Behave?

Obama flubs opportunity to show Africa an example of true freedom

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President Obama touted a free press on his trip to Africa. But he had a funny way of showing it.

Instead, what he appeared to do was give authoritarian leaders and their proteges a lesson in cowing the media.

“Americans, behave yourselves,” Obama told reporters during an appearance with South African President Jacob Zuma.

It seems American reporters ask too many questions for Mr. Obama’s taste.

From where we sit, they don’t ask enough, especially of the penetrating or challenging type.

But Mr. Obama’s strange embarrassment at the U.S. media’s supposed intrusiveness is, while a minor incident, a very revealing one.

The president had the opportunity to actually embrace the robust exchange of ideas and information that our system of press freedom allows. Instead, he apologizes for it to other world leaders and upbraids Americans and tells them to “behave.”

What he sees as a bother is, instead, a beauty: It’s an example of the robustness of a free society and a free press. Rather than apologize or try to discourage vigorous challenges from the people he serves and the media that represent them, he should celebrate them. He could have shown leaders of the African continent’s fledgling democracies what true freedom really looks and sounds like.

This page is the first to tout civility. But that’s not what this president is talking about. He’s talking about reporters being more yielding and tame, more acquiescent and compliant.

Being rebellious – and maybe lovably incorrigible at times – is as American as the Fourth of July.

Behave? To paraphrase Harrison Ford in the movie Clear and Present Danger: We’re sorry, Mr. President. We don’t dance.

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grouse
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grouse 07/05/13 - 04:41 am
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Oh, please. The room was a
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Oh, please. The room was a mixture of South African and American reporters and he was needling them about multi-part questions...and you're not quoting Harrison Ford, you're quoting the character Harrison Ford played...a first-year journalism student would know better...

owensjef3
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owensjef3 07/05/13 - 05:38 am
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Boy does this paper hate the
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Boy does this paper hate the President, i mean it is the Fourth of July geez

myfather15
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myfather15 07/05/13 - 06:15 am
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owensjef3

Can you tell me why the President did this? It FACT and is on video, no denying he did this.

So, why would OUR President to to another Country and then specifically tell AMERICANS to behave, even if a joking tone? What purpose could it serve? Why exactly would it be funny?

The ONLY people who could possibly think this is funny is someone who honestly believes American's are out of control and they were poking fun at that fact.

This President himself is making people become very displeased with him. Personally, I don't like ANY politician, but I'm really starting to dislike this man!! STOP APOLOGIZING FOR AMERICA!!!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 07/05/13 - 06:40 am
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myfather

"but I'm really STARTING to dislike this man!!"

I sort of beat you by 4 years 120 days.....I was in a state of "Hope" the first 60 days.....but then common sense kick in!

corgimom
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corgimom 07/05/13 - 06:43 am
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What is really sad is that

What is really sad is that the President of the United States has to remind grown adults to behave themselves while they are guests in a foreign country.

When you travel to other countries, they don't care how America does things.

And it is terrible that those American reporters are lacking in courtesy and respect and manners.

And then people take offense at what Obama said. Really.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 07/05/13 - 07:19 am
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if Obama had a media

they'd look just like Tra--- just like the current mainstream media
the thrills up the leg from their darling 0 aren't limited to msnbc

Rhetor
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Rhetor 07/05/13 - 07:26 am
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Give me a break

At the time Obama said that, the press corps was being rude and unreasonable by piling questions up faster than the foreign dignitaries could answer. Obama wasn't trying to suppress the reporters, just to encourage them to be more orderly and to ask one question at a time. ACES, there was a time when Southerners strongly encouraged good manners; now you're writing an editorial opposing good manners. Good heavens. What is the world coming to these days?

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 07/05/13 - 07:38 am
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its all about obumler..the

its all about obumler..the free press is in his back pocket for almost 5 years..now with all the scandals going on they are even forced to ask a difficult question now and then.....he just doesnt want to be questioned period...just like holder etc b/4 congress...i dont remember, ill get back to you, i plead the 5th, i didnt do it...translation in obumler world..its none of your business!!!!!!!

TruthJusticeFaithHope
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TruthJusticeFaithHope 07/05/13 - 08:18 am
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Good Editorial !

Good Editorial ! Keep up the good work.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/05/13 - 08:28 am
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This is too funny. Well who

This is too funny. Well who is going to tell Obama to behave himself on all his excursions-somebody sure needed to. Hasn't Obama broken protocols when it suited him-Queen of England, India, etc. etc. Funny Obama doesn't want the media intruding on his parade but he sure doesn't mind intruding into every aspect of our lives with spying on Americans. I would wager Obama is the rudest most arrogant of presidents-even that idiot cowboy Bush wasn't rude (arrogant yes). Who is it in countless interviews interrupts and then dominates the conversation and "corrects" people in their views-he always "talks down" to people.

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carcraft 07/05/13 - 08:37 am
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The government in DC has had

The government in DC has had scandal after scandal. Important issues from taping reporters phones and those of the parents, the IRS scandals, Benghazi, and the imploding of health care reform bill, Egypt coming apart at the seams etc. etc. etc. Obama has not done well by the press. Obama has had fewer press conferances than since Reagan. Getting information out of Carney is worse than Bagdad Bob. When the press gets a chance they are going to push. If Obama is only going to hold press conferances over seas he should expect to get questions that might bruise his delicate ego!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/05/13 - 08:37 am
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Obama has promised to double

Obama has promised to double aid to Africa. Tell me how this fits into the sequester? We can aid Egypt, Africa, etc, etc, etc, etc. but no White House tours unless you're a big name and supporter. Hey sure somebody needs to "behave".

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/05/13 - 08:39 am
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Car don't you know it is

Car don't you know it is "rude" to ask such questions. And as you pointed out- you ain't a gonna git an answer.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/05/13 - 08:44 am
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I don't understand how all

I don't understand how all the people who held Bush in such contempt now refuse to do the same for Obama when he does the very same thing if not worse. We have had a a coke head and pot head, a baseball team owner and community organizer- perhaps we need to look for better presidential material and better qualifications. All their education records should be held to public scrutiny too-cause I doubt either have the equivalent of a GED.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 07/05/13 - 08:46 am
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Doesn't Human Behaver

usually developed in early childhood through teachings of parents and surrounding environments.

There should be no questions as to why he behaves like he does....Right?

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dahreese 07/05/13 - 09:18 am
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@Rhetor "At the time Obama
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@Rhetor

"At the time Obama said that, the press corps was being rude and unreasonable by piling questions up faster than the foreign dignitaries could answer."

Our conservative commenters on here are too bent on bashing Obama to hear you.

They are so easily snookered by editorials like the one above.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 07/05/13 - 09:40 am
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SNOOKERED???? the only one

SNOOKERED???? the only one snookered are those who drank the obumler kool-aide...anyone, anyone thinking that our country is not imploding due to the accleration of liberal policies under obumler just aint paying attention..

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/05/13 - 09:42 am
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My recollection is the last

My recollection is the last 12 years has been nothing but bashing the standing President on the forums and comments. I don't see anything new or different.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/05/13 - 09:52 am
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"Our conservative

"Our conservative commenters"

Our Obama supporters.....Hear no evil, See no evil, Speak no evil.

myfather15
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myfather15 07/05/13 - 09:56 am
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I thought the Obamasiad was

I thought the Obamasiah was going to restore our credibility in the ENTIRE world??

The LP's will ALWAYS find a way to bash America; even when referring to our media, oversees.

If I remember right, Bush had a shoe thrown at him while giving a speech. And Obama has to demean our reporters, telling them to "behave"? So our reporters behavior is worse than the rest of the world?

Why don't you LP's GET OVER IT!! As much as you demean, belittle and lie about America; she is still EXCEPTIONAL!! We ARE the best Country in the history of mankind!!

deestafford
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deestafford 07/05/13 - 10:15 am
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Why are some surprised

when "our" wannabe tyrant gets agitated when asked non-fawning questions especially when he is in his "homeland". After all, when one spends $100 million of other people's money on a vacation trip through the "homeland" to meet with his ailing, near-death hero or family, should he not be accorded the demi-god status which the media crowned him with when he was anointed in 2009?

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 07/05/13 - 10:38 am
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amen --the very best---but we

amen --the very best---but we are going to have to fight to keep it that way.....no more compromising on key principles..period...the libs are just going to have live with it..they despise us anyway.l

Darby
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Darby 07/05/13 - 10:43 am
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"Boy does this paper hate the President,

i mean it is the Fourth of July geez"

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Yeah, you'd think those jerks at the Chronicle would understand that this is OzBama's country and this was his 4th of July.

They should have stepped back and let him bask in the warmth of his own glowing image.

Some people just don't understand just how great this man really is.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/05/13 - 11:02 am
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nofanofobama @ 10:38

"the libs are just going to have live with it..they despise us anyway.l"

Don't you know, liberals don't despise anybody ! Sort of like the "flower children" of the 60's and 70's !! Real cool, man.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/05/13 - 11:08 am
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Not up to speed

I am not up to speed on this press conference. Guess I will have to debate on the subjects you conservatives bring up.

Darby
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Darby 07/05/13 - 02:10 pm
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Since when does a liberal have to know

anything about a subject to express his/her opinion?

Darby
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Darby 07/05/13 - 02:29 pm
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"What is really sad is that the President of

the United States has to remind grown adults to behave themselves while they are guests in a foreign country."

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You jest, right? The guy who never misses a chance to travel to a foreign country and either apologize for or criticize America (or he does both at the same time.) has the unmitigated gall to lecture others on behavior abroad?

What's "really sad" is that we have to tolerate this empty suit twit for three more years.

On the other hand, at this time in 2016, America will be so embroiled in the next presidential election that Obama could run naked three times around the Lincoln Memorial then go cool off in the Reflecting Pool and no one would pay that much attention.

Can't come fast enough.

Yeah, I'm convinced you were joking. Had to be!

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 07/05/13 - 03:13 pm
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Bled-I don't know how old you

Bled-I don't know how old you are but the flower children of the 60 and 70's were self centered brats that only thought of themselves. I should know I was one of them but I grew up. Music wize I' still a dead head but that peace, love etc was just a romantic myth. Period.

myfather15
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myfather15 07/05/13 - 03:29 pm
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The Bible does say "they shall claim peace, peace; but there shall be no peace."

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/05/13 - 05:20 pm
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The reasons for
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hating that punk of a president are too many to count. If ever a piece of scum needed to be impeached, this boy deserves it in spades.

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