Creating jobs should have taken top priority when he first walked into the White House and cleaning up the corruption of the past eight years and prosecuting Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rice,Rove and the entire mafia of this greedy corrupt administration.Instead,he(Obama)dropped the ball.He immediately bailed out his wall Street buddies and said,to hell with you stupid voters.Now he starts running around all over the country as if he is still campaigning for a job that he has no skills to do.He has lost what few Republicans who voted for him in 2008,plus all of the independents as well as a major part of the Democrats.He has dragged his party down with him.Talk about a mess,he is worse than the Bush junta.What a disgrace.

Posted by: nannieturner | September 10, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs to limit himself to two sentence, concise answers.

Posted by: wesatch | September 10, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

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Ahh yes because all problems can be explained in blunt two sentence answers. You are the problem with working through this country's problems. They don't lend themselves to 20 second answers.

Posted by: sargon20 | September 10, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Howard's writing gets sloppier and sloppier - yes sloppy I can't even use the word unprofessional because I don't think it rises to that level.

Posted by: rlj1 | September 10, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

The President’s meandering answers can only be described as “an army of pompous phrases moving over the landscape in search of an idea.”

Posted by: VirginianforFreedom | September 10, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama is not a knee jerk, self-serving shallow thinker and he as applied himself over the years to cultivate a balanced and very clear understanding of our inalienable rights under our Constitution. There is nothing radical about his proposals and the assertion he's a socialist/Marxist is asinine.

You guys just don't like that the fact that he fight to protect the balance of EVERYONE's rights (small business/entrepreneurs, poor, old, investment, all religions, all ethnic groups, north/south/east and west, etc.)

Obama's balanced approach is the problem precisely because the never-compromise republicans are the party of "NO" and "me, mine...no, all mine" and "let the rich get richer". For republicans it's always "it's our way or the highway" and coercive peer pressure that forces them to vote in lockstep to block progress that can only be gained with COMPROMISE - a hallmark of American politics admired the world over.

The republicans have become anti-American in this sense and their selfish, childish ways are embarrassing us all.

Posted by: gchogle | September 10, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

First, the MSM lambasts the President for not having enough press conferences. Then, he has one, but it's too long and the answers are too complicated. Small children with big megaphones!

Posted by: BBear1 | September 10, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

VirginianforFreedom's quote marks hint that the phrase is not original: the phrase, nearly 100 years old, is Senator William McAdoo's characterization of Warren Harding's oratory.

Posted by: pdavid1 | September 10, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

gchogle,

Thank you for the Keith Olbermann talking points. Very well-recited.

Now then, tell us how Obama and the Democrats compromised on Health Care Reform. Name a single Republican-offered amendment that was adopted. And, speaking of "coercive peer pressure that forces them to vote in lockstep" explain to us the threats, bribes, and coercion that was used by the Democratic leadership to force Yes votes on HCR, votes that are now placing many Democrats in Congress in jeopardy of losing reelection.

Posted by: hisroc | September 10, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Love the shots of the TelePrompter telling Barry-the-ZOMG-Greatest-President-Like-EVER what to say.

Amateur administration.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | September 10, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Replying to:

"I have to agree that it is time to stop blaming Bush. Not only is it demeaning to the office of the President, but it is clearly ineffective. Polls show that a large majority of likely Republican and Independent voters do not believe that the Republicans will return to the Bush policies if they regain control of Congress. So, that whole metaphor of giving the keys back to the people who drove the car into the ditch is tiresome.

Someone asked the question, who is advising Obama? I suspect that the answer is no one. After all, he is the smartest guy in the room, right?

Posted by: hisroc | September 10, 2010 3:31 PM"

Hisroc, I sure wish I shared your confidence that Boehner, McConnell & Co. have learned anything from their well-deserved time in the minority. Certainly everything I've heard them say suggests that they want nothing more than to turn back the clock to what they view as the good old days. God help us if they get the chance!

Posted by: DCSteve1 | September 10, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

The blank stare uh-uh'ing made me long for GWB.
At least GWB had a twinkle in his eye when he uh-uh'ed.

Posted by: rivermountain | September 10, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

hisroc,

The HC law was essentially built on Mitt Rommy's (Republican) model in MA. And, hey, it's a start. In truth, something had to be done to put some controls on the Insurance Cos and special interests, as self-regulation of this most basic need with a largely innelastic demand. It's the first pass at a law that can and surely will be amended over time with improvements.

The fact that Democrats had to leverage a few of their constituents to get a super majority virtually devoid of (big business) Republican support, is testimony to the point Obama made in the presser today: Politicians are too often in it to save their own butts, in stead of doing what's right for America over the long haul. They knew (everybody knew, especially those in swing districts)that the party of "NO" to anything that might help people over business would be targeting them BIG TIME. And they were right. The Corporate Republicans have ginned up a smear campaign against the Law and it's supporters and it's game on! Those Dems afraid to face the wrath of a tight election in which Repubs will go at them hard just need to deal with it.

The "No Gov't Regulation", "No Taxes", "No Subsidies", "No Consumer Protections", "No Labor Protections", "No Bailouts", "No etc., - UNLESS IT'S FOR MY INDUSTRY REPUBLICANS - yes, the ones who offshored our technology and good jobs over the last 30 years to increase profits at the expense of a strong economy with a viable middle class... yes, you guys, with your harsh languaged right wing radio, yes you -have created a nasty political culture that favors money over people. The media may want to be liberal, but in the end, they follow the money just like the Repubs - because it's a corporate world and people's basic rights can't get in the way.

If Republicans have it their way, everything will be privatized and we'll live in a modern day Feudal System.

PS: I do like Olbermann... at least tells it like it is and is not in Rupert Murdoch's deep pockets! Btw, how can we allow an Australian to influence American elections so obviously with his media conglomerate? Yeah, I know he was recently naturalized, but that was just a ploy to keep him at the head of his NewsCorp empire so he can repatriate to Australian more of his earnings by lobbying for lower corporate taxes here in the USA. He's jacking with our electorate for his personal gain, which he offshores back to his homeland. Now that is messed up!

Posted by: gchogle | September 10, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Anybody that doesn't think Obama is for business is crazy. They guy pumped more money into the comercial system than anyone in the history of mankind with the stimulus package to help get the credit flowing to HELP business, along with bundles of tax breaks to which he's trying to add more!

Why don't the thick-headed Repubs get it and be a tad more grateful for him shooting them the cash.

Trust me, it's not the poor working stiff getting the cash - and last I saw the bankers were still getting the big bonuses, the car industry is still in business, etc.

Why shouldn't the wealthy contribute a bit more for all the benefits they get in America and the wars we fight to protect their right to free trade around the world? Especially when the get the same tax cut as the rest of us under $250K and are being asked to pay just 3% more ABOVE $250K!

Posted by: gchogle | September 10, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

uh-uh'ing made me long for GWB.
At least GWB had a twinkle in his eye when he uh-uh'ed.

Posted by: rivermountain
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That 'twinkle' was complete 'brain-lapse'. Similar to the complete Republican campaign-----------no ideas.

Posted by: kacameron | September 10, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I am grateful to have a President who takes seriously our very serious times and difficult situations, and who does not insult our intelligence by speaking in ideological bumper-sticker lingo. Some of you people seem to be confused about how to recognize respect for another person's dignity and intelligence.

Posted by: Laurie6 | September 10, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Obama is just a speech maker. Zippo experience and acumen as an exec. He is NOT an evil person. Simply in over his head.

The Dems should have nominated someone with experience & ability. In Nov. the price will be paid.

Posted by: illogicbuster | September 11, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Can you imagine that moron w trying to answer questions from the press intelligently?

Posted by: letemhaveit | September 11, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Long answers that meander off the subject and away from answering the question are interrupted and stricken as "non-responsive" in a courtroom, but the malignant narcissist uses long answers to avoid answering and run the clock on those asking the questions.

Obama used this technique with every interview he had one on one at at all press conferences. He runs his mouth and the clock at the same time.

Kool aid drinkers, the elitist brain washed and other adoring idiots don't see anything but his suit and tie and just love the look.

They love his ridiculing those who ask hard questions and those who disagree with him. He picked up on Rule 5 of Rules for Radicals by the Communist/socialist Saul Alinski of using ridicule as a defensive measure when you have no facts or logic to back your play.


November 2 elections will tell the tale.

I wish a Democrat was in the White House now, meaning Harry S. Truman, instead of this
man who is leading America down a path of financial ruin and security lapses that could allow Iran to bring off the greatest tragedy in our history making Pearl Harbor and 9/11 pale by comparison

2012 is a long time to wait when the future of America is in the balance but if the GOP takes back the House then the power to destroy us now in the White House will be diminished greatly.

We will survive Obama.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | September 11, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Who is taking Obama seriously any longer? After his first five minutes of pontificating and telling us time after time that 'we are not there yet' (in other words, he does not have a clue), turned off the TV in the office! Just tired of hearing his voice!

Just hate (and ashamed) of the decision I made in November 2008!

Posted by: wheeljc | September 11, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is the most antibusiness president in a generation, perhaps in American history. Thanks to him the era of big government is back. Obama runs up taxpayer debt not in the billions but in the trillions. He has expanded the federal government's control over home mortgages, investment banking, health care, autos and energy.

Two facts are now becoming increasingly evident: first is that Obama is clueless about business. The second is that Obama is a socialist--not an out-and-out Marxist, but something of a European-style socialist, with a penchant for leveling and government redistribution.

November can't come soon enough!

Posted by: 2012frank | September 13, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

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