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Obama to Hold a Rare Press Conference

by Keith Koffler on November 9, 2012, 3:21 pm

President Obama will hold a news conference in the East Room Wednesday, the White House announced today.

Obama has held only one full-dress, extended press conference this year. The last time he faced White House reporters was for a brief, impromptu session in the briefing room in August. Before that, he took a few questions in June after meeting with foreign leaders in Mexico.

What’s more, Obama rarely takes questions in venues other presidents have used to speak with the White House press corps, refusing to answer reporters’ queries following remarks or meetings at the White House.

{ 29 comments }

Theo Spark November 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm

This of course has nothing to do with Petraeus being forced out by an administration trying to cover up Benghazi (an affair is not enough, but does provide leverage)

Susan November 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm

This is vintage Axelrod. My take on it. General Petraeus is scheduled to testify before Congress on the Benghazi terrorist attack. Axelrod found out about the affair and told him either read the storyline we’re giving you or we’ll ruin you. Being the honorable man he is General Petraeus resigned rather than compromise his integrity. The hearings are closed to the public, but can imagine his testimony will be riveting.

srdem65 November 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm

News alert; The General will NOT testify next week. 4:10 e.

surprise!

AZ Granny November 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm

How convenient for Obama that Petraeus will not testify. Something smells very rotten here.

Melvin November 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Maybe he will be the fall guy on Benghazi!

Susan November 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Bet on it. First of all the MSM will have to be good little loyalists and destroy his family’s personal life to take the attention off Benghazi.

Star November 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Honorable—picture my hand rocking back and forth. I agree the timing is, well…pretty clearcut.

sportinlife10 November 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm

WAIT! I agree that he’s militarily “honorable”, but stupid enough to have an affair? In DC? Old morality here, but where’s the honor in that?
Either that, or there is no affair.

Susan November 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Agree with you and Star. Honor his military service, but not his infidelity. Now that he’s not testifying, I’m wondering about that integrity part too.

srdem65 November 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm

The more information that comes out, the less i believe.
Supposedly the FBI was investigating the General’s e-mails and discovered the “affair” back in July.
I don’t know?? I don’t believe anything that comes out of DC anymore.

Sadie November 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm

srdem – You don’t think they’d lie to us, do you? /sarc off.

Susan November 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Then there’s this…

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/petraeus-s-sudden-resignation_662200.html

In testimony to the House Intelligence Committee on Sept 14th, General Petraeus placed the blame for Benghazi on the video. I didn’t realize he had already testified?

Sadie November 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Susan – the internecine feud between the CIA and FBI continues. There’s more going on in Libya than what unfolded 9/11/12 – no doubt in my mind. Also no doubt in my mind we’ll never know all the details. I’ll take a guess and start with WMDs in Libya being moved to Syria.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/footage-of-wmd-stockpiles

Langley Spook November 9, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Dont forget; he had an “affair” with an Army Reserve officer (she is a Major in the Army Reserve) I want to see what type of punishment she will get as an officer having an affair…

Jeff1000 November 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I always believed that Obama’s attitude is that he expects the American people to just shutup, not ask questions, and to accept whatever he decides to do. He doesn’t feel beholden to the American people; he thinks that he knows what’s best and the American people just need to shutup and submit to his infinite wisdom and elite brilliance, so press conferences are unnecessary.

Anonna November 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Yes, you’re right. He’s a Divine Right of Kings sort of President.

Lizzy November 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Well that will be a joke. The MSM asking questions they are starting to look
like a room full of pet rocks.

blondie November 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Something stinks big time here!! Now Petreaus doesn’t have to testify?!!! I hope the guy sings like a bird!

Jeff1000 November 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm

More coverup.

blondie November 9, 2012 at 7:05 pm

heard that the FBI knew about this since July,so why is Petraeus just resigning today?

Sadie November 10, 2012 at 4:18 am

Gen. Carter Ham was relieved of his command following September 11, 2012. Has anyone heard one iota of news since?

Rod November 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Not to worry, the lapdog press will still be drunk from the election results (see, Diane Sawyer) to ask el Presidente any tough questions. After all, what’s the point? He’s already been elected to his second term so what would be the point in weakening or embarrassing the President at this point? That would just put at risk his second term agenda.

Besides, there are Republicans in Congress for the media to bludgeon – why waste time on Obama?

sportinlife10 November 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Does anyone think the MSM/DC Press Corps will EVER catch on to how they’ve willingly been had?

Susan November 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm

In my opinion, they are not duped – they are complicit.

Rod November 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I agree – they aren’t stupid – they are acting willfully, knowing full well they are “advancing the cause” and, my guess is, they are very happy about the roll they play in doing so. Look at the glee in which they club conservatives and Republicans.

The Business November 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm

CYA…. Bengazi-style.

gracepmc November 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Anything resembling a real press conference with President Revenge is laughable. And now that the election is over can he please get off the stage. He’s all over the place — it’s downright creepy. And he lies all the time, so what’s the point of all this Kabuki. I guess it just makes all the takers feel better or something.

That said, I was comforted to know that both the WH and the State Department’s ever so forthcoming and helpful Victoria Nuland deny that Valerie Jarrett has any role whatsoever in the secret talks with Iran.

And of course, this WH always responds to things that are not true.

Sadie November 9, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Two reminders for those of you trying to connect the dots or remember where some of the dots are hidden.

REMINDER #1

Senator Clinton said to General Petraeus in 2007 regarding his testimony about the Surge.

“You have been made the de facto spokesmen for what many of us believe to be a failed policy” in Iraq, Clinton said. “Despite what I view is your rather extraordinary efforts in your testimony both yesterday and today, I think that the reports that you provide to us really require a willing suspension of disbelief.”

REMINDER #2
George Soros/MoveOn ad – General Betray Us?

Langley Spook November 9, 2012 at 8:29 pm

How pre-scripited will this “press conference” be?