Karl politely posed the following question to Obama: “Do you still have the juice to get the rest of your agenda through this Congress?”
The President, who, whenever he’s blaming George W. intimates that if the former president had packed up and gone home in his first term, America wouldn’t be in the fix it’s in, responded: “If you put it that way, Jonathan — (laughter) — maybe I should just pack up and go home. Golly.”
Then Obama waxed literary and said, “I think it’s a little — as Mark Twain said, rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated at this point.”
Mark Twain also said “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please,” which is advice the President apparently doesn’t heed.
If Obama was a little quicker on his feet he could have responded by blaming the NRA for the gun bill, and Bush for residual influence over Congress in the sequester standoff. But then again, at the Bush Library dedication Obama did call the man he regularly scorns “a good man,” so Bush is no longer a viable option.
He could have quoted Hillary Clinton, who, when pressed for answers as to what happened in Benghazi, said “What difference, at this point, does it make?” That might have worked!
During the ‘100th Day Ongoing Misadventure’ press conference, things got dicey when the president was prodded and probed by Ed Henry, who had the audacity to suggest to the president that “there are some survivors of that terror attack who say they want to come forward and testify – some in your State Department – and they say they’ve been blocked.”
Then the Fox News reporter pressed Obama further, asking, “Will you allow them to testify?”
Pretending that you’re “not familiar with the notion” of this or that, or promising to find out exactly what a person is referring to only goes so far, and puts off the inevitable. Moreover, since Benghazi isn’t something Obama can blame on George W. Bush, and despite Hillary trying to stress that ‘it doesn’t make a difference’ that four Americans were killed in a terrorist attack, the next best thing to do is to hope to God the plug falls out of the Teleprompter or pray for a fire drill.
Instead, Obama abruptly dismissed Ed and moved onto “Jessica” and the next question. But the problem is, Benghazi came up again at a White House press briefing.
This time Jay Carney was prepared. In lieu of a formidable scapegoat or a willingness to appear misinformed, when posed with a question about the survivors of the September 11, 2012 Benghazi terror attack, the White House whose only real achievement in four years has been consistently blaming Bush for things that happened 12 years ago, responded with “Let’s be clear, Benghazi happened a long time ago.”
So there you have it – the new Obama plan of defense is to take responsibility for nothing, attribute all negativity to whoever is within arm’s reach, and be your clueless self.
If all that fails, and the question you’d rather not answer pertains to anything that happened more than 24 hours ago, dismiss the questioner by declaring: “Irrelevant! That happened a long time ago.”
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