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Old 01-13-2009, 11:16 AM
 
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Dana Milbank - On His Way Out, Where Some See Mistakes, Bush Sees Disappointments

This is the paragraph however, from the article that has me just shaking my head. Thankfully this clown only has one week left for me to ask (in a presidential capacity), what will he do next?

With seven days left until he surrenders power, Bush will have to do a heck of a sales job to convince the nation of this. Further complicating his last-minute legacy rehabilitation: Nobody seems to be paying attention. The White House had high expectations for yesterday's final, historic news conference. "ONE CORRESPONDENT PER ORGANIZATION," proclaimed the bulletin sent to reporters. "STANDING ROOM ONLY FOR NON-SEAT HOLDERS." But when the appointed hour of 9:15 a.m. arrived, the last two rows in the seven-row briefing room were empty, and a press aide told White House interns to fill those seats.

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Old 01-13-2009, 11:19 AM
 
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When SRO turns into SOL! Too funny.
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Old 01-13-2009, 11:26 AM
 
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When SRO turns into SOL! Too funny.
Eight years of smoke and mirrors, a pathetic ending to the most pathetic man and administration I've ever seen in my 60 years.
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Old 01-13-2009, 11:30 AM
 
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Classic Bush administration behavior: Phony press members at exit press conference.

'[We] Don't Even Bother Raising Our Hands Any More...' [Guy Benson]

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As I watched President Bush's final tango with reporters this morning, I was reminded of how Chicago Sun-Times columnist Carol Marin described President-elect Obama's press conferences thus far:

"As ferociously as we march like villagers with torches against Blagojevich, we have been, in the true spirit of the Bizarro universe, the polar opposite with the president-elect. Deferential, eager to please, prepared to keep a careful distance.

The Obama news conferences tell that story, making one yearn for the return of the always-irritating Sam Donaldson to awaken the slumbering press to the notion that decorum isn't all it's cracked up to be.

The press corps, most of us, don't even bother raising our hands any more to ask questions because Obama always has before him a list of correspondents who've been advised they will be called upon that day."

How long will the Obama-friendly press corps, no matter how "deferential" and "eager to please," tolerate such tight management?
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Old 01-13-2009, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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Did anyone see the daily show last night and how Obama addresses each reporter by name and news organization while Wonderboy uses frat boy nicknames?
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Old 01-13-2009, 11:42 AM
 
Location: OH->FL->NJ
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Obama only taking certain reporters questions. No surprise there. He isnt good with unprepped questions. He is playing to his own strength. Prepped questions.

Bush is irrelevant. As was the last press conference. Even many Reps, myself included, dont like him. I dont hate him as many libs do. Starting what even I knew in 2003 was a quicksand trap war... I have friends over there. Billions wasted. Our soldiers killed and maimed.
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Old 01-13-2009, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Moose Jaw, in between the Moose's butt and nose.
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Classic Bush administration behavior: Phony press members at exit press conference.

'[We] Don't Even Bother Raising Our Hands Any More...' [Guy Benson]
As I watched President Bush's final tango with reporters this morning, I was reminded of how Chicago Sun-Times columnist Carol Marin described President-elect Obama's press conferences thus far:

"As ferociously as we march like villagers with torches against Blagojevich, we have been, in the true spirit of the Bizarro universe, the polar opposite with the president-elect. Deferential, eager to please, prepared to keep a careful distance.

The Obama news conferences tell that story, making one yearn for the return of the always-irritating Sam Donaldson to awaken the slumbering press to the notion that decorum isn't all it's cracked up to be.

The press corps, most of us, don't even bother raising our hands any more to ask questions because Obama always has before him a list of correspondents who've been advised they will be called upon that day."

How long will the Obama-friendly press corps, no matter how "deferential" and "eager to please," tolerate such tight management?


My response:
1. At least they are real journalists. If Obama did anything like what W did yesterday, I would tar and feather him.
However, W and his gang have a big time history for doing stuff like this, press and non press issues, remember Jeff Gannon?
2. What Obama is doing is something that all presidents have done in modern times, since it would be a circus to just randomly pick a member to ask a question (like trading on the Chicago Commodities Exchange). Obama, however, better not, ask just liberal friendly journalists. The Bushies were ruthless on those that were not conservative friendly and those that asked tough questions were, eiither a. put in the back of the room, or, b. not called on again, or, c. lost their white house press privileges.
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Is there any confirmation on if this is really true? It wouldn't surprise me, but geez.
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:38 PM
 
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The Bushies were ruthless on those that were not conservative friendly and those that asked tough questions were, eiither a. put in the back of the room, or, b. not called on again, or, c. lost their white house press privileges.
Ohyeah, the Helen Thomas ruling.
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:50 PM
 
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Dana Milbank - On His Way Out, Where Some See Mistakes, Bush Sees Disappointments

This is the paragraph however, from the article that has me just shaking my head. Thankfully this clown only has one week left for me to ask (in a presidential capacity), what will he do next?

With seven days left until he surrenders power, Bush will have to do a heck of a sales job to convince the nation of this. Further complicating his last-minute legacy rehabilitation: Nobody seems to be paying attention. The White House had high expectations for yesterday's final, historic news conference. "ONE CORRESPONDENT PER ORGANIZATION," proclaimed the bulletin sent to reporters. "STANDING ROOM ONLY FOR NON-SEAT HOLDERS." But when the appointed hour of 9:15 a.m. arrived, the last two rows in the seven-row briefing room were empty, and a press aide told White House interns to fill those seats.

A legacy that all Republicans should be able to point to with pride!
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