Obama dominates media with full-court press
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.
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.