3BP hasn’t done this in awhile, and honestly is pessimistic whether a presser with the Prez will be worth it…but we’re liveblogging this thing. Let’s see how ticked off it makes us.
9:00 – All done. Thanks for following everyone. Time for some coffee.
8:59 – Nina Easton on Fox calls out Obama on the health care/deficit point I made earlier.
8:58 – Watch Krauthammer on Fox for a good post-presser analysis. That will be the one to hear.
8:57 – This WAS a question about Israel and Palestine, right?
8:57 – No, Mr. President, we didn’t expect Iran to give away their Nuke efforts. We did expect them to say Death to America. Which they did.
8:56 – “Inheriting naughty problems…” Did I hear that right?
8:55 – Pretty damn boring for the only real foreign policy question of the night. Nothing about the increased aggression from Russia and China? Even with Biden’s pre-election prediction of Obama being tested? Nothing about Iran? Really, MSM?
8:52 – Israel/Palestine question is the last one. Meh.
8:51 – Great follow-up by the Times’ kid.
8:50 – “If the science determines we can avoid [using embryonic stem cells], then great.” There’s your challenge, America. Let’s show him.
8:49 – Props to the Times reporter bringing up adult stem cells and their success vs. embryonic stem cells. Too bad it was phrased in a way that will let Obama weasel out of acknowledging it.
8:47 – Washington Times question? Oooo. That’s a surprise.
8:46 – Ann Compton brings up race. This is just pathetic.
8:44 – What do you say to homeless children? Here, Mr. President. Use this.
8:43 – “Evidence suggests that charitable giving tax won’t damage donations.” I’d LOVE to see that evidence.
8:42 – Thinking back to the Ed Henry response…I wonder if it takes the President two days to understand everything. How the spork works…how to work without a teleprompter, etc. etc.
8:40 – Mike Allen of Politico couldn’t look more nervous. Hysterical.
8:38 – I’m better at this than Bill Schneider.
8:36 – “Why did you wait days to express that outrage?” Blam.
8:35 – There is not a runaway deficit in your budget because of health care alone. Hopefully the press doesn’t let him redefine the debate in this way.
8:33 – We know it’s hard. No one is claiming otherwise. We’re just asking for some responsibility.
8:32 – Calllllled out by Ed.
8:31 – Obama calling on the smaller market media outlets. Clearly chosen because he knows what kinda question they will ask. Smart politically, but rascally.
8:29 – Kevin from Stars & Stripes: Your suit is awful.
8:28 – He named the President of Mexico. Show-off.
8:27 – Lourdes getting the call from the “probably didn’t win an Academy Award” seats.
8:25 – “This budget is no big deal in regards to the deficit because we’ll have other budgets.”
8:24 – Good followup, Chip. Don’t count on an answer.
8:22 – Girlfriend: “Zzzzzzz.”
8:21 – Folks are gonna to rip apart the ‘cut deficit in half’ comment tomorrow.
8:21 – Blame the other guy, eh? Man up, Mr. President.
8:20 – Wow. This guy picks up where Judd Gregg left off on Sunday. Wish he would have mentioned Gregg.
8:20 – Couldn’t hear Tapper’s followup, but Obama looked away hoping to avoid it. Wuss.
8:18 – Obama totally sidestepped Tapper’s question. Color me shocked. I think that looks mauve.
8:16 – Tapper asks about phasing out the middle class tax cut. Gonna be interesting to see if Obama allows a follow-up.
8:15 – The Tapp Man! Woo!
8:14 – Chuck, shush.
8:13 – By the way, Chuck Todd….that was such a lame question. Obama is doing a good job of unnecessarily overanswering it and filling the 60 minutes.
8:12 – He nailed it. The American people already are sacrificing.
8:11 – True, Mr. President. You’re asking me to sacrifice the money in my paycheck.
8:10 – F Day I C. What is that?
8:08 – The government not having control of AIG is why things got worse? The line of thinking is downright scary.
8:07 – Apparently the AP requires 80s hair to be a reporter.
8:07 – The girlfriend is sitting next to me and just asked why he’s looking down.
8:05 – The teleprompter.
8:04 – Anyone else laughing at the fact that the teleprompter for this opening statement is in the back of the room(out of public view) rather than to his sides.
8:02 – A reporter onsite tweets that unlike last time, reporters were not warned ahead of time that they’d be called upon.
8:01 – An 8 minute opening statement. Cool. That means we can start with a pee break.
8:00 – I’m wondering what it will look like to see a teleprompter walk down the red carpet.
7:59 – The WH is gonna have an online town hall later this week. Borrrrriiiinnnnng.
7:58 – I’m watching this on Fox. Like everyone else.