The Obama Press Conference

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on March 25, 2009

My review is up. A teaser:

I sometimes wonder why President Obama bothers giving press conferences. It’s not that he is bad at them, but his speeches are much better and the press conferences tend to be ordinary. Robbed of a teleprompter and unable to read off a prepared answer, this eloquent President of ours “umms” and “ahhs” his answers just like any ordinary mortal. The difference between his peerless prepared oratory and his humdrum repartee when it comes to answering questions is striking.

Of course, this does not mean that there is no point in examining the President’s answers in the press conference. There are a number of responses that stick out and that naturally cause observers to wonder whether Barack Obama governs the same country of which we are citizens.

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