Duck-and-Run Obama – by Floyd and Mary Beth Brown


President Obama’s athletic prowess is becoming a real advantage in office as he recently has taken the duck-and -run approach to the media. Instead of defending himself in front of the open microphone, he is dispatching his cronies to defend his policy positions. Our commander-in-chief isn’t living up to his campaign promise of presidential access and transparency.

Obama hasn’t held a formal press conference since July 22. At that event he infamously gaffed that Cambridge Police had acted stupidly when confronting Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at his home. Since that time, Obama has avoided off-the-cuff question and answer sessions, preferring to rely on his teleprompter for scripted remarks. On his recent trip to Asia, Obama limited questions at his joint press conferences to one each from a U.S. reporter and a foreign journalist. At his “joint press statement” with Chinese President Hu Jintao, no questions were allowed.

This is all shocking given the hyperbole that was spewed during the campaign from the media, who referred to Obama as the ‘Great Communicator.’ While the press were admiring Obama’s rhetorical skills, behind the scenes, handlers were scripting all events and carefully controlling the message.

Rather than running one of the most open and transparent administrations ever, team Obama is running one of the most disingenuous and scripted. As White House Communications Director Anita Dunn boasted, “We controlled the media coverage of the campaign.”

Obama is running a charade. If he were genuine about what he is trying to accomplish, he would not be so afraid to face tough questions. Obama fears that if he makes himself available to the press, he will make another blooper and be caught in his lies.

This past week, Obama again practised deception. After pointedly declaring in his speech to the joint session of Congress that “my plan will not include taxpayer funding of abortion,” Obama lobbied Congress in support of abortion funding in the health reform bill. His administration has even lobbied against the pro-life amendments to these bills. Obama’s spokesman Robert Gibbs argued that these health bills are not the president’s, therefore “his plan does not include taxpayer funding of abortion.” This is a laughable explanation at best, and one that Obama clearly does not want to say himself. Therefore he is avoiding a press conference like the plague.

The American people are catching on and it is one reason why his approval rating is down to 47 percent in the most recent Gallup poll.

After his speech on Afghanistan left many questions unanswered, team Obama dispatched aides including Defense Secretary Gates, Admiral Mullen, Secretary of State Clinton and many others to explain what Obama meant to say in his speech. In his speech, Obama stated that we would withdraw from Afghanistan in July, 2011. His advisors are back-tracking for him and have since clarified that he didn’t really mean what he said. Advisors clarified versions reads: We will examine the conditions and may begin drawing down our troop levels, not begin a withdrawal then. Obama himself has remained mum on the subject after the speech. Great Communicators don’t usually make vague pronouncements and let their subordinates clumsily explain the details, but that is exactly what Obama is doing.

Obama even recently closed from the media a meeting with federal employees to discuss transparency and public information requests. His underlings have also held high-profile negotiations with pharmaceutical companies behind closed doors, even though he promised during the campaign that he would televise meetings like these on CSPAN.

The Obama White House has become like a bad reality TV show. Obama is maintaining his appearance of celebrity and his face is everywhere, but at the same time he is refusing to answer tough questions from reporters. Obama is just a performer dressed as President of the United States.

  • Donald Palmer

    When my 6 year old grandson first saw Obama on TV, and knowing nothing about him, he agitadedly declared “Oh – he IS EVIL!” It reminded me of the story of “The Emperor's New Suit of Clothes”.

    Looks like Obama's got no clothes (GQ Monthly notwithstanding).

  • Robert Bernier

    Wow! Read this one. It is really good. And this gentleman says it just like it is.

    This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii
    for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now. He dictated this letter to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president. Consult :

  • goosebumps

    Get this disgusting poser out of the White House. The damage he is doing is ir-repairable. Since when is America socialist? Since he came into office!

  • keithrage

    The office of The President of America used to be referred to as “the leader of the free world” This impersonator has turned it into a sick joke(er) What place is there for socialists and communists in the White House?

  • Name

    Just another example of the true nature of this COWARD…….he hides who he really is, what his origins are (WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE??!!), and what he's really up to by sending out his flunkies (like the flunkie-frauder “presstitute 'secretary'” Robert (never saw a lie I wouldn't tell for this guy!) Gibbs…..)

    As for obama himself, he's such a whore that he needs heel inserts in his shoes to be able to stand upright without falling backwards!!!!!!!!!

  • LindaRivera

    Even though the U.S. is bankrupt, we are engaged in wars we cannot afford. Wars, Washington has no intention of winning.

    Monday, December 14, 2009
    WorldNetDaily Exclusive
    It's not just the enemy
    killing U.S. soldiers …
    You won't believe new rules
    of engagement in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON – New military rules of engagement ostensibly to protect Afghan civilians are putting the lives of U.S. forces in jeopardy, claim Army and Marine sources, as the Taliban learns the game plan based the rules' imposed limits.

    The rules of engagement, or ROEs, apply to all coalition forces of the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization…the Taliban is well aware of them and has its own forces acting in ways to counteract them.

    Critics see the new ROEs being more oriented toward defensive rather than offensive operations, as evidenced by recent charges of murder against two U.S. Army snipers because they had targeted a Taliban commander who reportedly wasn't holding a weapon.

    The actual ROEs are said to be classified U.S. and NATO secrets, but based on individual soldier accounts, those restrictions include the following:

    * No night or surprise searches

    * Villagers are to be warned prior to searches

    * Afghan National Army, or ANA, or Afghan National Police, or ANP, must accompany U.S. units on searches

    * U.S. soldiers may not fire at insurgents unless they are preparing to fire first

    * U.S. forces cannot engage insurgents if civilians are present

    * Only women can search women

    * Troops can fire on insurgents if they catch them placing an IED but not if insurgents walk away from where the explosives are.

    Often, rules of engagement require varying levels of approvals before action can be taken. In one case, villagers had tipped off U.S. forces of the presence of a Taliban commander who was threatening village elders.

    To get permission to go after him, U.S. troops had to get 11 separate Afghan, U.S. and international forces' approval to the plan. The approval, however, did not come until well into the next day. By then, the Taliban commander had moved on, to the consternation of the villagers who had provided the tip. Observers have claimed that it can take some 96 hours to acquire all the permissions to act.

    In other cases, the use of force against insurgents may be blocked if they lower their guns, only to have those insurgents return later to attack.

    Also, ISAF troops cannot engage insurgents if they are leaving an area where an IED has been planted. In one case, insurgents planting an IED had detected the presence of U.S. forces and immediately began leaving the area, tossing evidence of their preparations along the way. U.S. forces could not fire on them.

    The ROEs in some cases have gone beyond limiting ISAF troops in their operations. In one case, ROE restrictions were in effect when four U.S. Marines twice pleaded by radio for artillery support in combat action in Kunar Province in Afghanistan – and twice they were refused, before they were killed.

    Unethical American leaders are to blame for the killing of our four U.S. Marines. How many more Americans and allies will be killed and maimed because of U.S. rules that highly favor cruel enemies? This is NOT a war that is being fought to win. Just the opposite. Stop the ruthless abuse of our military. Save the lives of our troops and allies! Bring them home now!

  • USMCSniper

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  • RD1953

    He was never anything else! That's exactly how you win in Chicago!! Once in office, both in the state senate and the national senate, he avoided actually having to vote on issues like the plague!

    Chicago Politics is “reality” television!