For someone who just won a second term in his presidency last week, Obama did not look very happy at his press conference this afternoon. In fact he looked petulant, harsh and aloof. He glared at reporters and blinked a lot. It was wandering, he was stuttering, it was boring – full of tired phrases.
He became most animated defending UN ambassador Susan Rice. There are whispers that the woman who went on five Sunday talk shows after the Sept. 11 Libya incident and lied about it, is in line to become Secretary of State. There must be truth to it because he bristled when told that Republican senators are communicating they will not have her.
“As I said before, she made an appearance at the request of the White House in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her. If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. And I’m happy to have that discussion with them. But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador who had nothing to do with Benghazi, and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received, and besmirch her reputation is outrageous,” President Obama said.
“When they go after the U.N. ambassador, apparently because they think she’s an easy target, then they’ve got a problem with me,” Obama concluded.
Ed Henry asked him an interesting question about the families of those killed in Benghazi. Henry wanted to know when they would find out what really happened and if he did everything he could to protect those at the embassy/CIA annex. Obama cast that indignant look he likes to use at Henry and insisted that all the information would be provided. He also said we did everything we possibly could. So that’s why he went to bed when the firefight was still going on? My question, not the reporters. Obama was evasive as he always is.
Then Obama went turned to his idea that he has a mandate after the election: to help middle class families. “That’s what the American people said in the election.” Of course, middle class families to Obama are people who earn $40,000 a year or who don’t pay any income tax at all. It’s hardly our idea of the middle class because these people are indentured to the government and its low wages.
He also talked about going around the country and being inspired by the American people and his conclusions are that they deserve a better government than they have. I’ll agree with that. But what he really means is that government must impose itself in their lives more because they don’t know how to succeed. He said the youth who work in disadvantaged neighborhoods are great. Funny that he singled them out. I think a community organizer only sees that kind of work as worthwhile. Everything else is just greedy. It was a window into his mind.
An obnoxious reporter from Illinois said she’d been following him since he was a state senator. “I’ve never seen you lose,” she offered. Yes, because he’s cheated in so many of them. She teed up a question about the fiscal cliff for him. He went off on the stubbornness of Congress and threatened to hike taxes and harm holiday shopping that many store owners depend on. In other words, Republicans, bend over. His mantra of people who make $250,000 a year, blah, blah, won’t raise it on others, blah, blah. Will help with deficit reductions, blah, blah. You’ve heard it all before.
Obama also touched on global warming in connection with Hurricane Sandy. His second term will address this urgent matter more, he said. The common sense American recognizes that as a money making scheme for the government. Carbon taxes, higher fuel costs, restricting our driving is done with the tax money in mind. How they love playing with it!
It’s funny how poorly Obama does at these functions even with a press there that restrains itself from any tough topics or criticisms. The last one he did was in March. With any luck, we’ll have another long stretch without these propagandistic wheezes.