Four Insights from Obama's Press Conference
In a press conference void of spontaneity along a cafeteria line of generally superficial questions, it takes a microscope to find insights. But here are four.
"The second thing I'd like to mention is how gratified I am that the House and the Senate passed the budget resolution today that will serve as an economic blueprint for this nation's future. I especially want to thank Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, all the members of Congress who worked so quickly and effectively to make this blueprint a reality." (Source)
"We have rejected the false choice between our security and our ideals, by closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay and banning torture without exception."
"And we launched a housing plan that has already contributed to a spike in the number of homeowners who are refinancing their mortgages, which is the equivalent of another tax cut."
Q...And if part of the United States were under imminent threat, could you envision yourself ever authorizing the use of those enhanced interrogation techniques?A...ultimately I will be judged as commander in chief on how safe I'm keeping the American people. That's the responsibility I wake up with and it's the responsibility I go to sleep with. And so I will do whatever is required to keep the American people safe. But I am absolutely convinced that the best way I can do that is to make sure that we are not taking short cuts that undermine who we are. And there have been no circumstances during the course of this first 100 days in which I have seen information that would make me second guess the decision that I have made. OK?
- Congress was hard at work getting ready to break the bank while the media was reading CIA memos.
- Gitmo is closed - or is that just a metaphor?
- Refinancing is equal to a tax cut - which means it was a tax in the first place? (But wait, if interest payments are deductable, isn't that a tax increase?)
- President Obama has self-imposed limits to how far he'll go to protect the nation. And the Bush administration crossed those limits while keeping us safe.