What Obama told journalists at AP lunch

The White House has published a transcript of President Barack Obama’s remarks to journalists at the Associated Press lunch during the ASNE convention. Here are highlights:

Clearly, we’re already in the beginning months of another long, lively election year. There will be gaffes and minor controversies, be hot mics and Etch-a-Sketch moments. You will cover every word that we say, and we will complain vociferously about the unflattering words that you write — unless, of course, you’re writing about the other guy — in which case, good job.  (Laughter.)

Obama spoke to the gathering in Washington, D.C. Tuesday. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

But there are also big, fundamental issues at stake right now — issues that deserve serious debate among every candidate, and serious coverage among every reporter.  …

I think that there is oftentimes the impulse to suggest that if the two parties are disagreeing, then they’re equally at fault and the truth lies somewhere in the middle, and an equivalence is presented — which reinforces I think people’s cynicism about Washington generally. [The debate over deficit reduction] is not one of those situations where there’s an equivalence. I’ve got some of the most liberal Democrats in Congress who were prepared to make significant changes to entitlements that go against their political interests, and who said they were willing to do it.  And we couldn’t get a Republican to stand up and say, we’ll raise some revenue, or even to suggest that we won’t give more tax cuts to people who don’t need them.

And so I think it’s important to put the current debate in some historical context.  It’s not just true, by the way, of the budget.  It’s true of a lot of the debates that we’re having out here.

Likely Republican nominee for president Mitt Romney will speak at the convention tomorrow. || Related: AP Chair Dean Singleton gave Obama a “rather warm introduction” (Dylan Byers/Politico) || Flashback via Michael Calderone: Obama addresses “bitter”comment at AP lunch (Politico)

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  • Anonymous

    The media isn’t unbiased.  They were only following Obama’s advice when they altered the audio evidence for the Trayvon shooting.  The whole innocent until proven guilty thing is outdated. Let Obama, Jackson, and Sharpton decide.  It worked so well for the Duke Lacrosse team.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tommy.t.mayes Tom Mayes

    We also know that Judge Thomas has already made up his mind.  His wife, paid well and “working” for the Heritage Foundation, has said publicly in many speeches that she will see ACA undone…  Which side of the bench should he be on…?

  • http://www.facebook.com/tommy.t.mayes Tom Mayes

    We also know that Judge Thomas has already made up his mind.  His wife, paid well and “working” for the Heritage Foundation, has said publicly in many speeches that she will see ACA undone…  Which side of the bench should he be on…?

  • http://www.facebook.com/tommy.t.mayes Tom Mayes

    We also know that Judge Thomas has already made up his mind.  His wife, paid well and “working” for the Heritage Foundation, has said publicly in many speeches that she will see ACA undone…  Which side of the bench should he be on…?

  • http://www.facebook.com/marc.hardman Marc Hardman

    I believe sir, that is you who are the goon. It doesn’t matter whether or not the majority wants or does not want OCare because there is no such thing as OCare. ObamaCare is a republican invention that bares no resemblance to actual health care reform which the majority of people do want. The current health care reform legislation is a good starting point. Over time it will evolve and improve and hopefully someday, Americans will enjoy affordable and proper health care. What the conservative members of the SCOTUS are currently attempting to pull off is the worst sort of judicial activism that conservatives are constantly decrying. Of course when the activism is working in their own direction, well, then it’s all OK.           

  • http://twitter.com/mikefeldman1973 Mike Feldman

     You, sir, are a goon.  Have you listened to any of the 3 days?  Kagan and Sotomayor were sitting on the wrong side of the bench.. They were all but arguing solely for the Obama Administration..To say Justices aren’t political would be nonsense..it’s sad, but true, but to suggest, simply because it is looking as though this unConstitutional mandate will be struck down, doesn’t suggest that one side is any more corrupt than the other.  Obama planted his picks solely to shift the balance of Judicial power to fit his needs, as previous presidents have done in the past.  Now to address your silly little rants.  The majority does not want Obamacare.  This unread bill was voted on in a manner of thug mantality…get it through before anyone knows what is in it.  The simple truth is that the more is known of OCare, the more the PEOPLE do NOT want it.  Are their voices relevant in your narrow minded view of democracy?  No need to answer, your post tells us everything.  I could go on, but I have bored of your nonsense. 

  • Anonymous

    We can now say unequivocally that the United States Supreme Court is packed with majority political hacks, the very antithesis of impartial judges, and men willing to do justice under the law. We know this because if a Republican president were defending the president’s health care bill, the court would’ve either thrown out the challenge, or decided in the president favor unanimously or very close to it. 

    These conservatives or better to say pseudo-conservatives on the Court have been reduced to thugs carrying out will of the Republican Party. They have now become the GOP’s enforcers.  If they decide to throw out the mandate, a Republican idea to begin with, they will have taken yet another extremist step towards ending the last semblances of democracy in the Republic. No longer will the majority rule in America, from this point forward it will be the terrorist minority dictating policy and the direction of the country, through their willingness to destroy the America, in their quest to get Their way. 

    It is a demonstration of how far they are willing to go in their thirst for power and control over everyone and everything. Emboldened by their corporate backers, and with the rabid base they have groomed, cultivated and sharpened to a fine point, at their backs pushing them forward and baying for Obama’s blood,  the GOP have concluded there is no one else they must answer to any longer.  The American people have become nothing more than pawns in their little Game of Thrones. We are now all their small folk, who will be left to starve and die in the endless winter this country is headed for, while they sit in their castles on the piles of wealth they’ve accumulated at our expense. Their intention to sit out the tough times in the most obscene luxury and the most undeserved and unearned of comfort, while we starve. Then when we have all been rendered sufficiently compliant, when we are willing to settle for less, they will swoop in to pick up the pieces of what’s left… of us.  The Republican Winter is coming.