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Live Stream || Obama Press Conference – January 14, 2013

by Keith Koffler on January 14, 2013, 9:53 am

Step right this way. The show starts at 11:30 am ET and can be seen here. I hope you will comment along in real time.

UPDATE: The press conference had ended, but here’s the video.


Margaret January 14, 2013 at 11:44 am

My head just exploded.

ph January 14, 2013 at 11:46 am

Uh Oh looks like he’s drumming up another crises.

Dan'l Boone January 14, 2013 at 11:49 am


Bob January 14, 2013 at 11:48 am

What is the point of this news conference? I’m ok waiting for his State of the Union.

Dan'l Boone January 14, 2013 at 11:49 am

What a liar! Same $hit from 4 years ago!

ImNoDhimmi January 14, 2013 at 11:49 am

Blaming the Republicans for everything, yet again.

srdem65 January 14, 2013 at 11:50 am

He blames the Repubs for our financial downgrade! Not out of control spending and a huge deficit. LIAR.

ImNoDhimmi January 14, 2013 at 11:51 am

I hate it when he uses his “folksy’ voice. Now he’s talking about how HE was affected by the Newtown shooting. What an ass.

Dan'l Boone January 14, 2013 at 11:53 am

Sounds like he WANTS to circumvent Congress and become DICTATOR.

Katherine Mackay January 14, 2013 at 11:57 am

I thought I could sit through this. I haven’t got the strength to listen to such an ignorant, droning, arrogant babbler.
Thanks for your work, Keith.

James Riman January 14, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I tried to sit through this but couldn’t stomach the lies or arrogance. It seems the meaning of compromise for him is that the other side does what he tells them to do

cpm January 14, 2013 at 11:59 am

He does not seem prepared or competent, only combative.

Mary January 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm

blah blah blah… I as American didn’t agree with you and still don’t…

choppytoulas January 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm

he wants to have an honest conversation about deficit but wants unlimited ability to raise debt ceiling. cold day in hell obama will ever talk about spending. unfortunately both dem and rep congress don’t want to really address the spending either

Star January 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm

The American people, the American people–that is all of us–including you! I have to go–am out of duct tape for pretaping my head. “I won’t do this, I won’t do that…” Well, I won’t listen. Plus you have said it all before.

Star January 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm

The poochy lower lip, the scolding, the laying down the law–this man is not my father! I am not so sure the denizens of Watters World rejected this and that–this mandate thing is a joke. Yes, he won–now govern, don’t rip everybody and make things up.

Mary January 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm

bahahah of course it’s the Reps of Congress’s fault heaven for bid if him as Presidant blame himself for anything. Then end it with I guess they would blame all of Washington and that would include you…geesh

Star January 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm

He is all about common sense! Well, that changes everything!

FLDemFem January 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Oh please!! Common sense says you don’t spend money you don’t have. Obama says otherwise. Common sense, my @ss!!

MikeD January 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm

So to summarise Obama’s negotiation stance; e.g. If China were to threaten to invade Taiwan unless the U.S. stopped supplying military hardware to Taiwan, what would Obama do? One side threatens action unless the other gives way (China to the U.S.) Using Obama’s current approach to the debt ceiling as doctrine, Obama would hold a press conference and accuse China of being irrational, threatening and he won’t change his stance. The problem is that Obama feels when a third party opposes his view or preferences they have to change and should not exert any leverage. The reality in both debt ceiling and China example; is that part of dispute resolution is compromise. Obama has to negotiate with the Republicans who actually only want some agreement that once this debt ceiling gets raised (“to pay BILLS”), the President will have some stricture to prevent him from spending on projects so far not agreed. Given the Presidents increasing confidence in executive powers it is important that the democracy makes the President realise that he has to negotiate and not confront with the house. As for his tone during this press conference I’d think he was slow or out of his depth if this were a job interview. At no time does he sound in command of his subject other than his prepared 2 minute opening address. The longer it goes the more clueless and I don’t say that lightly, he sounds. He is dressing up republican demands for some limit son future spend as them wanting to fail to pay debts. That takes a degree of arrogance to think that the “folks” of America will believe that.

ImNoDhimmi January 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Those sibilant sssss’s…………………..he really is a snake. A stammering, stuttering, lying snake.

“I like a good party”. No kidding.

Kev January 14, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Did he just admit that he was “a big spending socialist”.

Lizzy January 14, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Seriously is his nose growing? Not socializing cause of the girls really are these the same ‘girls’ he ignored in Hawaii and doesn’t socialize? That’s going to be a shock for Beyonce and JZ. I haven’t got a head left to explode.

RickW January 14, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Image: All the WHD readers…..sitting headless at PCs, tablets, smartphones.


Lizzy January 14, 2013 at 12:48 pm

But not skipping a beat:-)

Star January 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Yeah–how about our optics? Optics…what nonsense. Can’t anyone even speak anymore?

Star January 14, 2013 at 12:53 pm

I am discouraged–don’t we deserve better than this–how this joint going to right itself?

RickW January 14, 2013 at 12:51 pm

and thats only because “Exploding Head Syndrome Reconstructive Re-education” IS covered under Obamacare. See Section 415:98:007.3

Lizzy January 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Exploding Head Syndrome is a pre existing condition not covered
by Obamacare actually it’s been done on purpose to cull the ‘heard’ of real American patriots. But we explode and carry on!

RickW January 14, 2013 at 1:05 pm

My apologies. I must have a down level version of “Obamacare: The Bible” :>)

Lizzy January 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm

I may have made that up since truth telling is so yesterday
in the new Reich.

RickW January 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Lizzy…..I just started shredding this copy of Obamacare and now you tell us you may have made it up? Sigh……..Now I will have to start taping the pieces back together, as they did when they passed it………

Lizzy January 14, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Sorry but obviously it’s not my fault cause nobody is
responsible for their actions anymore. Do you need more tape?:-)

MikeD January 14, 2013 at 12:38 pm

There it is, the glib off hand , diversionary comments (re family and playing cards etc) that he sues often and expertly when he runs out of gas in relation to the core topic. His core competence is wooing. That only goes so far . The President is short on intellectual skill and competence when it comes to the serious topics. The “Yes-men” he has around him are compounding his exposure in this area. The wooign works on the campaign trail but once in office he needs to be authentic and capable. Not so quick to reach for a gag or punchline to divert attention from the increasingly glaring reality that he is (despite being a degree holder) , short of the smarts required to actually do this job. It’s a tough job, and it needs a tough but above all smart person. On that basis the President’s second term may expose him to be less than capable of the role. Why else have so many smart people opted to leave their role in his administration? We have all had a boss who made you think “Why is this guy in charge of anything? The answer in that case is usually he knows how to woo and then hang on.

Star January 14, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Don’t you know that those corny, contrived comments like playing cards with Republicans–or how about liar’s poker?–are what makes him so “likeable.” I could barf. the only time I laughed at a presidential comment was when Clinton first came in and Chelsea enrolled at Sidwell and they asked for a parent’s number–and she said, “Call my Dad, my mother is too busy.”

BARKLEY PONTREE January 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm

“Social Security benefits and veterans’ checks will be delayed”

Does anyone understand why this is a lie? SS benefits are a separate tax collected from paychecks and have, or should have, nothing to do with the debt or debt ceiling.

Except that since the 1960′s, the surpluses in SS were taken out to spend an IOU’s were put in, which is why 6 trillion of the 16 trillion dollar debt is owed to SS/MED

Susan January 14, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Senator Ted Cruz predicted that Preezy Revenge would threaten Social Security and military pay. He sure does know how these demagogues work their wiles on the low information voter…

Concerned_American January 14, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Not my original thought, but a comment from someone on another site:

“The French are jealous because the US has a king and they don’t.”

James Riman January 14, 2013 at 4:35 pm

How can he say with a straight face that the debt ceiling is not spending. What else is it? Also I wish some reporter would ask him if he and his family would set an example of saving money by not taking any more lavish vacations until the debt situation is under control. Let them go to Camp David all they want. Just don’t fly that bird all over the world at our expense.

Dan January 14, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Oh okay I see! We just need to raise the debt ceiling because we made promises we can’t keep, is that right Mr. Presidant?

and I’m glad the evil rich people are FINALLY giving their fair share. I mean, the top 1% was only paying 40% of all income tax collected in the U.S. That needs to be at least 95%. Maybe 90%.

We need to put them in their place.