Patrick: I napped while Boston was on lockdown

posted at 3:21 pm on June 6, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Behold the single strangest interview ever given by a governor with at least a possibility of running for the presidency at some point.  Both the Boston Herald and Politico highlight the inebriation Deval Patrick indulged after the Tsarnaev brothers had been neutralized as their leads, but the Governor of Massachusetts could be forgiven for celebrating a bit afterward.  But what was he doing while the state’s capital city was on lockdown?  Taking a nap — until Barack Obama demanded to know what was going on:

On the controversial Greater Boston lockdown: “In the afternoon … I went back to the offices in the State House … and I took a nap. (Then) the phone rang. It was the president. … And he said, “Deval, I’m briefed. … What are you going to do about the city? You can’t keep it locked down indefinitely.’

“I said, ‘Mr. President, I know that. … I’m trying to sort that out now.’ … Basically the state police had said we should end this … when we finish the door-to-door in Watertown. So if we haven’t found him, we should say to people, ‘Look, live your lives, but please be careful because he’s still at large.’”

Let’s get this straight.  While Boston citizens were told that they shouldn’t leave their homes or businesses all day, terrifying the city while the FBI and local police tried to hunt down the terrorists who had bombed the Boston Marathon earlier in the week, the man in charge of state government caught up on his sleep.  Meanwhile, Barack Obama was being briefed on the situation rather than grabbing a few Zs on the Oval Office divan, and ended up having to play alarm clock to the state’s top executive.

It’s one thing to do that.  It’s entirely another to admit it.  We talk about not being ready to answer a 3 AM call as a test of presidential leadership, but we’d like to think public officials would be ready to answer a 3 PM call, especially in the middle of a crisis like Boston faced that day.

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Obama will support him in 2016, top ticket.

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Did he have Kool-Aid and graham crackers after his nap?

Ward Cleaver on June 6, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Wait, it wasn’t Barry that was taking a nap?

Flange on June 6, 2013 at 3:26 PM

You guys quit pickin on the black mans. How much longer must this hate continue?

arnold ziffel on June 6, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Ed, you were doing fine up until:

Meanwhile, Barack Obama was being briefed on the situation rather than grabbing a few Zs on the Oval Office divan, and ended up having to play alarm clock to the state’s top executive.

Barky was fast asleep while Benghazi was going on and then jetted out to Vegas to collect some cash. I doubt that he lost any sleep due to anything happening in Massachusetts. If Barky was awake and not shooting hoops (missing hoops, really) or shanking the ball on some golf course then it was only by coincidence.

Of course, Barky did love having his un-Constitutional feral police force out in an American city playing Baghdad, so that might have kept him interested …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 6, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Don’t miss Deval Patrick’s latest duhversity book:

“Dreams of Why Bother?”

viking01 on June 6, 2013 at 3:27 PM

On the controversial Greater Boston lockdown: “In the afternoon … I went back to the offices in the State House … and I took a nap. (Then) the phone rang. It was the president. … And he said, “Deval, I’m briefed. … What are you going to do about the city? You can’t keep it locked down indefinitely.’

This conversation is fake. The Obama that we see and know would never care about something like this (unless he is jealous).

nobar on June 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Ward Cleaver on June 6, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Well played sir.

D-fusit on June 6, 2013 at 3:29 PM

He napped while some of the people of Watertown were forced out of their home at gunpoint with warrant-less searches of their homes.

flstc on June 6, 2013 at 3:29 PM

D’oh

cmsinaz on June 6, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Barack called him to find out what action he was going to take? Suuuure.

Not at all interested about what was happening during the attack on the consulate in Benghazi – but very, very interested in Boston.

Riiight.

Sounds like Deval is stroking a certain someone in the White House.

Hill60 on June 6, 2013 at 3:30 PM

To be fair, he was kind of in crisis mode at the time, which can frequently make for some late nights.

I doubt this is as flagrantly silly as it looks.

Red Cloud on June 6, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Patrick: I napped while Boston was on lockdown
OBOZO: I napped while four American were SLAUGHTERED in Benghazi (IF ONLY OBOZO would be that honest and truthful!)

TeaPartyNation on June 6, 2013 at 3:33 PM

But what was he doing while the state’s capital city was on lockdown? Taking a nap — until Barack Obama demanded to know what was going on:

So Patrick is just like Husein huh ?
They both go to sleep when it’s time to work .
Hmmmmmm…..

burrata on June 6, 2013 at 3:33 PM

It’s all okay. I’m sure we are soon to hear from the media that such power napping is the real reason Deval is such a great leader, and without such power naps, the suspect would have never been apprehended.

MississippiMom on June 6, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Obama slept during the Benghazi attack…and Deval Patrick sleeps during the lockdown of his city…

The nation is in capable hands folks…

workingclass artist on June 6, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Don’t miss Deval Patrick’s latest duhversity book:

“Dreams of Why Bother?”

viking01 on June 6, 2013 at 3:27 PM

very good. To be followed by “I’ll Get Back to You.”

arnold ziffel on June 6, 2013 at 3:36 PM

This guy is going to have to do a hell of lot better than this
if he wants to compete with Obama..

…Obama: I did Blow the night of Benghazi…

ToddPA on June 6, 2013 at 3:36 PM

But what was he doing while the state’s capital city was on lockdown? Taking a nap — until Barack Obama demanded to know what was going on:

I guess admitting it is the big problem, but I don’t see why it should bother Obama. After all, Obama still hasn’t explained what he was doing the night of the Benghazi attack. Although, I’m thinkingit wasn’t because he was taking a nap, more likely something he doesn’t want Michelle to know about.

parke on June 6, 2013 at 3:37 PM

At best, Obama slept through Benghazi, while Americans were fighting to save others’ lives, with zero support from the Big Zero.

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Hmmm…One might think that an adrenaline rush, like what the rest of the residents in the Boston area were feeling on that stressful day during the middle of the crisis, might have made it harder for Deval Patrick to sleep.

I guess Deval Patrick just wasn’t following the coverage of the situation as closely as the rest of the country was.

How soon can Governor Patrick be voted out of office?

wren on June 6, 2013 at 3:37 PM

How many governors nap on the job?

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM

To be fair, he was kind of in crisis mode at the time, which can frequently make for some late nights.

I doubt this is as flagrantly silly as it looks.

Red Cloud on June 6, 2013 at 3:32 PM

I agree. It sounds bad, but how many hours straight had this guy been awake prior? OTOH, if the answer is 7, then yeah, he’s an idiot.

WitchDoctor on June 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Good grief. These leftists just don’t care anymore. Their incompetence is out there in plain sight and YET they STILL get re-elected.

WE. ARE. SCREWED.

Common Sense Floridian on June 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM

How many governors nap on the job?

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Any that aren’t an R.

nobar on June 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Meanwhile, Barack Obama was being briefed on the situation…

I thought Valerie and the staff kept him out of the loop for (im)plausible deniability.

Fallon on June 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Gee Ed, maybe he thought he’d have to be up late…

Observation on June 6, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Fools are in charge of the land.

Boston, from top to bottoms was a police state disaster…and the one creep lives, and will go free.

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2013 at 3:43 PM

maybe he had to fly to vegas later that same day…..

/priorities.

ted c on June 6, 2013 at 3:44 PM

How many governors nap on the job?

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Raaaacccissst !!!!

burrata on June 6, 2013 at 3:44 PM

What’s the deal? He have a campaign event with Lil Wayne?

HumpBot Salvation on June 6, 2013 at 3:45 PM

How soon can Governor Patrick be voted out of office?

wren on June 6, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Come on – he’ll run for preezie in 2016 and Obama will support him. Anyone who thinks Obama will support Hillary or Biden are totally insane.

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Was that a Benghazi nap or Boston Strong nap..?

d1carter on June 6, 2013 at 3:45 PM

and I took a nap.

Look, I don’t mind getting my faux outrage up from time to time, but the guy probably stayed up all night. So, I’m gonna give him a pass here.

faraway on June 6, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Raaaacccissst !!!!

burrata on June 6, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Nah – those who expect so little of them are the true racists.

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Can’t tell you how often had to work around the clock, to solve world challenges. The thought of napping was not even on the radar…this is almost funny, were it not so tragic.

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2013 at 3:48 PM

How soon can Governor Patrick be voted out of office?

wren on June 6, 2013 at 3:37 PM

He’s already announced that he’s not planning to run for re-election in 2014.

J.S.K. on June 6, 2013 at 3:53 PM

OT – Shep Smith “why would the IRS people dance like crazed monkeys?”

That Bashid, or Batshit at MSNBC will go nuts.

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2013 at 3:56 PM

OT: Mr. Gowdy goes to Washington and knocks it out of the park…again.

d1carter on June 6, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Saw this on another thread.

This guy is Damn good.

ToddPA on June 6, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Boston Snores!

Mini-me is such a tool

philw1776 on June 6, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Nah – those who expect so little of them are the true racists.

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Exactly. The bigotry of low expectations and Liberal certainty that they’d all be failures without Affirmative-action, grade-inflation, SAT tests in Jive, social promotion, welfare checks and quota-jobs.

viking01 on June 6, 2013 at 4:00 PM

“Mr. President, if you can sleep through Benghazi I can sleep through Boston”.

“What difference does it make?”

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Both the Boston Herald and Politico highlight the inebriation Deval Patrick indulged after the Tsarnaev brothers had been neutralized as their leads, but the Governor of Massachusetts could be forgiven for celebrating a bit afterward.

????

On getting drunk: “I got out to the Berkshires around supper time (Saturday, April 20). And I went for a quick swim, and I went to a local restaurant … for supper by myself with a book. And I sat in the corner and Maggie, who runs the (restaurant), asked, ‘Do you want to be near people or away from people?’ I said, ‘As far away as I can.’ So she put in the corner, me and my book on my iPad, and she starts bringing me things. Some of them edible. In fact all the food was edible. She starts bringing me things to drink as a celebration. And by the end of the meal, I was actually quite drunk, by myself.

Deval himself used the word drunk, not inebriated. Drunk has a lot more emotional impact.

Getting drunk by oneself is not my idea of a celebration. IMHO this is drinking into a stupor to forget stress.

Don’t sanitize what he did—it’s who he is.

INC on June 6, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Note how many trolling turds are defending…

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Exit question:How much of the Boston Strong $$$ will go toward electing Democrats?

faraway on June 6, 2013 at 4:01 PM

I wish all our public officials would take naps. That would mean less time for them to royally screw things up.

Metro on June 6, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Nah – those who expect so little of them are the true racists.

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2013 at 3:46 PM

I don’t know what to say.
I’ll wait for Batsh1t or Tingles to tell me because they are the ones who can hear all the dog whistles :)

burrata on June 6, 2013 at 4:09 PM

The people that voted for Patrick probably sleep in the afternoon as well.

redguy on June 6, 2013 at 4:19 PM

taxachussetts deserves this kind of leadership

burserker on June 6, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Let’s get this straight. While Boston citizens were told that they shouldn’t leave their homes or businesses all day, terrifying the city while the FBI and local police tried to hunt down the terrorists who had bombed the Boston Marathon earlier in the week, the man in charge of state government caught up on his sleep.

Isnt that what the president did during the benghazzi attack? He was informed that the consulate was under attack, and he went back to bed correct?

It seems this is what democrats think they should be doing during crisis. Especially since we allow them too.

paulsur on June 6, 2013 at 4:26 PM

very good. To be followed by “I’ll Get Back to You.”

arnold ziffel on June 6, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Nah. The Audacity of Nap.

GWB on June 6, 2013 at 4:47 PM

For all you idiots know Deval was up all night during the original chase monitoring the whole situation. Dude probably pulled all-nighters all week and needed a 20-minute power nap. Big fickin deal.

You seriously going to fault a guy for that? He probably excused himself to take a few #2′s as well. Might as well add that to your list of faux outrages.

cornfedbubba on June 6, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Deval Patrick has never impressed me as being the sharpest pencil in the pack. Then again, he doesn’t need to be to get elected in Massachusetts which would be fine except for the fact the these idiots keep foisting their bad choices on the rest of the nation and I expect we’ll be seeing “Senator Patrick” or “Vice President Patrick” somewhere down the road.

natasha333 on June 6, 2013 at 4:50 PM

The back story to this is the real men in charge probably told him to take his sissy azz back to his office and get out of the way. No excuses, but he doesn’t appear to have the right stuff to take on a challenge like the one that was presented.

DDay on June 6, 2013 at 4:54 PM

If Obama had to wake up Deval Patrick during the Boston lockdown, who woke up Obama when Benghazi was under siege? Certainly not Hillary Clinton, famous for her 3 AM phone ad…

But maybe that’s why Patrick was so wide awake late that night when Jokar was in custody, and there were speeches to make before the press!

Steve Z on June 6, 2013 at 5:06 PM

He probably excused himself to take a few #2′s.
cornfedbubba on June 6, 2013 at 4:49 PM

This I don’t doubt.

DDay on June 6, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Let’s get this straight. While Boston citizens were told that they shouldn’t leave their homes or businesses all day, terrifying the city while the FBI and local police tried to hunt down the terrorists who had bombed the Boston Marathon earlier in the week, the man in charge of state government caught up on his sleep.

If Deval Patrick had been awake when the police had found Jokar cornered in the boat (with the older brother already dead), Patrick could have lifted the lockdown in areas outside the police perimeter, and let those residents go about their daily lives. Instead, Bostonians hunkered down while their governor napped…

Steve Z on June 6, 2013 at 5:12 PM

way ta go Patty…. lock down the plantation… slip into your Olsen twins footie jammies and pop in a porn CD till ya doze off to lala land…… SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN

roflmmfao

donabernathy on June 6, 2013 at 5:14 PM

If Deval Patrick had been awake when the police had found Jokar cornered in the boat (with the older brother already dead), Patrick could have lifted the lockdown in areas outside the police perimeter, and let those residents go about their daily lives. Instead, Bostonians hunkered down while their governor napped…

Steve Z on June 6, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Get your facts straight.. the lockdown was already lifted when he was found in the boat.. in fact the reason he was found was because the lockdown was lifted, and a resident found the boat and phoned 911.

triple on June 6, 2013 at 5:36 PM

And they never did find him, until they gave up on their LOCKDOWN and a citizen found him. Good going DIMWIT! Now go back to sleep.

GarandFan on June 6, 2013 at 5:47 PM

The next filibuster is going to be awesome.

Mark1971 on June 6, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Oops. Wrong thread.

Mark1971 on June 6, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Barky was fast asleep while Benghazi was going on and then jetted out to Vegas to collect some cash. I doubt that he lost any sleep due to anything happening in Massachusetts. If Barky was awake and not shooting hoops (missing hoops, really) or shanking the ball on some golf course then it was only by coincidence.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 6, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Yes, this is an interesting parallel: apparently, if you are asleep, you can’t have done anything wrong, and there are no witnesses.

Equally, all of these “golf” trips can’t really be what they seem, because O does not seem to improve his game. They are probably further escapes from official record-keeping (i.e. unnaccountable meetings with persons unknown).

virgo on June 7, 2013 at 1:23 AM