Suppose Obama Gave A War On Guns And Nobody Came?

So Obama‘s troops were up in arms over the myopic White House press corps obsessing over the fiscal cliff — ignoring  Obama‘s gun control presser and instead shooting fiscal cliff questions right out of the gate. Huffington Post.

The testy tweet quoted in the Huff Post head wasn’t “WTH.”  “WTF” hammered out by NYT ex-exec editor Bill Keller‘s wife as the White House press corps ignored Obama‘s subject.  The New York Times did not run Keller‘s second wife’s tweets.

Huff Post Headline

“Does anyone know one civilian — other than your crazy uncle who listens to Rush Limbaugh three hours a day — who’s losing sleep over the fiscal cliff?”  Will Bunch Philadelphia Daily News.

As for Limbaugh, he warned ABC’s Jake Tapper, who got in the last question, that Obama would retaliate: “I guarantee you, Jacob Tapper is in some crosshairs now for this insolence and this disrespect.” “Jake Tapper Pops Obama’s Bubble.”

Tapper: “It seems to a lot of observers that you made the political calculation in 2008, your first term and in 2012 not to talk about gun violence. You had your position on renewing the ban on semiautomatic rifles that then-Sen. Biden put in place. But you didn’t do much about it.  This is not the first incident of horrific gun violence of your four years. Where have you been?”

A testy Obama replied: “Well, here’s where I’ve been, Jake. Uh, I’ve been president of the United States dealing with the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, an auto industry on the verge of collapse, two wars. I don’t think I’ve been on vacation. And, so, you know, I think all of us have to do some reflection on how we prioritize, um, what we do here in Washington.”  Politico.

Obama‘s about to go on vacation.

Tapper‘s spin to the Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple:  With vivid memories of having covered Columbine, I thought it was worth pressing him on the point. It felt like a question that parents of victims of all the gun violence from Inauguration Day 2009 until the day before Sandy Hook, and all the terrified parents out there, would want to better understand.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 @ 9:42 AM

  • scott

    According to the Mayan calendar, Mr. Tapper will disappear on 12/21/12

    • Marty Davis

      Obama was supposed to disappear on vacation Dec. 17, then 21st, now in holding pattern over fiscal cliff.  Michelle Obama will go anyway.

      Maybe not on hold:  the huge Air Force cargo planes from Charleston to Hawaii packed with pallets of Christmas gifts, armored vehicles et al.   So I hear.

    • Marty Davis

       According to CNN’s calendar, Mr. Tapper will disappear from ABC News in January 2013.

  • Jimbotalk

    Memo to poor Barack:  Mitt has been on vacation for a month and a half now.

    • Jazzee

      wish obamaer would take a long vacation and never come back

  • John Cobb

    Will Bunch has to be the dumbest person on earth, all of wall street, main street, european streets and on and on are waiting on the cliff, 

    this is how stupid people are in the nation, as if Limbaugh has anything to do with it…jeezzzz…

    • Marty Davis

      You nailed it!

  • Justthemiller

    Well, I for one am worried about the fiscal cliff as my spouse is a contract employee of the US Government & very well could be laid off if this happens.  Not great thing when I may have to support her and my 2 year old son on my paltry government salary.  Also, I’m sorry to hear that Barry O’ actually has to answer hard questions once in a great while.  It’s galling to see him just blithely get away w/a lot of garbage and his sycophants/enablers in the lame-stream media just give him a pass on it. 

    • Jazzee

      paltry gov salary???? seriously?  I would just LIKE a job……

  • C

    You better hide under your desk, Jake!