Desperately Defending Susan

At his East Room press conference earlier today, President Obama got a question regarding Senators McCain and Graham’s statement  (see my post below) that they intend to block a potential nomination for U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to serve as the next Secretary of State.

The response is notable for two reasons: (1) Obama seems to be arguing that Rice shouldn’t be held accountable for not knowing what the hell she was talking about because nobody else in the administration knew what the hell they were talking about either. (2) The “they have a problem with me” line marks the president’s final descent into becoming a character from a third-rate Aaron Sorkin screenplay.

  1. Robert Barraud Taylor

    Ignorance:  the best defense.  After racism.

  2. tabula rasa

    Sounds like the president considers his victory a mandate to do anything he wants.  Hubris has destroyed greater men than him.  

    Time for the Republicans to play hardball.

    To Troy’s point, hasn’t the Obama presidency always looked like an Aaron Sorkin drama?   The difference is that this third rate drama has consequences.

  3. Deacon Blues

    Too much besmirching and disgorging going on in politics these days.

  4. Jack Richman
    Troy Senik, Ed.: .The “they have a problem with me” line marks the president’s final descent into becoming a character from a third-rate Aaron Sorkin screenplay. · · 20 minutes ago

    He can’t handle the truth!

  5. Albertina

    Obama in press conference:  Amb. Rice went on TV Sept.16th at the request of the White House and gave her best understanding of the intelligence that was provided for her.   / Obama in debate (assisted by Candy Crowley):  I called the Benghazi attack terrorism in the Rose Garden on Sept.12th.   / Translation:  I sent her out to peddle a false story, so don’t blame her!

  6. Pseudodionysius

    Its getting awfully crowded under the bus. Given the current environment “full blown” is a problematic turn of phrase. Perhaps she’s entitled to diplomatic immunity? A czar appointment? 

  7. dittoheadadt

    Once a community-organizing thug, always a community-organizing thug.  For all his alleged intelligence, he sure hasn’t figured out how to adjust his rhetoric for the office he holds.  He can’t help but speak in the c-o thug vernacular.

    He’s a thug, and a not-particularly-bright one at that.

  8. I. raptus

    Well, it’s a positive thing to say, “Look, I’m the boss, if you want to blame someone, blame me.”  But as Troy is suggesting, that only begs the question.

  9. liberal jim

    Listen to what Obama said – She gave her UNDERSTANDING of  the intelligence briefing she received.   This is going to be a story of honest misunderstanding.  Intelligence said one thing, but was not quite as specific as they might have been, but Rice’s understanding of it was something different.     

  10. DrewInWisconsin

    I also thought Graham’s response was very good:

    Mr. President, don’t think for one minute I don’t hold you ultimately responsible for Benghazi.  I think you failed as Commander in Chief before, during, and after the attack,” Graham said in a rapidly issued statement.

    “We owe it to the American people and the victims of this attack to have full, fair hearings and accountability be assigned where appropriate,” Graham continued. “Given what I know now, I have no intention of promoting anyone who is up to their eyeballs in the Benghazi debacle.”

  11. Retail Lawyer

    The problem with Rice is that she is too stupid or gullible to be in government at a rank higher than a clerk.  The “Innocence of Muslims” video and resulting protest does not pass the smell test.  No thinking person could have entertained this theory for more than a few minutes.  This is assuming that she is honest.

  12. Palaeologus

    I think we can safely conclude that the President prefers to wash his Rice.

    Since that little mystery has been wrapped up maybe I won’t have to hear anymore about this “Benghazi” place. Wherever that is.

  13. Palaeologus
    I. raptus: Well, it’s a positive thing to say, “Look, I’m the boss, if you want to blame someone, blame me.”  But as Troy is suggesting, that only begs the question.

    Pleading from behind.

  14. DrewInWisconsin

    This also tells you that he just doesn’t want to talk about Benghazi. I can almost hear him saying “It’s a sex scandal now! Let’s talk about that!”

  15. DrewInWisconsin

    So, I’ve always wondered: when The One gives a press conference, does the White House provide the kneepads, or does the press have to bring their own?

  16. Clare Day

    So, the deaths of Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens have gone from ‘not optimal’ to ‘a problem’ but the real travesty is that anyone is critical of ‘the U.N. Ambassador’. Got it.

  17. Chris

    The most striking part to me is the suggestion that mean Republicans are bullying this fine, upstanding, WOMAN because they think she is an “easy target” and they aren’t man enough to face him.  Attention MSM – this is what a “dog whistle”sounds like.

    Chalk up another way it’s going to be a long four years….

  18. Pseudodionysius

    Troy,

    I often forget to give you kudos on your wonderful way with headlines. Now, if only we can work Blue Lagoon into this spectacle. 

  19. ConservativeWanderer
    Retail Lawyer: The problem with Rice is that she is too stupid or gullible to be in government at a rank higher than a clerk.   1 hour ago

    Precisely why Obama likes her.

    Surrounding himself with idiots (coughBidencough) makes him feel like the smart person everyone says he is.

  20. Vance Richards

    “They have a problem with me.” Is he just figuring this out? Of course, he is the problem.

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