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4/3/2009

Reporters Applaud Obama

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 4:40 pm



You know, openly:

When the president departed after nearly an hour, dozens more reporters offered him applause — something one veteran reporter who has covered the globe for decades said he could not recall seeing except for in authoritarian nations.

Well, we’re headed that way.

47 Responses to “Reporters Applaud Obama”

  1. “When the president departed after nearly an hour”

    Why did it take him so long to answer six questions?

    The Guardian has the answer, although it’s not clear if this particular question was proffered at this event:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/03/g20-barack-obama-nick-robinson-question

    daleyrocks (5d22c0)

  2. Too bad they’ll find out its an unrequited love.

    Techie (9c008e)

  3. Too funny!
    I would suppose that the highest priority for this WH is being able to get new text on TOTUS in response to questions from the floor in a somewhat seamless manner.
    Perhaps they could engage some F-1 engineers who have developed the seamless shift transmission? They seem to have solved that problem.
    Or, they could continue as before, where mouths are engaged before brains are put in gear.

    AD - RtR/OS (efb8b3)

  4. America’s Putin.

    Kevin Murphy (0b2493)

  5. naw….. it’s fairly obvious that Putin, evil shit that he is, has a clue.

    Ear Leader is simply a naif.

    redc1c4 (9c4f4a)

  6. Obama’s the authoritarian? Bush had plans drawn up for cancelling the 1st amendment!! Am I ever going to be able to get a conservative to talk to me about this in between your delusional belly-aching? Has Obama done anything half as authoritarian as prepping the subordination of free speech?

    TEH NARRATIVE (863676)

  7. Bush had plans drawn up for cancelling the 1st amendment!!

    Really? He had the 34 state legislatures necessary to do this all lined up and awaiting the order? Did this happen anyplace outside of your fevered imagination?

    Has Obama done anything half as authoritarian as prepping the subordination of free speech?

    Like nationalizing the financial and automotive industries?

    EW1(SG) (e27928)

  8. TEH NARRATIVE

    When you have a credible statement to make, feel free to share it on the message board.

    Good old Barry is assuming control of GM, at one time the largest company in the world in terms of revenue.

    He and his cronies in congress are legislating themselves the ability to control pay for anyone in any institution that takes bailout funds.

    As President, he took on a private citizen’s free speech and tried to isolate the guy. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out too well for our dimwitted president. Limbaugh’s ratings have soared even higher.

    Whether you agree with abortions or not, why is this idiot approving funding for abortions in other countries. What the hell does that have to do with us?

    The asshole won’t answer more than a few questions at a time, usually from people planted by his team. Barry’s a fucking moron who can’t think on his feet.

    jdflorida (cb54f8)

  9. “Too bad they’ll find out its an unrequited love.”

    The media are cheap sluts when it comes to Obama, it wont take much to keep them in full swoon. (Obama: “Bush is to blame for the 2 million jobs lost since I was elected President.” Reporter: “Hey, my leg tingled!” etc.)

    “Has Obama done anything half as authoritarian as prepping the subordination of free speech?”

    Obama has prepped the subordination of free speech via fairness doctrine and the end of secret ballot elections for unions. The fact that Obamaphiles are still Bush-bashing as a crutch is proof that they KNOW their guy is a lightweight. they cant defend him straight-up. they cant defend transparent media bias and dissent suppression techniques. All they can do to defend the horrible, jobs-destroying, freedom-threatening, massive-deficit-spending empty-suit give-away-American-power Obama is a “Bush did XYZ” non-retort. Weak weak weak … just like Obama in Europe!!!

    Travis Monitor (cfa2f1)

  10. Bush had plans drawn up to cancel the 1st Amendment? Really? No doubt you can prove such a ridiculous asspull.

    JD (70c2ba)

  11. Bush had plans drawn up for cancelling the 1st amendment!! Am I ever going to be able to get a conservative to talk to me about this in between your delusional belly-aching?

    I’ll be happy to talk to you about this. Please provide a link to back up your claim. Then we’ll talk.

    Steverino (69d941)

  12. I agree with steverino. Let’s discuss this fascinating idea of yours.

    JD (70c2ba)

  13. Obama has plans drawn up for cancelling the second, fifth, ninth and tenth amendments! This is a call to action! This is not a drill! I don’t have time to prove my claim, you all need to get out there and do … uhhhhh … something now!!

    John Hitchcock (fb941d)

  14. If I had to listen to Obama for nearly an hour, I’d applaud his departure.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  15. “If I had to listen to Obama for nearly an hour, I’d applaud his departure.”

    Bradley – Nicely said. As with most Obama speeches, so many words, so little actual content.

    daleyrocks (5d22c0)

  16. Platitudes – R – Us

    daleyrocks (5d22c0)

  17. daleyrocks,
    Thanks. I’m fortunate never to have had any illusions about Obama to dispel. He always seemed to me as a more a creature of what people wanted — they projected their own hopes upon him — and not having any important intrinsic qualifications of his own.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  18. Just when I think the Patterico P. Bitterness and Envy Index (tm.) can’t go any lower, expectations are pleasantly flummoxed by posts such as this.

    Eat yer hearts out folks. As the successes and achievements rack up it’s going to get more and more entertaining round here and the other right-wing whine-O blogs.

    Peter (e70d1c)

  19. I could lie and say I missed reading Peter’s blather but I have higher standards. I guess the standards for broadcasting sporting events are much higher than the standards for broadcasting events where the nation’s well-being are concerned. So much for journalistic excellence. So much for that “unbiased” thing.

    John Hitchcock (fb941d)

  20. “As the successes and achievements rack up”

    Peter – Please be sure to alert everybody when they start. I won’t plan on holding my breath, but give it a try yourself by all means.

    daleyrocks (5d22c0)

  21. Daley, your inability to give Obama deserved props for what is turning out to be an impressive week and productive time in Europe for this country, especially at the G-20 summit does not help your credibility, but I’ll do my best to point stuff out as it happens.

    Although to tell you the truth, the more goofy and bitter the posts and comments get here the more it is that Obama is achieving his goals.

    Oh..oh…the Patterico P. Envy & Bitterness Whine-O-meter(tm.) is beginning to make a strange noise. And I think I smell something burning.

    Peter (e70d1c)

  22. Obama is an unqualified success at spending OPM.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R., (3eccf1)

  23. “Obama is an unqualified success at spending OPM.”

    Bradley – Based on the G20 trip he’s also an unqualified success at the Neville Chamberlain School of Diplomacy and letting others determine the agenda.

    daleyrocks (5d22c0)

  24. Barry and his awesome mix-tape gift to the Queen, the fruity, weird obsequious bow to the Saudi Kin and all the rock star crap make me think we elected the lesser Bono to the White House. Srsly.

    Vivian Louise (c0f830)

  25. Hey, TEH NARRATIVE, it’s been over 7 hours and you haven’t posted a link to support your claim.

    If you want an honest discussion, I’ll give you one, but you have to start by being honest.

    Steverino (69d941)

  26. Peter – Please list for us the successes and accomplishments of TOTUS.

    JD (70c2ba)

  27. Peter, please give us your definitions of success and accomplishment because I suspect in your galaxy they might be a bit different than here on earth.

    Dana (d08a3a)

  28. “Has Obama done anything half as authoritarian as prepping the subordination of free speech?”

    Mr. TEH – Can you point to where Bush fired the CEO of a private corporation and forced the resignation of half of its board of directors the way Obama did this past week. Quite the little fascist, our President Goodwrench.

    daleyrocks (5d22c0)

  29. Your President Goodwrench I should have said, to follow the correct narrative.

    daleyrocks (5d22c0)

  30. “As the successes and achievements rack up”

    The new gold standard: 8.5% of the work force unemployed. If we hit 10%, Obama is an overachiever. Best President Evah.

    EBJ (437cb7)

  31. Peter, just what are your drugs of choice? Certainly no one sober could describe Obama’s administration as “successful” at this point.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  32. SPQR: Peter’s only criterion is that Mr. Obama is not Mr. Bush. That’s it.

    And by doing so, just breathing makes Mr. Obama a success.

    Seriously, that is the flip side of BDS. Pretty soon, anything “your guy” does has to be, definitionally, better than the actions of your hated opponent.

    Eric Blair (57b266)

  33. Peter – Please list for us the successes and accomplishments of TOTUS.

    He won the election – doesn’t that count?

    Dmac (49b16c)

  34. “He won the election – doesn’t that count?”

    Dmac – He hasn’t been indicted yet either, which for an Illinois politician is a sterling record, so he’s got that going for him, which is nice.

    daleyrocks (5d22c0)

  35. “He won the election” as evidence of Presidential achievement is the silliest Obasm I’ve encountered in quite some time. Without peeking or Googling, how many Presidents can you name who didn’t win at least one election?

    Xrlq (62cad4)

  36. One president didn’t win election to either prez or veep. And Clinton didn’t win the popular vote. And Clinton wasn’t the first to win the electoral college without the popular vote.

    John Hitchcock (fb941d)

  37. I think, when come down to it, the one to blame for this mess we’re in is Elian Gonzalez.

    nk (fb48f8)

  38. One president didn’t win election to either prez or veep. And Clinton didn’t win the popular vote. And Clinton wasn’t the first to win the electoral college without the popular vote.

    Gerald Ford was a Representative, so he won at least one election for the House :)

    Clinton and many others got a plurality but not a majority of the popular vote; since the popular vote doesn’t matter in a Presidential election, that’s neither here nor there.

    I’m still waiting for TEH NARRATIVE to post a link showing Bush had plans to scrap the 1st Amendment. I think I’m in for a looooong wait.

    Steverino (b12c49)

  39. Steverino: your new friend is scouring the depths of DK, HP, and Mother Jones magazine. Also listening to Pacifica Radio.

    Fight the Power!

    Eric Blair (4d78ef)

  40. I’ll be happy to talk to you about this. Please provide a link to back up your claim. Then we’ll talk.

    You can learn about it here, or by googling ‘BUSH OLC MEMOS.’

    A relevant passage:

    “First Amendment speech and press rights may also be subordinated to the overriding need to wage war successfully,” Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo wrote, adding later: “The current campaign against terrorism may require even broader exercises of federal power domestically.”

    This is just the tip of the iceberg too, gents.

    TEH NARRATIVE (863676)

  41. This is just the tip of the iceberg too, gents.

    Like I said earlier, anyplace outside your fevered imagination?

    I thought not.

    The argument over how much control the government may legitimately exercise over the release of militarily sensitive information is as old as the Republic itself, and certainly not, as you would mislead us to believe, a product of the Bush Administration.

    On the other hand, the Executive arguing before the Supreme Court that it is legitimate to ban books based on their advocacy of a political position is relatively new.

    And that can be laid squarely at the feet of the Obamessiah’s Administration.

    Idjit.

    EW1(SG) (e27928)

  42. You have…well…nothing there, TEH NARRATIVE.

    What you have is John Yoo saying something can be done. What you omit is that most of Yoo’s opinion’s were rejected by later Bush OLCs.

    Further, what you don’t have is Bush doing anything to implement Yoo’s statement. So, you don’t have an actual plan of anything.

    Come up with a link showing:

    Bush had plans drawn up for cancelling the 1st amendment!!

    Exactly what were those plans? Here’s a clue: the opinion from one man saying it could be done is NOT the same thing as Plans being drawn up.

    But nice try.

    Steverino (b12c49)

  43. C’mon, guys. This fella’s just another troll. Republicans…baaaad. Democrats…goooood.

    That about sums it up.

    Eric Blair (4d78ef)

  44. Funny how everyone seems to assume that since Bush didn’t win The Popular Vote in 2000, he must not have won it in 2004, either.

    Xrlq (62cad4)

  45. I blame Karl Rove and his evil minions for this.

    Dmac (49b16c)

  46. #41 Steverino:

    You have…well…nothing there,

    Not to mention that the Bush Administration is, well, like defunct and stuff…and the First Amendment still intact!

    So far, anyways.

    EW1(SG) (e27928)

  47. Eric, I know the guy is a troll. But now he can’t claim we’re unwilling to debate his pet issue.

    I think it’s funny how he accuses folks here of “delusional bellyaching”.

    Steverino (69d941)


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