Monday, February 9, 2009
The President's First News Conference
I have always liked to learn, to research, to consider. Back in school I hated CliffsNotes - I wanted to read the entire book and then read all the other works by that author and then the author's biography.
I have watched every Presidential News Conference. I've never felt comfortable with summaries by commentators.
Don't let people tell you what they want you to think someone said. Listen and decide for yourself.
For 8 years I would tune into a Presidential News Conference - not that there were very many, after all clearing the brush at Crawford was a priority - and within a few minutes I would have to turn away. I would read the transcripts instead. It wasn't because I disagreed with everything being said. It was because it was a joke, an insult to my intelligence, and an affront to the English language.
The endless "um" and "uh". The squinting. The demented puppy staring at a shiny object demeanor. The guffaws. The contrived paling it up with the press.
I know that act - it's the act the stupid yet clever bully would put on to charm the teachers into thinking he was a regular kid. Then he'd blow up the science lab. And blame it on the new kid.
Tonight I watched President Obama's entire news conference. And wanted more. And it wasn't because I agreed with everything being said. I didn't.
Words were spoken. Questions were considered. And answered. The tone was serious. It is the business of running a country and it was treated as such.
Intelligence. Eloquence. Thought. Civility.
I can get used to this.
My favorite quote of the news conference was in response to the "revisionist history" being employed by some Republicans ...
"... you know, this notion that somehow I came in here just ginned up to spend $800 billion ..."
You can read a full transcript of the news conference HERE and a million other places.