Twitter mocks Obama’s endless presser

Politicians, operatives, White House officials, members of Congress—along with some snark artists—are debating, attacking, defending and kibitzing around the clock on Twitter. It’s a nonstop forum that is helping shape the political conversation.  In this daily feature, @laurenashburn picks some of the best – and worst – political tweets you may have missed.

When the president has a press conference, let alone one that goes on for almost an hour, about the failure of his signature legislation, the pundit Twitterverse can’t help but live-blog every sentence, gesture, and try to top each other with the best smart-aleck lines they can produce.

Pressers like these are like feeding delicious catnip to the chattering kitties, upping the ante on their cleverness competition.

ICYMI (in case you missed it), here’s a truncated live blog of the best of the best. As Obama launched into his speech and droned on for question after question (with endless football analogies about fumbling, etc.), the armchair quarterbacks charged onto the field:

After just two questions, the Pres decided to call on a member of the foreign press, who predictably could give a hoot about ObamaCare. Was that a strategy? You betcha.

NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell called him out:

Twitter was so bored by the Iran question and by subsequent policy answers by Obama, the ‘is it intermission yet’ jokes took off.

Next journos dealt with their mounting boredom by translating the president’s terminology.

Before Obama finished speaking, his allies were off the reservation. ABC’s Jeff Zeleny notes Senator Tom Harkin’s displeasure.

Even Washington Post liberal blogger Ezra Klein was all doom and gloom.

In the end, the presser will probably not go down as one the president’s great and shining moments.


At the same time in a country not far away, the madness continues with a simultaneous press conference from our favorite Canadian mayor.

Will the Rob Ford saga end?  Maybe. He says he’s finally getting professional help.

Even I’m tired of writing about his problems. Cue the Toronto crack-smoking mayor who won’t resign, bought illegal drugs, probably drank then drove, blah, blah blah, boilerplate.  Now he’s vowed to sue his staff for saying he hired an escort – and is denying, in rather obscene terms, that his gal-pal was anything more than a friend.

Enough. Please Rob, take it to the therapy room and leave us out of your never-ending drama.

Even "God" weighed in on Twitter, with the parody account  @TheTweetOfGod tweeting "I don't want to live in a Twitterverse where Rob Ford is trending."

I’m with God on this one.

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