Obama Press Conference Crushes Progressive Fantasies

 

The fever swamps of the left were eager for Obama’s final press conference of the year. Would the CIA’s leaks about Russian hacking force the President to disrupt the transition? The Electoral College meets Monday — could Obama give them all the intelligence? Would Obama refuse to relinquish power to that borscht-slurping Putin stooge tweeting at 4 a.m. from Trump Tower?

They were sorely disappointed.

Obama instead gave another tedious, blame-shifting performance. Packing five minutes of content into an hour and 26 minutes of podium time, Obama began by outlining what a wonderful President he’s been. He fixed the financial crisis, unemployment, Iran, healthcare, energy dependence, Cuba, the stock market, and war itself.

He repeated his lawyerly assertion that during his tenure, “no foreign terrorist organization has successfully executed an attack on our homeland that was directed from overseas.” Before viewers could diagram that sentence, he tossed in a bald-faced lie. “Almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago.” Admirably, the press didn’t laugh as hard as the viewers at home.

And then there was a pre-Festivus Airing of Grievances. Any discord in America or the world was due to Republicans, Assad, fake news, the DNC, guns, Putin, the press, Wikileaks, Hillary, or Iran (wait, I thought he fixed Iran).

But to the chagrin of progressives, Obama deflated their case to somehow invalidate the election.

“With respect to the transition, I think [the Trump team] would be the first to acknowledge that we have done everything we can to make sure that they are successful, as I promised, and that will continue,” the President said. He also noted that the DNC hack was widely reported months before the election.

Obama assured reporters that he took aggressive action to ensure other hacks wouldn’t affect Election Day. “In early September when I saw President Putin in China, I felt that the most effective way to ensure that that did not happen was to talk to him directly and tell him to cut it out…”

Rather than calling for more agitation, Obama recommended that Hillary voters accept their loss. “What I think is important for the Democratic Party is going forward, rather than try to parse every aspect of the election.”

At 6 p.m., President Obama and his family boarded Air Force One for a long vacation in Hawaii.

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  1. Profile photo of Chris Campion Thatcher

    Dude! Cut it out!

    boys-fighting

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    • December 16, 2016 at 4:10 pm
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  2. Profile photo of AnonyMouse Thatcher

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: Before viewers could diagram that sentence, he tossed in a bald-faced lie. “Almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago.”

    The problem is that it probably wasn’t a “lie” in the traditional sense; I think he actually believes what he said. We should give him the benefit of the doubt, which makes it a delusional fantasy.

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    • December 16, 2016 at 4:28 pm
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  3. Profile photo of TKC1101 Inactive

    When reality beats parody, go with the reality. Will he step down so Joe Biden can be President for a week or two? Heckuva Christmas present for old Joe.

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    • December 16, 2016 at 4:51 pm
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    It was a seriously soporific hour and a half though.

    Is there no one in the White House press corps capable of asking “Sir, do you really feel you and/or the Democrats bear no responsibility for the political polarization afflicting the country?” Or: “A frightened public considers the Pulse Nightclub massacre an Islamic terrorist incident. Do you expect Americans to be comforted by a technicality— that it was not “directed from overseas?” Or even “Sir, the murder rate in the city of Chicago looks to be close to double last years horrific rate. What should you have done, as president, to make our inner cities safer for the Americans who live there?”

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    • December 16, 2016 at 4:55 pm
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  5. Profile photo of Dr Steve Member

    OMG, I just figured it out, the REAL False Flag.

    The DNC hacked themselves, and Podesta, and then released/leaked it all, in order to blame the Russians for the hack, thinking that there was plenty of time, before the election in fact, for the patriotic American voters to be disgusted and to swear off of the Russian stooge Trump!

    They misjudged the timing, is all. And discovered that Americans were too dumb to fall for it!

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    • December 16, 2016 at 5:02 pm
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  6. Profile photo of Larry Koler Member

    Kate Braestrup:It was a seriously soporific hour and a half though.

    Is there no one in the White House press corps capable of asking “Sir, do you really feel you and/or the Democrats bear no responsibility for the political polarization afflicting the country?” Or: “A frightened public considers the Pulse Nightclub massacre an Islamic terrorist incident. Do you expect Americans to be comforted by a technicality— that it was not “directed from overseas?” Or even “Sir, the murder rate in the city of Chicago looks to be close to double last years horrific rate. What should you have done, as president, to make our inner cities safer for the Americans who live there?”

    Excellent questions. An affirmative action president doesn’t have a mandate but he doesn’t feel much blame about his failure as a president. He seems to think of this whole experience as being similar to the Nobel Peace Prize that was just dropped into his lap. Didn’t do much and didn’t think it signified much and the whole thing is due more to others than to himself. I hope he can face these facts squarely some day.

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    • December 16, 2016 at 5:05 pm
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  7. Profile photo of Ford Penney Member

    It’s the explanation George gave Jerry on Seinfeld, on how to beat a polygraph machine:

    “Jerry, just remember…. It’s not a lie… if you believe it…”

    And this president… ‘scene, fade to black’.

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    • December 16, 2016 at 5:21 pm
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  8. Profile photo of JustmeinAZ Member

    Kate Braestrup:It was a seriously soporific hour and a half though.

    Is there no one in the White House press corps capable of asking “Sir, do you really feel you and/or the Democrats bear no responsibility for the political polarization afflicting the country?” Or: “A frightened public considers the Pulse Nightclub massacre an Islamic terrorist incident. Do you expect Americans to be comforted by a technicality— that it was not “directed from overseas?” Or even “Sir, the murder rate in the city of Chicago looks to be close to double last years horrific rate. What should you have done, as president, to make our inner cities safer for the Americans who live there?”

    Don’t worry Kate. They’ll start asking those types of questions when Trump becomes president.

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    • December 16, 2016 at 5:38 pm
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  9. Profile photo of AnonyMouse Thatcher

    JustmeinAZ:

    Don’t worry Kate. They’ll start asking those types of questions when Trump becomes president.

    Has anyone made a list of every question Obama was asked at his 162 press conferences in the 8 years of his presidency? The list would not be very long. It would be very interesting to see. Trump should hand it out to all the reporters at his first press conference. He can number the questions. Each time a reporter asks him a question, they must reference a number from the list and then cross it off the list. Their question must be similar in structure, tone, and substance to the one they have crossed off. When the list runs out of questions, they have to apologize to the American people for not asking Obama enough good questions, and then replenish the list with all the questions that they *should* have asked Obama, assigning a date and time from the past 8 years when they should have asked that question.

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    • December 16, 2016 at 5:53 pm
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    I’m still confused as to the point. Did they confirm the Russian hack was referring to the emails? Assange already said it was not the Russians. Either way, it was the content of the emails that soured the voters, but ultimately, people voted against Hillary and for Trump because of the last miserable eight years. They also rejected the abysmal Republican job, when given the chance to stop Obama’s policies and make change, they failed. It was all rejected. The emails and WikiLeaks were just extra icing and sprinkles on the already eaten cake.

    With all this “R” stuff in the news, we were just in Starbucks buying a secret Santa gift…one ear is toward my husband asking the difference between the holiday flavor vs. Christmas vs. Christmas espresso, all the while my other ear is listening to a “R” on a cell phone, pale (this is FL) in a running suit speaking rapid “R” with no coffee!!! He left when we did with no coffee. My sister said he was in there because of Wi-Fi and possibly hacking…….to my fellow Ricochetti – when out buying your secret Santa gift, be on the look out for……..

    Jan. 20 can’t get here quick enough.

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    • December 16, 2016 at 5:59 pm
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    Kate Braestrup:It was a seriously soporific hour and a half though.

    Is there no one in the White House press corps capable of asking “Sir, do you really feel you and/or the Democrats bear no responsibility for the political polarization afflicting the country?” Or: “A frightened public considers the Pulse Nightclub massacre an Islamic terrorist incident. Do you expect Americans to be comforted by a technicality— that it was not “directed from overseas?” Or even “Sir, the murder rate in the city of Chicago looks to be close to double last years horrific rate. What should you have done, as president, to make our inner cities safer for the Americans who live there?”

    Kate BRaestrup – it’s not a “press corps (or corpse) – it’s a stenographer’s pool.

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    • December 16, 2016 at 6:42 pm
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    I’ve never liked Trump’s boasting, but I prefer it to Obama’s. Both are horrible about it. They’re the best yada yada yada. At least with Trump I’m hoping to see some of it proven right. Obama’s boasting is the arrogant self -righteous type that has always driven me nuts. It’s like once when my brother tried to tell me that no shark can live in fresh water. I said no man, Bull sharks can swim up rivers. He insisted it was an old wive’s tale, no -I insisted, we can look it up. At which point he said with a smug smile, Man I’ll give you this – it seems to be really important to you.

    No dude, you’re not giving me anything, I was right you were wrong. Basically how I feel about everything Obama says.

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    • December 16, 2016 at 6:45 pm
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  13. Profile photo of Steve C. Member

    I was so disappointed at the end when he didn’t drop the mic….*

    * I’ve been assured by people much hipper than I, this is a “thing”

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    • December 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm
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  14. Profile photo of Larry Koler Member

    AnonyMouse:

    JustmeinAZ:

    Don’t worry Kate. They’ll start asking those types of questions when Trump becomes president.

    Has anyone made a list of every question Obama was asked at his 162 press conferences in the 8 years of his presidency? The list would not be very long. It would be very interesting to see. Trump should hand it out to all the reporters at his first press conference. He can number the questions. Each time a reporter asks him a question, they must reference a number from the list and then cross it off the list. Their question must be similar in structure, tone, and substance to the one they have crossed off. When the list runs out of questions, they have to apologize to the American people for not asking Obama enough good questions, and then replenish the list with all the questions that they *should* have asked Obama, assigning a date and time from the past 8 years when they should have asked that question.

    This is a cunning plan. I would love to see something like this done.

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    • December 16, 2016 at 7:40 pm
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: Obama assured reporters that he took aggressive action to ensure other hacks wouldn’t affect Election Day. “In early September when I saw President Putin in China, I felt that the most effective way to ensure that that did not happen was to talk to him directly and tell him to cut it out…”

    Oh my, I had chills just reading the statement, “…cut it out…” I now feel fortunate to have missed the press conference as I may have been overcome by Obama’s forceful language. One can only imagine how Putin must have taken it, overwhelmed by terror and frozen in place by Obama’s steely eyed gaze as he delivered the powerful blow.

    No doubt the man counted himself fortunate beyond measure that the President had not decided to escalate matters with his most favored weapon when he becomes truly serious, the sternly worded letter.

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    • December 16, 2016 at 7:42 pm
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    MBF

    Never heard of David Yankivich, but if I were his friend, I’d start every future text to him with “this may be the most important text in American history..”

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    • December 16, 2016 at 7:43 pm
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    Roberto:

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: Obama assured reporters that he took aggressive action to ensure other hacks wouldn’t affect Election Day. “In early September when I saw President Putin in China, I felt that the most effective way to ensure that that did not happen was to talk to him directly and tell him to cut it out…”

    Oh my, I had chills just reading the statement, “…cut it out…” I now feel fortunate to have missed the press conference as I may been overcome by Obama’s forceful language. One can only imagine how Putin must have taken it, overwhelmed by terror and frozen in place by Obama’s steely eyed gaze as he delivered the powerful blow.

    No doubt the man counted himself fortunate beyond measure that the President had not decided to escalate matters with his most favored weapon when he becomes truly serious, the sternly worded letter.

    Obama gave Putin the old “Joey Gladstone” treatment. General Washington would be proud.

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    • December 16, 2016 at 7:48 pm
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  18. Profile photo of cdor Member

    I am so glad he/she is gone.

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    • December 16, 2016 at 8:01 pm
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    Roberto:

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: Obama assured reporters that he took aggressive action to ensure other hacks wouldn’t affect Election Day. “In early September when I saw President Putin in China, I felt that the most effective way to ensure that that did not happen was to talk to him directly and tell him to cut it out…”

    Oh my, I had chills just reading the statement, “…cut it out…” I now feel fortunate to have missed the press conference as I may been overcome by Obama’s forceful language. One can only imagine how Putin must have taken it, overwhelmed by terror and frozen in place by Obama’s steely eyed gaze as he delivered the powerful blow.

    No doubt the man counted himself fortunate beyond measure that the President had not decided to escalate matters with his most favored weapon when he becomes truly serious, the sternly worded letter.

    But, he withheld the big gun. He did not add the dreaded: “And I mean it!” Thank goodness because nuclear war is the only step after that.

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    • December 16, 2016 at 8:02 pm
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    I couldn’t believe how long he was able to drag out that tortuous press conference! Amazing…and it is very telling that he thought that saying “…cut it out” would have any effect whatsoever on Putin. Sigh. Sadly, Obama really believes he is great.

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    • December 16, 2016 at 10:50 pm
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    Larry Koler: But, he withheld the big gun. He did not add the dreaded: “And I mean it!” Thank goodness because nuclear war is the only step after that.

    Nor, apparently, did he preface it with “let me be perfectly clear.”

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    • December 17, 2016 at 3:13 am
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    It has been rumored that after Russian President Vladimir Putin received the sternly worded “cut it out” from American President Barack Obama, that Vlad turned to his biographer and said:

    Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon. The pigeon knocks over all the pieces, craps on the board, then struts around like it won the game. Just wait until you see him brag about this at his press conference.

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    Cow Girl:I couldn’t believe how long he was able to drag out that tortuous press conference! Amazing…and it is very telling that he thought that saying “…cut it out” would have any effect whatsoever on Putin.

    Amazing isn’t it? If history has taught us anything, it’s that if you want to stop a guy on the world stage who’s got evil plans for those opposed to him, you walk right up to him in person, look him in the eye, point your finger in his face and say, “Cut it out!”. It’s why we never had a 2nd World War you know. 🙂

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    • December 17, 2016 at 4:56 am
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: At 6 p.m., President Obama and his family boarded Air Force One for a long vacation in Hawaii.

    Of course…it’s his last chance to take a multi-million dollar vacation at taxpayer expense.

    Oh, wait – BHO can still set up his foundation to launder tax-exempt contributions into personal living expenses.

    Plus ça change…

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    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: “What I think is important for the Democratic Party is going forward …”

    plane_crashes_while_taking_off_on_a_beach

    Lean forward, Democrats.

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    TKC1101:When reality beats parody, go with the reality. Will he step down so Joe Biden can be President for a week or two? Heckuva Christmas present for old Joe.

    Obama is not generous enough to even consider giving this small gift to Joe. It’s about him and always will be about him.

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    • December 17, 2016 at 7:41 am
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    Dr Steve:OMG, I just figured it out, the REAL False Flag.

    The DNC hacked themselves, and Podesta, and then released/leaked it all, in order to blame the Russians for the hack, thinking that there was plenty of time, before the election in fact, for the patriotic American voters to be disgusted and to swear off of the Russian stooge Trump!

    They misjudged the timing, is all. And discovered that Americans were too dumb to fall for it!

    This theory is as good as any other. I have always thought it was an inside job.

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    AnonyMouse:

    JustmeinAZ:

    Don’t worry Kate. They’ll start asking those types of questions when Trump becomes president.

    Has anyone made a list of every question Obama was asked at his 162 press conferences in the 8 years of his presidency? The list would not be very long. It would be very interesting to see. Trump should hand it out to all the reporters at his first press conference. He can number the questions. Each time a reporter asks him a question, they must reference a number from the list and then cross it off the list. Their question must be similar in structure, tone, and substance to the one they have crossed off. When the list runs out of questions, they have to apologize to the American people for not asking Obama enough good questions, and then replenish the list with all the questions that they *should* have asked Obama, assigning a date and time from the past 8 years when they should have asked that question.

    Excellent idea and Trump is just the guy to pull it off. I can guarantee that Trump voters would go mad with glee.

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    Steve C.:I was so disappointed at the end when he didn’t drop the mic….*

    * I’ve been assured by people much hipper than I, this is a “thing”

    Or kicked in the door (yet another internet fantasy regarding Obama)

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    HeartofAmerica:

    Steve C.:I was so disappointed at the end when he didn’t drop the mic….*

    * I’ve been assured by people much hipper than I, this is a “thing”

    Or kicked in the door (yet another internet fantasy regarding Obama)

    I’m unhip enough to not know what this means. And as my old friend Buford would say, “glad of it”.

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