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Obama's 100 Days Presser: First Thoughts

President Obama played "reassurer in chief" at the prime-time press conference marking his first 100 days in office. (Bill O'Leary / TWP)

President Obama's prime-time press conference to commemorate his 100th day in office is over.

We live twittered the event at "TheHyperFix" but also managed to take a few notes on the broader themes that the president was hoping to push tonight.

Our first thoughts on the presser are below. We reserve the right to revise and extend them once we've had a good night's sleep and more than a half a bowl of drunken noodles to eat for dinner.

Have thoughts of your own? Offer them in the comment section below.

A Clean Break: Obama didn't offer any insight into whether he is rethinking his opposition to a truth commission or prosecutions of those involved in the CIA's harsh interrogation of terror suspects, but he did make a VERY clean break with the Bush administration on waterboarding -- among the most controversial of those tactics. "I believe that waterboarding is torture," Obama said, adding: "We are going to hold true to our ideals even when it's hard, not just when it's easy." That's an attempt to clearly delineate his administration's approach on national security from that of his predecessor. Paging Dick Cheney....

Obama as Reassurer-in-Chief: The news surrounding the swine flu today -- likely to be a pandemic -- has the potential to create panic in some circles. Sensing that, Obama twice urged calm and gave viewers common-sense things to do (wash hands, cover your mouth when you cough) to stop the spread of the flu. Was it too "trivial" (his word)? Maybe. But, remember that at the moment the American people have enormous confidence in Obama as president and, understanding that, believed it was imperative to tell people things were going to be OK.

Navel-Gazing: To our mind, the press conference pivoted on Obama's decision to indulge the New York Times's one-hundred part question about what he was most surprised, enchanted, etc. by during his first 100 days in office. Obama's willingness to gaze inward is atypical for a politicians -- most like to keep private thoughts private. (See McCain, John.) Obama is able to stay on message even when turning inward: "I am surprised by the number of critical issues that appear to be coming to a head at the same time," he said -- keeping with the idea that he is doing big things because the time requires it. Obama's answer on abortion -- "abortion is a moral issue and an ethical issue" -- was among his strongest of the night.

Big Government Liberal (Not): Obama is very conscious of the Republican messaging that he is nothing but a traditional liberal who believes that increased government spending is the answer to every problem. He went out of his way several times tonight to push back against the idea that he would prefer the government to control a variety of industries in America. "I don't want to run auto companies, I don't want to run banks . . . . I've got more than enough to do," he said at one point; at another he joked: "I want to dispute this notion that we enjoy meddling in the private sector." The message to voters, um, Americans: the increase in government spending is to deal with an historic economic crisis and we will work to curb it as soon as we can. Did it get through?

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Walking with AIG?

On this leadership issue--

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Posted by: antonebraga | May 4, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

To prove a point to myself, I have listened to a bunch of right-wing talk shows since that press conference.

As expected, virtually all of these hosts (and their supporters) are so over-the-top against President Obama, that they practically accuse him of being in league with the devil.

Unfortunately, for the GOP, their leadership is totally beholden to this group.

Arlen Specter had to leave the GOP, because the primary voters will only allow right-wing idealogues, who have no desire to work with Obama, to advance to the general election.

If this trend continues, 2010 may very well cement the GOP as a permanent minority party.

Isn't any Republican leader getting the message that you only shrink your party by only appealing to your hard-core base. What independent is going to be attracted to a party that merely echoes the nastiness of a Michael (Savage) Weiner? Or a Rush Limbaugh? Yet the GOP pols are now virtually indistinguishable from them in their divisive rhetoric.

I am a progressive Democrat, who is not completely enamored with Obama, though I did, and do, support most of his policies. I recognize that to effectively lead, he has to be more inclusive and more to-the-right than I where would like him to be.

The difference is, I am fully prepared to give him that latitude, despite my disagreements.

The GOP, at the moment, seems incapable of looking at the larger picture.

Posted by: scootmandubious | April 30, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I'll bet he had a dream...

Posted by: newbeeboy | April 30, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey Jake,

Must have found a claimed quote. So I guess I can retract the retraction. Incidentally, any favorite places to eat in San Diego? I'm coming out in August for the SPIE convention.



Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | April 30, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

People want so hard to believe. I want so hard to believe. The POTUS says he doesn’t want to run companies yet the government is. The POTUS says he doesn’t want expansive government yet spending and debt is beyond comprehension and the government expands. I want so hard to believe ...

Posted by: leapin | April 30, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse


I have an honest question for you. Posing the question as to whether Obama wants to "run" healthcare is "shrill negativism and hyperbole" too?

Posted by: JakeD | April 30, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I watched most of the press conference on CNN, totally by accident. I was riveted. Obama's obvious command of the issues and his intelligent competence in answering questions about a wide range of subjects is truly impressive.

But most importantly: he does not claim to be always right and he does not see it as his task to demonize those that disagree. What a relief after "If you're not with us you're against us". Obama's message was clear and consistent: it is true that there are issues about which intelligent and honest people in America fundamentally disagree, but we have to work together to solve our problems by agreeing to disagree on some issues an collaborating everywhere else.

That, more than anything else, is what the vast majority of Americans desperately want from their elected representatives. Stop demonizing those who disagree with you on, say, abortion or some other difficult issue, and start working together where you can, for instance in finding ways to reduce the numbers of unwanted pregnancies.

As long as the Republican response to Obama is perceived (fairly or not) to be limited to a resounding No to everything, articulated by the arrogant vitriol of the Limbaugh's and Hannity's of the party (and unfortunately echoed by many of the right-wingers posting here) that alone will be enough to drive the majority of Americans into the Obama's fold.

Republicans desperately need an articulate, intelligent, and above all reasonable alternative to Obama's platform. To many of you posting here I say: the more you resort to shrill negativism and hyperbole, the more you will fade to the margins of American politics. The contrast between your attitude and Obama's make you appear petulant and childish - hardly the way to convert waverers to your cause.

Posted by: archaeoman | April 30, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse


Did you fly the coop?

Posted by: JakeD | April 30, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Listen to what King Barack The Obama says, then watch him do exactly the opposite. It's no mystery really. King Barack The Obama is every liberal's wet dream: Socialism is almost here. Just a little bit longer (Socialized medicine) and this country will be permanently destroyed.

Time to stop working hard to get ahead because you will be punished for your success. Tine to quit your job and suck on the government teat. Time to bury your guns in the back yard before they come to collect them. God, Jan. 20, 2013 can't come soon enough.

King Barack The Obama: Worst mistake ever made.

Posted by: bricar2 | April 30, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse


I'm in San Diego, CA (Earth). How about you?

Posted by: JakeD | April 30, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm so glad we have The Fix and its comments so we can be reminded regularly just how seriously wacko the right wing has become. Hey, guys – let us know if you're planning to visit Earth anytime soon.

Posted by: FlownOver | April 30, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

P.S. to FairlingtonBlade: I never joked about watermelons or raccoons.

Posted by: JakeD | April 30, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse


He doesn't want to "run" the healthcare industry either, right?

Posted by: JakeD | April 30, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Actions speak louder than words, therefore I can't buy that he doesn't want to run the auto and banking industries. If he doesn't want to to run them he would not be pushing plans which put the government in an equity position. He could stay with preferred stock or loans.

Posted by: tedjv | April 30, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who believes that Obama and the Democrats will ever cut down on spending has been in a cave for the last 50 years. The economic crisis has been used as an excuse to spend, spend, spend on pet Liberal causes and the spending will not stop until the Demos are thrown out of office. Unfortunately, I don't see that happening until at least 2012, if then. Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voting public.

Posted by: Penazoid | April 30, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

This a guy who enjoys governing, a guy who believes in himself. One consequence is that he inspires confidence in his electorate.

Of course onlookers rightly observe that his personal popularity hasn't yet been translated into positive action on a variety of fronts. But practical prospects are looking good.

Posted by: FirstMouse1 | April 30, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Obama said "I believe this was torture", that suggests there is another way you could possibly look at this. Until Obama and Americans get real and say it like it is, "these people were tortured so that makes us, who crow about being better than them actually worse than them who crow about being bad," the world will look on and laugh at the fix you have gotten yourselves into trying to defend the indefensible. A two year old could work out that the international court of justice in the Hague, 11th amendment or no, should be receiving Cheney, Rumsfield, Bush and company very soon now. I suppose the 11th amendment will just have to be amended won't it. After all America amends anything when it doesn't suit but I'm afraid life doesn't run by American rules. And remember if Obama doesn't do this some president, a real President, down the road will also add his name to the list for his aiding and abetting of self confessed torturers.

Posted by: Proximaking | April 30, 2009 2:52 AM | Report abuse


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Posted by: AristotleTheHun | April 30, 2009 2:40 AM | Report abuse

The economy contracted a "worse than expected" 6.1% in the first quarter of 2009, showing we are still in a deep recession. But things are better than they look — and likely will get more so as the year goes on.

You might think me crazy for saying that. After all, the media are filled with news of impending doom, and pundits tell us it could go on for years. Heck, we've heard some predictions that our current economic ills will last a generation or more.

There are many reasons the economy might grow. Unfortunately, the $787 billion stimulus passed by Congress isn't one of them. Simply put, not enough money emerging from it will make any difference in the second quarter.

Fed action is another question. The central bank has already pushed more than $1 trillion into the financial system, and stands ready to add an additional $1.7 trillion.

So recovery is likely. My guess is the third quarter, but who really knows? One thing is clear: When it happens it'll be thanks to the sacrifices businesses, workers and investors have already made.

Other than get in the way, the government has done little.

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | April 30, 2009 1:30 AM | Report abuse

The appointment of Napolitano as Internal Security sec is Obama's main error. She is an anti-mexican and quite dumb. Today she opened her mouth to "announce" the very 'first' death in the US from the Swine flue. It's an infant of 23 months, as everyone already knew. But Napolitano refered to the boy as a "she". If Napolitano was "invorming" the Public, she needs to be informed herself first. The whole "epidemic" is a hoax to sell the vaccine. Obama is being suckered into paying 1.6 billion already. It's his advisors who are not to be trusted. The health center in Atlanta needs to be investigated.

Posted by: ElMugroso | April 30, 2009 1:01 AM | Report abuse

I admittedly stumbled onto the press conference on the radio on my way home. I'm a close follower of politics, and a big fan of Obama's anyway, but I have to say that what I heard of the press conference nearly brought me to tears of joy, several times!

I couldn't believe how articulately President Obama clearly stated his reasons for considering waterboarding as torture. Clear. Rational. Meaningful. Powerful. And correct. Hopefully, it will be seen that way by those who need most to hear those words.

I was also deeply impressed with his comments on Pakistan. They were thoughtful, meaningful, and also insightful. His comment that Pakistan has woken up to the fact that the Taliban, and not India is its greatest threat has enormous implications for the politics of South Asia.

And as I thought about it more, I realized that here is a golden opportunity for peace in the region. If India were to lend Pakistan a helping hand in driving out the Taliban, how far that could further the cause of peace in the region. Certainly India can do nothing until after the elections, but whatever new government rises out of this electoral cycle, has an opportunity to free itself from the burden of an enemy at its border, and raise its standing throughout the world. India, mobilized, has immense military prowess. To rid the world of Pakistani Taliban would be a huge boon to world peace.

For sure, animosities exist in both sides, but what an opportunity for peace! After all, America and England fought two wars. The rockets red glare, were from British rockets. It's been 60+ years since 1947, are there visionaries on both sides who can bury the hatchet?

Posted by: ethanquern | April 30, 2009 12:59 AM | Report abuse


WH press corps questions, aside from torture and states secrets, were pretty lame. Can't any of them advance the story? Like asking when more torture memos will be released, and whether other questionable "techniques" -- such as the use of radiation to weaken, exhaust and disorient detainees (and "targeted" U.S. citizens?) -- will be documented.

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 30, 2009 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Although no one dared mention it at the time, a pall lurked about the margins of the inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20, 2009.

A great passing was imminent, many feared.

Broad swaths of our cultural landscape were about to become more barren.

Society would feel the loss, keenly.

Many of those left bereft would weep. Especially Jon Stewart's writers.

The ascension of Barack Obama to the presidency portended:


It was feared America would not laugh again. The Obama presidency promised to be Earnest and Accomplished, Serious and Intelligent, Compassionate and Family-oriented. It would even be Witty and Sharp.

But it would not be Funny. No, not Funny.

Enter the Republicans:

~Michelle Bachmann, historian and political scientist extraordinaire:

~John Boehner, master of the Tanning Booth Show and Tell:

~Glenn Beck, - ahhh, Glenn Beck. The Head Teabagger.

Thanks, Republicans, for making it OK to laugh again. Thank you, for proving that Comedy Is Not Dead - it's just added an "R" after its name.

Posted by: DrainYou | April 30, 2009 12:41 AM | Report abuse

How Miltonesque.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | April 30, 2009 12:23 AM | Report abuse

When obscurity is taken to be a virtue, prose suffers.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | April 30, 2009 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Barber - Nothing new found. And it's Blade. As in The Blades. As in Sheffield United, aka, The Blades. So far as I know, there aren't any Estates in Fairlington. There's Villages, Meadows, a Cove, and a Towne, but no Estates. And only One Blade.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | April 30, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

FairlingtonEstates, your newfound humility suits me just fine.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | April 30, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

I retract my previous comment. Found the reference on Feb. 25. That one was low. And, barber, If you're going to say something, then say it. Don't hide behind the if I were obnoxious, I'd say X, but since I'm not I won't.

So, in other words, you are quite welcome to ask me to bite you. I've got huge, sharp... er... I can leap about. Look at the bones!


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | April 29, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

FairlingtonBlade, I'm tempted to elevate the discourse by typing "bite me!"

Of course, I have resisted the urge.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | April 29, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

nodebris - Though the capitalized middle name wore thin, I never saw Jake making watermelon jokes. Provide a cite or an apology.

Your choice.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | April 29, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

It would be sweet if George W. Bush's abuses of government led to the death of his political party. We can only hope.

Compare Bush and Obama. One became president because he was next in line. The other, because he unexpectedly defeated a woman (!) who was next in line.

One put our nation to shame, internationally. One brought our nation to its knees, economically.

One made us proud.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | April 29, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

"FraudObama, it's clear that you're angry. What's not clear is why."

What's clear is that the first half of his screen name is appropriate.

Posted by: thrh | April 29, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Fantastic press conference. I cannot imagine GWB speaking so flawlessly and eloquently for 60 minutes (or 5 minutes). Because I also watched 80% of the GWB press conferences, little imagination is necessary. I didn't agree with all of BHO's answers, but they were still eloquent, and who am I to agree or not? His WH staff, many appearing on various news outlets, are also fantastic.

Posted by: ghp60 | April 29, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

A look back at "100 days of NO" from the Republican Party:

No plans
No ideas
No clue

And a small army of drooling extremist Teabaggers as their base. They are the 21st Century Whig Party.

Posted by: DrainYou | April 29, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Well, here's my take on Obama's first 100 days.

Too much compromising, but a good start.

There is a class of people in the USA who desperately need the government's help. (In the sense in which Wall Street has had the government's help). I call them the "working poor".

They work for a living, rarely get two days off in a row, seldom have any benefits. They're not usually allowed to sit down when they're on the clock.

Let's throw some attention their way.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | April 29, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

I must add:

The ugly blog-mobbing here by (apparent) paid, hate-mongering trolls tells me that Team Obama must guard against naivete when dealing with entrenched elements of the vast (right-wing?) bureaucracy.

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 29, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Oh, oh, I forgot: "As a registered Independent" . . . Can't skip that one!

Now, If anyone else wants to discuss (in a civil manner) substituting watermelons for the Easter egg roll, and the necessity of always capitalizing President Obama's middle name, JakeD will be happy to reply.

Posted by: nodebris | April 29, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but what about his birth certificate? And why does the White House cost so much? For the record! Next Canard! Back to the issue!

(Thought I'd save JakeD a little carpal tunnel wear.)

Posted by: nodebris | April 29, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse


It is not 50%. Barry is an idiot w/o his teleprompter. He also was flinging it about Great Britain and how they treat prisoners. GB knows exactly how to take care of business unlike Barry.

Posted by: FraudObama | April 29, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

emyk17 I presume you are a sophisticated enough student of the social sciences to know that what unemployment rate you measure will depend on how you define the term "unemployment".

I'd tend to hang with Obama if he thinks it's 50 per cent in NYC.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | April 29, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

A reporter asked about the president's response to skyrocketing unemployment among black males in New York City. He said it was near 50%. I've been looking for the source of that figure. Let me know if you know of its source--it's just a very shocking figure to deliver in the middle of a prime time new conference.

Here's what my research turned up:
According to the Center of Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, the recession has wiped out 9% of jobs held by black men, nationwide, and black male unemployment has risen by 6.4% as of Jan. 2009. According to the Fiscal Policy Institute, released Dec. 2008, "New York City Unemployment in 2009--The Emerging Crisis," unemployment for NYC blacks was 9.2% as of Oct. 2008. According to the New York State Dept. of Labor, the unemployment rate (as sampled in the 2000 Census) for black men in NYC was 15.1%.

Circumstances are unfortunately very bad for black men in NYC--but I can't find anything to back up near 50% unemployment.

Posted by: emyk17 | April 29, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse


Barack Obama may not be the "messiah," but he's surely a disciple of Solomon.

The impatent "progressive" left wants him to declare "torture" a crime -- when his unstated message is that it is not for him to decide.

By acknowledging that waterboarding is torture -- but by refusing to declare that the Bush administration broke the law -- Obama placates his critics while he provides the political cover necessary to allow his Attorney General to fairly and impartially enforce the law.

Add to the Solomon-like wisdom a Kennedyesque display of wit, charm and "swaggah" -- the Obama version of JFK's "vigah."

"Enchanting," Obama deadpanned, when a New York Times reporter asked a classic four-part "touchy-feely" question (and a good one, since it elicited a seemingly heartfelt -- and politically savvy -- response about how he is emotionally moved when he meets with the troops.

Looked at through the optics of politics or cosmetics, it was another bravura performance by a young, confident President who makes "swaggah" look smart, indeed.


A special request to both POTUS and FLOTUS:

Please re-read, and heed, Dwight David Eisenhower's farewell address.

And please...

...beware of hawks bearing "photo ops."

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 29, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

"I'm shocked - shocked, I tell yuinz - that someone named "waterfront property" is advocating for Republican values."

There goes that class envy. Barry has trained you well. You may yet be one of his ranking foot soldiers.

Posted by: FraudObama | April 29, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm shocked - shocked, I tell yuinz - that someone named "waterfront property" is advocating for Republican values.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | April 29, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

"Obama's willingness to gaze inward is atypical for a politicians -- most like to keep private thoughts private."


Of course he's willing to gaze inward. He's a narcissist.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | April 29, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Uh Oh!

MSNBC Poll...Barry's First 100 Days Grade:

A - 32%

F - 39%

320K total votes

Say it ain't so, Barry! And MSNBC of all things. His bastion of Liberal hate mongers.

Posted by: FraudObama | April 29, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama's willingness to gaze inward is atypical for a politicians -- most like to keep private thoughts private.


Of course he is willing to "gaze inward." He's a narcissist.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | April 29, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

FraudObama, it's clear that you're angry. What's not clear is why.

Do tell us, please, exactly how Obama has hurt you in particular, not people in general.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | April 29, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

The Arrogance of Barry ("I Have a Gift") Soetoro actually believes he can bow to Kings, allow sand to be kicked in America's face by Banana Republic thugs, schmooze with Europe, downgrade this Country, give self admiring lofty teleprompter speeches, erase his past Racist Anti American associations and mentors, flash his South Chicago Radical smile, continue to harp on about Bush, blah blah blah, commit a treasonous act by releasing Top Secret documents for Political gain, and the World will, like his cult members, lay down and swoon like teenage girls. It ain't happening.

In the meantime he is undermining our economy to deconstruct it and mold it into a Big Government controlling mega Socialist State. And those that see Barry as a fine deal either are not paying attention or have actually bought into his vision for America. Those would prefer Government Control rather than individuality and a market economy. One works and has made this country the Greatest. The other, Barry's Far Left philosophy, never has worked for its people anywhere, anytime, never.

The government dependents, naive and class envious are his target audience. He and liberals want more of those. Legalize illegals. Pretty obvious. They will grow those ranks, enslave the over 50% that pay no Fed Tax with others income, bring them into Barry's Cult, weakening the productive and enslaving the needy. It is Barry's Vote Buying Populist Scam and version of LBJs so called failed Great Society - RADICAL SOCIALISM!

Posted by: FraudObama | April 29, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

LarryG62 attempted to elevate the discourse by posting, "Reassurer my a$$. This dumbo..."

Larry, if you're the future of the Republican party, it's not bright.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | April 29, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

No modern day president has had so many unprecedented issues to deal with at the same time. These desparate times call for a man of intelligence, stamina and willingness to listen and debate. President Obama is the right man at the right time.

Posted by: washingtonstate2008 | April 29, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Reassurer? What horse manure. This is the nitwit who spent weeks trashing our economy, then went on his overseas trips and trashed us.
Reassurer my a$$. This dumbo has spent our children and grand children's future, when it was profligate spending tht got us into this mess in the first place. He's an incompetent, surrounded by incompetents who is destroying our national security, and our social fabric, while he is destroying our economy.
You slobberers and droolers just don't get it...about like the incompetent in chief.

Posted by: LarryG62 | April 29, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm loving this moment (100 days).

Pretty soon it will only be Rush, Beck and Palin in the lounge at the local Applebee's in Alabama rousing the GOPer base of about 20 teabaggers.

The party of Limbaugh (GOP) did this to themselves and now all they lack is a crying towel as they tearfully wave goodbye to the few remaining Reagan Democrats. They primaried out nearly all of their moderates and can't win national election with their extremist base - Good riddance you nutjobs!

It will take decades to undo all the damage they've done to themselves.

Posted by: DrainYou | April 29, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I see that the Glenn Beck meme for tonight is going to be that the USA press doesn't ask hard questions.

That's a fair issue to raise, considering the pass the press gave George W. Bush on the invasion of Iraq to prevent Saddam Hussein from creating a mushroom cloud over New York city.

I do hope that Republican posters remember that that's where this skepticism about the USA press originated.

You may recall that Republican president Richard Nixon ordered a burglary of the offices of the psychiatrist who had treated Pentagon employee Daniel Ellsberg, who was responsible for the publication of the "Pentagon Papers", documents revealing what the government knew and when it knew it about Viet Nam.

I don't believe that President Obama has ordered any burglaries.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | April 29, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

A First Hundred Days that will change America....

Where's the objectivity in the MSM?

Posted by: JamesRaider | April 29, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

The questions from the press are disappointing. The "pat" answers to the easy questions are boring. Obama comes across as a preacher.

Posted by: ohioan | April 29, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

What a sad waste of time! Can see why our newspapers are closing!!!

Posted by: wheeljc | April 29, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

chrisfox8 wrote, "Obama conveys extraordinary assurance and competence and the best part it that it's genuine. This is a man who could admit a serious mistake and gain more for the admission than he lost for the mistake. What a refreshing change."

Indeed. If I lived in a forest and a raging fire burned toward us, he's the neighbor I'd look to to get folks on the same page.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | April 29, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

The Chris Cillizza psychobabble about The One's navel-gazing misses the point of providing an objective evaluation. Right now Chris, please do more than carry Obama's water.

Prediction: In 6-12 months, Chris will be writing about why Obama failed.

Posted by: sagereader | April 29, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

jayrkay wrote, "Press was pathetic- stooges." Not only that, but what Arlo Spector did to "Let it Be" was nothing short of murder.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | April 29, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama conveys extraordinary assurance and competence and the best part it that it's genuine. This is a man who could admit a serious mistake and gain more for the admission than he lost for the mistake. What a refreshing change.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | April 29, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

you sucked up the reply about "SHORT CUTS", about Churchill took a well thought plan and did not use torture.Churchill had already encountered Germany- it was not like the way Bush had to act almost instantly to potect and preserve the Americans- an instant demolition that happened in an instant, prevent immediate threat. Obama in way or is not under the same situation. Bush government which had taken office just a few monthe were caught with their PANTS DOWN locked down. Either they had to take drastic action to break the door- no time to loose and wait for further attacks. Water-boarding or not they needed instant info toilet room. Obama would have even worse.He keeps quoting he inhereted the economy- a known fact to every american- yes, it needed immediate action. A Republican President had to deviate. Sir. I would have asked very money questions in many follow up question- but none of the press any follow up. They sat like dummies and Obama took a lot,f short cut and never answered some of the questions.Press was pathetic- stooges.

Posted by: jayrkay | April 29, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Chris wrote, "Obama is able to stay on message even when turning inward".

He's intelligent, and he's emotionally intelligent. He's the complete package of a person whose extraordinary abilities have enabled them to reach extraordinary heights in an extraordinarily short period of time.

I look forward to his growth in office.

Lest I seem too worshipful, I'm happy to add that I stridently oppose him on the issue of easy abortion.

I'm a Casey democrat, no way a Specter democrat.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | April 29, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

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