President Obama held a press conference at the White House on December 19, 2014 prior to his departure for a two week vacation in Hawaii for the holidays. Watching the entire one hour press conference revealed yet again how fatuous the press has become.
Two issues that were discussed – the hacking of Sony Corporation and the opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba – revealed that the press members the president selected to ask questions are reluctant, if not incapable, of asking difficult questions of the president. Here are two questions that should have been asked but were not:
Sony Hacking – The hacking of Sony is reflective of a much broader vulnerability in private and government networks. A constant barrage of successful attacks is reported near daily. The most important defense, infrastructure, financial and research and development systems of the United States have been penetrated by state actors and criminal networks. As the Commander in Chief, it is the president’s duty to defend the United States. It is clear the protection of these systems is not a high enough priority based on the success of attackers. Might someone in the press corps, rather than focusing on Seth Rogan, have asked the question:
Some believe that an asymmetric attack on the electrical power grid, communications infrastructure, and data systems of the United States is the greatest threat, even an existential threat, to the country. Do you agree and if so why is the defense of these systems not the highest national defense priority of your administration.
Cuba - The President announced a historic opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba after nearly 50 years of isolation. The substance and rationale for the change likely will garner a wide majority of support among the American people, to include the author of this blog. But like so many of Obama’s policy actions it was done in a manner that more befits a king or dictator than a president of a constitutional republic. Might someone in the press corps have asked the question:
You have taken an historic action without any consultation with the Congress, a co-equal branch of government, upon which you will depend for changes to the embargo and other matters of law relating to Cuba. Why do you believe it appropriate to confer in secret with the Castro regime, to conduct meetings in Canada and at the Vatican, yet you make no effort to consult even with the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee?