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Why President Obama Skipped 'Meet the Press'(T-E-L-E-P-R-O-M-P-T-E-R!)
Newsday.com ^ | March 19, 2009 | Verne Gay | Off Camera

Posted on 03/19/2009 5:12:14 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay

THE SHOW "Meet the Press," hosted by David Gregory.

WHEN|WHERE Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on WNBC/4

REASON TO WATCH That is the question, and one President Barack Obama apparently asked himself, too, as he bypassed TV's venerable Sunday news institution for another show on the very same network - "The Tonight Show" - where he'll appear tonight to talk about the stimulus package.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT The president's decision to slip past "Meet the Press" would seem like a massive diss of new host Gregory - in the job three months - but this is politics, and politics is to a certain degree about expediency. The expedient choice for Obama was "Tonight," where he'll talk about an enormously complex plan that will affect every man, woman and child in the country until the day they die - while cracking a few jokes in the process. Still begs the question, though: Why Jay Leno instead of Gregory?

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bho44; gregory; leno; meetthepress; teleprompter
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The coward would not have a teleprompter to give him the answers. Now, the cat calls come in for dissing the press and going to Leno. Obama must address the issue, so he comes up with this lame excuse saying Gregory just is not like Russert (with an audible sigh). He's not the Force that Russet was (eyes get all misty). Then it should have been a walk in the park, Mr. Obama. But, taudience is not as big he whines. The audience is, of course, more informed on Meet The Press than Leno, Mr. Obama; so another reason for you to skip the informed viewers and go directly to your starry-eyed cult "Obama will take care of me pacifier-sucking-followers.

Eventually, the snubbing of the press will come back to haunt the Great One, and some of his followers will eventually lose their pacifiers. You know how a baby will respond, if the pacifier goes missing! But then again, Obama probably assumes he already has the press that matters on his side--like daily briefings with his "personal press pal" - George Stephanopoulos.

If it twas really audience numbers he wanted, Mr. Obama should have booked a spot on American Idol.

1 posted on 03/19/2009 5:12:15 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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"it-twas" sorry.
2 posted on 03/19/2009 5:13:43 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay
I'm Sorry.

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3 posted on 03/19/2009 5:15:15 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Somethings terribly wrong when the President goes on Jay Leno instead of a real show where real questions will be asked. Why? Because he doesn’t like hard questions. He’s a lightweight. How long til the rest of America wakes up to this fact? They will see him on Leno and love him because they are all still enjoying the bread and circuses.


4 posted on 03/19/2009 5:17:48 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
If it twas really audience numbers he wanted, Mr. Obama should have booked a spot on American Idol.

Bam is taking Idol's time slot next week!

5 posted on 03/19/2009 5:18:11 AM PDT by sausageseller (http://coolblue.typepad.com/the_cool_blue_blog/)
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To: fight_truth_decay
terrible....mean spirited
6 posted on 03/19/2009 5:18:24 AM PDT by DainBramage
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To: cripplecreek

hilarious.


7 posted on 03/19/2009 5:18:43 AM PDT by GoCards
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To: fight_truth_decay

Of course the man is an empty suit and an empty head. He cannot appear where he may have to think and reply off the cuff because he has nothing of his own to say.

He is really not capable of performing the duties of POTUS and is the perfect puppet for the Democratic party to implement its Communist agenda.


8 posted on 03/19/2009 5:19:16 AM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Eventually, the snubbing of the press will come back to haunt the Great One,

I heard on the news this morning (local Fox affiliate) that the networks are griping about the money they lose when Obama commandeers them in prime time. I guess he has another Castro-rama scheduled for next Tuesday, IIRC.

9 posted on 03/19/2009 5:19:35 AM PDT by maryz
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To: cripplecreek
LOL! Is that the gay teletubbie? My...he has big ears.
10 posted on 03/19/2009 5:19:38 AM PDT by Earthdweller (Socialism makes you feel better about oppressing people.....)
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To: Earthdweller

It’s Zerowinkie the Gay Telepromptertubbie.


11 posted on 03/19/2009 5:21:16 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: cripplecreek

That is excellent! It’s now my laptops backround. Thanks!


12 posted on 03/19/2009 5:21:23 AM PDT by albie
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To: fight_truth_decay

After Leno it’s off for Captain Kangaroo, Romper Room and then a tough Q&A from Barney the dinosaur.


13 posted on 03/19/2009 5:23:25 AM PDT by albie
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To: fight_truth_decay
The Leno show tapes at 7:00PM Pacific and Meet the Press is live on Sunday morning and that conflicts with church....ah let's skip that excuse since they only used the church thing to get elected. (and that backfired)
14 posted on 03/19/2009 5:23:27 AM PDT by Recon Dad (Marsoc Dad)
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To: fight_truth_decay

” Gregory is terrifically polished, well-informed, a good listener and has the talking points of both sides down cold. But he also seems more intent on covering the waterfront than digging for news, or in pushing the talking heads off their talking points.”

~Head spins wildly while reading this~

So, IOW, Zero is going on Leno because Gregory can’t fill Russet’s shoes and is “more intent on covering the waterfront than digging for news, or in pushing the talking heads off their talking points.”

Oh sure. Leno is going to dig into the fine economic points and in the spirit of bipartisanship, find the truth.

Who the hell writes this stuff? Goebbels?


15 posted on 03/19/2009 5:25:00 AM PDT by OpusatFR (We can give up any pretense of having a government for and by the people after Coronation Day.)
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To: albie
"After Leno it’s off for Captain Kangaroo, Romper Room and then a tough Q&A from Barney the dinosaur."

I would love to sneak into the Dinosaur costume and sing.

I love you, you love me
Why the Quid Pro Quo with A. I. G.?

16 posted on 03/19/2009 5:27:04 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg ("`Eddies,' said Ford, `in the space-time continuum.' `Ah,' nodded Arthur, `is he? Is he?'")
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To: fight_truth_decay

The teleprompter said NO WAY.


17 posted on 03/19/2009 5:27:29 AM PDT by Carley (President Obama Dropped a MOAB on America)
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To: brytlea

Well, uh, he is pre-empting American Idol, uh, next week.

No doubt the teleprompter will speak, take no questions, and depart.


18 posted on 03/19/2009 5:28:57 AM PDT by Carley (President Obama Dropped a MOAB on America)
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To: fight_truth_decay
"There will be no discussion of my wife's role in this.
And for fairness, TOTUS is not allowed here every fourth Sunday."

19 posted on 03/19/2009 5:29:22 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: fight_truth_decay

TOTUS was needed urgently at a top level cabinet meeting.

bammy had to go play in his room until it was free.


20 posted on 03/19/2009 5:30:22 AM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: smoothsailing; fight_truth_decay
I hope you don't mind I stole your graphic. It is priceless!


21 posted on 03/19/2009 5:30:23 AM PDT by Neverforget01 (Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
If it twas really audience numbers he wanted, Mr. Obama should have booked a spot on American Idol.

AI fans are growing cold as well, since he keeps pre-empting their Tuesday night program.

22 posted on 03/19/2009 5:30:30 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Don't Blame Me...I voted for that "inexperienced" Governor from Alaska)
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To: OldMissileer
He cannot appear where he may have to think and reply off the cuff because he has nothing of his own to say.

I think he has core beliefs. They are based in racism, hate whitey, "Black Liberation Theology", radical Marxism, anti-capitalism, and anti-Americanism.

When he's teleprompter-less, it requires more effort than his limited intellect can muster to filter out the stuff that he knows would be political death to espouse. That's why we get the "uh, um, uh, and..." out of him.

He's trying his best to filter his beliefs so he doesn't say something stupid like "let's spread the wealth around, it's just neighborly".

23 posted on 03/19/2009 5:31:35 AM PDT by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Somehow, Obama talking about Porkulus on the comedy talk show seems appropriate in the abstract.

Everything is the lot is s big joke.


24 posted on 03/19/2009 5:31:51 AM PDT by IamConservative (I'll keep my money. You keep the change.)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

“TOTUS”

or

“Telepromptee 0bama”


25 posted on 03/19/2009 5:32:20 AM PDT by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: fight_truth_decay

“he comes up with this lame excuse saying Gregory just is not like Russert (with an audible sigh). He’s not the Force that Russet was (eyes get all misty).”

Are you kidding me? Did he actually say that as an excuse for not going on Meet the Press?


26 posted on 03/19/2009 5:32:49 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: fight_truth_decay

27 posted on 03/19/2009 5:32:59 AM PDT by McGruff (Watch Obama throw Geithner under da bus)
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To: Carley

No doubt...


28 posted on 03/19/2009 5:33:49 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

There must be some room for compromise here.

What if rather than the traditional live feed, the Obama interview was taped? The questions could be pre-approved and top advisors could be on hand to input the answers to a teleprompter that would be located just off camera.

Further, the Obama team would get three passes on questions that won’t be aired. Lastly, before the tape is broadcast, Obama handlers could have one last review to remove anything that might make The One look bad.

How’d that be?


29 posted on 03/19/2009 5:37:00 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Leno will axe hard questions, like what kind of motorcycle he likes or who did he pick to win Idol. Course he will get those before he walks out.

Pray for America and Our Troops


30 posted on 03/19/2009 5:37:47 AM PDT by bray (Join the Rebel Republican Movement!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

“Don’t forget kids! After Leno it’s off for a whirlwind “Spendulous Package” explanation tour across the country! Is being President Teleprompter a tough job? You bet! First stop? “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood”. Watch the TOTUS as he takes Mr. Rogers’ sweater and donates it to a homeless man living on “Sesame Street”. Next up...see the wacky antics of TOTUS continue with “Thomas the Tank Engine”! Thomas will have some hard hitting questions for TOTUS like...”what’s your problem with coal”? Finally, “Barney the Purple Dinosaur” will get his turn and have a polite, but no holds barred Q&A and ask “why does TOTUS like Jif more than Peter Pan”? All WITHOUT A TELEPROMPTER!!!


31 posted on 03/19/2009 5:42:12 AM PDT by albie
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To: Owl_Eagle

Perhaps like on the Millionaire show, he could ‘switch the question’ if he’s stumped.


32 posted on 03/19/2009 5:42:22 AM PDT by spacejunkie01
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To: spacejunkie01

LOL or “Call A Friend”, “Poll the audience”?


33 posted on 03/19/2009 5:46:13 AM PDT by Neverforget01 (Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it.)
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To: bray

Just another affirmative action hire trying to learn as he goes, and living in public housing.


34 posted on 03/19/2009 5:46:18 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Owl_Eagle
...the Obama team would get three passes on questions that won’t be aired....

I think you are being more than fair to give this newbie a chance.

35 posted on 03/19/2009 5:52:21 AM PDT by proud2beconservativeinNJ ("In God We Trust")
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To: fight_truth_decay

He skated past any serious questions until now. But now the skating rink is melting. Watch this self-absorbed narcisist go into his shell.


36 posted on 03/19/2009 5:53:39 AM PDT by cookcounty ("The Borrower is servant to the Lender." Proverbs 22:7)
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To: cripplecreek

LOL!! Again, Again!!


37 posted on 03/19/2009 5:59:13 AM PDT by LA Woman3
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To: spacejunkie01; proud2beconservativeinNJ
Perhaps like on the Millionaire show, he could ‘switch the question’ if he’s stumped.

Or maybe he could ask the audience what they think he should answer and get one call to V.P. Mongo!

38 posted on 03/19/2009 6:00:14 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: bray
Why Leno?

Spring is upon us. Think of this as the political version of exhibition baseball. Leno? We are talking the same jester at court who takes his mic and camera out in the street and asks timely questions of the blissfully ignorant youthful common folk for laughs and ratings, right?

Herein we have what could be a truly legendary "man on the street" "man in the seat" episode.

No teleprompter equals no bench jockeys, designated hitters, pinch hitters or pinch runners. C'mon, Jay! No four-finger-salutes and no meatballs for the hotdog! Be the man history will revere for having been the first to take the mound and pitch!

39 posted on 03/19/2009 6:16:13 AM PDT by shoutingandpointing
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To: MrB
When he's teleprompter-less, it requires more effort than his limited intellect can muster to filter out the stuff that he knows would be political death to espouse. That's why we get the "uh, um, uh, and..." out of him.

Very good analysis. However, absorbing that is too much work for the average observer--even put as clearly and logically as you did. Fortunately, an accurate understanding of the reason for the uh uh uh uhs isn't necessary for the stammerings to have a negative effect. If people start turning from him because he comes off as incompetent boob without his teleprompter, that works too.

40 posted on 03/19/2009 6:27:37 AM PDT by Eroteme
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To: fight_truth_decay
Believe Another desktop background for your enjoyment...
41 posted on 03/19/2009 6:29:05 AM PDT by halfright (My presidents picture is in the dictionary, next to the word, "rectum".)
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To: Eroteme
If people start turning from him because he comes off as incompetent boob without his teleprompter, that works too.

This is why he has teleprompters in EVERY venue, and refuses to speak without one. ALL he has is image.

42 posted on 03/19/2009 6:29:11 AM PDT by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: Mygirlsmom

Obama IS the American Idol. Now fall to the floor and worship your Messiah!

(/Leno)


43 posted on 03/19/2009 7:51:28 AM PDT by dangus
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To: sausageseller

**Bam is taking Idol’s time slot next week**

And all the starry-eyed ‘o’ cultists ooh and ahh.

I won’t be watching.


44 posted on 03/19/2009 9:10:23 AM PDT by mrs tiggywinkle
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To: Neverforget01

LOL! Not at all! Enjoy! :o)


45 posted on 03/19/2009 9:10:31 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: fight_truth_decay
[Eventually, the snubbing of the press will come back to haunt the Great One. . .]

What is also coming into play in this arena is the stark recognition by the U.S. news media that Barack Obama’s reckless economic experiment is undermining the news industry's own shaky financial foundation.

46 posted on 03/19/2009 9:49:29 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: McGruff

Bump


47 posted on 03/19/2009 11:40:03 AM PDT by BenLurkin (Mornie` utulie`. Mornie` alantie`.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
reaganobama

Wish we had a real leader again? At least you can still (for the moment) mock the current one. Click on the picture to view the teleprompter graphic thread.

48 posted on 03/19/2009 12:19:37 PM PDT by Nateman (Could he pour piss out of a boot with teleprompter directions on the heel?)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
"...reckless economic experiment is undermining the news"

Riots in Marseilles France as rioters are demanding the Obama stimulus package implemented - they want theirs like those getting their mortgages paid for and car payments made - while Président Nicolas Sarkozy is giving tax credits to business to achieve more jobs etc The rioters are saying Sarkozy is rewarding the rich. They want what Obama is doing in the US. The media has become so biased in their reporting on Obama that these people think Obama is a hero and is solving the world financial problems and that Sarkozy who is conservative only giving breaks to his rich friends. Président is trying to bring his country out of full blown socialism. It may be too late to achieve with a dangerous man (because of his inexperience) like Obama in office preaching America's socialism plan by the give-a-way of "free money" and the financial castration of all the rich.

49 posted on 03/19/2009 6:32:46 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: Neverforget01

LOL!!!!!!!!!!


50 posted on 03/19/2009 6:54:39 PM PDT by Lizavetta (Politicians: When they're not lying, they're stealing.)
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