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Obama Tells Sony Not to Be Intimidated, Hails New Cuba Policy, Discusses Criminal Justice Reform

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In his last press conference of the year, President Obama criticized Sony for bowing to threats and choosing not to show The Interview in theatres. The president expressed disappointment that Sony did not run that decision by him first and warned the company against going down the path of bowing to intimidation:

"We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States. Because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing when they see a documentary that they don't like or news reports that they don't like."

He confirmed that North Korea was responsible for the hack and said there was no evidence that any other nation is involved.

Obama also talked about his new approach to Cuba. He criticized the 50-year-embargo for failing to produce regime change in the socialist island nation, but said that it would ultimately be up to Congress to fix the policy. He noted that repealing the embargo has support—and opposition—on both sides of the political aisle.

The president took a measured tone on the Keystone pipeline, although he disputed that its approval would result in a vast economic boon, as many conservatives have promised. It's an issue to tackle in the new year, he said.

The press conference ended on a positive note, with Obama insisting that "the vast majority of people are just trying to do the right thing," when asked about race relations in America. He noted that criminal justice reform is progressing, and draws bipartisan support.

Presidential proclamations on policy issues usually provoke well-deserved groans from libertarians. But all things considered, there was more to like here than usual.

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  1. Presidential proclamations on policy issues usually provoke well-deserved groans from libertarians. But all things considered, there was more to like here than usual.

    I didn’t throw up in my mouth at all this time, so there’s that.

  2. It was Sony’s own fault for dressing so sexy and putting out signals. He could have kept them from getting raped if they’d just come to him first and asked his advice.

  3. “We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States. Because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing when they see a documentary that they don’t like or news reports that they don’t like.”

    Ok… what’s going on here?

    *looks around nervously*

    1. He thinks his audience is retarded with no memory, and for much of his base, he isn’t wrong.

  4. “We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace The President can start imposing censorship illegal domestic spying here in the United States. Because if somebody your own government is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie in their own country, imagine what they start doing when they see a documentary that they don’t like or news reports that they don’t like.”

    *cue that lame John Lennon song I hate so much*

    1. *cue that lame John Lennon song I hate so much*

      You’re gonna have to be a lot more specific.

    1. Besides Nixon, of course

  5. PLUS HE TOOK QUESTIONS ONLY FROM WYMYNZ AFTERWARDS!!!! THIS WAS A THING ON TWITTER AND EVERYTHING!

    /gushing

  6. if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing when they see a documentary that they don’t like or news reports that they don’t like

    Like YouTube videos about Muslims?

    1. Damn. Go, Epi.

      BTW, Bro, don’t know if you saw my post a few days back but I stole your “progressives hate it when anyone opts out of the collective” quote and used it somewhere else. I’m still getting likes, and the occasional petulant reply. I hope you don’t mind since this advances the cause, and all.

      1. Steal away, dude. You know I don’t believe in IP anyway, I’d be a hypocrite if I cared. Steal anything you want.

        And I’m glad that quote got some traction, because it’s true.

        1. Sez the guy who stole my mom.

          1. She’s open source!

        2. Thanks, Epi, both for the quote and for its use. I used it because it was the best expression of that I’ve seen.

          1. Where’s my link to where you used it?!?

        3. Steal anything you want.

          What is your address? Besides the granny porn, do you have enough stuff that would fill up a pick up truck?

  7. Nixon!

    *doberman charges effigy and bites groinal region*

    1. +1 Hunter S. Thompson (still very much missed)

      1. The dude didn’t write anything worth reading after 1972. You should be used to “missing him” by now.

  8. NOW he tells Sony to not be intimidated?

    Where was his statement for the last week?

    Any other BS issue he’d be out there with a comment. The ONE TIME a presidential comment is called for he’s a fucking mime until it doesn’t matter.

    LAST WEEK he should have said,”Any attack on a movie theatre showing this movie will be considered an act of war by the government of North Korea and will be met with a massive response.”

    1. Maybe he was torn. Making hurtful and mean-spirited videos which denigrate the rich traditions of foreign peoples will not be tolerated.

      Oh wait, are we talking about a movie-movie or a youtube video?

    2. Absolutely.

      The ONE fucking time we actually needed him to speak up, and he kept his mouth shut, then he blames Sony for caving after he did *nothing* to help them out.

      Priceless guy, our President.

      1. Because corporation.

    3. He probably just read about it in the newspaper.

    4. Well put, Fluffy. Props. Why the hell should Sony have to shoulder the burden of defending American values? Obama just threw Sony under the bus and blames them for not taking the principled stand that should have been his responsibility. What a twat.

  9. Presidential proclamations on policy issues usually provoke well-deserved groans from libertarians. But all things considered, there was more to like here than usual.

    So he basically chides Sony rather than North Korea and you think that’s something to like?

    He gives some fluff, bullshit speech about how everyone’s trying to do the right things on race relations and completely ignores his own administration’s contributions to the militarization of police forces and we should say that’s a positive?

    He makes no effort to engage Congress on Cuba policy, making another proclamation, and we’re supposed to think “Good job”?

    Bar’s sunk pretty fucking low if anything that lying moron says is considered a plus these days.

    1. Given that there’s a legitimate case that North Korea isn’t behind it, and that Sony’s IT security was easier than a drunk-ass sorority girl, I’d say they deserve to be at least ridiculed for being such pussies.

      But not by this hypocrite, whose administration cowered with drooling, simpering obsequity before Islamofascists because they didn’t like a video put out by some crackpot in L.A.

  10. He’s a secret libertarian. He just needed to get past the last elections to be more flexible.

    1. He’ll be calling for Obamacare to repealed at any moment…

  11. Great. Now go to Honolulu already and give us all a fucking break for a couple of weeks.

    1. Oh, we’ll still see him. Chris Matthews will gush about how toned Obama’s calves are and that he looks “relaxed and rejuvenated.”

  12. Presidential proclamations on policy issues usually provoke well-deserved groans from libertarians. But all things considered, there was more to like here than usual.

    Damning with extremely faint praise.

  13. Did he discuss the Rape Plague?

    1. “E’erbody rapin’ E’erbody up in here!”

  14. The president expressed disappointment that Sony did not run that decision by him first…

    Ebola? Who gives a shit. Police brutality? BRB. Fundraiser. Sony didn’t clear a movie decision with Mulatto Nixon? OH HELL NO!!!

    1. Why the hell would Sony execs think they should consult with the POTUS about anything? Didn’t he say he had a phone and was going to use it? Didn’t he realize the decisions facing Sony? If he wanted some input, he should have spoken up before it was too late. Now that it is too late he should STFU.

  15. The president took a measured tone on the Keystone pipeline, although he disputed that its approval would result in a vast economic boon, as many conservatives have promised. It’s an issue to tackle in the new year, he said.

    “measured tone”? A fact free assertion and a vague promise to look at it “next year”… LEAADERSHIP!!!!!!

    1. *A fact free assertion and a vague promise to look at it “next year”… *

      Yeah, he’ll “look at it”, all right…look at it sitting in his trash can.

  16. You know what bugs me most about Barack Obama? That he’s a fucking tool. I could handle alllll the stupid and TEAM and whatnot – but he’s just a fucking TOOL.

    And that makes him insufferable.

    1. Hey Almanian, that’s not fair.

      Tools are actually useful.

  17. Thats pretty good idea man.

    http://www.TheAnonBay.tk

  18. Re the president telling Sony “not to be intimidated”,he got that right. To bad Sony and any number of exhibitors (theater operators) didn’t.

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