ABC’s White House correspondent Jake Tapper has reported that the love affair between the mainstream press and the President may be over – not for a lack of effort on the media’s part.
President Obama hasn’t formally taken questions from the White House press corps in more than two months, while on the campaign trail in Iowa yesterday he made time for reporters from People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight.
His last news conference was at the G20 in June, when he answered six questions from three reporters on the European debt crisis, the conflict in Syria, and the notion of politics stopping at the water’s edge.
The White House press corps has not formally been given the opportunity to ask questions of the president on U.S. soil since his appearance in the Briefing Room on June 8 (when he said “the private sector is doing fine.“)
His last formal White House news conference was on March 6.
So why has the President avoided the very people who ushered him into the White House in 2008? Perhaps he is worried that a press conference would involve questions on the sputtering economy, or how he has raided Medicare, or the rising troop death toll in Afghanistan? And with no control, the President instead propogates his rock star image by entertaining the tabloid journalists from People or Entertainment tonight.
Or perhaps it’s just depression.
It’s depressing to know that Mitt Romney has chosen an economic and budgetary wizard in Paul Ryan, and that this pick is lifting the Republicans in key swing states.
Or maybe it’s depressing to know that you might have to defend the man who serves as the counterpunch to Ryan – Joe Biden, a man who doesn’t know what state or century he is in.
Or maybe it’s this: Your messaging is so far off course right now that Press Secretary Jay Carney had to resort to discussing the notion that the President has indeed eaten dogs…
Where is Devo on this topic? I wonder if Seamus would rather be roof racked, bro, or sauteed.
The full comment is here:
Jay Carney on President Obama cracking a joke about dogs on top of cars: “I think he made one allusion in three different speeches that was a joke. Just like the Romney campaign campaign and others have joked about the fact that in the president’s memoir he talked about, as a boy, eating dog meat in Indonesia because that is something that is done there. I think a little levity is a little different from the kind of ridiculous charges that are being made here.
Recently, a liberal group known as the Voter Participation Center has been mailing out voter registration forms to Democrat-leaning groups. The forms have key information already filled in, but the recipients aren’t exactly the type of individual you’d expect to find at the ballot.
The voter registration form arrived in the mail last month with some key information already filled in: Rosie Charlston’s name was complete, as was her Seattle address.
Problem is, Rosie was a black lab who died in 1998.
A group called the Voter Participation Center has touted the distribution of some 5 million registration forms in recent weeks, targeting Democratic-leaning voting blocs such as unmarried women, blacks, Latinos and young adults.
But residents and election administrators around the country also have reported a series of bizarre and questionable mailings addressed to animals, dead people, noncitizens and people already registered to vote.
So a liberal organization is trying to get certain voting blocs out to the polls – dogs, dead people, dead dogs, illegal aliens, etc. Or, more accurately, staunch Democrats.
Here’s the unintentionally funny gem in the story. Liberals have long been opposed to voter ID laws, citing them as racist. But election officials in this story aren’t worried about the pre-filled registration cards being submitted illegally, and here’s why…
Several election officials said they believed the voter registration systems were secure enough to catch people who might improperly submit the misdirected documents, since registrants typically have to furnish ID and election managers use databases – such as death records – to see if someone should be disallowed.
If liberals are correct in saying that requesting voter ID is considered racist, but the only way to prevent fraudulent voting activity is through voter ID, then there is only one conclusion to be drawn here.
Liberals believe that only blacks, Hispanics, and other minorities would break the law by voting illegally.
Now that is truly racist…