Now I have to admit that I think I've developed an allergic reaction to the sound of Obama's voice, because I can only listen for so long before I get nauseated and break out in hives. Subsequently, I was unable to force myself to listen to his whole press conference. The parts that I did catch, however, were filled with hope and change.
For example, take Jeff Zeleny's (NY Times) question to the president. Now take a moment to think what kind of question you might ask if you were Mr. Zeleny. You represent a major "news" source (for the sake of debate we're not going to argue the veracity of that statement). You're on national television during prime-time. What kind of question do you ask? Do you ask a question about the economy? The growing size of government? Swine flu? How about the idiotic decision to buzz lady liberty with Air Force One without telling New Yorkers? There are a plethora of great, hard-nosed questions that you could ask. So which of these to Zeleny choose to direct to our Commander-in-Thief? The answer is D: none of the above. Instead, he chose to go with this tough, hard-nosed question: What has surprised, troubled, enchanted, and humbled you the most about being president? Seriously? Enchanted? WTF!? This guy writes for the NY Times? His question was so bad that he actually got laughed at by his fellow reporters! No wonder the NY Times stock price is less than the cost of the Sunday paper!
With in-depth, probing questions like this one, it should be obvious to my one reader that Obama would have to omit some reporters' questions in the interest of time. So who would you skip over if you were in his swanky, italian leather shoes? BET? Maybe Telemundo? Wrong again. Try Fox News. Wednesday's press conference marked the second of 3 pressies were Obama has snubbed Fox News. I'm sure he was more than a little peeved at the Fox Network for refusing to air the press conference because it conflicted with their prime-time network sweeps (they did show it on their news and business channels). But Obama's actions shouldn't surprise anyone, as his vitriolic hatred of Fox is a matter of common knowledge. In fact, he said this leading up to the press conference:
One thing that the press conference did do was assuage all my fears that Obama wants to convert our country to a European-style social welfare state.
Those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I'm not very popular, and you see folks waving tea bags around, let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we are going to stabilize Social Security...but let's not play games and pretend that the reason is because of the Recovery Act.
So you see? Obama doesn't want to socialize this country...he has no choice. It's all Bush's fault, and Obama is just trying to pick up the pieces. But isn't it great to know that he doesn't want to nationalize the auto and banking industries? That he doesn't want to socialize the country? I know I'll sleep better tonight.
You know, I don't want to run auto companies. I don't want to run banks. I've got two wars I've got to run already. I've got more than enough to do. So the sooner we can get out of that business, the better off we're going to be...
I don't think that we should micromanage, but I think that, like any investor, the American taxpayer has the right to scrutinize what's being proposed and make sure that their money is not just being thrown down the drain....
So I just want to help them get there. But I want to disabuse people of this notion that somehow we enjoy, you know, meddling in the private sector, if -- if you could tell me right now that, when I walked into this office that the banks were humming, that autos were selling, and that all you had to worry about was Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, getting health care passed, figuring out how to deal with energy independence, deal with Iran, and a pandemic flu, I would take that deal.
And -- and that's why I'm always amused when I hear these, you know, criticisms of, "Oh, you know, Obama wants to grow government." No. I would love a nice, lean portfolio to deal with, but that's not the hand that's been dealt us.
Oh, btw, Fox says suck it. Their ratings on 29 April 2009 killed NBC, ABC, and CBS.
And I'm sure that I'm the only one that finds it ironic Fox showed it's drama "Lie to Me", and the rest of the networks showed Obama opening his mouth. Maybe all the networks are on the same page, afterall.