Promising to bring America a new era of openness and proclaiming that “[t]ransparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency,” President Obama has had a rough few weeks. It seems that the “transparency” he promised has instead manifested itself in his administration’s amateurish bumbling and inability to hide some embarrassing, behind the scenes manipulations.

About half-way through President Obama’s press conference Monday night, he had an unscripted question of his own. “All, Chuck Todd,” the President said, referring to NBC’s White House correspondent. “Where’s Chuck?” He had the same strange question about Fox News’s Major Garrett: “Where’s Major?”

The problem wasn’t the lighting in the East Room. The President was running down a list of reporters preselected to ask questions. The White House had decided in advance who would be allowed to question the President and who was left out.

It is hard for me to decide which is scarier: The Obama administration’s attempt to manipulate a press conference, or the fact that they are not even good enough to get away with such a simple task.

11 thoughts on “Transparent”

  1. Hey, Alberto, let’s hear from Ari Fleishher on “The O’Reilly Factor” a couple of days ago on the marvels of spontaneity. If you noticed, Obama called on reporters from the three networks, the three cable networks, the major wire services, and one dot com (I’m relieved that at least Obama recognizes dot coms). Insofar as they were “preselected,” they were chosen to make sure every news outlet got a chance. As usual, Helen Thomas asked the most pointed question.

  2. I’m sorry Val but,

    They’re not amateurs, Obama knows very well what he’s doing.

    He knows he has the MSM in his pocket covering his ass and will only allow journalists that are sympathetic to his views and agenda.

    That’s how a Marxist operates. This is how Obama is showing his true colors. No dissent, no difference of opinion allowed at his press conferences, no questions whatsoever on how he’s lying his ass off to the American people, no accountability from his part to the people.

    I mean, you watch his press conferences and you hear the lies coming through his mouth in typical Marxist bullshit fashion.

    The guy is a blatant bullshit artist, period. Makes the former master of bullshit Bill Clinton look like an amateur in that department.

    We’ll see for how long it would take the American people and the free press to catch on to Obama’s act.

    I guess it’ll be when our problems start worsening because of this administration’s actions and no way to blame George W. Bush for it.

    In the meantime let’s wait and watch the bullshit show courtesy of the “Messiah” in power.

  3. I got you Val,

    Well, let’s wait until the shit hits the fan because of this administration failures. When that finally happens, you’ll lots of people furious at the “Messiah” and lots of people regretting their vote for him back in November.

    This is only the honeymoon part and honestly it has been quite a rocky one.

    But anyway, we knew this is what we were going to get from Obama.

    Feel sorry for the idiots that bought into his bullshit act as they’re going to through a painful awakening and disappointment.

    Lo bueno de esto es lo malo que se va a poner…LOL

  4. They will blame George Bush, anyway.
    And the press will ooh and aah no matter what he does that is inconsistent with what he promised or that they’d never let Bush get away with. The msm is now Obama’s Pravda.
    I was only able to watch a few minutes of that press conference. It was dull, shameless in its distortion of truth, and it was manipulative. And I did note his calling on specific people rather than going at it ad lib.
    It’s gooing to be a long (I hope only) four years.

  5. Alfred, please, we’re talking about the same man whose campaign tried to silence any reporter or news outlet that challenged them. To imply that Obama was just trying to be fair with all the news outlets is to ignore his history. Besides, presidential press conferences are supposed to be spontaneous and when they cease to be so, they become simply press releases. The journalists that cover the White House are not there to disseminate press releases, they’re there to ask questions and if they allow the President to pick and choose the questioners and subsequently the questions, then in reality they just become publicists.

  6. Freedom, I’m sorry but they are amateurs.

    They may not be amateurs when it comes to their left-leaning ideologies, but they’re amateurs when it comes to dealing with Washington D.C.-style politics. No matter how Machiavellian they may appear, the plethora of fumbles and mistakes in just a short three weeks proves that they are not only amateurs, but arrogant amateurs, which is much worse.

  7. Alberto,

    I understand your point, the fact that they are arrogant amateurs might prove their undoing because sooner or later they’ll start pissing off lots of people.

    If they don’t learn to be smooth (and I don’t think that they will), you’ll see what happens.

  8. What can you expect when President Obama named GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt to his economic advisory team? Won’t Mr. Immelt will be taking $$$ from the government (our hard earned tax $$$)?

    Do you think there might be a conflict of interest here?

    Primary MEDIA Assets of GE (General Electric). Just to name a few:

    NBC radio network
    NBC television network
    NBC universal global network
    NBC universal global network – España
    NBC universal television distribution
    NBC universal internacional television
    NBC universal digital media
    Telemundo television network
    NBC news
    NBC Station Group
    CNBC (co-owned with Dow Jones)
    CNBC world (co-owned with Dow Jones)
    MSNBC (co-owned with Microsoft Corporation)
    Universal channel – Latin America
    Universal media studios
    Universal Studios (co-owned with Vivendi)
    LAPTV – Latin America (co-owned with Paramount Pictures (Viacom), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (owned by MGM Holdings) and 20th Century Fox (News Corporation).

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