February 10, 2009
The Rude Pundit "Whiskey-Blogs" Our President's First Press Conference
Oddly, his report only contains 6 F-bombs. Some highlights:
(All quotes pretty much guaranteed to be inaccurate.)Ladies and Gentlemen, there's an adult in the White House (sadly there's still a bunch of whiny-ass Republican babies in the House and the Senate and there's some real children in the White House press pool: That A-Rod question was asked by some turd from The Washington Post).
8:01: And we're off. How odd not to see a President who hunches along like Slim Pickens after being kicked in the nuts.
8:02: How odd to hear a President tell us straight that shit's fucked up.
8:03: Calls the economic problem "a full-blown crisis." Now that's fear that's tangible, not the unprovable fear of "terrorists" bombing the mall.
8:05: Assures us that jobs will be created in the private sector, which is just a bullshit way of saying, "Don't fear the socialism. Fear the subcontractors."
8:07: Says that it's bipartisan, motherfuckers, even if Republicans in Congress have taken themselves out of the equation.
8:07: How odd to hear a President say that he's not sure something will work. All this honesty, calculated though it may be, is gonna take a long damn time to get used to.
8:08: Goddamn, Republicans must be shitting themselves. They pushed him into a corner until he had to bring out the rhetorical sword, and he's swinging it. Even if it's about a week too late.
8:09: The first question is already about trying to undermine his credibility. A question: why don't reporters act like this is just post-9/11? This is arguably a worse actual crisis, if not quite as spectacular. It's more like a tragedy directed by Ingmar Bergman, not Michael Bay. No, deference is not pretty. In any circumstance. But the stink of hypocrisy is as pronounced as a fart in an old elevator.
8:33: How odd to hear the President refer to reporters by their actual names and not some schoolyard nickname.
8:37: How odd to hear the President with a grasp of facts and an ability to grapple with difficult economic ideas in words that don't sound like his chief of staff just pulled his string.
8:39: Nice question from Ed Henry on if transparency extends to the Bush-era ban on photos of flag-draped coffins of dead soldiers. As expected, Obama says it's under review.
8:42: He lays out a complex plan for how to save the Afghanistan conflict, involving military and diplomatic efforts.
8:45: Hey, wow, the Fox "news" guy asked a dickish and irrelevant question on whether or not Joe Biden was giving away some super-secret conclusions that the stimulus bill is not gonna work. And Obama laughs at him and then makes a point about the nature of actually trying to fix problems.
8:47: A-Rod question?