White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday defended Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that it doesn’t make a difference what administration officials first said in explaining how Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were slain in last September’s attack in Benghazi, Libya. Carney told reporters at the daily press briefing that there has been an “obvious political obsession over a series of talking points” that bears no relevance to the essential issues at stake.
Comments: How shocking. s/o Of course they defend her, she´s covering for their sorry hind ends and they too believe "it doesn´t make a difference." This whole thing is just another pathetic charade from Washington. The time limits placed on them will never produce substantial testimony.
What difference does it make? It shows that the people were LIED to, and they then expect us to believe them next time. Well, Jay, you little toady, the people are getting sick and tired of the lies coming from you and your masters, and are fast approaching the point where the people will be forced to take action on their own.
What difference does it make who attacked the American embassy and why? What difference does it make whether the administration was telling the truth when it repeatedly assigned blame to an anti-Muslim film and managed to have the film maker arrested? What difference does it make whether embassy security was adequate, whether help was requested, whether there was a delay in responding to the attacks?
All of this matters and makes a difference because there are grave and growing doubts about the wisdom, competence, and truthfulness of this administration and its handling of foreign policy.
What difference does it make? It makes a lot of difference. It makes a world of difference.
How dare you expect Hillary Clinton to tell the truth! She´s a VICTIM here! Stop being mean to her! It´s a vast, right-wing conspiracy! Hillary´s plane landed under sniper fire! Her husband never had sex with that woman! She doesn´t know anything about Rose Law Firm billing records! She doesn´t recall!
What else would you expect from a congenital liar?
In the wake of MSNBC host Martin Bashir’s inflammatory comments in which he recommended graphic and excessive slavery-era punishments for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin after the former vice presidential candidate equated America’s national debt to enslavement, the fallout continues to mount. Discussing a recent column on Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom on Wednesday, Mediaite columnist Joe Concha said that the editorial “culture” at MSNBC “almost encourages” Bashir’s level of discourse. “It’s a problem with the culture over there,” Concha began. He added that the events of the last two weeks alone, in which MSNBC hosts Alec Baldwin, Chris Matthews, and
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D- Mo.) says Republicans are “misleading people” about ObamaCare, which she calls a “free market solution". McCaskill told MSNBC viewers on Nov. 14 that ObamaCare, which mandates that people buy only government-approved insurance and has resulted in the cancellations of millions of policies, is a “free market solution”. “I think we just want people to get the right information, instead of the misinformation that Republicans love to spread about this reform,” McCaskill said. “Scaring people, misleading people, this is a free market solution and we hope people take advantage of it.”
As part of the 2014 withdrawal agreement between Afghanistan and the United States, Afghani President Hamid Karzai has requested a “letter of assurances” about the future of U.S. troop presence in his country and an “apology” for America’s conduct over the course of the more than 12-year long war. White House officials have flatly denied that an apology would be forthcoming. On Wednesday, CNN reported that an apology of sorts may, in fact, be in the offing. On Tuesday, National Security Advisor Susan Rice told CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer that reports suggesting America would apologize for its conduct during the war
Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL) introduced legislation challenging the president’s ObamaCare “fix.” President Obama first delayed the employer mandate. Then, after private insurance companies began canceling millions of Americans plans after the president promised they wouldn’t, he asked the companies to give people back their plans. Tonight on The Kelly File, Megyn Kelly showed viewers video of then-candidate Barack Obama singing a different tune on the campaign trail. Obama said in 2008, “This is part of the whole theory of George Bush that he can make laws as he’s going along. I disagree with that. I taught the Constitution for 10
President Obama raised eyebrows this week by giving his most extensive endorsement of a piecemeal approach to passing immigration reform on Capitol Hill. But the tactical shift from the White House made little headway on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, where Republicans say immigration legislation isn’t getting fast-tracked anytime soon. “Not going to happen in the short-term regardless of what Obama says,” a senior GOP House aide for a Republican open to immigration reform legislation told the Washington Examiner. “Quite frankly, before the midterms might be overly optimistic at this point,” the aide added. That sentiment reflects the fractured
Daily Caller and The Week columnist Matt Lewis appeared on MSNBC with Martin Bashir on Wednesday to discuss the Affordable Care Act’s roll-out and the lack of Republican alternative proposals to replace that law. Within minutes, the debate exploded as Lewis was accused of appealing to “white privilege” by Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson. Bashir began by playing a clip of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) being grilled over a lack of an alternative GOP plan to replace the ACA. Lewis defended Cruz, saying that he was effectively representing his base and playing a smart political game by not taking the
On Tuesday´s PoliticsNation, MSNBC.com Executive Editor Richard Wolffe accused Texas Senator Ted Cruz of "encouraging, inflaming and yes, flirting" with "fringe elements" who are "very ugly" and "racist" as he responded to a clip of the Texas Republican suggesting that the House could have grounds to impeach President Obama. Host Al Sharpton set up the segment by recounting birther conspiracy theories against the President before moving to a completely unrelated clip of Senator Cruz, and then brought aboard wolffe for comment. Wolffe griped: Ted Cruz has flirted with these fringe elements all the way through, and the fact that he
One hundred fifty years after President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, President Obama penned a handwritten tribute to President Lincoln´s historic remarks, the White House blogged on Wednesday. Notably, Obama´s 276-word essay is seven words longer than Lincoln´s memorable speech, based on the 269-word version transmitted by the Associated Press 150 years ago. Obama, a Lincoln admirer, nevertheless skipped Tuesday´s commemoration in Gettysburg, and his handwritten reflections appear to be an attempt to mute some of the criticism generated by his absence at yesterday´s celebration. The tribute to Lincoln begins with Obama´s solo trek through the halls of power: "In
Well folks, it looks like Arizona Senator John McCain will "be one of these old guys that should’ve shoved off.” According to the Arizona Republic, McCain is set to attend a glitzy fundraising for his 2016 campaign in New York City. Sen. John McCain has scheduled a December fundraiser in New York City, the surest sign yet that the veteran Arizona Republican is serious about possibly pursuing a sixth term in 2016. According to a copy of the invitation obtained Tuesday by The Arizona Republic, McCain is asking supporters to join him 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at the midtown St. Regis Hotel
President Obama told a gathering of business executives on Tuesday that the federal government was not "lavishly spending" on social programs. "What we know is, is that our -- our fiscal problems are not short-term deficits. Our discretionary budget, that portion of the federal budget that isn´t defense or Social Security or Medicare or Medicaid, the entitlement programs, is at its smallest level in my lifetime, probably since Dwight Eisenhower. "We are not lavishly spending on a whole bunch of social programs out there," Obama continued. "And in many ways, a lot of these programs have become more efficient and pretty effective,"
On his Wednesday radio program, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh asked what would happen if a prominent Fox News commentator such as Charles Krauthammer or Bill O’Reilly said someone should defecate in President Obama’s mouth. The hypothetical question came after MSNBC host Martin Bashir suggested that someone should defecate and urinate in former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s mouth. He later apologized for the remark. “[Bashir] said it thinking that he had just made something profound, a great point,” Limbaugh explained. “It sat there all weekend long and there was not one peep from anybody at MSNBC suggesting that it
On Wednesday, the first female White House press secretary suggested that MSNBC should fire host Martin Bashir for suggesting that someone defecate and/or urinate in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin´s mouth. Dee Dee Myers, who was Bill Clinton´s campaign spokeswoman and his first White House press secretary, said she could not imagine where "such thoughts even come from" and tweeted "#Gottago" while linking to an article in which MSNBC was mum about whether Bashir´s apology was enough. Honestly...where do such thoughts even come from? #Gottago. MSNBC not saying whether Martin Bashir apology is enough http://t.co/5ElIrTM1bn — Dee Dee Myers (@
President Barack Obama told the Wall Street CEO Council Tuesday that his administration has "reined in spending" and "cut our deficits by more than half." "After years of trillion-dollar deficits we reined in spending, wound down two wars and began to change a tax code that I believe was too skewed towards the wealthiest among us at the expense of the middle class," said Obama. "And since I took office, we have now cut our deficits by more than half. Add it all and businesses like yours have created 7.8 million new jobs over the past 44 months, we´ve gone farther
Negligence? Absolutely. Incompetence? The case can be made. But scandalous? To suggest that the White House has willfully engaged in the intentional misleading of the public and an outrageous dereliction of its responsibilities to enforce the laws passed by Congress has been a bridge too far. Until recently. New revelations are now forcing even the most reluctant of President Barack Obama’s critics to concede that the Affordable Care Act’s implementation has evolved into a scandal. “I was not informed directly that the website would not be working, as the way it was supposed to,” Obama told reporters on November 14.
Barack Obama is the coolest president we’ve had since John F. Kennedy, at least according to conventional standards for such things. Obama has always been a brand as much as a politician, one that has been perceived as sleek, smart, and up to date. Then along came HealthCare.gov. Its failure to launch is a signal event in the long political battle over Obamacare and perhaps an inflection point in the president’s image. It’s hard to maintain a sense of truly being on the cutting edge of change when you can’t build a website. Obama’s cool was, in part, an artifact of world-class
MICHELLE OBAMA: I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician when I was really little and then I wasn´t that great at math and science so I switched to law because my mother told me that I like to argue a lot. But I realized in high school and in college that you don´t have to exactly know, you´re kind of always discovering yourself. So I studied law, I went to law to school, but was pretty clear I just wanted to be a good student. I wanted to know how to read and write and communicate, be able to
In an interview on BET last night with Bow Wow and Keshia Chante, First Lady Michelle Obama talked up her husband, President Barack Obama. "I always say my husband has got swag," said Mrs. Obama. "He’s got a little swag." The audience applauded. Mrs. Obama also said that the president of the United States "sings all the time." She continued, "Oh, yes, he’s in the bathroom all the time just singing." She also praised her husband. "[H]e has got a good voice." Here´s a transcript of that exchange:
A downbeat President Barack Obama repeatedly asked his worried supporters Monday night to help resurrect his spirits, following weeks of political disasters and personal humiliations caused by the cascading collapse of Obamacare. The distracted president railed against opponents and at one point appeared to forget the number of people in the Obamacare system during the rambling quarter-hour address. “My main message is I’m going to need your help, your energy, your faith, your ability to reach out to neighbors, kids and friends [and] co-workers,” he told listeners to the Internet broadcast arranged by his grass-roots group, Organizing for Action. But his worried
WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama says she won’t wear shorts on Air Force One again because the one time she did, it created “a huge stink.”(snip)Mrs. Obama was asked about her biggest fashion regret. She said she’s always happy with her outfits but that, quote, “sometimes I forget I’m the first lady and I’m running around in shorts.” She recalled her family’s first White House vacation, to the Grand Canyon in August 2009. Mrs. Obama said her wearing shorts getting off the plane “created a huge stink because people were like, ‘she’s wearing shorts getting off of Air Force One.’” She said her thought
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama conceded that he will have to "remarket" and "rebrand" Obamacare as public confidence in him and the healthcare law he championed has plummeted. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal CEO Summit, Obama addressed the failures of the Obamacare rollout and said while he was confident that the healthcare model his administration built, which he claimed worked off of the "existing private insurance system," would succeed, the law would have to be rebranded. “We are going to have to obviously remarket and rebrand,” Obama said. “And that will be challenging in this political environment.” When he
President Barack Obama told a gathering of corporate executives Tuesday he´s confident that his model of health care will work in the end, but he said he´s going to have to "re-brand" it to sell it to a skeptical public. He didn´t use the word "Obamacare" once on Tuesday in talking about his health care law, but he mentioned the "Affordable Care Act" seven times. "So, look, I am confident that the model that we built, which works off of the existing private insurance system, is one that will succeed," Obama told the Wall Street Journal´s CEO Council Annual Meeting
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) says everyone should stop talking so much about the 2016 presidential race, because doing so hurts President Obama, who´s only a year into his second term. "In this sense, I feel badly for President Obama. He just won a year ago, and everybody´s like, ´So, who´s next?´" Christie said Monday night at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council. "There is work to be done in this country. And as we shove him out the door, we minimize his ability to be an effective executive. And we shouldn´t do that." Even as he urged people to focus
The White House has admitted that it was wrong to promise that people would be able to their health care plans under Obamacare. "With respect to the pledge I made that if you like your plan you can keep it, I think -- you know, and I’ve said in interviews -- that there is no doubt that the way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not being accurate. It was not because of my intention not to deliver on that commitment and that promise. We put a grandfather clause into the law but it was insufficient," President Obama said
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says although some Democrats may be voting politically to distance themselves from Obamacare, they were still supporting the law and working in their districts to implement it. "This is history and the future and progress," she stated emphatically, "It stands right there as Social Security, Medicare, affordable health care, as a right, not a privilege for the few, but a right for the many." She was speaking Tuesday at an event sponsored by BuzzFeed. Pelosi acknowledged she was "really disappointed" that the technology behind the website failed, but said she was excited to see the program fully