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Obama’s First Press Conference — Long on Style, Short on Substance

November 8, 2008

Barack Obama was long on style and short on substance today as he hosted his first press conference as president-elect, as perhaps was appropriate. He reminded the audience that George Bush is still president, but signaled to Americans that his administration will not want for talent or diversity by appearing with a bevy of top drawer financial figures. The members of his Transition Economic Advisory Board who joined him on the stage included, among others, former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, Governor Jennifer Granholm of Michigan, and business leaders such as Eric Schmidt of Google, Dick Parsons of Time Warner and Anne Mulcahy of Xerox.

By Liz Peek
Fox News

US President-elect Barack Obama (C) speaks to the press in Chicago. ... 
US President-elect Barack Obama (C) speaks to the press in Chicago. Obama on Friday said he would act “swiftly” as soon as he takes office to confront the economic crisis head on, during his first news conference since his historic election.(AFP/Stan Honda)

He appeared at first to disappoint investors who may have been hoping that Obama would announce a sterling choice for the key post of Treasury Secretary, or would somehow produce a rabbit out of his hat that would guarantee an economic recovery. The stock market averages were ahead strongly as Obama took the podium, but drew back as he delivered tempered remarks about his programs to help out the middle class and boost growth. As the day came to an end, however, the market came back to post a 2.8% gain.

Not only did he speak against an impressive backdrop of well known financial figures, he also spoke against a backdrop of sobering economic news, including word today that the U.S. lost another 240,000 jobs in October, leading to a year-to-date drop of nearly 1.2 million.

Responding to the worsening employment picture, Mr. Obama outlined his top priorities.

His first aim appears to be the passage of a stimulus program, which he described as “long overdue” and which he suggested would be his top goal as president in the event that the plan does not get passed by the lame duck Congress. He emphasized the need to extend unemployment benefits, aid homeowners, help small businesses navigate the financial crisis, and assist hard-pressed states and local governments. Doubtless mindful of the miserable earnings results and dire cash flow projections reported earlier in the day by General Motors and Ford, Obama also singled out the auto industry as needing assistance –- advocating specifically funding for retooling for the industry as well as considering other possible options.

Otherwise, Obama reached back into his campaign quiver to talk about long-term areas of focus such as clean energy, universal health care, improved education and tax relief for middle class families. He said his team would work to stabilize markets, help homeowners and oversee the implementation of the financial bailout package “without unduly rewarding” managements of those companies receiving assistance.

Read the rest:
http://foxforum.blogs.foxnews.com/2008/11/07/lpeek_1107/

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Forget Iran, jobs, taxes. What about Obama’s first dog, er, First Dog?

November 8, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama met with part of his transition team Friday to talk about the nation’s evolving economic troubles.

But the compelling issue on at least one reporter’s mind was, what about the Obama family’s promised dog?

The about-to-be-first family’s father explained there was a complication because one daughter, Malia, is allergic. And apparently Obama thinks that rules out his professed first choice of a shelter dog.

But the reporter in this video has good news for Obama — and perhaps soon good news for one particular puppy sitting unknown in a shelter somewhere tonight like a canine Cinderella.

(For a video of Obama’s entire first news conference as president-elect, click on the Read more line below.)

— Andrew Malcolm; The Los Angeles Times

Assault At The White House!

November 6, 2008

White House First Dog Barney put his teeth into a White House reporter today and drew blood.

“First dog shows first fangs!”

Shame!

But wait: If Barney bit a reporter he is only doing what everyone at the White House wants to do, what every Republican wants to do, and what Barack Obama will soon learn: there is nothing like drawing blood from the bood-hungry media.

John McCain: eat your heart out.  You owe one to Barney!

Word is that Barack’s kids are looking for a puppy; but the President Elect already has a pit bull: Rahm Emanuel.

Barney told Peace and Freedom he would make a full apology.
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Miss Beazley had no comment.

May 2004

From the Associated Press
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It seems President Bush’s dog Barney wasn’t much in the mood for friendly attention during his walk outside the White House on Thursday. So when Reuters reporter Jon Decker reached down to pet the Scottish terrier, the seemingly docile dog snapped at him and bit Decker’s right index finger.

Reporter April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks happened to capture the moment on video.

And, naturally, it soon wound up on YouTube. The video comes to an end with a freeze frame on Barney’s fangs.

In this Feb. 29, 2008 file photo, President Bush and his dog ... 
Two scrappy mutts…

Barney won’t have to worry about bothersome reporters much longer. The Bush administration ends in 75 days, and the president is headed back to Texas.

Sally McDonough, a spokeswoman for first lady Laura Bush, said of Barney: “I think it was his way of saying he was done with the paparazzi.”

Mrs. Bush asked McDonough to call Decker and make sure he was fine. She reports that Decker “is being a good sport about it all.”

See the video:
From ABC and aprildryan.com
http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=6199788&referer=sphere_related_content

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAKfEoTcMaY

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Above: Miss Beazley

Reuters reporter Jon Decker shows his bandaged finger after ... 
Reuters reporter Jon Decker shows his bandaged finger after he was bitten by President George W. Bush’s dog Barney at the White House in Washington, November 6, 2008.(Larry Downing/Reuters)