Obama dom­i­nates me­dia with full-court press

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Al­though the White House bas­ket­ball court is still un­der construction, Pres­i­dent Obama on June 23 got in a quick game of hoops, throw­ing some sharp el­bows, bat­ting down weak shots and even­tu­ally fall­ing back into a one-man, four-cor­ners de­fense to run out the clock.

His op­po­nents, the White House press corps, looked at times like the Wash­ing­ton Gen­er­als, known for their long-run­ning los­ing streak against the in­vin­ci­ble Har­lem Glo­be­trot­ters. The pres­i­dent put on a clinic of fancy drib­bling just like Curly Neal, and even played Mead­owlark ica. “Have you no­ticed any par­tic­u­lar progress in th­ese two months?” An­other pres­i­den­tial tom­a­hawk dunk.

Sev­eral times, the pres­i­dent sim­ply ig­nored the ques­tion. When USA To­day’s David Jack­son asked a spe­cific ques­tion about health care, Mr. Obama pulled back in a de­lay of­fense: “Well, let’s talk first of all about the last minute. White House of­fi­cials said the shift was re­lated to the sum­mer heat, and de­nied it was made be­cause teleprompters, which Mr. Obama re­lies on at nearly ev­ery speak­ing en­gage­ment, could not be seen in the bright, sunny gar­den.

Of­fi­cials set up teleprompters in the brief­ing room, only to break them down an hour be­fore the news con­fer­ence.

But Mr. Obama stuck with his game plan, even work­ing the ref­er­ees when calls didn’t go his way. When ABC News’ Jake Tap­per, also not play­ing ball with the drib­bler-in-chief, stepped up to

The news con­fer­ence was moved from the Rose Gar­den to the brief­ing room at the last minute. White House of­fi­cials said the shift was re­lated to the sum­mer heat, and de­nied it was made be­cause teleprompters, which Mr. Obama re­lies on at nearly ev­ery speak­ing en­gage­ment, could not be seen in the bright, sunny gar­den.

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Note to self: Ain’t he the great­est! A re­porter takes notes as Pres­i­dent Obama speaks dur­ing a news con­fer­ence at the White House on June 23.

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