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Obama meets the press

President Obama has been criticized lately for avoiding the mainstream media. He hasn't held a formal press conference since last July. So today he found his way to the White House press briefing room for a little one-on-one time with the MSM.

When discussing the upcoming health-care summit with congressional Democrats and Republicans, Obama said something that sounded like an olive branch to me, albeit a small one. As I wrote this morning and as he said today, he is working to put the House and Senate bills together in one package. But he added that he will put it on the web for all to see "over a long period of time." That appears to be a nod to one of the demands made by Republican leaders in a letter to White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. "If the President intends to present any kind of legislative proposal at this discussion," wrote House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio) and House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (Va.), "will he make it available to members of Congress and the American people at least 72 hours beforehand?"

Obama addressed energy, as well. He repeated something he's said since before coming into office. Namely that the country that leads in clean energy “is going to win the race in the 21st-century global economy.” Obama is absolutely right. Unfortunately, as this New York Times headline from last month makes note -- China Leading Global Race to Make Clean Energy -- the U.S. isn't that nation right now.

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 9, 2010; 2:50 PM ET
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Poor Barry as if he does not have enough exposure for Obamacare. He only gave 26 speeches on it already. Barry the incompetent boob Obama.

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 9, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

screwjob2 (that name says it all)

Yeah he's has given a lot of speeches, so what? This is serious business, critique the substance or don't waste your time posting insults about our President (Bush too). You're confusing incompetence with your own ignorance, reorganizing 1/6 of our economy is no cake walk or it would've been done. 40K people die a year form no insurance in this country and we pay twice as much as any other industrialized country. Millions go bankrupt every year because they get sick. Companies are dropping coverage left and right because it's too expensive. Insurance companies put an extra 20% on your bill to cover the uninsured and hospitals pass it on to the government so your kids can pay for it in twenty years. No one should have to suffer because they get sick, that's something beyond anyone's control.

I hope you never lose your job and have to depend on the boob's health care plan. And if you never do, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Good luck.

Posted by: sherminta | February 9, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

President Obama's comments regarding a nuclear Iran was the most pathetic response to a crisis by a President in the history of America.

It transcends Jimmah Cawter's inept handling of the our embassy's kidnapping in Iran.

Obama sounded weak, ineffectual, effeminate and totally worthless. He embarrasses this Republic and the Free World.

Posted by: AlongTheWatchTowers | February 9, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

***AVOID 20% UNEMPLOYMENT*** ... ... ... ... ...President Obama: Keep COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE FORECLOSURES from occuring and closing Small Businesses.....use 10% of the $787 Billion "JOBS" Bill our children will pay for; to AVOID 1930'S style, full-blown DEPRESSION !

Posted by: MSFT-PELOSI | February 9, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

"President Obama's comments regarding a nuclear Iran was the most pathetic response to a crisis by a President in the history of America."
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Absolutely. A conservative Republican president like George W Bush never would have allowed a volatile, terrorist-supporting, nucler nonproliferation-busting member of the Axis of Evil to develop nuclear weapons on HIS watch!

Ooops. We both must have forgotten about North Korea! And come to think of it, what exactly did Bush do to slow Iran's progress towards development of a nuclear weapon during his eight years in office? I can't think of anything of substance, except perhaps to unwittlingly demonstrate to present and potential enemies of the US that hostile regimes which don't possess nukes get invaded (Iraq), while those that do have nuclear capabilities get years of multilateral diplomacy (North Korea).

Posted by: Shadow9 | February 9, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: monicanixon | February 9, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Hopefuly, the WH press corpse will stop whining for a while...

Posted by: Gatsby10 | February 10, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

sherminta says "Yeah he's has given a lot of speeches, so what? This is serious business, critique the substance or don't waste your time posting insults about our President (Bush too). You're confusing incompetence with your own ignorance, reorganizing 1/6 of our economy is no cake walk or it would've been done. 40K people die a year form no insurance in this country.."

That is complete BS about the 40k people. Google voting Democrat causes cancer. A guy already proved with the same math that their is a higher correlation to voting Democrat and getting cancer than there is dying because you don't have insurance.

Statistics lie and liars use statistics.

Posted by: mgochs | February 10, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

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