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Obama Gives Press Corps the Finger. Will it End Friday?

by Keith Koffler on August 8, 2013, 2:54 pm

UPDATE: Obama will in fact have a press conference Friday. Below is the article as it originally appeared, before Obama let the cat out of the bag.


Speculation is growing that President Obama will hold a press conference Friday, the day before he leaves for Martha’s Vineyard, and give the press some reassurance that, gosh, he still cares.

Obama rarely takes questions from White House reporters anymore, in any venue. The last press conference he held was more than three months ago, on April 30.

Obama briefing room Awww, isn’t that too bad.

His last three Q&A sessions seem almost designed to ridicule and diminish the White House press corps. After appearing for a substantive interview Wednesday evening with veteran jokester Jay Leno, Obama sat down the next day with Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff to field questions from homeowners.

Just days before, he granted an “interview” to some guy from Amazon Kindle.

It’s fair to say that if George W. Bush stiffed the press in this manner, there would be deep discussions throughout the media about a crisis of presidential opaqueness and the demise of the public’s right to know.

Meanwhile, reporters on a daily basis generally fail to dislodge much information from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney during the briefings.

But Obama may counter some of this narrative with an appearance Friday.

As The Hill noted this afternoon, Obama indicated during his George Zimmerman verdict appearance July 19 that he would “try to arrange a fuller press conference” in “the next couple of weeks.”

Time’s already up.

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Mandy Manners August 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Little Johnny says, “Right back at’cha’!” (He’s in the first row.)

Star August 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Yeah–Friday afternoon–his favorite. Might mean he has big news…naw.

rawheadrex August 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm

The media likes nothing more than a finger wave from BHO.

Geoff Caldwell August 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm

After watching the media cover up all the gaffes in his Tuesday night appearance and their short memory over the DOJ press snooping I just don’t see any press conference making any difference anymore.
Until the White House press corps grows a pair and starts doing its duty whether Obama lets them play softball catch with him for an hour or so isn’t going to change the most disgraceful time for the American press in its entire history.

Darkangel August 8, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Man’s about as transparent as all of the oil he’s blocking by refusing to approve Keystone XL…but that’s another thread.

srdem65 August 8, 2013 at 3:29 pm

How about this; you and other co-conspirators pass your credentials to a group of your readers for this presser. We’ll show up with pads/pencils, dressed in suits and ties, coifed and powdered, and look just like the other chair-sitters.
We’ll ask the questions*, and the follow-ups, and more follow-ups until we get an answer.
By the time the presser is over, MrO will be crying like a little girl as he limps out of the room, but we’ll have anwers..

*Where were you the night of the Benghazi attacks?
*Who gave the “stand down” order that left Americans adrift and alone?
*If scientists claim there is no “global warming”, why are you insisting it exists?
*Americans don’t want Obamacare, why keep pushing it forward?
*Explain the closure of embassies, and why you believe they can safely reopen at a later date.
*Who in the WhiteHouse is responsible for the IRS targeting of conservative groups scandal?
*Why did the head of the IRS division responsible for this scandal claim her 5th amendment rights? What crimes is she hiding? Who is she protecting?

CAR August 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I’m in!

Susan August 8, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Fantastic idea, srdem. Just don’t let him start rambling and filibustering his answers. In the words of Sergeant Joe Friday, “Just the facts, ma’am.”

scottso August 8, 2013 at 4:30 pm

So true Susan. He can field Q&A for 1 hour and only take 1 question as he rambles and dabbles and dances for 60 minutes.

gracepmc August 8, 2013 at 5:33 pm

srdem65 Maybe The Daily Caller will let you intern for a day.

JustSayin August 9, 2013 at 3:52 am

Will support you all the way !!

Otis Driftwood August 8, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Too bad the pool wouldn’t just take the day off. Leave signs on their seats with their names and in big words “PRESENT”

Of course we all know the Lecturer in Chief will drone on about something, who knows, maybe announce another couple of executive orders, take the pre-setup softballs, declare the country is on the run and see ya – wouldn;t want to be ya, I’m off on vaaaacation.

gracepmc August 8, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Jay would scramble to fill a seat.

Langley Spook August 8, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Dear Leader Obama is allowed to say/do anything he wants re: “media/”WH press corps” does NOTHING… Etc, Etc.

At this point the “US Govt.” does not care what I have to say.

The only reason I check WhiteHouseDossier nowadays is just to post some ‘who-f#ck-cares-anti-Obama coments’, and to see those ads from “bad idea t-shirt” with that well-endowed girl ;-)

scottso August 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I think the President is waiting to give Helen Thomas the first question.

scottso August 8, 2013 at 4:31 pm

What? too soon?

Dot August 8, 2013 at 7:39 pm

I wish the Press Corp could give BO a real challenge and tell him he must keep his answers to 2 minutes only. He talks long and says nothing.

Fred August 8, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Obviously, this press is drastically afraid of “king” Obama and maybe they should be.

Then again, they signed up to be journalists and if they can’t handle the heat, they should find a new job.

JustSayin August 9, 2013 at 3:51 am

He does not have press conferences because there is no press with whom to conference.

Pamela bedsole August 9, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Ask Obama where he was 9/11/2012, why he lied to families telling them it was a video, he said obamacare would not be a mandate and we can keep our dr and we known that is not true and last why does he keep our white house closed to us when he spends millions of our tax dollars of vacations for himself. Ask hard questions!!!!!!!!!!!

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