Reporter to Obama: Um, didn’t you belittle Hillary’s foreign policy cred during the primaries?

posted at 1:39 pm on December 1, 2008 by Allahpundit

Sure he did, but you can’t hold him to things he said in the heat of battle. Remember, this is a guy who lied repeatedly on the stump about a pillar of American trade policy and then climbed down as soon as it was safe to do so. BS-ing about his contempt for Hillary’s qualifications is small potatoes by comparison.

Note Her Majesty nodding along at the beginning as Obama pointedly reaffirms that he’ll be the one setting policy. Lurking over her shoulder (literally, in some of the camera angles) is Susan Rice, who was originally touted for State or NSA and who’ll end up instead as ambassador to the UN — which The One now plans to make into a cabinet-level position. That’s significant for two reasons: (1) it signals to the public that he’s serious about “soft power” playing a vastly bigger role in his administration than it did in Bush’s, and (2) it signals to Hillary that if she steps out of line he has someone capable of replacing her without missing a beat. How capable? Maguire points out that while Rice is known for being hawkish on intervening against genocides, she had no problem with The One’s plan to pull out of Iraq notwithstanding the likely outcome. Which is just where Hillary stood at the time, except she was even blunter about it:

Asked if Americans would endure having troops in Iraq who do nothing to stop sectarian attacks there, Mrs. Clinton replied, “Look, I think the American people are done with Iraq. I think they’re at a point where, whether they thought it was a good idea or not, they have seen misjudgment and blunder after blunder, and their attitude is, what is this getting us? What is this doing for us?”

“No one wants to sit by and see mass killing,” she added. “It’s going on every day! Thousands of people are dying every month in Iraq. Our presence there is not stopping it. And there is no potential opportunity I can imagine where it could. This is an Iraqi problem — we cannot save the Iraqis from themselves. If we had a different attitude going in there, if we had stopped the looting immediately, if we had asserted our authority — you can go down the lines, if, if, if.”

I’m going to stop here before I talk myself out of supporting the pick again. Not shown in the video, incidentally: Joe Biden, who finally got to say a few words at one of these pressers because he is, of course, a foreign policy genius who got the surge just as wrong as Hillary did.


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At a time when our decisions in foreign policy might determine America’s place in the world for the next century – we are at a tipping point, although many intelligent people seem to ignore it – a political appointment in this most important diplomatic post has to be seen as an enormous mistake.

I won’t even call it a blunder because that would make it seem almost humorous. Obama was correct in his assessment during the primaries, but in offering the cabinet post to appease the powers that be in the Democrat party wasn’t just selling his own soul, he sold all of our souls to a devil we don’t yet know.

Unequal Time

bryanmyrick on December 1, 2008 at 4:11 PM

So the soap opera begins. The cast is set, the actors memorizing their lines.
The drama queen Hillary with top billing. This should be good.

BTW, Barry, what were you thinking? Seriously. Did it ever occur to you why she wanted this position? You know it is always about her.

FireBlogger on December 1, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Not many seem to remember that during the campaign, Obama stated that his executive experience was running his campaign, and his campaign would be a precursor to how his Administration would run the country…

coldwarrior on December 1, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Reminds me of an amusing thing I saw in a computer programming text in college.

In the index pages in the back of the book, if you looked up “Endless Loop”, it said, “See: Loop, Endless”. When you looked up “Loop, Endless”, it said, “See: Endless Loop.”

Somebody working at that publisher had a good sense of humor.

I’d be laughing at Obama’s words & actions if I wasn’t so busy crying about our future.

UltimateBob on December 1, 2008 at 4:30 PM

This is Hillarys plan B folks. Makes her resume better for the next try.

johnnyU on December 1, 2008 at 4:34 PM

Wow, did Barry just throw HIS PAST SELF under the bus?

Romeo13 on December 1, 2008 at 1:47 PM

This is “not” the me I thought I knew.

hawkdriver on December 1, 2008 at 4:39 PM

Great.

Now the U.N. gets legitimized with an official cabinet position.

Say, how’s the investigation of all that raping by U.N. “peacekeepers” going?

Hawkins1701 on December 1, 2008 at 4:39 PM

EmanuelBergan is working overtime manipulating ObaMcCarthy’s mouth now! Obama doesn’t have a clue what is going on. He is simply doing as he is told.

csdeven on December 1, 2008 at 5:01 PM

I can see this guy NEVER getting invited to a press conference again.

webproze on December 1, 2008 at 5:22 PM

Ah, ah, er, ah

reshas1 on December 1, 2008 at 5:23 PM

Barry: Was I lying then, or am I lying now?

Hahaha trick question. The answer is both: your lips were moving!

Mallard T. Drake on December 1, 2008 at 5:24 PM

EmanuelBergan is working overtime manipulating ObaMcCarthy’s mouth now!

csdeven on December 1, 2008 at 5:01 PM

Does that mean that Hillary is Mortimer Snerd?

Mallard T. Drake on December 1, 2008 at 5:27 PM

And still no questions for the Fox reporter. I think Fox should just stop covering his press conferences. “Obama had a press conference, but didn’t allow anyone to seriously question the substance of his statements. If he decides to defend his positions, we’ll let you know.”

Just play that same clip every day in which they don’t get a question at the press conference.

hawksruleva on December 1, 2008 at 5:30 PM

Does that mean that Hillary is Mortimer Snerd?

Mallard T. Drake on December 1, 2008 at 5:27 PM

That role goes to Henry Waxman just because of the uncanny resemblance.

thomasaur on December 1, 2008 at 5:31 PM

That role goes to Henry Waxman just because of the uncanny resemblance.

thomasaur on December 1, 2008 at 5:31 PM

I call him “pig nose”.

Andy in Agoura Hills on December 1, 2008 at 5:53 PM

I think she is going to be an outstanding secretary of state.

Gag.

Aronne on December 1, 2008 at 6:15 PM

Don’t tell me words don’t matter.

Ah yes, it’s going to be a fun 4 years.

Yakko77 on December 1, 2008 at 6:44 PM

Will the Obamabots soon realize that O is just another politician and no different.

Jamson64 on December 1, 2008 at 6:54 PM

I am very happy with the team Obama has chosen. The message he is sending is: I’m serious about this Presidency thing, America. As a Republican, I dig seriousness.

By the way, it’s very refreshing that Barack sets high standards for serving in his administration, and points toward excellence and competence – not just gut feelings and loyalty, which was one of W’s few defects.

Baphomet on December 1, 2008 at 6:55 PM

Will the Obamabots soon realize that O is just another politician and no different.

Jamson64 on December 1, 2008 at 6:54 PM

You’re expecting reason and sound judgment from Obama followers?

Some will see the error their support for him.. too late.. but others, maybe even most will follow him and make excuses for him no matter what.

Yakko77 on December 1, 2008 at 7:24 PM

Sounds like the press didn’t get the humor in the “you’re having fun” comment.

Honeymoon ending…

PattyJ on December 1, 2008 at 8:39 PM

Everything is relative with these people. They live in the moment and there is no consistency from day to day. That’s what makes these damn people so dangerous.

Scott on December 1, 2008 at 9:15 PM

How weird is it that the only “difficult” question came from Peter Baker? Hillary must have felt the vomit rise up in her mouth… you know Baker covered the Lewinsky scandal for the Wa. Post & wrote a book about it. And there he is again to remind her about how the O called her unqualified(a tea drinker)… and BO won’t apologise for it instead he scolds the reporter!

Let the Benny Hill comedy sketch begin!

batterup on December 1, 2008 at 9:32 PM

Sounds like the press didn’t get the humor in the “you’re having fun” comment.

Honeymoon ending…

PattyJ on December 1, 2008 at 8:39 PM

With the exception of Matthews and Olby, at some the sharks will turn and eat their own.

Mr_Magoo on December 1, 2008 at 9:35 PM

So Barry, when you lie are your pants actually on fire?

Mr_Magoo on December 1, 2008 at 9:37 PM

“I think she’s going to be a outstanding Secretary of State”.

Our president-elect doesn’t know how to speak correctly. Sad.

Entelechy on December 1, 2008 at 9:46 PM

50 million people have thrown off islamic terrorist rule. And the Dhimmicrats don’t notice. Logic will be the big loser these next 4 years.

Mojave Mark on December 1, 2008 at 9:57 PM

So as stated earlier Obama,were you lying about her qualifications then or are you lying about them now.

Nice dodge.
Not the “hope and change” straight talk that you advertised though.

Also noticed the Dow tanking as Obama was making his foreign policy team announcements.

When he made his financial team announcments he was credited with making the Dow go up.

If that logic holds water,than your foreign policy team is getting a big thumbs down “Mr. Hope and change”.

Baxter Greene on December 1, 2008 at 10:33 PM

If that reporter had more of a spine he’d be offended by the suggestion that he’s “having fun” by serving the public interest in asking a serious, fair question and would tell the “President-elect” just that. They aren’t just quotes being “drummed up”, they’re his words, and wasn’t it his words that were so important in getting him where he is?

If this is how he intends to deal with the press as president, we need not expect any reduction in the condescension from the last administration.

alex342 on December 1, 2008 at 1:49 PM

I agree that they are his words and he needs to provide a valid explanation of his blatant hypocrisy in such a serious
decision.

But don’t expect the press to do anything like hold him accountable or even dog him a 1/4 of the way they dogged Bush,it is not their mission,this is:

Matthews: My Job Is To Make Obama Presidency a Success

By Mark Finkelstein
Created 2008-11-06 09:35
http://newsbusters.org/node/25966/print

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Yeah, well, you know what? I want to do everything I can to make this thing work, this new presidency work, and I think that —
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Is that your job? You just talked about being a journalist!
MATTHEWS: Yeah, it is my job. My job is to help this country.

No,I don’t expect to see a lot of these liberal activist that refer to themselves as journalist holding Obama accountable at all these next 4 years.

Baxter Greene on December 1, 2008 at 10:48 PM

“I think she’s going to be a outstanding Secretary of State”.

Our president-elect doesn’t know how to speak correctly. Sad.

Entelechy on December 1, 2008 at 9:46 PM

And an Ivy Leaguer to boot, with an IQ that’s “off the charts”, whatever his IQ might be.

ddrintn on December 1, 2008 at 10:52 PM

Am I the only one who is continually shocked at the lack of command Urkel has from the podium? We were all told that it’s okay that he has no experience at anything other than being friends with radicals and terrorists, because he’s just such a great, powerful, and captivating speaker. But when he’s not reading a prepared, uninterrupted speech, he comes off as some young moron in way over his head. Stammering and “uh-uh” through the whole thing… Lucky for him, the press and late shows won’t use such things to hammer him over the head, as they did with Bush.

But what really gets me, in this clip, is his whining about the press “having fun” with quotes that were “generated” during the campaign. First of all, “generated”? WTF, Barry, give me a break. But the main issue is Obama, of all people, acting as if he’s being treated unfairly by the press. Outside of O’Reilly, that was arguably the toughest question he’s gotten so far, and it’s actually a very legitimate question, not a “gotcha” at all. What a piece of sh**… Look what we’re in for for at least the next 4 years folks.

RightWinged on December 1, 2008 at 11:17 PM

“I think she’s going to be a outstanding Secretary of State”.

Our president-elect doesn’t know how to speak correctly. Sad.

Entelechy on December 1, 2008 at 9:46 PM

Its gotsta be thems Ebonics!

Obama; an arrogant pompous pandering charlatan that scoffs at any hint of criticism and laughs off honest questions about his character. God help us.

dmann on December 1, 2008 at 11:35 PM

Urkel…LOL!

PattyJ on December 2, 2008 at 12:46 AM

This just reinforces what I’ve been saying for about 30 years: American politics is just as real a pro wrestling. Obama and Hillary go out in the ring, bloody each other to near death, then go back in the locker room, have a drink, slap each other on the back and say, “Fooled’em again! Haw, haw, haw!” And the sheep continue to vote. I’m disgusted with the whole mob of phonies. All they’ll do is damage the country. And I’m not talking about just the politicians either.

abcurtis on December 2, 2008 at 6:17 AM

Allah, Your analysis on this is awesome, i enjoy your thoughts as they are always well constructed.

malkinmania on December 2, 2008 at 8:25 AM

Does anybody else care that the United States Constitution prohibits Hillary Clinton from becoming Secretary of State?

corona on December 2, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Explain

Jaibones on December 2, 2008 at 12:35 PM

“I think she’s going to be a outstanding Secretary of State”.

Our president-elect doesn’t know how to speak correctly. Sad.

Entelechy on December 1, 2008 at 9:46 PM

Bush wasn’t much better.

Dark-Star on December 2, 2008 at 12:57 PM

Has anyone seen or heard from that reporter since this news conference? Just checkin.

mike_NC9 on December 2, 2008 at 6:49 PM

Has anyone seen or heard from that reporter since this news conference? Just checkin.

mike_NC9 on December 2, 2008 at 6:49 PM

Be afraid, very afraid

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaCaGgJBTqE

macncheez on December 2, 2008 at 9:01 PM