LOS ANGELES, December 20, 2014 — Although the 2014 State of the Union address is not until January, President Obama took to the microphones for a final 2013 press conference. With his domestic and foreign policy agendas crashing, the only question would be if the media would focus on nonsense involving Louisiana duck hunters.
He began with cooked numbers about the economy; many of the new jobs are government jobs. He praised Obamacare and repeated the falsehood about increased oil production at home. His speech was a campaign speech, heavy on self-praise and platitudes and light on anything useful or new. His remarks could have been cut and pasted from earlier speeches.
He called for bipartisanship and in the same sentence blamed Republicans for increasing pain during Christmas.
“2014 needs to be a year of action.”
He praised his foreign policy successes, which to the naked and untrained eye are invisible. He then took questions, beginning with a fawning sycophant.
Julie Pace of AP asked, “Has this been the worst year of your presidency?”
That softball is irrelevant, but it allowed Obama to ramble about everything he wanted while playing the “this is not about me” card. He discounted the polls.
Mark Felsenthal of Reuters asked about the NSA spying program. Obama defended it. He will “assess” the program and make a “definitive statement” in January.
Ed Henry of Fox News noted that Obama made the same remarks six months ago about NSA spying. He wanted to know if Obama was lying then or lying now, or just wrong back then. Obama would not admit he was wrong, despite a federal judge striking down (and staying his own ruling pending appeal) the PRISM program as unconstitutional. Henry persisted.
“Do you have any personal regrets (about your previous untrue comments)?” Obama did not answer the question.
Jon Karl of ABC News asked what Obama’s biggest mistake was. If ever a question was destined to remain unanswered, this was it.
On healthcare, Obama insisted he was meeting with people, “every other week, maybe every three weeks.” He will make “appropriate adjustments.” He insisted that he engages in a lot of self-reflection, though this would be hard to distinguish from navel-gazing.
He condescendingly said that he hoped folks (Republicans) “learned their lesson” about “brinksmanship.”
Brianna Keilar of CNN asked if Obama would negotiate with Congress regarding the debt ceiling. Obama was at his most smug in saying, “Oh Brianna, you know the answer to this question” before insisting he would not negotiate.
Keilar followed up with complete nonsense, asking Obama, “What is your New Year’s Resolution?” He replied, “My resolution is to be nicer to the White House Press Corps.”
Major Garrett of CBS News asked about possible amnesty for Edward Snowden. Obama claimed he could not comment on that.
Chuck Todd of NBC News asked how Americans could have certainty and trust in Obamacare when he keeps changing the law. Obama disputed the assertion and insisted that he was merely tweaking the law for the precious few who were adversely affected.
He then offered a staggeringly brazen comment, even for him. “Eighty-five percent of the population, whether they know it or not, have benefitted over the last three years.”
Whether they know it or not?
He confused two million people “signing up” for Obamacare with actually being enrolled and paying premiums and receiving coverage.
He is responding to problems in a “common-sense way,” which many would consider haphazard and reactive.
Phil Mattingly of Bloomberg subtly asked about using the Sochi Olympics to promote gay activism and antagonize Vladimir Putin, in addition to why Obama was boycotting the Russian 2014 games.
Obama claimed that he was busy and that attending the Olympics during these tough times would send an uncaring signal. Obama has taken many lavish trips and partied with many wealthy celebrities, rendering this answer insincere.
Ari Shapiro of NPR asked a softball about nominating Montana Senator Max Baucus as Ambassador to China. Obama likes his own nominee.
Jackie Colmes asked about Politifact labeling Obama’s “You can keep your healthcare plan” as the “lie of the year” in addition to Iran sanctions. She then took a cheap shot at Ed Henry.
Obama ignored the Politifact question. On Iran, he promised a “serous conversation” with them. He attacked Republicans for playing the “politics of looking tough on Iran” while “running for office.”
Colleen McKay Nelson asked about how Obama reshuffling his cabinet would change things. This unbelievable softball was yet another question about how Obama is personally affected by inside baseball occurrences that affect nobody in the real world outside the Washington, DC bubble.
Zero questions were asked about Benghazi or the IRS abuses targeting conservatives.
PajamaBoy was not present, since Obama and PajamaBoy have never been in the same room at the same time. Attempts to sell Obamacare through an embarrassing rap video removed the spotlight from marketing ads encouraging binge drinking and promiscuous sex. Now the law is being marketed to the metrosexual community, Obama’s natural constituency.
President Obama said this would be his last speech of 2013, as many Americans prayed this would be one promise he keeps.
As is typical, Obama was late to his own press conference so that everybody could wait with baited breath for him to expand on everything while saying nothing. Finally, after much delay, a hush fell over the crowd (possibly due to boredom) and Obama spaketh. When he finished, the media resisted the urge to leap up and kiss him and clutch his leg before he left for Hawaii.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.” Eric is 100% alcohol, tobacco, drug, and liberalism free. Follow Eric on Twitter @TYGRRRREXPRESS.