LOS ANGELES, December 19, 2014 — President Obama gave his final press conference of the year. Perhaps peeved over the major networks not carrying his recent immigration speech, he refused to call on them in this press conference. He took questions from friendly media such as Politico.
He trotted out his cliches, “That’s not who we are,” and “That’s not what America is about.”
He did not call on any male reporters, and gave incredibly long rambling answers in an attempt to take as few questions as possible.
“America’s making significant strides where it counts.”
“Strongest year for job growth since the 1990s.”
“11 million new jobs”
Most of these jobs are in places like Texas and North Dakota that Obama tried to block but failed to do so.
“America’s now the number one producer of oil, the number one producer of natural gas.”
This is the North Dakota miracle that Obama tried and failed to stop.
“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 10 million Americans have gained health insurance, just this year.”
This is totally false. He discounts the millions of Americans who have lost health insurance. He focuses on the gross number and not the net number.
“We’ve cut our deficits by about 2/3 since I took office.”
This is false.
“Around the world, America is leading.”
“Our combat mission in Afghanistan will be over.”
“Pick any metric you want, America’s resurgence is real.”
The labor force is at its lowest level since the 1970s.
“I’m energized. I’m excited.”
He said this with the passion of Bob Newhart providing over a tonsillectomy.
“Sony’s a corporation.” “They made a mistake.”
“We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States.”
Obama is trying to regulate the internet.
“Imagine if producers and distributors and others start engaging in self-censorship because they do not want to offend the sensibilities of somebody whose sensibilities probably need to be offended.”
Obama’s IRS targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups, creating this very effect.
“Work with the international community.”
The Internet is the “Wild West.”
It should stay that way, unregulated.
“I have no doubt that what Belgium needs is a version of Politico.”
“An all-Democratic Congress would have provided an even better opportunity for tax reform.”
Obama had this from 2009 to 2011. They did nothing.
“Fairness.” “Fair share.”
“Hermetically sealed society.”
“We will be in a position to respond to whatever actions they take the same way we do with a whole range of countries around the world when they do things we think are wrong.”
Russia gobbled up Crimea. Assad is still killing people in Syria. Iran is marching toward nuclear bombs.
“I delivered a fairly lengthy statement at the front end.”
“Mr. President, you still have a chance to break Fidel’s record, he once spoke for seven hours straight.”
“I sort of forgot all the other questions.”
“I intend to continue doing what I’ve been doing.”
”I showed not only great patience but flexibility.”
The 2014 elections did not get the message through to him. 2016 will be another referendum.
“I don’t think I’ve minimized benefits, I’ve described the benefits.”
“At issue with Keystone is not American oil. It’s Canadian oil.”
“It’s very good for Canadian oil companies.” “It’s not even going to be a nominal benefit to U.S. consumers.”
Attacking our loyal ally to the North is bad public relations, especially since his claim is completely false.
“Climate change does impose serious costs on the American people.”
No. government regulations to combat the concept of climate change is what is imposing those costs.
BLACK AMERICA, RACE RELATIONS:
“Like the rest of America, black America is better than when I came into office.”
Black unemployment is higher than it has been in decades.
“Give people a hand up, not a handout.”
He has given handouts to his constituents. He has redistributed wealth and created more government dependency by increasing the number of Americans on food stamps, Medicaid, and other government assistance.
He will be speaking again on January 20th, 2015 to give his State of the Union address. Like this speech, it is expected to be light on substance and long on platitudes.