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June 29, 2011
A Press Conference About Nothing
What Was Obama’s Press Conference All About?
WAS IT ABOUT SETTING BACK BIPARTISAN NEGOTIATIONS?
Obama Used “Harsh And Stark Terms” To Condemn Congressional Republicans.
“Obama, often in
harsh and stark terms, condemned the approach that House and Senate Republicans have adopted in the
final stretch of the negotiations surrounding the increase in the nation’s debt limit.”
(Chris Cillizza, “Obama TheConfrontational,”
The Washington Post’s
Obama’s “Confrontational Approach” Was Prev
alent In Many Of His Answers.
confrontational approach toward Congress extended beyond the debt negotiations
seeping into answers
he gave on job creation, the broader economy and Libya.”
(Chris Cillizza, “Obama The Confrontational,”
The Washington Pos
t’s Chris Cillizza: “Tough To See How This Helps The Negotiations”
: “He is
Republicans HARD. Tough to see how this helps the negotiations...”
(Chris Cillizza, “Fix Live Blog Of Obama Press Conference,”
MSNBC’s Chuck Todd:
Big Theme of this presser: POTUS v Congress. Tougher rhetoric against
Congress on a slew of issues: debt and Libya being at top.”
The Press Conference, CBS News' Bob Schieffer Said The Comments Marked ‘About AsHard As I've Ever Heard This President Come Down On The Congress.’”
(Brian Montopoli, “Obama Hammers Congress:Do Your Job,”
WAS IT FOR DODGING QUESTIONS?
NBC’s Brian Williams
: “Chuck, I noted you asked the three
-part question that called for some constitutionallaw judgments he batted away -- gay marriage, he said what New York did was a good thing but then said toyou and to another question, I'm not going to make news on that front today. He batted away the warpowers act question on Libya saying that this was fully exactly what he promised and this was a limited U.S.
(MSNBC, “Special Report,” 6/29/11)
’s Marc Ambinder:
“That was the most complete non
-answer I've ever heard from the
president on detention policy.”
Obama “Dodged” Question About NLRB Lawsuit Against Boeing.
“During his press conference, President
Obama just dodged a question about whether the suit filed by the National Labor Relations Board against
Boeing was contributing to a bad regulatory environment that was hurting businesses.”
(Phillip Klein, “Obama DodgesQuestion On NLRB's Boeing Suit,”