“Have you noticed that everyone of these candidates say, ‘Obama’s weak. Putin’s kicking sand in his face. When I talk to Putin, he’s going to straighten out,'” Obama said, impersonating a refrain among Republican candidates that he’s allowed Russian President Vladimir Putin too much leeway.
“Then it turns out they can’t handle a bunch of CNBC moderators at the debate. Let me tell you, if you can’t handle those guys, then I don’t think the Chinese and the Russians are going to be too worried about you,” Obama said.
Well played, sir. Game, set, and match!
THE PRESIDENT: And, again, if we step back and just remind ourselves what it is we’re supposed to be doing here, then hopefully common sense will out in the end.
Q It sounds like you’re saying that this is a Republican problem and not one that you bear any responsibility for.
THE PRESIDENT: Well, Julie, give me an example of what I might do.
Uh, sir, “Julie” isn’t president. You are.
[Major] Garrett asked, “Can you tell the country, sir, why you are content, with all the fanfare around this deal, to leave the conscious of this nation, the strength of this nation, unaccounted for in relation to these four Americans?”
President Obama, however, was visibly angry at the question and snapped at Garrett, “You should know better.”
President Barack Obama got into a somewhat tense exchange with a Dallas TV reporter during an interview Monday at the White House.
After the interview was over, Obama advised WFAA-TV’s Brad Watson to “let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, all right?”
Obama was grilled on a variety of topics — especially on if he’s trying to put Texas in play for the 2012 election. Texas is, after all, a solid Republican state, which he lost in the last presidential election.
“We lost by a few percentage points in Texas,” he started before Watson corrected him, saying, “Well, you lost by about 10.”
The town hall was expected to be an anything-goes affair – a perception stoked by reports organizers had solicited “lighter questions” like the what-underwear-do-you-wear asked of Bill Clinton in the 1990s.
But the under-30 participants were almost defiantly grave, with tough questions flung at the president on issues ranging from race, genocide in Sudan, immigration, domestic violence, youth unemployment and his decision to appeal a court decision invalidating the military’s policy on gays.
The most heated exchange came when Bridget Todd, a faculty member at Howard University, asked Obama about his “alleged commitment” to gay rights – challenging him to use an executive order to kill “don’t ask don’t tell” immediately, as Harry Truman ended segregation in the military.
“The difference between my position and Harry Truman’s was [that] Congress explicitly passed a law that took away [my] policy power,” said a clearly agitated Obama.
In the annals of President Obama’s dismissive putdowns, this one ranks right up near the top: “The truth of the matter is that Elizabeth is, you know, a politician like everybody else.”
(I still, personally, believe that “You’re likable enough, Hillary” remains the apex of Obama one-line disses.)
Obama, feeling loose with less than two years left in office, noted criticism that he had taken a “selfie” photo in a viral video promoting his health insurance program, but he turned the tables on Republican senators who sent a letter to Iran warning them against a nuclear deal Obama hopes to secure.
“You don’t diminish your office by taking a selfie. You do it by sending a poorly written letter to Iran,” Obama said.
The president snapped back at the PBS news host when Lehrer was trying to get Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to move onto a different topic. As Obama spoke, Lehrer tried to cut him off and explain that his time was up.
“I had five seconds before you interrupted me,” Obama said to Lehrer, prompting laughter from the crowd.
After Obama finished his answer on health care, Lehrer came back: “Your five seconds went away a long time ago.”
It was not so much that Romney was great, though he was smooth and personable, but that Obama was not. The president appeared snippy, his eyes flashing angrily during those infrequent moments when he looked at his opponent, his lips pursed and upturned when he looked down — which was often — as if he were trying to smile despite sucking on a particularly unpleasant hard candy. Republicans on Thursday morning were calling it a smirk, but it was more than that. There was, in the expression, a mixture of annoyance, impatience, and dislike.
I hope you enjoyed that half as much as I did compiling it. What a petulant twerp!
But he’s right: if you can’t stand up to a few (very, very few) reporters and a Mormon, Putin’s going to eat your lunch.
PS: I found those exampls by Goggling “Obama” and “snippy”. It’s by no means complete.
PPS: To wit:
“Now there’s a possibility that Assad has once again used chemical weapons,” reporter Mike Viquera said. “What did you tell these leaders here, who are disappointed last time, and will you use a military response if it’s confirmed that he used chemical weapons again?”
President Obama said that “Assad gave up his chemical weapons. And that’s not speculation on our part. That, in fact, has been confirmed by the organization internationally, that is charged with eliminating chemical weapons.”
“We have seen reports about the use of chlorine in bombs that had the effect of chemical weapons. Chlorine, chlorine, itself, historically has not been listed as a chemical weapon, but when it is used in this fashion, can be considered a prohibited use of that particular chemical”
As I wrote yesterday, what comes out of that man’s mouth is worse than what goes into it.