154 Responses to “President Obama Holds A News Conference”


  1. 24 Vicki
    December 20, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Who is taking over at 4:00 for Martin bashir? I think I missed the announcement.

    • 25 Nena20409
      December 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Phil Griffin gave it to Alex Wagner. Seriously? That is what JoeScar Okayed? Hmm? Failed.

      • 26 Linda
        December 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm

        Ugh ! I cannot stand her…..

      • 36 dotster3
        December 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm

        She already has a show at noon——did they change her time slot? I am just checking back in—-pant pant, huff, huff, racing around trying to do xmas stuff, but of course couldn’t miss the press conf. I might have missed this earlier news. I might be rare here, but I like Alex. Not perfect, but who is? She’s at least smart and I know her background and her liberal political view.

      • 37 Vicki
        December 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm

        Alex is very comfortable with Corporate RW guests. That means promotion at MSNBC.
        I am now certain that Martin blew up his last show on purpose. He wanted out.
        Similarly we will not see Joy Reid at the helm unless she agrees to the allGOP allthetime framing that Chris Matthews has embraced so enthusiastically.
        MSNBC is now comitted to Clinton and Christie. On social issues these two people differ but on the economics Corporate 1% matters they are identical Bad Twins.

        If anyone here at TOD disagrees with my dark view please set me straight. I’d like to be mistaken on any of the points I made above.

      • 38 pkayden
        December 20, 2013 at 2:14 pm

        I no longer watch at 4:00 pm so don’t know. I guess Alex will be okay since MSNBC got rid of Bashir, who I absolutely adored. Hope he ends up at a media outlet that will respect his sharp wit and excellent commentary.

    • 39 Linda
      December 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      I have not heard anything…but Ari Melber has been subbing all week.

    • 40 vcprezofan2
      December 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      I missed it too. Also, has anyone heard what Bashir has on his plate now?

  2. 41 japa21
    December 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Ever notice how, when she is first in, VC works to control the conversation? Personally, I haven’t, just wondering if others have.

    • 42 vcprezofan2
      December 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Well, a girl has got to talk to herself if no one else is there to facilitate conversation. Don’t you talk to yourself when no one else is around? I do it all the time, Japa.

  3. 45 Nena20409
    December 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    VC you had the Gold, Silver, Bronze, Flowers and the Hand shakes for the 5th……VC you Tied the 5th?

    The Bolt has nothing on YOU at TOD ;)

  4. December 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Whenever i see the front row of the whpc…that says all that needs to be said

  5. 47 Nena20409
    December 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Dow now at 105 points. Wow!

  6. 48 anniebella
    December 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Why is it you always see those 4 jackass men standing there?

    • 49 anniebella
      December 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Chuck, Jonathan, Ed, the ex- Fox guy.

    • 50 jacquelineoboomer
      December 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      Believe they work with their network camera operators in advance to check out the visual, so that once President Obama completes the press conference, they can hop on air and tell us what we should think we just heard from our President.

      If you were asking “why jackasses?” then I would only add that it appears that’s all that’s available in the WHPC. :)

    • 51 Nena20409
      December 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Front Roll status. AP is not a TV Network.

  7. 52 Lovepolitics2008
    December 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    On the screen at the White House site: 4 republican operatives disguised as journalists

  8. 55 jacquelineoboomer
    December 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Oh, yeah, here’s one we haven’t heard in a while.

  9. 71 Nena20409
    December 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    POTUS Live Momentarily.

  10. December 20, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Watching Steve Harvey with President Obama right now. Cool.

  11. 74 Eveingeorgia
    December 20, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Why is Tamron entertaining Andrea Mitchell? Perhaps I am being small-minded, but I am beginning to wonder about Tamron, and I really don’t like Andrea Mitchell.

  12. 84 yardarm756
    December 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Can anyone tell me why those 4 hyenas get to stand up in front of the press before the speaker enters?

  13. 93 HZ
    December 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Welcome, Mr. President. Thank you for this News Conference, and thank you for doing a great job for the people of the United States and all those around the world. HZ

  14. December 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    this pecking order just floors me…how is it decided

  15. December 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm

  16. 98 Linda
    December 20, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    TeaNN : ” Obama to hold ” Rare ” News Conference.”

  17. 99 yardarm756
    December 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I notice that the audio on MSNBC is about 3-4 seconds ahead of the WH.gov website.

  18. December 20, 2013 at 2:25 pm

  19. 103 dotster3
    December 20, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Let’s see who wins the coal in his stocking——who asks the ugliest, accusatory, Repub talking point question. All of them?

  20. 104 dotster3
    December 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Julie Pace is horrible——as are they all. ‘Is this the most horrific year in the history of time?’ ‘But people hate you, aren’t you going to jump off the bridge’? More or less.

  21. 106 Eveingeorgia
    December 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Is he answering JUDY Pace, or what?!?

  22. December 20, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Howdy O’s!!! What a great getting up day on TOD boulevard!!!

    I’m listening to my President and as usual, after his shout out to me, he is doing a wonderful job. It only takes hearing his responses to the questions to let me know that all the MSM hoopla is not his concern. He doesn’t care about polls and his ratings. He acknowledges and tolerates them with a sense of ‘oh gee whiz you idjits get a life’. I’m so glad he’s as steady as it goes, which keeps me positive and caring less and less about what they say (not that I ever did).

    Merry Christmas Mr. President! You’re making sure we all sleep better and better.

    • 109 dotster3
      December 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      The gulf between the quality of the questions and the answers is HUGE—–like Grand Canyon huge.

      • 110 cookemom
        December 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm

        Which is why I focus on the person giving the answers and not at all on the question nor the questioner. They want to be the center of attention, but sorry, I won’t give it to them, no more than I would cater to a child throwing a tantrum. I refuse to waste one pixel’s life by mentioning who they are, what they said, or how they said it. Their disrespect deserves no mention, imo. They only want to see him get angry by prodding and trying to hit some button they’ve yet to find. I won’t reward them in that effort.

      • 111 vcprezofan2
        December 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm

        Yep, extremely huge! Pres O sounds very relaxed, very together…..very professor-ly.

      • 112 jacquelineoboomer
        December 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm

        Agree. And like crater on the moon huge. And black hole huge.

  23. 113 vcprezofan2
    December 20, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I find it so :cool: that Pres O is so calmly educating the ignorant, uninformed journos. He shouldn’t have to so thoroughly – that’s their job – but they fact he can is so awesome to me.

  24. 114 dotster3
    December 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Ed Henry——Snowden!!!

  25. 116 MightyPamela
    December 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Here is MP. Still back on R&S, trying to catch y’all, and not to miss the plane later! Will grab a hot cuppa and be right back!

  26. 117 dotster3
    December 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Ed Henry is worried about PBO’s “credibility”. Chuck Todd looks on in admiration, proud of his twin Henry.

  27. 119 yardarm756
    December 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Ed Henry is a rude consummate asshole. Sorry for the bad language. :-(

  28. 120 Linda
    December 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Ed Henry….

    Mr President…..pleas lay down so I can beat you like a dead horse.

  29. December 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm

  30. 122 Eveingeorgia
    December 20, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    You will never see this kind of disrespect again, that is unless we get another AA PRESIDENT. I HOPE Ed Henry feels important, now.
    His reason for being is to show up the President OBAMA.

  31. 123 Eveingeorgia
    December 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    On the other hand, the elegance, grace, patience, and dignity of this man is a joy and a pleasure to behold.

  32. 124 dotster3
    December 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    They’re all really pounding the “tough year” term—-must have been orders from on high (RNC). Karl is asking the tough year question AGAIN—–I guess so they can all report on Obama’s “tough year”.

  33. 125 yardarm756
    December 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    It goes on and on with the “gotcha” b.s. There’s nothing that is newsworthy that can be promulgated to the public.

  34. 126 Linda
    December 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    PBO to Jonathon Karl : ” I beat myself up more that Ed Henry and you do on a daily basis ”

    BOOM !!!!!

  35. 127 No Child Left Behind
    December 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    If only he WHPC could get rid of the jackasses I watch day in day out…

  36. 128 Linda
    December 20, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Briana Keiler on the debt ceiling..

    PBO ” Brianna…you already know the answer to that ” NO !

  37. 129 jacquelineoboomer
    December 20, 2013 at 2:53 pm

  38. 134 cookemom
    December 20, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    “No, nada, nyet, nil, none, nah, uh uh, puleeeezzee, get outta here….. Next”! PBO on debit ceiling negotiations

  39. 135 Bill R.
    December 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm

  40. 137 cookemom
    December 20, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    OK, that was a good question that gave PBO a chance to talk about NSA issues. Respectfully asked and answered.

  41. 138 dotster3
    December 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Chuck Todd—–“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and I hate you. You’re a billion times the man that I am, and I could never even dream of measuring up and so I hate you.”

  42. 139 cookemom
    December 20, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    See, that’s why I should have been born in Hawaii. He can look at them with a ‘you a-hole smile’, answer the question, brush his shoulders off right to their face and keep on moving. They get slit every time, and still aren’t smart enough to know they’ve been gutted.

    • 140 susanne
      December 20, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      love that he said ‘mele kalikimaka’! also, he’s going to have ‘better ideas’ after a couple of days of sleep and sun. it’s so necessary for him to commune with himself in this place. and i’m so hoping all tods can make a trip here before long :)

  43. 141 dotster3
    December 20, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Love PBO’s answer to the Toad re. healthcare—–the demand is there, the product is good. In spite of all the problems over 2 million have signed up. People will have access to health care who haven’t had it, and that’s a good thing. Toad rebuts. Obama shines in response.

  44. 142 cookemom
    December 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    The youngster in the pool asks a meaningful question. The old guard should take heed. Youngsters know what’s important to their lives and the lives of the general public. Good question that gives PBO a chance to explain the Olympic decision.

  45. December 20, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    This will warm your heart after the asshat reporters at the press conference. It’s his personal experience with booze, sex and his experience as a WH reporter. He starts out idealistic. it’s a good read.

    Take this Town and Shove It
    A White House reporter’s tale of sex, booze and the briefing room.
    By SAM YOUNGMAN
    December 18, 2013

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2013/12/this-town-sam-youngman-shove-it-101307.html

    Long article, this is on p. 2

    “…When I returned from my 28 days in rehab, in January 2010, it was harder to ignore the near criminal disconnect between Washington and the rest of the country, especially in an industry that has turned neighbors against each other while its instigators clock out and meet for a beer together, skilled actors who in many cases spend the day feigning hatred for each other on camera but are actually bound by their shared nihilism and reckless self-absorption. In Washington, a divided America is good for business…..”

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2013/12/this-town-sam-youngman-shove-it-101307_Page2.html#ixzz2o31IJBq7

  46. 144 hopefruit2
    December 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm

  47. 145 Lovepolitics2008
    December 20, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    The vast majority of questions are on “politics” instead of policy. Fascinating to see the president always redirecting the conversation to policy and what can be done for the american people.

  48. 146 vcprezofan2
    December 20, 2013 at 3:19 pm

  49. 147 jacquelineoboomer
    December 20, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Brilliant – totally one-sided on that part – and dignified year-end press conference, Mr. President … although a couple of the real reporters asked a couple of good questions, unless you missed them since they were kinda drowned out by … you know … the mofos.

    So, there you have it. He’ll be off on hiatus!

    This song really has nothing to do with the President’s departure, except the “Blues” part on my part (only because we’ll miss him!) and maybe the “and while I’m away … dust out the demons inside” part – I’m sure he would sing that and add ” … inside Congress and this WHPC and Duck Dynasty world.” But I don’t think Elton John is on Chips’ “banned” list, so I’m going for it.

    Have a wonderful vacation with your family in Hawaii, Mr. President! We shall miss our chance to see and hear you every day, but enjoy the Christmas R&R, sir.

  50. 148 dotster3
    December 20, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    “I love that guy”——President Obama on Pete Rouse and his long planned departure. Said he’s going to miss him, looking forward to Podesta, who “shares my values” etc.

  51. 149 Bill R.
    December 20, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    The whpc with all their yapping and sniveling end up really bringing out how smart, prepared, and credible our POTUS really is, and what unprepared weasels they truly are.

  52. 150 Eveingeorgia
    December 20, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Relellit. My father was my heart, and I miss him every day.

  53. 152 Nena20409
    December 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm
  54. 153 relellit
    December 20, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks cookemon;
    It’s been a rough journey. At least I was able to clear up the lies being told. My family members, their friends, and neighbors during that time were amazed at how deep I was into the computer every time I got a chance and how happy I was daddy saw President Obama before he left this earth. I was relentless . I am/was so HAPPY my father got a chance to see President Obama after living through Jim Crow, WWII, and appreciate President Obama in the 9 decades of his life. No doubt daddy is laughing at how stupid the fools in this press conference are.

    Oh Pluzzzee Chuck E. Toad needs to stop his lies. I had to roll the dvr back to make sure Chuck E. Toad said that PBO’s demeanor wasn’t happy. President Obama was not dreading the press conference as Chuck E. Toad thinks. If anything, it was Chuck E. Toad who dreaded not having the chance to push his BS. No, the President is not going to delay the mandate. Why would our President do that when a couple million people have signed up or take the benefits away from people who are enjoying the ACA?

  55. 154 japa21
    December 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm


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