Obama Press Conference Review

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    Some observations...

    One, Obama remains uncomfortable - not quite shrill, but clearly out of his comfort zone regarding the mounting opposition to this stimulus package. His answers repeatedly rambled as he attempted to explain positions he is clearly unsure of himself.

    Two, Obama's fall-back position is to blame Republicans, despite the fact the Democrats are going on their third year of controlling Congress. This worked well during the campaign when Bush was still President, but is now falling on increasingly deaf ears. There were a few times he slipped into outright whine mode.

    Third, His repeated defense of the pork contained within this stimulus bill was Obama at his weakest. As he once said, if you put lipstick on a pig...

    Lastly, the questions were soft - Obama clearly went of a list of pre-approved reporters, who meekly posed simple questions that still left Obama grasping for a cogent thought at times. For a press conference that was highly scripted, Obama failed to close the deal - far from it, and gave a performance that while pleasing to his loyal base of supporters, will foster increasing doubts among the population of Americans who favor neither party affiliation.

    This President best step up his game...

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    Complete conjecture.
     
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    I agree with your post. More and more lately, he appears frustrated and agitated whenever a reporter asks a tough question. Did he think this job was going to be a walk in the park? As Bush used to say, "its hard work!"
     
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    Is that you in the pic soldier?

    If so, thank for your service - and your comments.
     
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    what?
     
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    He did say 'last 8 years' quite often.
     
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    Exactly - and that is an utter sign of weakness, not to mention not quite accurate, as his own party is heading into its 3rd year of dominating both the House and Senate.

    Obama points a finger at the "doubling national debt" during the Bush years, and yet, he will be doing that and more within a month of taking office - what took Bush eight years will take Obama one month.

    The media should have rightfully questioned him on this, but no, such a question was not to come from the pre-determined short list of reporter questions.

    All in all, a middling at best initial press conference performance.
     
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    I couldn't believe that some of these reporters strayed off topic--asking ridiculous questions regarding some baseball player on sterioids, 2 or 3 Iraq/Afganistan questions, 1 Iran question, & then Patrick Leah wanting to investigage war crimes on President Bush.

    I think Obama should have immediately side-lined those questions, & gone to a different reporter to discuss ONLY this stimulus bill. That's what Americans wanted to hear about. This was absolutely no time to stray off-topic.
     
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    what makes it even more ridiculous is that they had a day to come up with questions as they were notified in advance that obama would call on them and this dreck was the best they could do.

    "Some journalists are miffed that Obama decides the day before news conferences whom he is going to call on -- the fortunate ones are notified in advance -- reducing the other reporters to the role of mere extras. Past presidents have generally worked their way around the room, starting with the wire services, networks and major newspapers."

    Howard Kurtz - Obama Works the Press - washingtonpost.com
     

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