Obama Looks Weak, Incompetent At G20 Press Conference
June 20, 2012 11 Comments
Did any of you catch President Obama’s prime time press conference yesterday at the G20 meeting in Mexico? Yours truly had the misfortune of watching it. It was one of the worst press conferences I’ve ever witnessed. It makes one wonder if this President is really as smart as his sycophants in the media claim. It makes one wonder what his team was thinking when they decided to hold a prime time press conference. One thing is certain though, when Obama doesn’t have his teleprompter and when he doesn’t anticipate the questions he really doesn’t speak very clearly. He isn’t the amazing orator he’s been billed as.
Three of his answers stood out to me. The first concerned the economic situation in Europe. Obama droned on for 4 minutes about Europe and it honestly sounded like he was giving a class presentation in his freshman economics class. It is apparent that Obama doesn’t really understand how the economy works. His cursory understanding was on full display last night as he explained in detail that if there isn’t any money in Paris or Berlin they can’t buy products made in Pittsburgh or Cleveland. All hail Obama’s genius! The scary thing is that he made that comment in such a way that makes one believe he thought it was a terrific point. Instead, he looks like an economic moron. That’s if viewers were even paying attention by the time he made it.
Putin apparently lectured Obama at the G20 meeting, which of course prompted a question about Russia’s involvement in Syria. Obama once again droned on for 4-5 minutes and was all over the place in his answer. His thesis seemed to be that eventually Russia will see the wisdom of Obama’s position and follow it. Because of course Obama is a genius and eventually everyone will recognize it. His answer was ridiculous. Putin isn’t going to accept the Obama position because Obama refuses to throw the weight of the American Presidency around. Obama would have been better off saying diplomacy is taking place and not commenting further. Instead he was all over the place, he looked weak and pathetic. The world was watching, including the Kremlin.
Obama was asked about a Romney advisor who questioned Obama’s economic policy in a German publication. Obama once again pointed out that he’s the President, a sign of weakness if there ever was one. He also suggested that American disagreements end at our shores. That’s interesting considering Obama’s campaign speech in Berlin in 2008. Once again though Obama droned on for several minutes not answering the question and making thinly veiled attacks on Bush and Romney. It was a weak answer that didn’t make any sense. Anytime the President feels the need to throw his weight around by declaring he’s the President, he’s already lost the issue at hand.
What is perhaps most interesting about all of this is that the Obama team thought it would be a good idea to put this press conference on during primetime hours when more people will be watching. The Obama presser was the lead in to the most watched hour of news on the news channels, so more people watched than had it been on at 2 in the afternoon. They clearly thought they could accomplish something politically with the timing and they did. They boosted Romney’s chances. Obama has never given such a poor performance and it couldn’t come at a worse time for him.
Obama looked incompetent and weak last night. He sounds like he has no idea what he’s doing, he sounds like he’s over his head. He doesn’t understand the economy, he doesn’t understand foreign diplomacy. Worst of all, he doesn’t understand the power of the American Presidency and he doesn’t understand how to use it. We have a very weak man in the White House and we have very serious situations facing us at home and abroad. Nothing could be worse for Obama than showcasing his weakness during primetime like he did yesterday. What was his team thinking when they scheduled this press conference?