If you thought an overwhelming media consensus that Obama was indeed referring to ISIS when he used the words “jayvee team” back in January would be enough for the administration to admit a miscalculation…well then, you don’t know Barack Obama.
Watching White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest at the podium on Monday still attempting to defend the erroneous assessment, the stubbornness couldn’t be any clearer. Ed Henry of Fox News pressed Earnest multiple times to admit that the president was wrong, but it was to no avail. “The Washington Post gave you four Pinnocchios for that,” explained Henry.
“The president was not singling out a specific group,” insisted the press secretary. “He [was] talking about the wide variety of groups, and indicating that we don’t have to be worried about every single one of these groups.”
Earnest’s weak defense of the unfortunate comment comes on the heels of the president getting equally defensive with Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press over the weekend, and just ahead of his address to the nation on Wednesday, in which Obama is expected to outline some sort of strategy for defeating ISIS.
Back when he was merely “Senator Obama,” Barack roundly criticized the Bush administration over what he believed to be a stubbornness and an inability to change course in a war he never supported in the first place. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, he’s digging his heels in. But unfortunately for him, the more American heads that ISIS can decapitate and save as trophies, the less anyone is going to care about his nuanced parsing of semantic phrases. People are growing scared, and they’re looking to this White House to fix the problem. Yet all they continue to see is a man who never wants to admit that he was wrong about something. It would appear that President Obama is downplaying the threat of ISIS right now, simply because any implication of real danger to the homeland would undermine the rookie remarks he made back in January.
Hey, Barry: here’s a tip. This isn’t all about you. Now grow a pair and stop worrying that people might view you as inconsistent. I’m pretty sure that looking like a blatant liar is far worse.
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