We’re sorry, Dear, that this is so tough.
I wonder what Putin is thinking.
Those are my basic reactions to Barack Obama’s second White House press conference, March 24, 2009.
We have a long way to go.
Actually, we already know what China thinks.
Their Premier is worried about the solvency of the United States and their Ben Bernanke wants another currency — not the dollar — in reserve.
The president said just about a week ago that we needed confidence to get us out of our depression.
But how does the president himself express confidence?
With a telepromter. And Tiny Tim Geithner.
“There were no smiles on Tuesday night, no memorable moments, no attempt by the president to capture the sense of drama or anticipation that has surrounded prime-time news conferences by prior White House occupants,” wrote Peter Wallsten for the Chicago Tribune, Obama’s home newspaper.
Wallsten also noticed something I saw: the president was speaking mostly to people who will get money from him. This is now “Love me because I am the give away president.”
Obama as crack dealer. That’s where we are.
Said Peter Wallsten for the Chicago Tribune: “He passed over reporters from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, opting instead to call on correspondents from Univision, Ebony magazine and Stars and Stripes. He did call on some of the traditional networks, but he did not seem to bring any special energy to answering their questions.”
I saw this as an avoidance of tax payers and an embracing of tax money getters.
More class warfare. Right in the White House. Or rather, all the way left in the White House.
The president was shut out last night — and not by the reporters.
He beat himself.
Pollster Frank Luntz sat with a cross-section of American voters during the news conference and had this to report.
“They want him to succeed but they don’t agree with his policies.”
From the Chicago Tribune:
Washington Post writer Tom Shales still called President Obama “President Wonderful.”
But he wrote:
It looked as though Obama was hampered by a technical dislocation or two. He began with an opening statement — too long an opening statement, as it happens — but one that seemed longer because something seemed to be wrong with the prompting device, which reportedly had been relocated to the back of the room. Obama was not looking squarely into the camera the way he usually does when talking to us “folks at home.” He wasn’t making eye contact as effectively as usual; in fact his eyes looked a little blurry and weary. His delivery was also somewhat halting at times.
Yes, they are little things, the hesitancy in his speech pattern, the prompter and the president’s gaze. But the little things in a presidential appearance add up to the big thing of How He Did and whether he came out of the event in better, worse or the same shape as when he went into it.