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Obama Presser Live-blog

Let’s see if he answers more than eight questions this time.

Press conference begins at 8pm EST – W.O.R.M. begins immediately afterwards.


296 Responses

  1. If you’re watching the presser please help live blog so those who aren’t watching can “enjoy” it too (misery loves company)

  2. Wolfman is already telling us what Uh-bama is gonna talk about. The CNN crew is excited like HS kids going to a prom.

  3. Myiq:

    Do you suppose a journalist or two may actually do their job and quiz O’Blama or will it be the same journalistic Porno we have had to endure for two years?

    I’ll bet my bag of Cat-Eye Marbles that it is “Pornojournalism!

  4. Soledad Obrian is already having a Obamagasm! Give it a rest girl…he hasn’t even started to speak yet!

  5. Thats because he has Obama’s speech in his hand

  6. botv, how exciting. i can barely contain myself.


  7. “The likely nominee to head [The Department of] Justice’s Office of Legal Policy, Mark Gitenstein, worked as a lobbyist for the [Chamber of Commerce] between 2000 and 2008, helping his firm earn more than $6 million in fees, according to federal lobbying records. The business alliance has pushed the White House and Congress to appoint judges and enact legislation that would make it harder for plaintiffs to sue large corporations and collect large damage awards, raising concerns from some activists.

    In recent years, he also has served as counsel to the chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform, which pushed for changes in federal litigation rules and adding business-friendly judges to state courts.”

    Can i just say we’re really fucked? This guy will make sure every antitrust suit that could potentially hit the docket will fall into a bottomless pit. Say farewell to consumer protection … all kinds of stuff with this!

  8. oh, and did that karmic meeting with air force one knock any sense into him?

  9. Here we go…ObTV!

  10. he’s like a peacock.

  11. dak:

    FDR made Joe Kennedy the first head of the SEC because he knew all the ways to cheat.

  12. Oblahblah enters and speechifies.

  13. He’s telepromptering – watch his eyes

  14. another thing: Darragh’s birthday is tomorrow! Happy Birthday Ms MURPHY!!!!!!

  15. he is like a peacock.

  16. He keeps looking at something 45 degrees to his left and right, just about shoulder level

  17. yadda yadda yadda

  18. is there a tax rebate for the middle class?

  19. ugh, I can hear hubby in the other room listening to Obama. Help me Jesus, I cannot take this *sshat’s pontificating after four hours of sleep, a sinus infection and packing all weekend!

  20. tax credits are such stupid things at this point. if they save or pay down any bills, the money won’t be spent, the money won’t be re-lent out with the banks behaving like vaults right now. it’s like throwing $$$ down a rat hole, no matter who they give it to at this point.

  21. I guess there isn’t anyone sitting directly in front of the podium cuz BO never looks there

  22. He sounds angry. I’m listening on the radio.

  23. Kat – Obama believes, like Raygun, that “facts are stupid things.”


  24. Dakinikat,

    can you look at this graph. this recession looks very much like the one from 1981-2. let me know what you think.


  25. from chris bowers at Open Left:

    “It is a tremendous relief to finally have a President who can once again take questions from the media on a regular basis, not to mention actually make sense when answering questions that weren’t submitted beforehand. I look forward to many more of these prime time press conferences.”

    my guess is the questions will be submitted ahead of time and the answers will be coming up on the teleprompters … what say you?

  26. The teleprompter Myiq! you can tell he is reading one. He hasn’t used the Uhhh..Uhhh..Uhh yet!

    Now he’s talking about how he “Inherited” this mess…as if he didn’t know the economy was fried!

  27. Let’s see, 1 billion hungry people in the world today. $800 billion could literally feed all the hungry people in the world with grain for 3 years ($0.75/day per person)… or it could satisfy the rich of the U.S. with pork for what, 9 months? (Half the bill is unashamedly pork.)

    Now by doing something decent with the money, we could at least build a market for U.S. grain, and maybe by lifting others from poverty it might even reduce our trade deficit.

    Alas, but I must be missing something here. Washington has gone fully beserk, throwing around unfathomable numbers like they are meaninglessly trivial.

  28. “The whole world is watching!”

  29. Kat – Chris Bowers is a total and complete moron. He will never, EVER give up the Kool-Aid. It’s replaced his blood supply at this point.

  30. myiq2xu, not only not sitting in front of the podium, not sitting at all. They are all in the balcony, that’s where his eyes go…………….

  31. I’m watching a Law & Order rerun until The Closer comes on. I feel very happy with my decision.

  32. it’s like watch a bad b movie.

  33. I heard that he picked the questioners the night before. I think I read it on politico. I’m sure he’ll know the questions ahead of time.

  34. hi elderj!!

  35. I’m hiding from hubby in the office because he will insist on watching Oba-Moi talk about how great he is and we only have one TeeVee.

    How long is this travesty going to last?

  36. 1st question – recession permanent?

  37. An economy of this severity?

  38. angie — I figured out what his “Little Black Dress” is…

  39. sheesh, a permanent recession? that’s not possible by definition, some one send that woman back to university for a macroeconomics course ….

    and now Oblahblah is lecturing on the lost decade, any guesses he JUST was told about it?

  40. BB – I read that he actually calls the press the night before if he’s going to call on them.

    It’s all completely scripted, just like Bush.

  41. and my guess is that he first thought the lost decade was his years in college …

  42. Oh, tell me he didn’t get the question ahead of time.

  43. that is what he said dk.

  44. OMG – MB!

  45. Flipping his head from side to side, reading from the prompter. He cannot look at the 40 million people watching, straight ahead, in the eyes, because he is reading. Pathetic.

    Who cares about the press. He should have done this, from the oval desk, talking to the American people, who are the ones hurting and worried right now. Instead, he continues to care most about media spin. Pathetic.

  46. If he is so concerned about all the jobs lost…why does he not put restrictions on those that SHIPPED the remaining jobs..overseas?

  47. answer: recessions cannot be permanent by definition.

  48. He is “absolutely confident that we can solve this problem.” That’s nice. I think real economists are somewhat more doubtful.

  49. who asked him about criticisms of this bill?

    No one, but he’ll answer it any how.

  50. Kat – that was truly a stupid question. I’m sure she was coached to ask it so Oba-Moi could give a “hopeful” answer.

  51. he is campaigning to the press corp.

  52. He’s having trouble remembering the answer

  53. Sadly, this is a campaign extension.

  54. Most economist agree with this poop sandwich of a stimulus? Is no-one going to challenge that?

  55. I want to know names of economists he spoke to.

  56. SOD – no, he’s not an Obot, but he is a lot more optimistic than I about Obama. He isn’t looking too deeply into things right now.

    Can’t say as I blame him, since I grow more horrified daily by the OBushMa Administration.

  57. myiq2xu, on February 9th, 2009 at 8:09 pm Said:

    “The whole world is watching!”

    Nobody in the US press actually said that did he/she? Because if someone did: this is why the rest of the world hates us — because we have an over-inflated sense of importance — it isn’t just GWB they didn’t like. (rolls eyes)

  58. oh god he is answering questions no one has asked.

    he is suppose to wait for the questions first.

    they are having caniptions in the back room cctv room.

  59. the first thing really loosened up the credit, i’m sure doing the same thing over is REALLY going to change things!

  60. Taggles:
    That is who he is trying to convince! He could give a Rats@#$$what we think!

  61. taggles – He can’t believe the press stopped lurving him already. He’s had two years of unadulterated fluffing. He needs more, more MORE!

  62. He’s not answering a question, he’s making a speech

  63. What was the question?

  64. You guys are all very brave. I can not stand to listen to him, hope you all have your tin-foil hats on.

  65. SOD — what is the little black dress? I’m not watching — spill!!

    MB — I second SOD — hubby is an Obot? And I envied your happy marriage — aw well, guess no marriage is perfect. 🙂

  66. oh cause we are moving onto Iran.

    is that it for the stimulus?


  67. I do not care about the Iranians! I want to know what he is going to do about this economy!

  68. while, the switch to foreign policy and iraq was too fast, he’s stuttering and ahing again

  69. bla bla bla bla I can’t listen to him without going into an altered state.

  70. If that @sshat gives us a Reaganesque “there you go again” I will eat a shoe!

  71. I hope Chris Bowers is enjoying himself. Because after all, that’s what counts – that a bunch of braindead Obot bloggers enjoy listening to Barack Obama speak.

  72. i want to a shot of the press corps … any one see one where they’re at?

  73. dakinikat, on February 9th, 2009 at 8:12 pm Said:

    answer: recessions cannot be permanent by definition.

    LMAO — thank you dak!

  74. sorry all I will not eat a shoe he will eat my shoe through his @sshole!

  75. I can’t listen to him at all. Ya’ll must have titanium ears.

  76. angie – Ha! No, he’s not an Obot. I answered SOD upthread.

    You may continue to be green with envy should you so desire.


  77. honestly madamab, they all fell right back under the spell.

    what a bunch of weak minded, weak values, idjiots.

  78. CNN shows Campbell Brown scheduled at 530 so I’m guessing he won’t answer 8 questions

  79. Ahhh..uhhh…ahhh…duhhh…Now you have your answer Myiq!

  80. Angie — his Little Black Dress is the phrase “..it’s just a distraction.”

  81. Well, that’s all the time we have tonight. Thanks for your questions.

  82. i am zOOOOOning out.

  83. taggles – and monumentally self-centered as well. He makes them FEEL GOOD! That’s all that matters, d*mmit!

  84. sorry ladies fuzzys mouth my be NC-17 rated tonight

    what a F’ckin tool!

    Could we have a view under the bus segment on Obama is a tool SOD Madamab and Angie?

    I so need to emote about Obama being a big ol’ tool!

  85. MB — lol — I saw your answer to SOD after I posted it — not fast enough!

  86. he is calling out the names of the press he is going to call on and cannot locate them in the room.

    derr obamabush.

  87. fuzzy — well, it looks like we will have to — we have to make our fan base (i.e. YOU) happy!

  88. i am in moderation!!!!! 😦

  89. Fuzzy – you can dish with us about it, but we do have some other features planned for the next show and Obama ain’t one of them!

    Sorry, he does not get to be the main topic of every conversation!


  90. a tool with props and costumes

  91. That mole on his face just winked at me!

  92. BHO looks to the left, then to the right, then to the left, etc., hardly down the middle – and why?

    Those damned teleprompters! He’d be lost without them. I muted the sound to watch the head swings to the left and right. Barry tends to look a bit robotic when you mute him. Otherwise, it’s just hearing him read Jon Favreau’s b.s. spin.

    The real test will be in how he answers questions. In order to avoid the “ums” and other pauses, do you suppose he will answer with clipped, canned answers he was coached to give, whether it answers the question asked or not?

    I keep thinking of how he brought his own teleprompter to a rodeo during the campaign last fall. That prompted me to dub him “Teleprompter Cowboy” (actually started writing a song, as the tune came to me, too…)

    Thought I might tune back in when he’s done with the speech. Your blog seemed like a lot more fun than listening to BHO!

  93. I cant listen did he say “ther you go again or is “just a distraction” his reganesque paraphrase?

  94. This isn’t a press conference, it’s kabuki

  95. SOD — you are so RIGHT!! He used that during the primary too — Rev.Wright — just a distraction. Ayers — just a distraction. Brava SOD!!

  96. SOD – also an “LBD”:

    “the notion that somehow…”

    Gawd I hate when he says that. It’s always a huge signal that he’s about to lie his *ss off.

    Another “here comes a lie” signal:

    “As I’ve said again and again”…followed by a big ol’ WORM!

  97. (waving) and watching while I read (very confused)

  98. RedDragon62, on February 9th, 2009 at 8:21 pm Said:

    That mole on his face just winked at me!

    LMAO — I almost chocked on that one!! LOL

  99. if they are sincere he has no problems, but language is pork, wasteful gov’t spending.

    WTF did he think Washingtond DC wasl ike.

    but he’s got the speak down. He inherited the crisis.

  100. that ok Madamab I understand it doesnt have to be next show….

    We could do a Koolaid show on April 1st….

    i know its a sunday so No We Wont could do a show on the conversion of the PUMA’s!

  101. hi KB!

    Listening to Obama will do that to you.

  102. he’s overanswering the questions and not really saying anything useful

    this one on bipartisanship should have been a wicked sound bite headlining the news tomorrow.

    they’re going to have to dig for sound bytes

    oh, lord, he just used the dubya “i inherited the recession’ line …

  103. Now I know what it’s like to be on Thorazine!

  104. These idiots are letting him off the hook with regard to stimulous questions. They’re going off topic and letting him segue back to the stimulous with his what he wants to say about it. He said that create or save thing about jobs and no one challenged that

  105. He does have a rare talent for rambling..

  106. it is a campaign event.

  107. He keeps saying he “inherited” these problems

    No shit? He didn’t see that coming?

  108. good thing i have margeuritas on the horizon, that’s all i gotta say

  109. “Who plays the best bad cop on TV? Huh, huh, huh? You’re damned right it’s me. I AM the best bad cop.”

    “And I inherited all this mess [ so don’t blame me.]

    Cue: violins.

    “I’m going to keep engaging.”

    — well, where the hell else is he going be?

  110. it’s one big god damned speech.

  111. BHO said “no earmarks in this package” (wtf?). Bull puckey!

  112. oh STFU!

  113. LOL Angie!

  114. I guess I inherited this *sshat. Because I sure didn’t vote for him.

  115. there are his favorite props: double teleprompters!

  116. The question was about bipartisanship

  117. my god, i don’t know if i can complete the task of listening to this pre planned jibberish.

  118. God no wonder Diabetes is epidemic in this country from all the Koolaid drinking the entire press corps must be on an Insulin driop!

  119. tee-hee Fuzzy!

    Remember when Hillary did an April Fool’s Day campaign speech?

    She’s so d*mn cute. She did it so deadpan no one even got it till almost the end.

  120. Not a speech, taggles — a Lecture.

    “And don’t suggest to me . . . ” says he.

    Oh geez.

  121. Fox had the transportation secy on right before the press conference. He was saying that the stimulous was going to create a lot of jobs fixing roads and bridges. Now I’m out of work but I’m not particularly inclined to go fix roads or bridges.

  122. lady boomer: at camp david or on vacation in chicago … taking another page from dubya

  123. oh god he won’t stoppppppppppppppppppp

  124. yes I loved it and the whole bowling alaogy was superb!

    even I bowl higher than a 37

  125. Magdalena – LOL!

  126. How does being able to read a “scipt generate jobs?

  127. myiq2xu, on February 9th, 2009 at 8:25 pm Said:

    He keeps saying he “inherited” these problems

    No shit? He didn’t see that coming?

    My f*cking point exactly — he said he was ready — turns out he isn’t & he wants to shift the blame to whom exactly? HE IS THE ONE WHO SAID HE WAS READY.

  128. make obama stopppppppppppppppppp

  129. He has Oscar the Grouch eyebrows.

  130. I noticed one thing: CBS only gave him 1/2 hour

  131. This is so true, Wickets: “He does have a rare talent for rambling..”

    “Nurses can’t read…uh uh the uh uh prescriptions that doctors have uh uh written out.”

    My little one and I were cracking up at the teleprompter swing when he read his speech. Never Once did he look straight ahead. Maybe it’s because he’s two-faced. 🙂

  132. Chuckie’s trying to sound sane

  133. LB – He’s always yelling at people for stuff they didn’t do.

    I feel sorry for those beautiful daughters of his.

  134. sorry I meant an Insulin drip….still a blody spellimg disaster!

  135. He’s averaging 4-5 minutes for each answer

  136. And you and your Colleagues abetted those banks!

  137. OMG, his face is morphing into W as he speaks.. It’s that whiny up-lilt at the end of every phrase..

    Chuck Todd, gawd, it’s been a while d!ickhead..

  138. increase consumer spending and overspending how we got into this mess.

    oooh easy one.

    don’t blame everyday working folk, us regular peeps.

    blame the banks and we will bail out them out instead of the people who are not at fault.

    the people must suffer for the banks greed.

  139. It’s not that the vision of what he wants to create is bad. It’s much like the kind of world I was raised in — in the 1950s.

    Banks got us into this mess, by banks taking enormous responsibility on bad assets, crisis in financial system, collapse of credit, followed by uncertainty, which made for shrinkage and made things worse.

    (No mention of Frank or Reynolds or Dodd, I guess, huh?)

  140. Three Wickets – when he starts doing the Bushian arm movements, will people even notice?

  141. Oh, sod it all. Sounds like the ‘press’ is back to fluffing Barry’s pillows and tomorrow we’ll get to read about His magnificence all over again. We’re never never never going to get past this b.s. unless the media put down the pompoms and actually start doing their jobs. Thanks to all you brave souls who can actually tolerate listening to this stuff.

  142. Can we just admit the government just wants an excuse to print up a lot of money with no value to cover the losses incurred from spending too much money that didn’t exist?

  143. Now he asked for Chuck Todd without knowing where in the room he was which substantiates that the questions were submitted before hand and it had been decided beforehand whom to call on .

  144. OOPs, “The party now is over”

    I guess that sums it up.

  145. He’s trying to run out the time Myiq!

  146. dakinikat – Sometimes I wish there were triple teleprompters just so he’d look down the damned middle every once in a while! (during a speech).

    Funny, the WORM photo above makes me think of the only two directions he faces during his teleprompted speeches.

  147. Wait, the party’s over???? How could it be, you just had a multi-billion dollar campaign and multi-million dollar inauguration.

    I guess I missed it.

  148. Does anyone remember the question? He lost me at Hello!

  149. okay, i’m heading off for a margeurita, he’s back on message thanks to chuch todd

  150. taggles is he on a roll now? like a juggernaught of platitudes, catch phrases, and buzz words his mouth just has a way of going and going and going…like the energizer bunny!

    His speeches seem go gather enertia and keep moving on the momentum of their sheer idioacy!

  151. Cinie – they just want to smoothly continue transferring the wealth from our pockets to the crony capitalists’ pockets.

    Oh Gawd, hubby just chortled. Obama musta made a funny.


  152. who accused him of being ginned up to spend 800B dollars in this press conference and what does this have to do with consumer spending.

  153. I didn’t say he was ready. Hillary didn’t say he was ready. Even poor old McCain said several times during the debates that “in these troubling times you need a steady hand at the tiller.” But oh no, everyone ignored all the evidence that Obama was not ready simply because Obama said he was ready. And NOW he says: hey, my bad — I wasn’t ready & we are supposed to say “oh, that’s ok. take your time. Learn on the job. What’s a few more thousands jobs/homes/lives lost. No one could have seen this coming.”

  154. Thats not all the press is Fluffing Kat5!

  155. Joanie in Brooklyn – They ain’t called “The National Barack Channel” for nothin’! (Re: Chuck Todd of NBC)

  156. When Reagan was giving speeches he would look directly into the camera at key points. If you were watching on television it was like he was looking you directly in the eye.

    Obama never looks into the camera

  157. madamab is hubby a bot? if he is just don’t answer this post, cause I don’t really want to know, cause I will worry about you.

  158. Unless U have Rezko to help you

  159. um, why don’t we start manufacturing stuff again so we don’t have to tell people to run out and go shopping to prop up the economy?

    just a thought.

  160. Joanie, I have no doubt about it.

    Dontcha love having a coward for our Commander in Chief?

    Where’s Hillary?

  161. b/c we’re all bad children, taggles, bad bad children. we have to change our bad habits.

    i’m still not taking any lectures till he stops smoking. now that’s discipline.

  162. no taggles, fear not. he’s just more curious about Oba-Moi than I.

    I’ve heard it all before.


  163. isn’t a goldman from Bloomberg married to David Shuster?

  164. I hear they have a term in the porn industry for what the press is doing tonight!…Fluffing!

  165. Cinie, he’s always looking up from under those eyebrows just like Oscar the Grouch!

    When’s Helen Thomas get her question?

  166. phew!

  167. Madamab, I was thinking the same thing. We can’t all do road fixing so why not reopen our factories and give us some American made goods to buy

  168. myiq2xu – That’s because Reagan could speak off-the-cuff (from note cards), had decades of experience in front of a camera, and didn’t have Bi-polar Teleprompter Syndrome (Bi-TelepS).

    Lord! What is the world coming to? Now Reagan is the real Great Communicator, compared with this lackey.

  169. my me mine.
    transparent, oversight, conditioning money we give to bank on exec compensation, clean up their balance sheets to restore mktplace trust.

    nobody knows what’s on banks’ books.

    deal w/ housing issue — geez, ya think?

    my instruction to housing secy: let’s get this right.
    –that’s it? that’s your instruction to fix housing?

  170. His long rambling answers are hard to follow, even though he’s gotten better about the “uh, uh” stuff.

    He’s be more effective with short, precise answers.

  171. that would break our trade agreements joanie.

    we must not work. we must only buy.

  172. that’s b/c he’s playing bad cop, myiq. they’re tough, terse, and don’t ramble on.

  173. I’m not taking lectures or any other sh*t from Obama.

    I work (lucky me).

    I know how to do my job.

    I pay taxes.

    I don’t steal (caucuses or anything else).

    Sit down, BO. You need the lecture.

  174. creating or saving 4M jobs. which will it be, or will it be a loss. that is the number one measure.

  175. 4,000,000,000? How is that even going to make a dent when we are losing 600,000 jobs per month?

  176. He learned to hand-talk from G-dub

    Tie his hands down and he probably can’t speak

  177. BHO – No depth to his breadth. Goes without saying, and painful to say it, but..

    HRC would not have this problem as POTUS.

  178. We now know why his crappy answers run on and rambles — his stool has legs.

  179. Thats Bullshit! Most of those jobs in Elkhart went to Mexico, China and India!

  180. He has gotten better with the uh, uh, uh, stuff but he doesn’t convince me that he has any indepth knowledge of the subject matter. But he got good prep for this press conference, I must sayv

  181. Sorry Myiq. I lost my cabezza there for a second!

  182. wanted obama cheer leaders:

    The stimulus has loads of money for you if you will become an Obama Cheerleader!

    starting salary $ 900,000.00 per year

    duties: none-accept to talk ad nauseium about Pampers…until your friends turn green and loose there lunch

    Experience: BAD we dont want experience

    Education: anything picked up on the mean streets of chicago is ok-ability to think critically a BIG minus!

    Perks: lots of time off and a date with the Oblablah girl for the boys and the girls get a date with Jon Favraue!

    $ 800 billion appropiated for this package!

  183. oh stfu you answered the gd question.

    mercy PLEASE!

  184. Sadly – it doesn’t matter if the press goes back to fluffing him or not — people are still going to lose their jobs/homes/savings & they aren’t going to give a flying fig about how much the press adores him.

  185. I thought metrosexuals plucked their eyebrows?

  186. He does know who he is going to call on before hand. he calls for Ed Henry and says, “where’s Ed Henry”


  187. This is going to be a difficult year. For us PUMAs, its going to be our 2nd difficult year. Ours started last year in Iowa.

  188. Health Care may be off the table but, thank heavens he acknowledges that we all need RVs!!

  189. BHO’s rambling may come from his college teaching days when no one really critiqued his presentations, oraration style.

    Just occurred to me this evening – that’s one reason Barry liked and picked Joe Biden – both law school professors.

  190. angie – but in 2012 he thinks the press will elect him again.

    That’s it. That’s the whole reason for this farce.

    We the people aren’t even in it.

  191. Answer the question bozo!! Will we see the coffins?

  192. Dang, taggles, it’s THAT obvious? Pretty pitiful stuff.

  193. Wow!!!!! He knows how many service members were killed today. Do you think the question was a set-up so he could exhibit that knowledge?

  194. bla bla bla bla bla bla….

  195. Will he answer the question if the press can take pictures of caskets coming home from Iraq. Will he reverse the bush policy.

    They will review it. In the pwocess, no answer now, before he evaluated the review and understand the implications involved. Even though he promised during the campaign.

    Now onto Afghanistan.

    Who asked about Afghanistan.

  196. angienc2, both of my neighbors (on either side of me) lost their jobs this week. I agree. They are not going to adore anyone or anything.

  197. I realize that Afghanistan is important. I do not belittle what our troops have done and are doing there but…….I want to know how the hell I am going to pay my damn bills tonight!

  198. taggles – absolutely. The Chicago papers have his number.

    Link – scroll down towards bottom

  199. Magdalena, on February 9th, 2009 at 8:37 pm Said:

    LMAO!! Or, as elderj says — I’m 3×7 plus some — I can take care of my own damn business.

  200. What was the point of this press conference again? To build political leverage? Gain confidence from the public? Build confidence in the market? What little confidence I have left is evaporating fast. We’ve got a 12 year old prodigy playing POTUS.

    Didn’t realize it was physically possible to feel rage and extreme boredom at the same time. Interesting..

  201. Oh no he didn’t! Did he just pull the 9-11 card?

  202. so has he said anything about giving me some money? hugh do I get another $ 600.00 check or what?

  203. taggles – true – no photos allowed at Dover AFB, our nation’s entrepot for coffins, or military mortuary. (Shame they don’t get coverage – DAFB Mortuary staff do a tough job, and show tremendous respect to fallen soldiers, sailors, and airmen).

  204. RedDragon – Just another campaign speech.

  205. My…I…Me…Mine….Obama’s favorite words!

  206. loosen up credit and new lending for next bank bail out.

    wait for Tim Geithners presser.

    bottom line is whether credit is flowing to banks, businesses, consumers are they able to operate.

    The package is designed to help do that.
    and Tim gets his moment in the sun tomorrow.

    what’s to freakin sunny about that.

  207. Don’t answer the question, just tell everybody to tune in tomorrow and listen to the other guy, He’ll answer the question. Tim needs his moment in the sun. Reminds me of that “above my pay grade answer” except then, he wasn’t the president.

  208. Captain Gaffetastic’s 30% failure comment

  209. so it was about the economy and recovery package.

  210. A-Rod question, how freakin lame!

  211. myiq – Captain Gaffetastic! Purrrrrrfect.

  212. I spit on all sports questions and the people who ask them.

  213. he is depressed about it.

  214. Fuzzy you owe HIM $600. Oh no. please tell me this guy did ask about A-Rod

  215. I just noticed the “Vampire Fangs” when he smiled!

    Alex Rodriequez? What the F@#$!

  216. RedDragon62 – Me, Mine, and I – BHO’s Narcissistic Personality Disorder strikes again! (Once people read up on NPD, I believe they have a key to figuring him out.)

  217. that should have been “didn’t”

  218. If there are no shortcuts, how did he get to be President?

  219. Don’t worry guys. As soon as possible, he is going to fix that Bowl Championship Series right up. It’s gonna be Barackified! Yes, he can!

  220. (laughing) “There are no shortcuts…”

  221. Pampers has a new Idea “Hope Script” instead of paying money everone will use “HOPE Script” its fake money, but you pretend it is real. You can use “:HOPE Script” to buy food or to pay your Hope morgage or Hope Healthcare or even Hope Utilities,i f you want real money become an Obama Cheerleader!

  222. Shortcuts worked for him better than they ever worked for A-Rod. Helen got to ask a question. You go girl

  223. me me me “this is my inaugural moment here”

  224. pakistan maintaining safe havens for terrorists and do you know of any country in the ME that has nuclear weapons.

    Helen thomas question

  225. BostonBoomer — YES!

  226. Is this the Amateur Softball League Press Corps?

  227. I will go out and right the word Hope on some play money and send it to Pampers!

  228. So, just jumping on late. How is the Schmoozer in Chief doing?

    I’m watching a Farm Aid concert with the Pretenders, Neil Young, Dave Matthews & John Mellencamp instead. Much more entertaining.

  229. Helen Thomas must have asked a question – my hubby just snarked very loudly! (He loves Helen)

  230. that is one thing I think he will accomplish madamab.

  231. I love Helen Thomas too madamab! My sister wrote her an email during the primaries, and she actually responded herself, saying she was none too impressed with Bambi, emphasizing his utter lack of experience.

    How staged are the questions/answers? I’m surprised they’d let Helen talk.

  232. Liberty Belle –

    Is this the Amateur Softball League Press Corps?


  233. Wouldn’t we just love to hear Helen Thomas’s unvarnished opinion of Barry? I know I certainly would.

  234. I can’t stand the way he says his esses.

  235. Is Holbrook his SoS? All foreign policy questions — he mentions Holbrook, not HRC.

  236. Liberty Bell: yes, big time

  237. MB — LOL — but baseball doesn’t have “bowls” it has “series”

  238. Text of Oblah-blah’s opening remarks:

    Good evening. Before I take your questions tonight, I’d like to speak briefly about the state of our economy and why I believe we need to put this recovery plan in motion as soon as possible. I took a trip to Elkhart, Indiana today. Elkhart is a place that has lost jobs faster than anywhere else in America. In one year, the unemployment rate went from 4.7% to 15.3%.

    Companies that have sustained this community for years are shedding jobs at an alarming speed, and the people who’ve lost them have no idea what to do or who to turn to. They can’t pay their bills and they’ve stopped spending money. And because they’ve stopped spending money, more businesses have been forced to lay off more workers. Local TV stations have started running public service announcements that tell people where to find food banks, even as the food banks don’t have enough to meet the demand.

    As we speak, similar scenes are playing out in cities and towns across the country. Last Monday, more than 1,000 men and women stood in line for 35 firefighter jobs in Miami. Last month, our economy lost 598,000 jobs, which is nearly the equivalent of losing every single job in the state of Maine.

    And if there’s anyone out there who still doesn’t believe this constitutes a full-blown crisis, I suggest speaking to one of the millions of Americans whose lives have been turned upside down because they don’t know where their next paycheck is coming from. That is why the single most important part of this Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Plan is the fact that it will save or create up to 4 million jobs. Because that is what America needs most right now.

    It is absolutely true that we cannot depend on government alone to create jobs or economic growth. That is and must be the role of the private sector. But at this particular moment, with the private sector so weakened by this recession, the federal government is the only entity left with the resources to jolt our economy back to life.

    It is only government that can break the vicious cycle where lost jobs lead to people spending less money which leads to even more layoffs. And breaking that cycle is exactly what the plan….

    …that’s moving through Congress is designed to do. When passed, this plan will ensure that Americans who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own can receive greater unemployment benefits and continue their health care coverage.

    We will also provide a $2,500 tax credit to folks who are struggling to pay the cost of their college tuition, and $1000 worth of badly-needed tax relief to working and middle-class families. These steps will put more money in the pockets of those Americans who are most likely to spend it, and that will help break the cycle and get our economy moving.

    But as we learned very clearly and conclusively over the last eight years, tax cuts alone cannot solve all our economic problems – especially tax cuts that are targeted to the wealthiest few Americans. We have tried that strategy time and time again, and it has only helped lead us to the crisis we face right now. That is why we have come together around a plan that combines hundreds of billions in tax cuts for the middle-class with direct investments in areas like health care, energy, education, and infrastructure – investments that will save jobs, create new jobs and new businesses, and help our economy grow again – now and in the future.

    More than 90% of the jobs created by this plan will be in the private sector. These will not be make-work jobs, but jobs doing the work that America desperately needs done. Jobs rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, and repairing our dangerously deficient dams and levees so that we don’t face another Katrina.

    They will be jobs building the wind turbines and solar panels and fuel-efficient cars that will lower our dependence on foreign oil, and modernizing a costly health care system that will save us billions of dollars and countless lives. They’ll be jobs creating 21st century classrooms, libraries, and labs for millions of children across America. And they’ll be the jobs of firefighters, teachers, and police officers that would otherwise be eliminated if we do not provide states with some relief. After many weeks of debate and discussion, the plan that ultimately emerges from Congress must be big enough and bold enough to meet the size of the economic challenge we face right now.

    It is a plan that is already supported by businesses representing almost every industry in America; by both the Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO. It contains input, ideas, and compromises from both Democrats and Republicans. It also contains an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability, so that every American will be able to go online and see where and how we’re spending every dime. What it does not contain, however, is a single pet project, and it has been stripped of the projects members of both parties found most objectionable.

    Despite all of this, the plan is not perfect. No plan is.

    I can’t tell you for sure that everything in this plan will work exactly as we hope, but I can tell you with complete confidence that a failure to act will only deepen this crisis as well as the pain felt by millions of Americans. My administration inherited a deficit of over $1 trillion, but because we also inherited the most profound economic emergency since the Great Depression, doing too little or nothing at all will result in an even greater deficit of jobs, incomes; and confidence.

    That is a deficit that could turn a crisis into a catastrophe. And I refuse to let that happen. As long as I hold this office, I will do whatever it takes to put this country back to work. I want to thank the members of Congress who’ve worked so hard to move this plan forward, but I also want to urge all members of Congress to act without delay in the coming week to resolve their differences and pass this plan.

    We find ourselves in a rare moment where the citizens of our country and all countries are watching and waiting for us to lead.

    It is a responsibility that this generation did not ask for, but one that we must accept for the sake of our future and our children’s. The strongest democracies flourish from frequent and lively debate, but they endure when people of every background and belief find a way to set aside smaller differences in service of a greater purpose.

    That is the test facing the United States of America in this winter of our hardship, and it is our duty as leaders and citizens to stay true to that purpose in the weeks and months ahead. After a day of speaking with and listening to the fundamentally decent men and women who call this nation home, I have full faith and confidence that we can. And with that, I’ll take your questions.

  239. Huff-n-Puff is now a “Respected” Journal of record?

  240. Tap dance, tap dance, tap dance

  241. Angie,

    I think she meant the college football championship he wants?

  242. is helen thomas asking a hard question like “what the fuck are you gonna do to get us out of this mess and keep the country and the world from going down the toilet?”

  243. “Full blown crisis?” Good thing we voted for hope over fear.

  244. He can bore our enemies into submission..that’s an idea..

  245. will he rule out prosecution of bush officials.

    his administration is going to operate in a way that leaves no doubt that we do not torture and that we abide by the Geneva Convention and abide by our traditions of due process as we vigorously go after terrorists who want to do harm.

    no one is above the law and clear instances of wrong doing people should be prosecuted just like any ordinary citizen. he wants to look forward, not just backwards.

  246. angie – that’s the only reason it’s “safe” from Barackification!!!!

    Cool story, fif! It takes a lot to impress Helen. Gawd bless that woman, I’m surprised she hasn’t been Gitmo’d.

  247. Have any stations cut away from this crap? it’s really booorrrrriiiiinnng

  248. LOL, 3Wickets.

  249. Did the networks have script approval? ‘Cuz this is just as scripted as anything he preempted.

  250. bb — I thought we were talking about A-Rod — he’s a baseball player — ok, I’m confused! LOL

  251. He didn’t fully answer Helen and cut her off.

  252. not blago, shit angie, they would never ask about him. it isn’t a topic that has been cleared for discussion.

  253. 3 Wickets: We’ve got a 12 year old prodigy playing POTUS.

    Didn’t realize it was physically possible to feel rage and extreme boredom at the same time. Interesting..

    LOL! If it wasn’t so tragically true, it would really be funny.

  254. What does A-Rod have to do with the economy? Someone?

  255. Angie – didnt you know Hope and change are under the bus now…fear works better!

  256. I swear he looked down at a list on the podium before calling on “Mora Liason”, i.e., he read out her name.

    Pre-selected, not elected Nominee, who calls on pre-selected reporters (using the term losely).


  257. “Old habits are hard to break” I’ve had the “old habit” of watching ’24’ for years now, so so long guys. Hopefully ’24’ starts in 2 mins.

  258. ooh he almost said hard work, just left off the work part.

    it’s hard.

  259. I can’t stand that guy. I don’t know how you can all stand to watch First thing tomorrow I’m calling my senators again.

  260. taggles – so he didn’t answer the question.

    Top Obama legal advisor Cass Sunstein believes Bu$hCo should not be prosecuted. Trust me, they won’t be if Barack gets his way.

    Myiq – shorter Obama:

    Before I take your questions tonight, I’d like to speak briefly…but I can’t, so I’m going to ramble on and on until you are all cross-eyed with boredom. Mmmmkay?

  261. Here we go again with “entitlements.” Yes Barack I’m already getting used to the idea of being an old lady pushing a shopping cart and eating dog food.

  262. He cut Helen off…He knew she was coming in for the kill

  263. Angie/BB – I was referring to Obie’s dreams for college football. It was a generic sports reference…sorry it wasn’t clear! LOL

    Gotta go watch my girl Kyra Sedgwick do a bad Southern accent. Looooove her.

    Later guys – thanks for keeping me away from my Obamafied TeeVee!

  264. if the barackmedia says this is a success, they need to pull their heads out of their asses right quick.

  265. Is it remotely possible that any of the reporters present tonight are embarrassed to be taking part in this sham?

  266. how many little kids watching their prez did he just scare the sh*t out of when he said we can’t just “blow up the schools”?

  267. Charter schools? Do you mean like…the “Military ones here in Chicago?

  268. What does A-Rod have to do with the economy? Someone?

    His contract accounts for 10% of all wages

  269. The Blue Dogs and Repubs in Congress will smell blood after this fiasco. Great planning Rahm. And after this, he get’s to road trip to FL and IL. We’re screwed.

  270. madamab and joannie in brooklyn – That just came to me from somewhere (tapped in – perhaps it’s the full moon).

    I thought this was supposed to be over at 8:45 p.m….

  271. madamab, his stragegy worked. I am cross-eyed with boredom.

  272. bb — spring for cat food — more protein. 🙂

  273. LOLOL, myiq.

  274. Doubt it Kat…So…there we have it! Not a damn thing of substance!

  275. He must have a list of reporters as he is reading off the next name each time instead of having them raise their hand. I don’t know if this is new or not but seems like it is. Mariah L floored him with her question even if she did blast Krauthammer for BO.

  276. “Thank you, Mr. ‘Not Ready for Prime Time’ President!”

  277. Wolf Blitzer just called Obama…”The Explainer In Chief!”

  278. Lady boomer- good point- he has no manners or thoughtfulness

  279. We can dream Kat5.

    I am somewhat consoled that the Obama houseparties are such a flop.

  280. taggles — the press has proved long ago (say, after the 1st debate in the primary) that they needed to pull their heads out of their asses.

    Kat5, on February 9th, 2009 at 8:59 pm Said:

    Is it remotely possible that any of the reporters present tonight are embarrassed to be taking part in this sham?

    No. The only ones who would be aren’t there.

  281. what we get to choose Angie between cat and dog food? Yumm maybe rabbit food for breakfast?

  282. lililam — I think he was using hip hop slang b/c that was closest in his mind to draw from — blow it up, man — or maybe B Ayers.

  283. So what’s the truth here folks? My mother is a hard-core Obama despiser, and she just said, “it was good.” I’ve NEVER heard her compliment him. What did she see that gave her any kind of impression that he’s not full of sh*t? She said it “made sense.”

  284. Soledad Obrian is having an Orgasm on TV

  285. fif- probably b/c he was to the point and didn’t ramble — again, he played bad cop – many people like that approach in general — that’s why they voted for both Bushies and Reagan.

  286. Amend to say, if Helen were allowed to close for the Press Corps, I believe she would say (or shout):

    “Thank you, Mr. ‘Not Ready for Prime Time’ President!”

  287. rabbit food will not bind you up like catand dog food!

    puppy chow do we also get to have puppy chow?

  288. Liberty Belle – LOL! Yes she would!

  289. My dog refuses to come near me Angie….Do you think she knows I am sizing her up for the pot?…..:-)

  290. fif — your mom has gotten used to the b.s. — only possible explanation.

  291. New “Post-Presser” thread up

  292. I think we should plant victory gardens in Manhattan. I don’t eat meat.

  293. Oh to help raise funds for the state you will have to get a car tag for that sshopping cart BB

  294. Did y’all see that they sat that 300 lb. sack of dung Bob Beckel next to Helen Thomas on the front row? Why would a hack like him get to be on the first row unless BZero needed emergency fellatio?

  295. RD — LMAO!! I’ve been joking that my poor little 5 lbs chihuahua would barely even make a good broth (all bones) — but my 2 big fatty kitties better watch out! 🙂

  296. Lady Boomer NYC – I bet the “can’t blow up the schools” declaration must have come from his buddy, Bill Ayers. Perhaps the Weather Underground had limits. And – After all, Barry and Bill worked together on that initiative to improve Chicago Public Schools (how many millions did they tinkle away for Annenberg Foundation again?)

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