Obama to Chuck Todd in Israel: What’s with all the questions?

posted at 5:21 pm on March 20, 2013 by Allahpundit

Drudge has been having fun all day with minor embarrassments from O’s trip to Israel, from the presidential limo breaking down to Israel deciding it’ll have to dig up the tree he planted to this, in which he allegedly “berates” Chuck Todd. I wouldn’t call it that; even when he’s annoyed, Obama’s adept at not making it too obvious. He wears a smile and frames this as friendly razzing of Todd to the bitter end, but that’s hard to believe given the nature of the questions. Todd starts with a hard jab by asking about O’s powerlessness over the peace process, then throws an elbow at the end by putting him and Netanyahu on the spot with a question about Obama’s unpopularity in Israel. Give him credit for not playing along with this contrived diplomatic lovefest. (This short but sweet Onion item cuts through it even more cleanly than Todd did.)

But let’s have some substance here too: Watch the second clip below, via Mediaite, of O pressed by an Israeli reporter for a response to the claims of chemical weapons being used in Syria. As I write this, even more experts are chiming in skeptically about it:

Video footage and eyewitness accounts suggest that if a chemical agent was used in a missile attack on Khan al-Aasal that reportedly killed 31 people and wounded more than 100, it was most likely a riot-control agent designed to cause irritation, which is not generally lethal.

“In the end, all I can say with confidence is that whatever the conventional or non-conventional munition was, it was not a CW [Chemical Weapons] agent as defined by the CWC [Chemical Weapons Convention],” says Charles Blair, senior fellow for state and non-state threats at the Washington-based Federation of American Scientists…

“Until someone goes to the site [in Khan al-Aasal] and collects what is alleged to have been the powder responsible, this is likely another case where somthing odd occurred but its nature was never determined,” says Mr. Blair of the Federation of American Scientists.

A riot-control agent — like Agent 15. I’d sure like to know why Mike Rogers is telling American broadcast networks there’s a “high probability” of an attack involving chemical weapons when the experts seem awfully dubious that this is something to get excited about.



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Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us

– Golda Meir

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Wonder who is the snottiest, bho/carney at a press event?
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letget on March 20, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Yeah, Chuck what were you thinking by daring go off script?

Did you miss the perfectly clear, off camera, behind closed doors, Ogabe press shills meeting where you were specifically instructed “Must not question The Reich” ?

viking01 on March 20, 2013 at 5:29 PM

“Why is Obama going to Israel now” — Greta, last night

“He need to put a checkmark on his to do list” — Bolton

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2013 at 5:29 PM

The idiots put diesel in his limo. Maybe they thought it was April 1, yet.

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Interestingly, Yuval Steinitz, the newly appointed Israeli minister of intelligence and strategic affairs, also thinks there was a chemical attack.

Realist on March 20, 2013 at 5:31 PM

He looks so adorable when he flips the bird like that.

/disgusted with this POS

Key West Reader on March 20, 2013 at 5:32 PM

A riot-control agent — like Agent 15. I’d sure like to know why Mike Rogers is telling American broadcast networks there’s a “high probability” of an attack involving chemical weapons when the experts seem awfully dubious that this is something to get excited about.

Lets keep this in perspective. The claim of “chemical weapons” is being brought to you by the same people who believe cupcakes with Army men on them are dangerous and need to be confiscated.

In addition, passing gas in a crowded elevator can also be defined as a chemical weapon attack.

(pssssssst……chemical weapons don’t have to be deadly..excepting the elevator SBD)

BobMbx on March 20, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Aching sides! Chuck Todd beclowns himself at Israeli presser; Bibi and Obama tag-team mock

http://twitchy.com/2013/03/20/aching-sides-chuck-todd-beclowns-himself-at-israeli-presser-bibi-and-obama-tag-team-mock/

For everyone using Twitter, check out the hash tag…:)

 #ChuckToddQuestions

idesign on March 20, 2013 at 5:33 PM

LOL, a “tree planting.”

I did a lot of “tree planting” on summer break, from college. And, as I recall, I was never in a suit when I did it.

But, let’s get real … this is probably the most manual labor that the effeminate has ever been exposed to.

So, I suppose you could say that he “planted a tree.”

Shovel ready.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 20, 2013 at 5:37 PM

When is someone going to ask him about his almost unconditional support of the Muslim Brotherhood? I’d love to hear him explain that, standing there with Netanyahu.

TarheelBen on March 20, 2013 at 5:38 PM

claims of chemical weapons being used in Syria. As I write this, even more experts are chiming in skeptically about it:

First skepticism I heard was Oliver North on Hannity last night – based on his first hand experience with chem weapons, the video of the purported victims was in no way consistent with chemical attack.

peski on March 20, 2013 at 5:38 PM

They should have put pure ethanol in Ogabe’s limo so it would burn through the pistons just like our fuehrer is trying to mandate for everyone else.

viking01 on March 20, 2013 at 5:39 PM

even when he’s annoyed, Obama’s adept at not making it too obvious

It’s pretty obvious when Obama does the face-scratch-flip-off. As he did to Chuck Todd today.

steebo77 on March 20, 2013 at 5:40 PM

How sad for Chuck Todd to be rebuked by Obama after five+ years of boot-licking and butt-kissing! What pain for the slavish sycophant suddenly silenced!

There will be much wailing, gnashing of teeth, and renting of garments ere the media dry their tears and get back to work carrying Obama’s water. Maybe a whole hour’s worth.

Adjoran on March 20, 2013 at 5:43 PM

It’s funny how a lot of liberals now think Chuck Todd is a closet Republican.

steebo77 on March 20, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Obama to Chuck Todd in Israel: What’s with all the questions?

…want to see how many times YOU can lie!

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Adjoran on March 20, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Did you watch the video? There is no chastisement during that exchange. None. They all had a pretty good laugh, and then Obama didn’t answer Toadie’s question, which for Chuckie was actually not bad.

BobMbx on March 20, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Some of us have family that were born on April 1. Grrr.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 20, 2013 at 5:48 PM

There is no chastisement during that exchange. None.

He basically said Chuck should be like that other “well-behaved” reporter over there. Entirely consistent with his peevishness every time he gets asked tough questions. He wants lapdogs, not journalists, who by definition are not “well-behaved.”

And he is clearly annoyed with the polling question “you just had to get one of those in” [paraphrased]

Eviva on March 20, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Tales from the crypt

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2013 at 5:51 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 20, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Reason for some fun – loved your “no hyphenated-Americans” comment. Cheers

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Obama is such a petulant child.

When is the media going to stand up to Obama?

portlandon on March 20, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Why can’t you be more like that Zeleny character, and other well-behaved journalists, Chuck?

Sgt Steve on March 20, 2013 at 5:59 PM

He looks so adorable when he flips the bird like that.

/disgusted with this POS

Key West Reader on March 20, 2013 at 5:32 PM

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My thoughts exactly.
The petulant child President….. flipping the bird.

This marxist-raised POS has zero Respect or Honor for the office he occupies.

Disgusting.

FlaMurph on March 20, 2013 at 6:04 PM

I’m sure Barry will follow up in his statement about thoroughly investigating potential Syrian chemical weapon use, just as soon as he’s done working on that Benghazi investigation.

TheLoudTalker on March 20, 2013 at 6:06 PM

I’m going to take my dog to Obama’s tree.

Oil Can on March 20, 2013 at 6:06 PM

When is the media going to stand up to Obama?

portlandon on March 20, 2013 at 5:54 PM

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Maybe they’ll ask Woodward about this……. when he comes out of hiding.

FlaMurph on March 20, 2013 at 6:10 PM

“Why is Obama going to Israel now” — Greta, last night

“He need to put a checkmark on his to do list” — Bolton

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2013 at 5:29 PM

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His Lower East Side money probably encouraged him to give the motherland a dog and pony show, for their undying November support.

A nothing sandwich…just like President Revenge.

FlaMurph on March 20, 2013 at 6:17 PM

I don’t think Obama was berating Todd. I do think he was being congenial but the real key here is his purpose. When you listen to him answer questions, he gives long answers, often with irrelevant information and often without actually answering the question. The goal being to have to answer as few questions as possible. If he jokes around for a couple of minutes before actually addressing the question, he uses up even more time.

hopeful on March 20, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Oh and if he does it nicely, everyone says how charming he is, and he does come off that way. That’s why his personal favorables are always so high.

hopeful on March 20, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Chuck Todd allowed Obama to avoid answering his question. Meh. Obama does love flipping the bird though, doesn’t he. Petty and petulant President Panic poo-poos the press.

Oh, and his smile is crrrreeeeepy, too.

Fallon on March 20, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Netanyahu Jokes To Obama: You Seem To Have ‘Incestuous Relationship‘ With Media

Ouch.

Fallon on March 20, 2013 at 6:43 PM

YOU DO NOT QUESTION THE CHOSEN ONE!

GarandFan on March 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Obama to media…….Bow down Bitc@@s!

Media to Obama…….yes sir!

PappyD61 on March 20, 2013 at 6:49 PM

OK, so Chuck Todd, as he is want to do, pushes the envelope on asking multiple questions…..shame on you Chuck! Now, the President of the USA, while in a foreign country on camera, has the classless nerve to flip off the questioner, not once, but twice. The oh, so clever, two finger scratch, emphasis on the middle finger! What a juvenile, petulant dweeb! Thanks Mr. President, a great representation for the world to witness!

tomshup on March 20, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Considering how protective the crew at “Morning Joe” are whenever Todd has been criticized by someone on the right, it will be interesting to see if this not just gets a joshing mention, but a rebuke of Obama from Chuck and Mika tomorrow morning.

jon1979 on March 20, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Barry IS consistent. Alway a deflecting, non-answer douche bag.

BHO Jonestown on March 20, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Aching sides! Chuck Todd beclowns himself at Israeli presser; Bibi and Obama tag-team mock

http://twitchy.com/2013/03/20/aching-sides-chuck-todd-beclowns-himself-at-israeli-presser-bibi-and-obama-tag-team-mock/

For everyone using Twitter, check out the hash tag…:)

#ChuckToddQuestions

idesign on March 20, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Yeah, I read the story at Twitchy with all the links from Conservatives and Republicans piling on Todd and reveling in Obama & Netanyahu’s rebuke to him, because Todd supposedly “be clowned” himself. I know Chuck Todd is a partisan hack, but the ridicule should be directed at Obama who can’t handle a difficult question or any unscripted moments. He did his charm thang yet flipped Todd the bird in his typical passive-aggressive manner, and somehow Todd gets the mocking? Conservatives and Republicans are missing it on this one.

conservative pilgrim on March 20, 2013 at 7:07 PM

conservative pilgrim on March 20, 2013 at 7:07 PM

B-b-b-but, it would be racist to ridicule Obama.

Fallon on March 20, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Obama knows that Todd is part of his NBC propaganda machine and any narrative coming from Todd will be totally harmless.

rplat on March 20, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Love the FU finger he gives Todd right at the end of the first segment. He does that on purpose. Clever.

MarkT on March 20, 2013 at 7:26 PM

His Lower East Side money probably encouraged him to give the motherland

Yeah, I’m fairly certain the residents of Chinatown don’t consider Israel the motherland. Unless your comment was held up by the moderator for seventy years.

YYZ on March 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Oblamer wouldn’t know clever if his teleprompter fed it to him.

viking01 on March 20, 2013 at 7:35 PM

There is no question that Obysmal gave a middle finger scratch.

BTW That mustache-beard facial hair of Chuck Todd’s makes him look like a talking vag*na (with teeth, no less).

onlineanalyst on March 20, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Aching sides! Chuck Todd beclowns himself at Israeli presser; Bibi and Obama tag-team mock

http://twitchy.com/2013/03/20/aching-sides-chuck-todd-beclowns-himself-at-israeli-presser-bibi-and-obama-tag-team-mock/

For everyone using Twitter, check out the hash tag…:)

#ChuckToddQuestions

idesign on March 20, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Meh. Twitchy has a tendency to overplay its hand talking about “aching sides”, “gigglesnorts”, etc. Sometimes things really are hilarious, sometimes not so much. I like the fact Todd asked some tough-ish questions rather than drooling over BO -which is what we usually see.

Buy Danish on March 20, 2013 at 7:41 PM

His Lower East Side money probably encouraged him to give the motherland a dog and pony show, for their undying November support.

A nothing sandwich…just like President Revenge.

FlaMurph on March 20, 2013 at 6:17 PM

I think you mean Upper West Side.

steebo77 on March 20, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Some of us have family that were born on April 1. Grrr.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 20, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Try having been born on March 17 and watch the media corrupt the day into a drunk-fest at the expense of the Irish.

timmytee on March 20, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Watch the second clip below, via Mediaite, of O pressed by an Israeli reporter for a response to the claims of chemical weapons being used in Syria.

Pressed on what exactly chemical weapons or the existence of Syria? Not an idle comment given our most geographically challenged President ever. Ford had a stupid gaffe but never before have we had a President that-

Claimed there were 57 states.
Went to Argentina and talked about the Maldives.
Claimed his supposed place of birth is in Asia

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Some of us have family that were born on April 1. Grrr.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 20, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Try having been born on March 17 and watch the media corrupt the day into a drunk-fest at the expense of the Irish.

timmytee on March 20, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Waiting for both of you to be “schooled” by people born on Dec 24th/25th, Dec 31/Jan 1st, July 4th, and February 29th.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2013 at 9:12 PM

TheLoudTalker on March 20, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Which will be right after his fast and furious investigation is concluded. People die, Obama lies.

rottenrobbie on March 20, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Fake smile..and the middle finger..scratching his face.classic BHO…..

Xango Annie on March 20, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Alinskyites ridicule……nice.

Keep it up, on your media bit$$es.

PappyD61 on March 20, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Todd gets a chance to ask a question, and tries to ask about four. And they’re not all that closely related, either.

Hard to blame Obama for calling him on it.

Not to worry, though. I have plenty of other things I can blame Obama for.

There Goes The Neighborhood on March 21, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Didn’t our last prezzy use chemical weapons as an excuse to go to war somewhere? Our current dear leader is that lazy, he can’t even dream up a new reason du jour for war. It’s been six months since Benghazi and they haven’t figured out if it was a video or some guys out for a walk in the evening with their guns that caused the massacre.

Kissmygrits on March 21, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Some of us have family that were born on April 1. Grrr.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 20, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Try having been born on March 17 and watch the media corrupt the day into a drunk-fest at the expense of the Irish.

timmytee on March 20, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Waiting for both of you to be “schooled” by people born on Dec 24th/25th, Dec 31/Jan 1st, July 4th, and February 29th.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Since Godwin’s Law has already invoked upthread, I’ll do one even better than those. Try growing up knowing you share a birthday with Hitler.

Mongerel on March 21, 2013 at 12:08 PM

HA HA, Sorry Re-Todd, you only get one question at a time.

flstc on March 21, 2013 at 12:35 PM