MARR-OBAMA THREAD

So what did you make of Andrew Marr’s interview with President Obama?

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34 Responses to MARR-OBAMA THREAD

  1. It's all too much says:

    I didn’t see anything beyond a very soft and oily interview before a state visit.  The sofest and soapies of leading questions – how great are you Mr President?  Tell me of your achievements your divinity…What was of much more interest on the Marr show was the non-discussion discussion of super injunctions with an absence of mention of certain room inhabiting elephants in the ‘lets see if we can find anti-governmet stories in the sunday papers section! Ha!  And, apparently we have to keep Ken Clarke as he is to the taste of the liberal left and this whole media campaign has been whipped up by the tory right! Right Helena

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  2. Maturecheese says:

    I’m not going to watch it as it’s obvious what is going on.  I wonder if Mr Marr will be doing a high publicity interview with Colonel Allen West?

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    • NotaSheep says:

      Unlikely as BBC tell us that all Tea Party supporters are racists and that includes Col Allen West and Herman Cain!

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  3. George R says:

    The Obamas as Beeb royalty.

    Marr’s ‘professional’ attitude, in his own words:

    “What was he like to interview? Very focused, very clever. Once or twice he saw where I might be heading, and expertly headed me off at the pass.
    “Once I got a steely look and a ‘that’s enough of that’ kind of answer.”

    [extract from]:-

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13485209

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    • Asuka Langley Soryu says:

      “Once he gave me a ‘who is this jug-eared sycophant twat?’ sort of a look.”

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    • Lloyd says:

      Pass me the sick bucket.

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    • My Site (click to edit) says:

      Once or twice he saw where I might be heading, and expertly left me in no doubt that the BBC had fielded a person so compromised that any attempt at unwelcome in-depth challenge could be met with diversionary allusions to a lifestyle so screwed up, the notion of credibly holding others to account in interview is plain fantasy’.

      Along with getting a clearly conflicted Editor in charge of the Middle east desk, the BBC really seems to be ensuring its market rates are soiled seconds.

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  4. Craig says:

    Yes, Andrew Marr sitting meekly in front of Pres. Obama, wide-eyed and smiling and nodding…

    …and asking questions like:

    “And what would President Obama say looking back at the Barack Obama who won on all those wonderful images of hope and change (Obama beamed back at him at that!) and ‘Yes We Can’, erm, what would you say to him now.? ‘You’re a good guy. Your life is a little harder when you get into political office.’ What would you say?”

    Impartiality? Yeah right.

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  5. Ruben DaSilva says:

    Andrew Marr was clearly nervous, as evinced by his near-hysterical laughter.

    He was cool enough however to perpetrate that annoying practice common to puerile interviewers – insult your subject without them realising it. In this case, Marr audaciously referred to Barack Obama as a moron while asking a question about Afghanistan:

    When it comes to Afghanistan . . . It’s never going to be sort of Switzerland with minarets (hysterical laughter). You’ve got to start to pull out. Which side of that are you more on?”

    Or, more likely, “Which side of that are you? Moron”

    Shame on you, Master Marr.

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  6. Dick the Prick says:

    In all fairness, I thought it was alright. I think there are times for soft interviews before state visits. It’s not really accurate for Marr to get into US domestic politics as that’s supposed to be Mardell’s job…stop sniggering at the back there, Jenkins. Anodyne and polite with reference to UK strategic foreign policy – hmm…steady away, really.

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  7. flexdream says:

    “The Queen symbolises the best of England”

    Nice sentiment, but if President Bush had said this would he have been criticised for not knowing the difference between ‘England’ and the ‘UK’? Still to be fair, referring to the ‘US’ as ‘America’ as we tend to do is a bit lazy also.

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  8. Natsman says:

    Marrselicker

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    • Grant says:

      Natsman,
      If that is original, you should copyright it.  Excellent !

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  9. Paddy says:

    I don’t know about you guys but if you looked really closely you could see Marrs tongue popping out of Obamas nose.

    Marr made me puke. He was like a teenage boy on his first date. ‘you’re really great, you look really good, you’re so funny, I think I love you, will you be my boy friend’

    Horrible to watch. What made it worse was the way Barry O lapped up this sycophantic nonsense. In one single interview they encapsulated every reason why I hate the beeb. :-$

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    • Grant says:

      Paddy,
      You are right.  Political onanists like Obama never say to anyone ” For God’s sake , get off your knees and stop crawling” !

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  10. Craig says:

    Two guests from the U.S. Democratic Party, two from the U.K. Labour Party, two from the liberal ‘Washington Post’…and Sir Max Hastings…all on the same show.
    A very BBC cast-list.

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    • Natsman says:

      Bloody Marrvellous…

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      • Millie Tant says:

        Another poster here writes Marrshmallow.  I like subtle touches like that. You’d almost miss them when you are reading quickly.

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  11. Millie Tant says:

    And just in case any of the populace missed it, the Beeboid Corporation is serving up this show of sycophancy again this evening! I’ve heard of repeats but…that soon?

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    • Grant says:

      Millie,
      BBC2  5.30  ” Obama News Special ”  for 30 minutes. Pass the sick bag !

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      • Millie Tant says:

        Thank you for that, Grant. I may just watch it to see Marr being overcome and laughing hysterically in the presence of The One! 

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  12. sue says:

    Max Hastings was almost as cringingly adulatory over Obama as Marr was.  Marr’s giggling in the presence of the great one definitely had an air of hysteria and his face took on a panic stricken gauntness that made it even more gaunt than normal. I couldn’t see much point in Andrew Marr tiring himself out travelling all that way when Obama is coming over here as we speak.

    The Marrs live somewhere near Budleigh Salterton if anyone’s interested.

    Talking of people with funny shaped heads who are always on the BBC, here’s Mehdi Hasan on the topic. He wants to know why Marr didn’t probe Obama much harder over his too subtle condemnation of the Zionist entity. Why didn’t you bash Israel more? was the question Mehdi thinks Marr should have asked. A  familiar looking comment heads the readers’ comments.
    Mehdi Hasan is another ubiquitous BBC speed-dialer, with Yasmin Alibhai Brown and Shami Chakrabarti and others too similar in political outlook to be coincidental, and too numerous to list.

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    • Craig says:

      Max Hastings certainly was: “It’s wonderful to listen to an American president who one feels such enormous respect for, that after long periods when there were people in the White House who one didn’t feel that respect for. Obama is such a class act.”  
       
      To which Andrew Marr said, “Yep.”  
       
      And, as if to prove your point about Mehdi Hasan always being on the BBC, he was the paper reviewer on this morning’s Breakfast!

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  13. cjhartnett says:

    Didn`t need to watch this charade to know that it was just the BBC sticking two fingers up to us all after the injunction stuff.
    Once Obama has headed home, Andy  be quietly dropped by degrees much like Jonathan Ross was.
    He`s a hunted figure is Andrew-forever to lack credibility due to  his hypocrisy as well as those sly little questions of his political betters who-being the types they are-will exact revenge by the blackballing of wee Marr, once the parade is over.

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  14. Millie Tant says:

    I’d just like to know why Max Hastings feels such enormous respect for  Obamessiah.  I wouldn’t normally think of him as being quite so gushing.

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    • Craig says:

      It seems to be because he strongly approves of Obama’s foreign policy,  especially over Afghanistan, where he favours the Obama line of going for a regional settlement and talking to the Taleban.

      Less surprisingly, the other sofa guest Helena Kennedy gushed that Obama is “hugely impressive”.

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      • Millie Tant says:

        I see. Well, I suppose she had to gush too, once he’d said the Obama was a class act. It feeds on itself, that kind of thing.

        Am still trying to figure out why Obama says they are proud of the Queen.

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        • Craig says:

          No, that is an odd thing for an U.S. president to say. (He does seem to like the word ‘proud’ though).

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  15. Hugh says:

    I’m looking forward to Herman Cain challenging BHO. His fiscal conservatism, plus Math degree, computing masters, military service and CEO of large corporation seem a winning combination. Assuming he really is well enough to run. Watch out for the <Black American runs for President – how novel> jokes.

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    • London Calling says:

      I’ve not seen this guy Herman Cain’s family tree, but I take it he’s an all-black as opposed to half-black? That should pose something of a dilema for Liberals.

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  16. Craig says:

    “Talks with Cameron coming up of course this week,” said Andrew Marr to his sofa guests.

    Another instance of a BBC journo/presenter calling Cameron “Cameron” instead of “David Cameron” or “the prime minister”.

    I don’t ever remember hearing Andrew Marr ever say something along the lines of “Talks with Brown coming up of course this week.” It was always “Gordon Brown” or “the prime minister”.

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    • Grant says:

      Craig,
      The BBC reserves titles like “Mr” ,  ” Mrs ” ,  “Prime Minister “, “President”  for terrorists, criminals and lefties.

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