Wed Apr 29: Obama Plans 3rd Prime-Time News Conference

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  1. EvilMidniteBombr

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    Okay, I'll give you the economy. That is big news. Especially when a President is busy filling his Cabinet with people that don't pay their taxes. Nationalizing the auto and banking industries. Out spending his predecessor by 3 times in the first 50 days. Combined with all the sycophantic arse kissing I could see how that would get you on the news.

    Seeing as how things are going relatively well in the war, it rarely gets mentioned in the news. So no points for that one.

    I guess I was wrong. It has been an eventful time.
     
  2. Rob Helmerichs

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    I guess you don't watch the news much. The pending drawdown in Iraq was a huge story in the first weeks of Obama's presidency, and increased hostilities in Afghanistan certainly contributed a lot to his coverage in the first 50/100 days.

    I don't know if there's ever been a president who has had as much going on at the beginning of his first term as Obama, but certainly not since network news started doing its best USA Today impression. No matter what you think of Obama, you have to admit he's had a ton of stuff dumped on his plate at the beginning, and it's no surprise that this should be considered newsworthy.

    These press conferences, however, are a bit much, and I think should be relegated to news networks. That's kinda why we have news networks; they should limit prime time interruptions on the entertainment networks to instances where the whole country needs to learn something right this minute.
     
  3. mrmike

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    I'm shocked that this thread has remained open for so long with so many blatant politically partisan comments in it. Shocked I say.
     
  4. aindik

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    Does Day No. 234 count as the beginning?
     
  5. sieglinde

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    Fdr.
     
  6. sieglinde

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    I keep editing it and it still was Fdr rather than FDR.
     
  7. Rob Helmerichs

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    Hardly--I was thinking Day 1.

    It would be interesting to compare the coverage of Obama 1-50 with Bush 234-284...
     
  8. Manchot

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    Apparently, neither of you know what a press conference is.

    But seriously, it's rather telling that the biggest thing the right wing fanatics have to harp on is the fact that the President uses notes when giving prepared speeches. You know, like every president in history.
     
  9. EvilMidniteBombr

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    I hate to break it to you, but it's not the biggest thing. It's the most frequent. Other Presidents have used a teleprompter. He RELIES on the damn thing and uh cannot uh speak uh..... without it. Every speech he gives it looks like he's watching a tennis match.
     
  10. Rainy Dave

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    Seriously...you think that?
     
  11. mattack

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    Did you ever see the bits on Letterman where they showed clips of Bush speaking?
     
  12. EvilMidniteBombr

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    No, what was it?

    Normally I don't watch any of the late nite jibber jabber unless they have someone one that triggers a recording from one of my ARWLs.
     
  13. Manchot

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    Every president since Kennedy has used a teleprompter for prepared speeches. Before that, they used note cards. You act as if he only gives prepared speeches, and that's simply not true. What do you think he does at debates, town-hall meetings, and press conferences? By the way, polls taken after his debates with McCain showed him "winning" overwhelmingly, so he obviously doesn't do too badly speaking off the cuff.
     
  14. pusta

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    Interesting enough Lie to Me had higher ratings than the president's speech. That should say something...
     
  15. Rob Helmerichs

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    But did it have higher ratings than the president's speech on all networks combined?
     
  16. Rainy Dave

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    "President Obama’s news conference averaged 22.02 million viewers across ABC, NBC, CBS and Univision, and a 6.0 rating among adults 18-49. Lie to Me averaged a 2.4/7 (rating/share) with adults 18-49, and 7.88 million viewers."
     
  17. astrohip

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    "Audience interest in Barack Obama’s news conferences seems to be falling, with Wednesday’s press event drawing the president’s smallest primetime audience since his inauguration.

    The telecast to mark Obama’s 100th day in office was viewed by 28.8 million people, according to Nielsen. That's a 29% drop from the president's last press conference, on March 24, and a 42% fall since his first, on Feb. 9."

    From "The Live Feed"
    http://www.thrfeed.com/2009/04/obama-press-conference-draws-288-million-viewers.html#more
     
  18. ronsch

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    I watched it on CNN. :D
     
  19. mattack

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    Look on Youtube for "Great Moments in Presidential Speeches". Here is a compilation someone made (I haven't watched it admittedly)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxkpm7bH7j4
     
  20. sieglinde

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    Yeah, I think the people who bring up the teleprompter just make themselves look stupid. The prepared remarks would be off of a teleprompter and the news conference would have to be done without one unless someone with the quickest computer in the world could choose answers to questions that reporters were likely to ask including that lame four part one that was asked. (Obama needed a blue book for that one.)
     

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