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What did you think of last night's press conference? I'll be responding to your questions and comments today at 1 p.m. ET in my Live Online discussion.

By Dan Froomkin  |  March 25, 2009; 9:26 AM ET
 
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I thought it was mostly excellent. This objection to Obama being 'professorial' from the chattering class is nonsense. We need nothing more right now than to be more broadly informed on the basic nature of critical issues facing us. For those in the media who object, may I suggest going in the corner and playing with Twitter?

Obama's responses notwithstanding, the level of the questions was really pretty awful. And really, the morality of stem cell research? It's a valid question in the greater world, but it's not a currently valuable question, given that it's perfectly obvious what the answer is, and where limits have to be set.

Chuck Todd is living proof that the fact that you're good at one thing (as he was, covering the election) does not guarantee that you're good at another. And to think, that incoherent mangle was something he thought up in advance!

Posted by: drinkof | March 25, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Prez Out Of Touch On AIG?


After the Press Conference on March 24th we all wonder if the President lied or if he truly and frighteningly is out of the loop, after his AIG response. When asked by Ed Henry of CNN, why "the president wait several days before speaking out?", The president, with an icy stare, responded that he "likes to know what he's talking about" before he speaks. Next question.
Given that one of the lead members in Congress (Barney Frank) was speaking publicly about such bonuses months ago, his Treasury Secretary, Congressman Chris Dodd (D) and supposedly even Rahm Emmanuel met to discuss the AIG item specifically the week prior to giving them $30 billion additional dollars ones credulity is stretched as to Obama being out of the loop. Is he saying he paid no attention to Mr. Frank duirng the first hearings on the bailout? Is he indicating lead democrats, his cabinet appointee and his chief of staff did not inform him of the situation?

Under the best case scenario I can only assume that Mr. Obama did in fact know but doesn't like to be challenged in public or admit he messed up. Again, if he waited because he was out of the loop, then we all need to sell our stocks now!

Posted by: smokedsalmoned | March 25, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Prez Out Of Touch On AIG?


After the Press Conference on March 24th we all wonder if the President lied or if he truly and frighteningly is out of the loop, after his AIG response. When asked by Ed Henry of CNN, why "the president wait several days before speaking out?", The president, with an icy stare, responded that he "likes to know what he's talking about" before he speaks. Next question.
Given that one of the lead members in Congress (Barney Frank) was speaking publicly about such bonuses months ago, his Treasury Secretary, Congressman Chris Dodd (D) and supposedly even Rahm Emmanuel met to discuss the AIG item specifically the week prior to giving them $30 billion additional dollars ones credulity is stretched as to Obama being out of the loop. Is he saying he paid no attention to Mr. Frank duirng the first hearings on the bailout? Is he indicating lead democrats, his cabinet appointee and his chief of staff did not inform him of the situation?

Under the best case scenario I can only assume that Mr. Obama did in fact know but doesn't like to be challenged in public or admit he messed up. Again, if he waited because he was out of the loop, then we all need to sell our stocks now!

Posted by: smokedsalmoned | March 25, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I am so tired of the spin of the White House. What is with the teleprompters? Is the President unable to grasp the subject matter? Are we just hearing what his handlers want us to hear? I don't have much confidence in a man who needs an electronic crib sheet to speak on things he should know inside out and backwards. How does anyone talk about this man's eloquence when he merely reads what others have written? Get off the methadone, Obama. It is time to face the world cold turkey. No more training wheels.

Posted by: alibe50 | March 26, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

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