Obama, Calderón, Harper hold press conference

http://twitter.com/#!/JonahNRO/status/186875840615809026

Jonah is onto something here. President Obama’s press conferences are generally not barn-burners, but this one rated particularly low on the excitement scale, despite the fact that it costarred Mexican President Felipe Calderón and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

ABC’s Jake Tapper snapped a picture of the trio in the Rose Garden:

They all look thrilled to be there.

Topics of this press conference were supposed to include immigration, energy, and trade. And fortunately, there were other people willing to subject themselves to the conference so you didn’t have to, though, if you’re feeling masochistic, you can watch the proceedings here.

Obama reminiscing about listening to a mariachi band and sipping tequila w/ Calderón to kick of this presser.

— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) April 2, 2012

Obama expanding efforts with Mexico to combat climate change. How about expanding efforts to fight cartels by not sending them weapons?

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) April 2, 2012

Flanked by his Canadian & Mexican counterparts, Pres Obama says their highest priority is creating jobs & opportunities for our people.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 2, 2012

Pres Obama says the leaders are "doing all we can" to speed up the economic recovery by boosting trade with our two neighbors.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 2, 2012

Pres Calderone hails that US/Canada/Mexican trade has topped $1-trilllion for first time.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 2, 2012

Operation Fast and Furious was noticeable for its conspicuous absence.

"Calderon has courageously combated these cartels" -Obama, fails to say "sorry dude, we sent those cartels 2500 guns" #fastandfurious

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) April 2, 2012

Obama says U.S. has stopped flow of guns south,what a joke. His DOJ sent 2500 guns south, then blamed U.S. gun shops #fastandfurious

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) April 2, 2012

WOW! Obama stopped the flow of guns into Mexico? I suggest Calderon talk to the Zapatas.

— Mary Chastain (@mchastain81) April 2, 2012

Pres Calderon. You have the MSM in front of you. Bring up #FastandFurious

— Mary Chastain (@mchastain81) April 2, 2012

FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL!!! Pres Calderon is huge wuss. Talks a big game when in Mexico, but when here wont say crap about #fastandfurious.

— Mary Chastain (@mchastain81) April 2, 2012

Obama praises Calderón's crackdown on narco traffickers. "We have an obligation to meet that threat."

— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) April 2, 2012

waiting on Calderon to slam the Second Amendment….coming in 3…2….1….

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) April 2, 2012

Prez Calderón links end of end U.S. assault weapons ban to rising violence in Mexico.

— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) April 2, 2012

Calderón: D.C. homicide rate per capita is 10 to 20 times higher than any city in Mexico. / hmm

— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) April 2, 2012

MT @mpoindc For the record, DC had an estimated population of about 618k last year. There were 108 recorded homicides http://t.co/g2mpXGYM

— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) April 2, 2012

Guess what? In Mexico you can't legally own a gun, therefore tens of thousand of innocents are getting slaughter by cartels who do have them

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) April 2, 2012

Calderon is lying, Obama is lying, get the truth about #fastandfurious, BIG announcement coming Wednesday #murdergate

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) April 2, 2012

The constitutionality of Obamacare came up as well.

RT @tobyharnden: Obama on Supreme Court & Obamacare: "in accordance with precedents out there, it's constitutional"

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) April 2, 2012

Ooops, Obama just started saying "we're confident this law will be overturn–" then had to change to "upheld"

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) April 2, 2012

Pre-emptive attack: Obama says SCOTUS overturning Obamacare would be an "unprecedented" step.

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) April 2, 2012

Pres Obama confident health care law willl be upheld. Says that view shared by "a whole lot" of law profs, academics and judges.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 2, 2012

Barack Obama appears to have established a pattern when it comes to calling out the Supreme Court, and this pattern involves veiled intimidation.

Fortunately for our president, Stephen Harper has his back when it comes to government-run healthcare:

oh good, the PM of Canada is shilling for Obama's government takeover of healthcare

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) April 2, 2012

So, what did we learn from this? We learned that while Barack Obama is quite weak in the eyes of much of the world, he’s still managed to hold a handful of international leaders in his pocket. He’s still trying to silence dissent. He’s still shirking responsibility. And he’s still his own biggest fan:

Obama: "My entire career has been a testament to American exceptionalism."

— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) April 2, 2012

No doubt this presser has elevated America’s position on the world stage.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/04/02/obama-calderon-harper-hold-press-conference/

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