November 14, 2012

Obama is about to do his first full-scale news conference since last March.

Which was back when Rick Santorum seemed like he might get the GOP nomination and 2 months before Obama did his first campaign rally. He has been really press-shy... even though the press loves him and boosts him as much as they can. Or so it seems. But there's always a chance some reporter will break out a tough question.

Politico offers some "hard questions" that might conceivably be asked. But the questions, as phrased chez Politico, all sound softened to me. If they're soft on paper under a link-begging headline about hardness, how can we hope for any toughness face-to-face with the President who's been withholding press conferences for 8 months?

Here are the Petraeus-related questions:
Do you believe the FBI should have told you and Congress sooner about the investigation that led Gen. Petraeus to resign?

Do you worry about a culture in which trusted officials behave badly?

Does this administration consider anyone who’s having an extramarital affair, or has had one in the past, to be unfit for public office?
Easy: yes, yes, no. Add a few mushy words and you're done. Instapundit notes that Question 1 "lets Obama off the hook by pretending to believe that he didn’t know anything about Petraeus until after the election, which is quite implausible." It's like the old "When did you stop beating your wife?" question, assuming a fact not yet proved, but the assumed fact is helpful to the witness. The witness is in no danger of getting tripped up, letting the negative assumption go. He'll notice the positive assumption, silently celebrate, and proceed to answer the question asked.

64 comments:

Unknown said...

Hard questions on the order of, "Mr.President, people are demanding that you release documents explaining just exactly did you become so wonderful?"

Levi Starks said...

This would be a great time for him to drop the Prompter, and start wearing glasses, google glasses that is.

http://images.pcworld.com/images/article/2012/07/bigbrotherglasses-11389101.jpg

AprilApple said...

Most if not all of the people who work at Politico moonlight with leftwing organizations.

Those are not hard questions. Big surprise.

MisterBuddwing said...

My modest prediction is, a reporter will ask the first question, and the President will go off on a five-minute monologue that doesn't really say anything.

Jake Diamond said...

Question 1 "lets Obama off the hook by pretending to believe that he didn’t know anything about Petraeus until after the election, which is quite implausible."

Yes. Glenn Reynolds is still an idiot. Thank you for sharing that highlight from Instapundit.

Sorun said...

Politico has low expectations, which is why they characterize these as hard.

X said...

what did you know and when did you know it?

AF said...

Instapundit notes that Question 1"lets Obama off the hook by pretending to believe that he didn’t know anything about Petraeus until after the election, which is quite implausible."

All right, then, ask him: "Did you know anything about Petraeus before the election?"

Only problem is that this question has already been answered repeatedly, answer being no. And no evidence has surfaced that remotely calls this answer into question.

If you find the answer implausible, produce some evidence.

Saint Croix said...

Buried within this CBS news story is this little tidbit:

the FBI says with no national security issues involved, such notification was not required.

Apparently this is going to be the FBI and/or Eric Holder's response to why the Senate Intelligence committee was not told of the affair.

"No national security issues" were involved.

I don't think that's going to fly!

And I would very much like the see the head of the FBI, and the AG, under subpoena.

What did Obama know, and when did he know it?

Writ Small said...

I think there's a good chance the press will ask surprisingly tough questions. The election is history, and their image as servile boosters needs scrubbing away.

YoungHegelian said...

The Obama administration has treated the press like shit ever since it was just the Obama campaign, and the press has gone along with it.

Why? If you haven't guessed from the dismal financial performance of their papers & networks, the purpose of most of the press now is to be ideological sounding boards. So, those guys in the WH press corps are doing their jobs in spite of no conference in 8 months. Their job never was to reveal the workings of the Obama admin to the American people. It was always to shill for it.

AprilApple said...

Has Obama ever been asked a hard question?

I do not recall a single one. Perhaps Jake Tapper got a small one in, but Obama just looked at him with that "How dare you" look, and walked away.

Tank said...

There won't be any hard questions, but if there are, he won't answer them.

He'll talk, and talk, and talk, until everyone's eyes glaze over, and afterwards nothing will have been said.

Except, maybe it's Romney's fault or something.

Chip S. said...

All right, then, ask him: "Why Didn't you know anything about Petraeus before the election?"

FIFY

gerry said...

The election is history, and their image as servile boosters needs scrubbing away.

Wrong. The precious reputation of the greatest incompetent to ever occupy the WH must be preserved. There are histories to be written, glories to be established, PHDs must be earned in Obama Studies.

Of course, the entitlement riots may interfere, and the constant terror bombings caused by short features about Islamism may interfere. But not in the gated communities.

Marshal said...

Saint Croix said...
"No national security issues" were involved.

I don't think that's going to fly!


If no national security issues were involved under what authority did the FBI gain access to the Petraeus / Broadwell email account? These people aren't even serious liars.

EMD said...

Tapper is too busy shilling his new book to really get into this.

shiloh said...

We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers," said Neil Newhouse, a Romney pollster.

I'm not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was

After the primary campaign, Fehrnstrom argued, “everything changes, “It’s almost like an Etch a Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.”


Shocking that Willard lost!

Interesting Willard basically hid from the MSM the last (2) mos. of the campaign. mittens come out, come out wherever you are ...

Dear Willard, won't you come out to play

Apologies to John Lennon.

Chef Mojo said...

Shiloh, what does any of that have to do with the topic at hand?

Quit being a dumbass.

Nonapod said...

Oh boy! An Obama press conference. Who doesn't love tedious, rambling, evasive platitudes sprinkled with several hearty helpings of uhhhs and uhmms?

edutcher said...

Hey, Barry, when you decided to let those 4 guys die in Benghazi, how long did it take you to get back to sleep when you went to bed?

Jake Diamond said...

Question 1 "lets Obama off the hook by pretending to believe that he didn’t know anything about Petraeus until after the election, which is quite implausible."

Yes. Glenn Reynolds is still an idiot. Thank you for sharing that highlight from Instapundit.


The idiot is the one who buys the Administration's story.

shiloh said...

Interesting Willard basically hid from the MSM the last (2) mos. of the campaign. mittens come out, come out wherever you are .

Don't know where the little weasel was, but the Romster gave interviews to Fox those last 2 months.

We know Zero was on the View.

And where were you hiding out 10/5 - 11/5 when the Romster was winning?

It's pathetic someone needs people like Ned Silver and Axelrod to feed him everything he says every waking moment.

Especially when it's so wrong.

SteveR said...

Even though its been awhile, slow pitch softball is a batter's sport. Go for the fences Mr. President

Saint Croix said...

Has Obama ever been asked a hard question?

Yeah, he got reamed by univision, and by a local reporter in Colorado. He handled it okay. He's not a baby. He's not going to break if you ask him a hard question.

The national media kid gloves on Obama are embarrassing and, I think, a form of racism.

Scott said...

He used to be press conference-shy, but now that Obama has been reelected, he doesn't have to worry about his answers in a press conference being used against him by the opposition.

What a gutless scumbag Obama is.

X said...

Only problem is that this question has already been answered repeatedly, answer being no.

it's a problem if he lies.

TosaGuy said...

The people who voted for Obama don't care about these issues for a variety of reasons.

Hagar said...

I am afraid that with this administration, it is plausible.

EDH said...

It's been so long since Obama's last press conference, his advisers told him to go out and imagine the White House press corps in their underwear.

Obama first response, "Helen Thomas won't be in the front row, will she?"

Fprawl said...

Only if this guy from Denver shows up.

Update (5:53 PM ET): President Barack Obama reportedly refused to provide a direct answer to repeated questions on whether requests for help in Benghazi were denied as the attack was underway during an interview with 9News in Denver on Friday.

Kyle Clark, a reporter with 9News, asked the president about the requests for help and whether or not it was fair to make Americans wait for answers on Benghazi until after the election.

“The election has nothing to do with four brave Americans getting killed and us wanting to find out exactly what happened,” Obama said. “Nobody wants to find out more what happened than I do.”

madAsHell said...

Was Univision invited??

AJ Lynch said...

"Full scale" means any questions at all?

Also, Althouse I suggest you do a poll on how many questions Obama will take. I say fewer than 13.

shiloh said...

On the bright side for ad nauseam, whining about Obama, cons ~ Althouse doesn't have to apologize for Romney anymore.

And we can all be grateful!

Kansas City said...

I know the men don't look too great here, and it dmonstrates the vulnterability/weaknees of many men based on desire for sex.

But doesn't this entire fiasco also demonstrate the weakness of many women to engage in gossipy and flirtatious/seductive bahavior and to attach to much significance to minor, stupid stuff?

Sam L. said...

I vote either 'slim' or 'none' on asking tough questions; my money's on 'none'.

"11/14/12 9:35 AM
Blogger X said...

what did you know and when did you know it?" "I only know what I read in the New York Times. So I haven't heard about it yet."

Patrick said...

But there's always a chance some reporter will break out a tough question.

Ha! You're in good humor this morning.

John said...

The Press will ask him sofball questions and Obama will lie his ass off and basically answer "fuck you that is why" and the Obama supporters will love it.

It is more than a bit ironic that the every people who have spent the last 40 years calling everyone "fascist" jumped on the first real fascist cult of personality to come along. People like Shilow and Jake Diamond love nothing better than a strong dear leader to look after them and give them an excuse to hate the other.

Saint Croix said...

Why weren't you told about the Petraeus affair?

Who made the decision not to tell you?

Are you angry that you were kept in the dark?

Why was the Senate Intelligence committee kept in the dark about the affair?

Who made the decision not to tell the Senate Intelligence Committee?

Was there a political calculation that the Senate Intelligence committe should be kept in the dark because there are Republicans on the committee?

Paula Broadwell said at a speech at the University of Denver that the CIA annex might be holding prisoners. Now the video of the speech has been pulled down from youtube. Can you confirm or deny whether there was prisoners kept in Benghazi?

What was the CIA doing in Benghazi?

Why was there no security for the ambassador when he is right next door to a CIA facility?

Who made the decison to not send military aid to our embassy that is under attack?

John said...

And yes Obama should be asked point blank when he was informed of the Petreus issue and why Holder waited so long to tell him. Obama should be forced to lie in public and on the record and not be allowed to let his minions lie for him.

Saint Croix said...

Who made the decision to blame the Benghazi attack on a youtube video?

Kansas City said...

Isn't it also interesting that the best these very powerful men could do in terms of women are 40ish women of modest good looks (although with interesting backgrounds)? I suppose available women might be limited for guys in the military, but neither Broadwell nor Kelley seem to be terribly attractive. Broadhouse seems pretty bright. Kelley seems like an idiot - she made a 911 call yesterday claiming some diplomatic inviolabiliy [whateve that means] because the press was on her lawn.

garage mahal said...

I just want to know what Obama knows and when he knew what he knows. There are known knowns and things we think we know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don't know. In that case it would be impossible to know when we knew?

Big Mike said...

I've worked on computer systems for the FBI and I've worked in the intelligence community.

Hypothetical: You are the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with legal responsibility for counterintelligence operations on American soil. You have information, not yet confirmed but at least plausible and perhaps even probable, to the effect that the Director of Central Intelligence is engaged in an affair that may also be a honey trap of sorts. And yet you decide not to tell the President of the United States? This is not plausible, nor is it consistent with the professionalism of the men and women I worked with back in the day.

John said...

Thank you garage for confimring that there no circumstances in which you would ever hold Obama accountable for anything or really even ask him to explain himself. What is it like being a part of a fascist cult of personality? Did you want to be that when you were a kid? Did you ever think you would join such a thing or has it always been something you knew you wanted to do?

John said...

If there were no national security issues involved, where is the FBI's warrant to look at those emails?

The only way they could have legally looked at the e-mails sans warrant is for it to have been a national security investigation. Since they didn't' have a warrant, they are either lying or violated the law.

edutcher said...

shiloh said...

On the bright side for ad nauseam, whining about Obama, cons ~ Althouse doesn't have to apologize for Romney anymore.

Nothing for which to apologize when the man won, fair and square, but the little weasel is going to have to spend the rest of his life covering Choom's ass.

And, on the subject of asses, where were you hiding out 10/5 - 11/5 when the Romster was winning?

Skidmark inspector at the White House laundry?

Bryan C said...

"If you find the answer implausible, produce some evidence."

Evidence that it's not implausible? How does that work?

Of course it is possible that it's not a lie. It's also possible that I'm heir to a huge fortune in Nigeria. Both possibilities are, however, pretty darn implausible.

Lem said...

Remember when Obama was so "out of it" in the first debate... little did we know... he had a lot on his mind.

Joe Schmoe said...

Foxy boxing is harder hitting than this press conference is going to be.

Dave D said...

Shiloh the partisan hack said:
"Dear Willard, won't you come out to play

Apologies to John Lennon."

Let me get this straight: You think that, since Romney (in our opinion) dodged the media during the campaign, it is OK for bHo to not answer any hard questions during his first press conference in many moons? Are you this big of an idiot?

William said...

Is there a pattern here? McChrystal, Petraeus, and Allen all commanded our forces in Afghanistan and all saw their careers wrecked. Thank God we have John Kerry waiting in the wings. He will restore morale among the troops and initiate a winning strategy in A-stan....I think this will be a fairly easy scandal for the President to dodge. Just as the President has men whose job it is to tell them things, he also has men whose job it is to deny they ever told him things. I suppose the FBI can say that they weren't investigating Petraeus but the two flaky women who were fighting each other.....To date, the following organizations have had their reputations tarnished: the FBI, the CIA, the Army high command. Perhaps the Attorney General's office and the State Department will catch more flack, but it hasn't happened yet.

John said...

Are you this big of an idiot?

You need to ask? He is all of that an a bag of chips and also the member of a fascist personality cult. So even if he wasn't an idiot, he would still be on here lying.

Pragmatist said...

Last thing I remember the last four years is a press than "loved" the President. It seemed like every news story in my state was about the "Tea Party" and every bit of economic good news was followed by the inevitable dark cloud qualification. And after watching Bush/Cheney get nothing but softball questions for at least 6 of their 8 years it really brought home who owns the press... large corporations like Disney and Fox and they are anything but liberal.

Strelnikov said...

Like any of those will be asked. c Stand by for some variation of " Can you please tell us how wonderful your second term will be?"

PWS said...

On election night Ann said something to the effect that she was reconnecting to her "old" (read authentic?) aversion to politics. (Also something about wanting to get back to love and beauty.) Seemed like a bit of a cop out--the aversion appeared when the outcome didn't go the way Ann thought/hoped/wanted. But I gave Althouse the benefit of the doubt what with the art background, leaving the big firm for academia, etc.

But in the days after the election, with a juicy political scandal blooming, love and beauty are on hold: politics front and center. Seems convenient.

P.S. I'm trying to out-Althouse Althouse by constructing a narrative that's against the grain.

Nathan Alexander said...

Another importent question, ARM, is why his administration isn't reporting information like Fast & Furious, Requests for security from the Ambassador in Libya, urgent requests for life-saving assistance from CIA operatives in Libya, FBI investigations into CIA Director's private affairs due to national security implications, etc...

Are you really embracing the notion that President Obama is so incompetent that his subordinates keep him uninformed and he doesn't realize it? Or doesn't care? Or is too incompetent to fix it after the first 5 times it happened?

It is one or the other:
Either he is lying to avoid responsibility, or he really doesn't know and is the worst leader this nation has ever had.

And neither you nor the press seems to care about malfeasance or incompetence, as long as the POTUS is a Democrat.

damikesc said...

I think there's a good chance the press will ask surprisingly tough questions. The election is history, and their image as servile boosters needs scrubbing away.

They never did it with Clinton. I see no reason for them to start doing so.

Paul said...

Questions?

What did he know and when did he know it.

No doubt there was a illegal prison used by the CIA in Libya.

No doubt the economy is tanking again.

No doubt Israel is going to war.

But Obama give an honest answer? hahahaha man are you guys DUMB. Like Rahm in Chicago who illgaly records reporters and blows the questions off, so will Obama.

Matthew Sablan said...

Maybe ask him whether he will fire his head of FEMA since he or she is mismanaging Sandy as worse as Katrina.

jr565 said...
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wdnelson93 said...

"Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies"

jr565 said...

I thought one of the things Obama was going to do was bring transparency to the White House. Leaving aside the idea that we were goi g to see the bills and have negotiations broadcast on CSpan (but Mitt Romnry was the one who Kept changing his positions and couldn't be trusted!) this extends to his interaction with the media as well. He's certainly been one of the more alloof presidents in modern times.

And it's largely gone unremarked by the media. Were it Bush's White House There would be stories every single
day and calls demanding answers for everything.

Yet now, just as liberals have lost their ability to speak truth to power, so too has the press lost its ability to follow leads (note the Times deliberately burying stories about Benghazi because they might impact the election) or even question why Obama can get away with not having press conferences for long periods of
Time.

Saint Croix said...

Isn't it also interesting that the best these very powerful men could do in terms of women are 40ish women of modest good looks

Yeah, yeah. What happened to the hot sex scandals? This is like hitting on middle age cougars in a bar.

If I'm going to hell for sex, she ought to be something like this!

And if I'm going to betray my country, she ought look something like this!

I just don't get wrecking your life for this.

And this was horrible.

I'd like to believe that these are the decoy bimbos the CIA throws us out as a distraction. It's a false mistress operation.

Otherwise, it's just depressing. Our mistresses are a national disgrace. If this was a spy movie, it would be like James Bond sleeping with Miss Moneypenny's aunt from Yorkshire.

Smilin' Jack said...

Isn't it also interesting that the best these very powerful men could do in terms of women are 40ish women of modest good looks

I'm not surprised. Generals are pretty far down in America's social status scale. It's not like they're hip-hop stars or something.

Rob said...

Who, what, when, where, why, and how. Any question that starts "Do you think..." is a pathetic, touchy-feely question in which the questioner is actually expressing his own idea. Press people often now ask questions in this vein: "How excited are you about ____________?" It makes me sick.