December 16, 2008
Today’s press conference: Arne Duncan named Secretary of Education.
barry refused to answer any questions on Blagojevich, hiding behind US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and no one in the press is pushing him. Nor are any of the Illinois Republicans. 36 days to inauguration and barry is still being allowed to obamanate.
It is one thing during the primary and general election but it is completely irresponsible during the transition. Even Lynn Sweet is going to give him the “benefit of the doubt”.
What about those American People barry is always talking about but never to?
As is, it’s just more barry propaganda. It’s criminal.
And they have the nerve to complain about press coverage and Iraq?
Don’t they ever listen to themselves?
LYNN SWEET provided transcript.
PRESIDENT-ELECT BIDEN: Thank you, Mr. President-elect.
Reminds me of Barack America and The Next POTUS – Joe Biden.
BARRY: just want to dispel one rumor before I take questions. I did not select Arne because he’s one of the best basketball players I know. Although I will say that I think we are putting together the best basketball-playing Cabinet in American history. And I think that is worth noting.
Duly noted. As always when he’s “the first” or “the best” or the -est of anything.
No matter his qualifications he is still barry’s basketball mate and there is no nepotism in Chicago politics and barry hasn’t been tainted by it.
Team of rivals it isn’t. Team of teammates, Chicago cronies, fellow alumni, recycled Clintonites, people to piss off or dis The Clintons and check off the little boxes.
No nepotism in New York either where Caroline Kennedy is getting a job she has not earned. Well, she did by backing barry but how has that improved the lives of New Yorkers outside the Upper East Side? I find it hard to believe that New York democrats don’t care. Not like Charlie Rengel is in a position to speak up. Have you seen the $80K website his son put together? And corruption in NY politics?
Courtesy of SwiimingPolarBear
Q: First of all, given the situation here in Illinois, do you favor or oppose a special election to fill your vacancy? And secondly you told us, at your first press conference, after the election, that you were going to take a very hands-off approach to filling that spot. Over the weekend, the Tribune reported that Rahm Emanuel, your incoming chief of staff, had presented a list of potential names that —
OBAMA: John, John, let me just cut you off, because I don’t want you to waste your question. As I indicated yesterday, we’ve done a full review of this. The facts are going to be released next week. It would be inappropriate for me to comment because for example, the story that you just talked about, in your own paper. I haven’t confirmed that it was accurate. And I don’t want to get into the details at this point.
So do you have another question?
Q There’s not conflict between what you said, your hands-off approach, and the possibility that aides did present some names.
OBAMA: John, John, I said, the U.S. Attorneys Office specifically asked us not to release this until next week.
Q What about on the special election, the concept of that, given kind of the chaos here in Illinois?
OBAMA: You know, I’ve said that I don’t the governor can serve effectively in his office. I’m going to let the state legislature make a determination, in terms of how they want to proceed.
And this is what he chooses to answer:
Q: Do you or Duncan have a better jump shot?
OBAMA: Duncan, much better. That one’s an easy one.
Precisely. That’s all they ever are…well the ones he chooses to answer…the ones the proobamedia stop at. Ask yourself if Sen Clinton would have gotten away with this?
Q You yourself have sent your daughters to private schools.
Well, first of all, I think Arne, Joe, myself all agree that the Chicago public schools aren’t as good as they need to be, and that the vast majority of schools that are under-performing can do better.
Classic obamanation. Deflects from himself and never answers the question and no one cares. Why ask it?
He’s waiting for Christmas then he disappears to Hawaii. Wonder what John Edwards is up to. Is it a coincidence that Valerie Jarrett will be going with him? Note when the decision was made.
Do they have any idea how foolish they are going to look once they realize that for two years they asked the question and never got an answer?