“If the president stays cool, he’s an emotionless Mr. Spock. If the president shows some fire in the belly, he’s ‘a dick'”

Benen:

If you can watch the video, note how Halperin, ostensibly one of the nation’s most influential pundits, was smiling, with a smug satisfaction. It wasn’t a word he just blurted out in the heat of a larger discussion — Halperin thought about it, asked about whether the broadcast was on a seven-second delay, and then took his shot.

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There are a couple of angles to keep in mind here. The first is that Halperin’s credibility as an objective observer of political events has long been dubious, at best, but this morning’s little stunt should remove all doubt. In candor, I don’t much care that Halperin sides with the right over the left, and takes cheap shots at Democrats. I care that Halperin is presented to the public as a neutral, even-handed expert, when that’s plainly not the case.

To this extent, the “dick” comment only helps bring an end to a thin pretense.

The other point that’s worth remembering is the larger dynamic. Forget Halperin’s choice of words, and instead consider the argument he and his “Morning Joe” colleagues were pressing. They were annoyed, apparently, because President Obama wasn’t docile and conciliatory during his press conference. He showed some backbone, and this seems to have troubled the political establishment to no end.

If the president stays cool, he’s an emotionless Mr. Spock. If the president shows some fire in the belly, he’s “a dick.”

What passes for mainstream political punditry in 2011 is too often a national embarrassment.

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Yea, I know NBC suspended Halperin. I don’t care.

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Dick Mr. Halperin, This is for you:

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Don’t get mad, get even.

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Today’s schedule:

11:00 AM
The President and The Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office
Closed Press
11:30 AM
The President meets with senior advisors
Oval Office
Closed Press
12:30 PM
The President and The Vice President meet for lunch
Private Dining Room
Closed Press
3:15 PM
The President departs the South Lawn en route Joint Base Andrews
South Lawn
Open Press
3:30 PM
The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Joint Base Andrews
Travel Pool Coverage
4:15 PM
The President arrives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia International Airport
Open Press
5:35 PM
The President delivers remarks at a DNC event
The Hyatt at the Bellevue
Pooled TV, Open to Correspondents
8:30 PM
The President delivers remarks at a DNC event
Private Residence
Print Pool
9:50 PM
The President departs Philadelphia, Pennsylvania en route Joint Base Andrews
Philadelphia International Airport
Travel Pool Coverage
10:35 PM
The President arrives at Joint Base Andrews
Joint Base Andrews
Travel Pool Coverage
10:50 PM
The President arrives at the White House
South Lawn
Open Press

 

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This is A MUST SEE: President Obama tells the LGBT community the real truth. A fierce advocate if there ever were one.

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Ass, meet your kicker!

Okay, that press conference was sweet. And the professional left freak out over us not willing to accept their nonsense anymore is sweet. And ex-Scalia-clerk ruling health care reform constitutional is sweet.

Greg Sargent: Obama picks fight with GOP over tax cuts for the rich

The primary goal of President Obama’s presser, which just wrapped up, was obvious: He was clearly out to pick a major public fight with Republicans over tax cuts for the rich. Obama mounted a surprisingly aggressive moral case for ending high end tax cuts, casting it as a test of our society’s priorities, and argued — crucially — that anyone who fails to support ending them is fundamentally unserious about the deficit.

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Chris Cillizza: Obama the confrontational

President Obama had a simple message for congressional Republicans in a press conference Wednesday: Stand up and lead.

Obama, often in harsh and stark terms, condemned the approach that House and Senate Republicans have adopted in the final stretch of the negotiations surrounding the increase in the nation’s debt limit.

“They’re in one week, they’re out one week,” said Obama of Congress. “And then they’re saying Obama needs to step in. I’ve been here.”

He repeatedly challenged Republicans to make compromises in order to adopt a truly “balanced approach” to the debt deal; “Call me naive, but my expectation is leaders are going to lead,” he said.

Obama’s confrontational approach toward Congress extended beyond the debt negotiations — seeping into answers he gave on job creation, the broader economy and Libya.

On each issue, Obama cast himself as the adult in the room and Congress as an irresponsible child — unwilling to sacrifice their desire to score political points for the good of the country.

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politicususa: Obama Seizes The Bully Pulpit And Tells Congress To Do Their Job

Obama described the debt ceiling deadline as, “The yellow light is flashing but it hasn’t been a red light yet. . . . By August 2, we run out of tools to make sure that all our bills are paid.” If the U.S. defaults, “the consequences for the U.S. economy will be significant and unpredictable.”

The president hinted that his two daughters have a better work ethic than Congress, “Malia and Sasha generally finish their homework a day ahead of time. . . . They’re not pulling all nighters. They’re 13 and 10. You know, Congress can do the same thing. If you know you’ve got to do something, just do it.” Obama then contrasted his schedule with that of Congress, “I’m here. I’ve been dealing with Afghanistan, the debt crisis, Greece. I’m here. Congress is in one week, out the next.”

Obama then delivered the money quote of the press conference, “We have meetings and discussions and … [then] they decide they’re not happy with the fact that at some point you have to make a choice. They all step back and say — ‘The president needs to get this done.’ At a certain point they need to do their job.” Obama then hinted that Congress might be kept in session until they actually do their jobs.

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And, if you didn’t read Andrew Sullivan’s excellent defense of PBO’s gay rights record and work, you should.

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What the…..??????????

Seriously??? Yesterday I was hoping that we can get to $5000 before Thursday night. it’s Wednesday morning and we are way way above and beyond. You guys are a legend.

Some of you asked if our little page will be part of the race to 450,000. I honestly have no idea, I can only imagine that it must be. But, to be on the safe side, at least until tomorrow night, if anyone wants to donate, please do so through the general page. Next week we’ll set a new goal for ourselves. Thank you all so much.

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Busy, busy day, with a press conference to boot:

9:30 AM
The President and The Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office

11:30 AM
The President holds a news conference
East Room

1:50 PM
The President welcomes the WNBA Champion Seattle Storm to the White House
Rose Garden

3:00 PM
The President and The Vice President meet with Senate Democratic Leadership
Oval Office

4:30 PM
The President and The Vice President meet with Secretary of the Treasury Geithner
Oval Office

5:45 PM
The President delivers remarks at an event observing LGBT Pride month
East Room

7:09 PM
The President and The First Lady host a farewell dinner for Secretary of Defense Gates; The Vice President and Dr. Biden will also attend
The White House

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And this is no less awesome. “He is a man of his word”.

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