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    Today on the way home from work, I was listening to the Thom Hartmann show (he's very liberal, honest, smart, knowledgeable, sincere -- I disagree with most all his views but respect and learn a lot from him).

    Thom has a regular guest, Ellen Ratner from Talk Radio News Service, who reports on political happenings of the day. Thom and Ellen were both lamenting Obama taking a question from the Huffington Post during his press conference today. According to Ellen and Thom, the people selected to ask questions are not random. Reporters must submit their questions to the White House before the press conference begins. Obama and his staff then select the questions they want to answer and call on those reporters. Effectively, there are no surprise questions at Obama's White House briefings. Ellen said reporters were never asked to pre-submit questions to Bush's staff, but Bush was given a seating chart so he could call on specific reporters/news organizations if he chose to.

    I have somewhat lost a little respect for Obama's amazing speaking abilities.

    Has anyone else heard this before?

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    I don't think Obama loses sleep over your disappointment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by washed up wrestler View Post
    I don't think Obama loses sleep over your disappointment.
    Nor should he lose any sleep over my disappointment.

    I just find it amazing that everyone assumes he is such a great speaker at press conferences, when, in reality, it's more of a staged theatrical production. He's already aware of the questions and he's prepared responses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by washed up wrestler View Post
    I don't think Obama loses sleep over your disappointment.
    Another insightful observation. It's posters like w-u-w that make this forum the congenial and mentally stimulating place that it is. How could we get along without him (and when can we try to find out)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spider View Post
    Another insightful observation. It's posters like w-u-w that make this forum the congenial and mentally stimulating place that it is. How could we get along without him (and when can we try to find out)?
    I doubt I'll lose any sleep from your disappointment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmyFan View Post
    Nor should he lose any sleep over my disappointment.

    I just find it amazing that everyone assumes he is such a great speaker at press conferences, when, in reality, it's more of a staged theatrical production. He's already aware of the questions and he's prepared responses.
    Is that all you've got?

    BTW, are you using the net during work time on my tax dollars? That's what I thought

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    Quote Originally Posted by washed up wrestler View Post
    I doubt I'll lose any sleep from your disappointment.
    I'm not at all disappointed. Disappointment happens when you get less than you expected. I got exactly what I expected from you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by washed up wrestler View Post
    Is that all you've got?

    BTW, are you using the net during work time on my tax dollars? That's what I thought
    I'm not on anyone's tax dollars. And I wrote the previous message from home this morning.

    I'm at work now and I am using my work computer to type this message. My boss(es) are more concerned with my results than what I do on Wrestling Talk chat boards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmyFan View Post
    Nor should he lose any sleep over my disappointment.

    I just find it amazing that everyone assumes he is such a great speaker at press conferences, when, in reality, it's more of a staged theatrical production. He's already aware of the questions and he's prepared responses.

    Sounds a little hard to believe that the whole event is scripted, I would not have trouble believing that parts of it are. Even if it is true I find it minorly disappointing, but not really significant in his performance as President. The disappointing part of it, is not that he is not able to give great answers off the cuff, but rahter trying to decieve the American people with faux press conferences.

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