April 29th, 2009
09:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Hayes: Obama disingenuous during press conference

I give President Obama a B- for his press conference. He clearly is a great performer, and the master of his own universe in that respect.

But I found him to be very disingenuous on the interrogation techniques question. Former Vice President Dick Cheney has called for the declassification of memos showing what information aggressive interrogation techniques yielded so people get a better understanding on whether these techniques work or not.

He sort of kicked that question aside. It's an unfair way to treat the issue.

soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Steph

    Who is Hayes and why do I care what he thinks?!?!

    April 29, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  2. Nikole

    It doesn't matter if torture "works". There is no justification for torture.

    April 29, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  3. Michael in San Diego

    Was this guy even WATCHING the speech?! The President did answer the statement by saying the information gained by torture may not have resulted in information that couldn't have been captured in other ways. Comparing interrogation techniques is an apple-to-oranges issue since no one knows whether the info would have been found out anyway. It's pure speculation otherwise and it's a shame that people like Cheney are politicizing the issue to cover his own [butt]. It's also sad to see that Hayes isn't smart enough to understand that there is absolutely know way of answering the question. The one thing that is known is that torture weakens our standing around the world and undermines our ideals – THAT should be obvious.

    April 29, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  4. M Nehrenz

    You are a Rep right? I can't believe you are being honest. Is the GOP really that much against working with the current President? It is disappointing in this day and age that any bias exists in reporting. Not to mention that as a Rep your memory is short. What administration created a lot of the issues facing us today? You are an educated man, it would be nice to see you behave like one. I read a statement earlier that said if the President cured cancer and walked on water the GOP still wouldn't be happy. Sad, but true it seems.

    April 29, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  5. vern beard

    Prez Obama had a great press conference and appropriately answered every question-then some. Of course everyone has their own opinions and it is difficult for most to be objective. One thing is sure- I am proud that this country has a brlliant hard working Prez who tries to represent ALL the people and demonstrates through his leadership that he has our country's best nterest at heart. I wish the media would be more objective in its analysis in general of political issues.

    April 29, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  6. John

    There you go again... another sour-graped Republican commentator. Get over that the Republican manifest doesn't work, had never worked and will never work. You are a member of a dying breed. As the world changes, all of you Republican white male majority will be come a diminished minority and a footnote in history. What do you think George Washington, Thomas Jeffferson or John Adams would say to this torture? Our forefathers who witnessed tyranny created a constitution and a country to guarantee the rights of others. America will never allow torture again.

    April 29, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  7. Hilary

    I don't think he kicked it to the side. He shared as much as he could given the fact that those documents Cheney refered to haven't been declassified yet.

    April 29, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  8. steve o

    i do not care what a 5 time loser who choose not to serve in our nations military during vietnam, cheney is not one who needs another ounce of news coverage.

    April 29, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. Shana

    Who is Steve Hayes? Certainly not in the same league with the rest of the panelists.

    April 29, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  10. Nikole's Clueless

    No, there's no justification for murder. Get your priorities straight.

    April 29, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  11. Mattie

    I think his response was good. There is no proof that the torture made the country safer and that is the only reason that they got the response they did. I think he did a great job answering all of the questions knowing that there were a lot of hayes out there.

    April 29, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  12. Nikole's Clueless

    POTUS can declassify anything. How do you think the memos got released in the first place? It's not like the CIA/NSC/FBI wanted them out there.

    April 29, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  13. Karen Glenday

    President Obama was gracious enough to disagree with torture without going the route of critizing the last administration. Now Mr. Cheney and the members of the last administration and those that lost on the 08 campaign trail should be gracious enough to step aside and learn that "Silence is Golden".

    April 29, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  14. Devin

    Keep in mind this is written by the man selected to write a biography for Dick Cheney.

    April 29, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  15. Alison

    I give your brain an F!

    April 29, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  16. President Obama could walk on water and the Party of NO would still complain that he left footprints!

    "He sort of kicked that question aside. It's an unfair way to treat the issue."

    Have you graduated high school yet?

    Get a grip kid, or you will never get out of the intern pool.

    April 29, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  17. Julianna

    Oh please... Hayes, are you being so irrationally negative because you truly miss shotgunner named Cheney? Come on, please be open-minded and proactive...

    April 29, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  18. Alex

    "Keep in mind this is written by the man selected to write a biography for Dick Cheney."

    Thanks Devin, that says it all!

    April 29, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  19. Ed

    Why do the conservatives who say they love this country continue to support things like torture and illeagelly holding people. Things that are against everything our country has fought against in every war that we fought. They continue to cloud the issue by saying it worked. Whipping women by the Talaban works, but that does not make it right. We have created a great country because we endeavored to hold the high ground, lets keep it that way.

    April 29, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  20. Harry

    Hayes, you are obviously angry that you can not get a rise out of him right? He is trying to be a leader focused on current issues and you keep bugging him about the Bush administration. You are becoming increasingly annoying. Get a grip and give the rest of us a break.

    April 29, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  21. Simmy

    Hayes has an 'old school' Republican mentality. He never has anything nice to say about President Obama......He's a "NO" kinda guy.

    April 29, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  22. Jean, Indiana

    As he said - that's still classified information.

    Give it time.

    April 29, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  23. the philosopher

    Even if it should turn out that there was some information gained, we have to decide if the ends justify the means. Isn't this about the same as saying that if we want to reduce incarceration rates, we should just abort all fetuses fathered by teens???

    April 29, 2009 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |