If you missed the Obama press conference tonight, you can read the entire transcript here.
Forgot to note in my quick liveblogging that Jennifer Loven of the Associated Press got the first question. Loven has been quite openly lovin’ on Obama for months. Remember?
President Obama’s lucky he didn’t slip and fall from the drool flood.
Legal Insurrection breaks down more of the Obamedia’s embarrassing performance:
Barack Obama held his first press conference as President tonight. With the “stimulus” plans on the table at the House and Senate, the press had an opportunity to show that it no longer was slobbering over Obama. The press failed. Not a single reporter challenged Obama on the specifics of the stimulus plans, which (contrary to Obama’s statements) are loaded with pork barrel spending (as Sen. Claire McCaskill admitted this weekend) and surreptitious attempts to restructure the health care system. Almost every stimulus-related question accepted at face value Obama’s assertion that Republicans were to blame both for the economic mess and the lack of bipartisanship.
The best question came at the beginning, from Jennifer Loven of the Associated Press:
Question: Thank you, Mr. President. Earlier today in Indiana, you said something striking. You said that this nation could end up in a crisis without action that we would be unable to reverse. Can you talk about what you know or what you’re hearing that would lead you to say that our recession might be permanent when others in our history have not? And do you think that you risk losing some credibility or even talking down the economy by using dire language like that?
It was straight down hill after that. Chip Reid of CBS sounded like he wanted a job in the administration, his question — if you can call it that — was so fawning and so played into Obama’s theme of the night, that the Republicans were to blame:
Question: Thank you, Mr. President. You have often said that bipartisanship is extraordinarily important, overall and in this stimulus package, but now, when we ask your advisers about the lack of bipartisanship so far — zero votes in the House, three in the Senate — they say, “Well, it’s not the number of votes that matters; it’s the number of jobs that will be created.” Is that a sign that you are moving away — your White House is moving away from this emphasis on bipartisanship? And what went wrong? Did you underestimate how hard it would be to change the way Washington works?
Loved the hard-hitting question about Obama’s reaction to Alex Rodriguez and his steroid use.
What a bunch of oxygen-wasters.
Or to borrow Gov. Mark Sanford’s brilliant phrase, we have moved from fact-based reporting to savior-based reporting.