Friday, October 19, 2012

- The President Goes for Cool Casual

President Obama has an odd way of going about the business of the presidency. Answering the questions of the press would require his holding a press conference, and that isn't really what he's all about. No, hangin' with David Lettermen, giving a shout out to Jay Z, and slow jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon are more his thing. Thus the president thought the best way to answer the increasing public dismay over his bungling of the Libyan consulate was a chat with fellow cool cat Jon Stewart of The Daily Show.

A statement by the president in the Rose Garden the day following the attack is now being stretched by the Obama campaign into a declaration by the president that our consulate suffered a terrorist attack, but the president gave no such statement. At the event he spoke of terrorism itself broadly, specifically declined to link the Benghazi attack to terrorism, declined to say whether or not the attack constituted an act of war and then left his White House and members of the State Department to spend the next two weeks trying to convince the people of America that the death of our ambassador was the result of an out of control mob that had been incensed by a little seen video critical of Islam. And it was the video that struck this White House as a terrible thing. The death of four Americans, not so much.

Following the Rose Garden briefing, the president, I am embarrassed to say, flew off to Las Vegas to start afresh on his fund raising tour. Vegas, Baby!

Two weeks later the president's fibbing came to national attention when CNNs Candy Crowley, who somehow conveniently had been provided a transcript of the president's Rose Garden statement of two weeks previously, managed to misinterpret the president's statement and the two weeks that followed to botch her best chance at notoriety on a national stage. That's kinda like a young singer forgetting the words to the national anthem during the opening ceremonies of the Superbowl. Not good.

Live feed footage watched by our State Department showed anyone that was interested that there was no protest and no mob outside the consulate. In fact, the ambassador had said goodnight to his Libyan guests at the very gate just an hour before the compound was hit by RPGs and mortar rounds. How could the president get it so far wrong... by accident?

Anyway, it was all far from the mind of the president on Comedy Central, as he warmed to his work with a self-deprecating reference to his first debate performance:
'I was well rested after the long nap I had in the first debate'
The president can tell a joke, I'll give him that. But sometimes humor isn't right coming from the mouth of the president.
"Is part of the investigation helping the communication between these divisions? Not just what happened in Benghazi, but what happened within. Because I would say, even you would admit, it was not the optimal response, at least to the American people, as far as all of us being on the same page."

'Here's what I’ll say. If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal.'
Funny guy.  Sadly, even the safe confines of the comedy channel can not prevent a public view of the president's callous disregard for the people that work and die for him.

Fallen US citizens included Ambassador Chris Stevens, diplomat Sean Smith and security men and former U.S. Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. The men were killed by terrorists on the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

Well, the president assures us that no one is more interested in getting to the bottom of this than him.

Didn't come across that way on Comedy Central though.


  1. Oh, wow, Mark Steyn killed it on this issue while talking with Hugh Hewitt. Here's a slice:

    HH: All right, it got worse for the Democrats today. Not only do they have sort of a secular rapture going on, and all the Democrats are vanishing from the Gallup poll, but Joe Biden is back. They’re desperate. Talk about desperate. They’ve got Joe back on the stump. First of all, he gets countries confused. This is just a little Biden. Here’s Joe on the various places he hasn’t been or has been.

    JB: Having been in and out of Afghanistan and Iraq over 20 times, my son having served a year in Iraq, I want to tell you something, man. The sacrifices – how many of you know someone who served in Iraq or Iran? How many of you, how many of you know someone who has been injured or lost in Iraq or Iran?

    HH: And so then Wolf Blitzer gives the spokesman, Jenn Psaki, a chance to clean up after Joe Biden. I know he meant Afghanistan and not Iran, but she can’t really clean up the next one, Mark Steyn.

    MS: (laughing)

    HH: This is Joe Biden today talking about Paul Ryan being one of the young guns, cut number four:

    JB: I don’t understand how they believe, and they do believe, Ryan has written a book called the Young Guns with two other fellows, members of the House? No, these are the Republican leaders in the House? You had, you had, unfortunately, the bullets are aimed at you.

    HH: So Mark Steyn, I think the Vice President is under the weather.

    MS: Well, I think that is the polite way of putting it.

    Read the whole thing here.

  2. Ditto, James, on Bede's assessment.
    Nothing that can be added.

  3. Mid-debate:

    Does the president think that by staring at Governor Romney while he is speaking that he is impressing someone somewhwere? He certainly is not impressing Governor Romney. Romney sounds smooth and presidential, by my reckoning. The president is so full of baloney its tough to take. Obama claims he is a great friend of Israel? Why did he not meet with Bibi Netanyahu when he asked to meet with the president recently? Why did he have time for David Letterman and time for Beyonce, but no time for the prime minister of Israel? To listen to Obama, nothing that has happened while he was president has happened. Nope, it was as if Obama's four years was a third term of Reagan.

    I don't think so. Whose going to be credible, he asks? Well, the answer would certainly not be Obama.

    The answer is Romney.

  4. Note to self: never sign up to be in a Frank Luntz focus group.