Right-wing media figures declared Obama's health care summit with congressional leaders "staggeringly boring," "boring as sand," and a "snorefest." Conservative media have a history of painting Obama's policy-laden appearances as insufficiently entertaining.
Conservative media: "Snorefest 2010" was "about as interesting to watch as Olympic curling"
O'Reilly: Health care summit was as "boring as sand." On the February 25 edition of The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly commented on the health care summit: "[Y]ou got to admit, it was boring as sand, was it not?"
Jonah Goldberg on health care summit: "[S]taggeringly boring." On the February 25 edition of Fox News' America Live, National Review Online editor-at-large Jonah Goldberg stated: "I think that, you know, let's sort of have an emperor has no clothes moment here. This is one of the most staggeringly boring epics that we've seen on national television in a very long time. I'm not talking about Fox's coverage, I'm talking about the actual event is terribly, terribly boring. Only wonks and junkies like us are watching. I can't imagine there are very many normal Americans who are going to watch for six hours."
Limbaugh: Summit is "boring." On the February 25 edition of The Rush Limbaugh Show, Limbaugh described the health care summit as an event that "started off so boring, I'm not even sure people are watching it."
Glenn Beck: Health care summit was "Snorefest 2010." From Glenn Beck's February 25 newsletter to his subscribers:
Washington Examiner's Pitts: Health care summit "was about as interesting to watch as Olympic curling." In a February 25 Washington Examiner op-ed entitled "Health Care Summit: Peter J. Pitts said it was not a summit to remember," contributor Peter J. Pitts said: "That much ballyhooed White House summit on healthcare created no "aha" moments or Daily Show -worthy gaffes, and was about as interesting to watch as Olympic curling."
Conservatives media previously declared past Obama press conferences "boring."
As Media Matters for America has noted, following President Obama's April 29 press conference, media figures including Karl Rove, Ed Rollins, and Gretchen Carlson asserted that the press conference was boring. Right-wing commentators including Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly had similarly concluded that Obama's March 24 press conference was insufficiently entertaining.