Carney: It was entirely appropriate for Obama to knock the GOP over the financial crisis while the Navy Yard was in lockdown

posted at 7:21 pm on September 16, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via RCP, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Who needs false piety from the White House at this point? One of the hallmarks of O’s approach to policy is sticking to his agenda even when major events try to intrude. That’s why he’s had to pivot to jobs 75 times in the past five years: It may be the public’s top priority but it’s sufficiently second-tier to him that he tends to return to it only when he’s momentarily finished with another, more important concern. He passed the stimulus in 2009, then spent more than a year pushing ObamaCare through even though the public was still frantic for economic help. Four years and a Republican House majority later, he’s still paying the price. He and Chuck Schumer decided that his second term was ripe for a big immigration push, even though the persistently weak recovery and the damage being done by O-Care to full-time employment make this a … sub-optimal time economically to sell amnesty. Even when he’s been opportunistic in shifting priorities due to an unforeseen crisis, it’s right in line with the left’s evergreen policy wishlist. He probably wouldn’t have pursued gun control to start his second term if not for Sandy Hook, but once that happened, the liberal dream of new federal gun regs seemed less quixotic than it normally is. Thus it came to be that a guy who got reelected running as a champion of middle-class economic interests decided to crap a few months away mumbling about background checks.

I think this is also why he seems less perturbed accepting Putin’s sham “compromise” on Syria than the rest of America. Ridding Assad of his WMD was never on his agenda; it was something he stumbled into with his “red line” comment and then felt obliged to stand firm-ish on to keep up appearances. All things considered, he’d much rather be talking about amnesty or assault weapons or whatever. When Assad embarrassed him with a major gas attack, he thought briefly of following through with a strike but then probably realized that if he did something, Syria would eat up even more of his agenda than it already had. So he went to Congress to stall, and then when that didn’t work out, he took Putin’s dumb deal. Look at it this way: How much does the guy really care if he’s out on the links at a moment when his staff was frantically dialing members of Congress on the Hill to round up support before the big Syria vote? He had an agenda — golfing — and no big vote on Assad’s WMD was going to interrupt that. Likewise, he had an agenda today — beating up on Republicans over the financial crisis — and no mass shooting was going to interrupt that. Be thankful he finally decided (just within the past few hours) to cancel the big Latin music festival at the White House tonight. I’m sure it wasn’t done without some reluctance.

Exit quotation via Weasel Zippers:

REPORTER: Very quickly — and I think Ed alluded to this, but I just want to be clear — was there any consideration by the White House, given that there was an active manhunt, like, four miles away, to cancel today’s economic remarks?

MR. CARNEY: No.


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“Not a moment to lose. The Republic is at stake!” -Spokeskid

Akzed on September 16, 2013 at 7:23 PM

“If I had a son, real or invented, he could never be better than Carney” — Goebbels

Schadenfreude on September 16, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Poor weasel.

CW on September 16, 2013 at 7:25 PM

well submit a damned budget

dmacleo on September 16, 2013 at 7:26 PM

A special circle of Hell awaits this little pinocchio.

Tim Zank on September 16, 2013 at 7:27 PM

What’s he doing in Colorado? People are dying and starving from the flooding..

Y’know…. like in New Orleans and Katrina…

Skywise on September 16, 2013 at 7:27 PM

First I’d like to give a shout-out to Joe Crow Medicine Man.

JohnInCA on September 16, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Two mass shootings on military bases during Obama’s tenure and two fumbled responses. Is this guy capable of sensing the seriousness of a situation and adapting his script? What the hell?

JohnInCA on September 16, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Howdy Dootie and his pensive fro.

patman77 on September 16, 2013 at 7:31 PM

The question needs to be shortened to ‘does anyone think at the WH?’

The answer would still be ‘no’.

It is all conditioned response reaction there, it is all they know at this point.

ajacksonian on September 16, 2013 at 7:31 PM

To be clear , I don’t place any blame on Obama for the shootings but his responses have been so tone deaf.

JohnInCA on September 16, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Jay Carney is a sh*t eating weasel.

Key West Reader on September 16, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Propaganda Minister propagandizes propagandistically….

News at ten.

viking01 on September 16, 2013 at 7:34 PM

The Chosen One shall determine what is important. Who the hell does the public think they are?

You will do what the Obamassiah dictates, or suffer his scorn!

GarandFan on September 16, 2013 at 7:35 PM

“Anytime is a good time to dare the GOP to cross obozo’s red ink,” claimed Carney.

Flange on September 16, 2013 at 7:35 PM

What a douchebag.

Lanceman on September 16, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Time is short…except on the weekend golf outings… and except when entertaining with the upcoming “Latin Music Gala” where Michelle assures us that the president will “..shake his groove thing” to the strains of Latin American music…except for any number of necessary luxurious vacations that often leave the locals unable to get to their work or their own homes because the area has to be put in ‘lockdown’ while the Obama’s are there…

..yeah… time is short when he has to take time off his vacation, entertainment, and golf schedule to attend to matters of national and international import.

A good start to economize his time would be if the president repealed OBAMACARE…ENFORCED IMMIGRATION LAW…thus ending the largest tax on the US taxpayer ever levied and allow the heath care providers and health care insurance providers to continue to provide the best health care in the world… combined with sending the 12 million illegal aliens home who currently hold a minimum of 8 million full time jobs in this nation and innumerable part time jobs, overwhelm out judicial system, use our school system requiring masses of extra funding, burden our penal system, and overtax our medical care facilities and providers at our expense… which would go a long way toward salvaging the US economy, easing the tax burden on the middle class, and putting American citizens back to work.

thatsafactjack on September 16, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Worst… President… EVER…

Khun Joe on September 16, 2013 at 7:38 PM

“Anytime is a good time to dare the GOP to cross obozo’s red ink,” claimed Carney.

Flange on September 16, 2013 at 7:35 PM

I wouldn’t want to cross O’s butthole… Red ink and all.

/Please do not ban me.. I’m drinking on Monday which I never do.

Key West Reader on September 16, 2013 at 7:40 PM

So, is this new lowest of lows? I think not, we have at least 3 more years.

DDay on September 16, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Two mass shootings on military bases during Obama’s tenure and two fumbled responses. Is this guy capable of sensing the seriousness of a situation and adapting his script? What the hell?

JohnInCA on September 16, 2013 at 7:31 PM

NO and NO

He has no flipping clue about tact, perception or what the heck he is doing.

gophergirl on September 16, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Be thankful he finally decided (just within the past few hours) to cancel the big Latin music festival at the White House tonight. I’m sure it wasn’t done without some reluctance.

The guests probably said “not just no, but hell no – not going” so they were forced to cancel.

Seems the zero and moochele do not have the sense to connect the dots.

tru2tx on September 16, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Two mass shootings on military bases during Obama’s tenure and two fumbled responses. Is this guy capable of sensing the seriousness of a situation and adapting his script? What the hell?

JohnInCA on September 16, 2013 at 7:31 PM

No. He’s an academic. He’s completely lacking in street smarts and totally incapable of thinking on his feet. This is why he needs a teleprompter just to say goodnight to his daughters.

CurtZHP on September 16, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Appropriate? Not on your life.

Typical of obama? You bet.

Pardonme on September 16, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Yep, there is a time crunch alright, the House wasn’t even in session today.

Cindy Munford on September 16, 2013 at 7:44 PM

What? Should we be at all surprised? Remember, this is the same @sshat who gave “shout outs” at the Tribal Nation Conference before he addressed the Fort Hood massacre.

Hill60 on September 16, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Two mass shootings on military bases during Obama’s tenure and two fumbled responses. Is this guy capable of sensing the seriousness of a situation and adapting his script? What the hell?

JohnInCA on September 16, 2013 at 7:31 PM

You’re only counting the domestic ones. How many US troops were shot and/or blown up at military bases in Afghanistan (73% of the casualties under Obama) or Iraq?

And BTW, that fundraiser was more important to the lazy stupid bastard than Benghazi. Giving a shout out to some old native American was more important than commenting on the Fort Hood shooting. And it was clear that tonight’s cancellation of the Latino Music concert was not of Obama’s preference- given the last minute cancellation.

Happy Nomad on September 16, 2013 at 7:45 PM

/Please do not ban me.. I’m drinking on Monday which I never do.

Key West Reader on September 16, 2013 at 7:40 PM

I don’t think drinking on Monday’s is a bannable offense. But just in case, don’t tell your doctor if he asks.

Flange on September 16, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Carney: America’s answer to Baghdad Bob.

petefrt on September 16, 2013 at 7:46 PM

“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain… The Great and Powerful Oz has spoken.”

viking01 on September 16, 2013 at 7:49 PM

MeanWhile,…Coincidental………………………………….

****************** Co-Inky-Dinky *************************!!

Shooting at Washington Navy Yard, Sept. 16, 2013

Navy Yard shootings prompts postponement of ‘stand your ground’ hearing in Senate – @postlocal

1 min ago from http://www.washingtonpost.com by editor
====================================================

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/09/16/senate-stand-your-ground-hearing-postponed/

canopfor on September 16, 2013 at 7:43 PM

canopfor on September 16, 2013 at 7:49 PM

That’s why he’s had to pivot to jobs 75 times in the past five years
=====================================================================

And,all this gawd-forsaken PIVOTY SPEECHYS!!

canopfor on September 16, 2013 at 7:51 PM

So is it just me……

Obama said today hours after the Navy Yard shooting-

“We still don’t know all the the facts, but we do know several people have been shot and some have been killed. We’re confronting yet another mass shooting and today it happened on a military installation in our nation’s capital. It’s a shooting that targeted our military and civilian personnel. These are men and women who were going to work doing their jobs and protecting of all of us. They’re patriots. They know the the dangers of serving abroad, but today they faced the unimaginable violence that they wouldn’t have expected here at home.

Isn’t this the speech the lazy stupid bastard should have given in the wake of the Fort Hood shooting instead of doing a shout out to some native American?

Happy Nomad on September 16, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Key West Reader on September 16, 2013 at 7:40 PM

*clink*

chewmeister on September 16, 2013 at 7:52 PM

It is entirely appropriate, and otherwise just plain “normal” for Jay Carney to defend the indefensible.

listens2glenn on September 16, 2013 at 7:52 PM

I’ll bet Bark is catching holy hell from Mooch for canceling the Hispanic rave scheduled for tonight.

Bishop on September 16, 2013 at 7:53 PM

When Assad embarrassed him with a major gas attack, he thought briefly of following through with a strike but then probably realized that if he did something, Syria would eat up even more of his agenda than it already had. So he went to Congress to stall, and then when that didn’t work out, he took Putin’s dumb deal.

So now he only went to Congress as a stalling tactic?

These alternate histories are getting hard to keep track of. Maybe we need to number them.

slickwillie2001 on September 16, 2013 at 7:54 PM

“Time is short. We need to address these challenges.”

He’s had five years.

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Navy Yard shootings prompts postponement of ‘stand your ground’ hearing in Senate – @postlocal

canopfor on September 16, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Heh! I guess it’s hard to whip up faux moral outrage over the death of a street thug when less than two miles away there is yet another crime scene in a gun-free zone.

Happy Nomad on September 16, 2013 at 7:55 PM

This has been an utterly crap Monday by all accounts- How lovely it must be to live in Obama’s world, where nothing matters but your ego and your agenda.

BettyRuth on September 16, 2013 at 7:55 PM

I’ll bet Bark is catching holy hell from Mooch for canceling the Hispanic rave scheduled for tonight.

Bishop on September 16, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Hey. She has all that food to herself.

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 7:55 PM

I’ll bet Bark is catching holy hell from Mooch for canceling the Hispanic rave scheduled for tonight.

Bishop on September 16, 2013 at 7:53 PM

I’m sure she was looking forward to gettin’ her some Wagyu and lobsters.

chewmeister on September 16, 2013 at 7:57 PM

REPORTER: Very quickly — and I think Ed alluded to this, but I just want to be clear — was there any consideration by the White House, given that there was an active manhunt, like, four miles away, to cancel today’s economic remarks?

MR. CARNEY: No.

Carney’s Thought Bubble:

“You idiot, don’t you realize, as everyone in this room except Ed does, that this President has two objectives and two objectives only, be damned anything else that’s happening. One, to wipe his opposition, namely the Republicans and conservatives, off the face of the earth and, Two, livin’ la vida loca, which he cancelled tonight at the Casa Blanca to avoid the bad optics. Get a clue, newsboy.”

TXUS on September 16, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Obowma knows that the economy is about to crash due to the policies that he put in place…

… The timing of it will coincide when the Republicans try to defund Obowmacare.

When that happens, the Fed will all of a sudden stop QE3, and the stock market will crash like we never have seen before…

… Obowma, and the media will point to the Republicans, blame them, take the 2014 elections, and the ‘fundamental transformation of the United States’ will be complete.

This should be a hoot…!

Seven Percent Solution on September 16, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Just as well. I prefer my despotic agitprop straight, no chaser.

locomotivebreath1901 on September 16, 2013 at 8:08 PM

I think this is also why he seems less perturbed accepting Putin’s sham “compromise” on Syria than the rest of America. Ridding Assad of his WMD was never on his agenda; it was something he stumbled into with his “red line” comment and then felt obliged to stand firm-ish on to keep up appearances. All things considered, he’d much rather be talking about amnesty or assault weapons or whatever. When Assad embarrassed him with a major gas attack, he thought briefly of following through with a strike but then probably realized that if he did something, Syria would eat up even more of his agenda than it already had. So he went to Congress to stall, and then when that didn’t work out, he took Putin’s dumb deal.

Spot on, AP.

MT on September 16, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Us Women have these types of outrageous agendas during inappropriate times, it’s called PMS. I’m certain BHO suffers from this too, not so sure about the FLOTUS though.

poppieseeds on September 16, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Boehner and McConnell ought to hold a press conference in response. At it they should say they agree wholeheartedly with Obama that the focus should be on jobs and the economy and announce , and that they are going to join Obama in focusing like a laser on jobs and the economy from now on. Then end the press conference by grabbing their golf bags and walking out.

Dusty on September 16, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Who would expect anything more from this regime? Even the journOlisters have come to expect off-topic garbage and h8r insults from the Community Organizer in Chief. What a complete turd he is. We need PooPourri whenever he walks into a room. It’s a wonder he can get anyone to treat him nice anymore, much less regard his red lines as “red lines.” Dummazz.

ExpressoBold on September 16, 2013 at 8:26 PM

F*CK YOU, Clown Carney…and your boss!

Resist We Much on September 16, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Here is my question for Mr Claire Shipman and his seedy, tawdry, low-rent boss:

Members of Congress aside, how many of the victims of the shooting, along with their families, might be Republicans who take UTTER OFFENSE to the degrading, insulting, juvenile, unseemly and LOW CLASS comments from Bam-Bam?

matthew8787 on September 16, 2013 at 8:42 PM

…says Putin’s B*tch’s B*tch.

a5minmajor on September 16, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Tone deaf. I first thought this was planned so he would not have to discuss his dismal economic record.

Ellis on September 16, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Someone tell Obama, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” is getting old. There comes a time when you have to show some class. I’m still waiting.

bflat879 on September 16, 2013 at 9:05 PM

canopfor on September 16, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Heh! I guess it’s hard to whip up faux moral outrage over the death of a street thug when less than two miles away there is yet another crime scene in a gun-free zone.

Happy Nomad on September 16, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Happy Nomad:Could be:)

canopfor on September 16, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Someone cutting off your circulation would be appropriate also. Not me of course, I don’t like jail and I have a family to support and taxes to pay so the Obama’s can throw parties and take 100 million dollar vacations.

F_This on September 16, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Not that anyone heard his speach on the economy today, which is why he went ahead and gave it, but I just read excerpts from it and it is the same bs he has said for the last 5 years. Lame duck.

Ellis on September 16, 2013 at 9:31 PM

I’m sure you all know that I don’t like Obama. I have long thought that he is a narcissistic sociopath. But, alas, I’ve been wrong.

The behavior that this POS exhibited today prompts me to reevaluate my clinical diagnosis of him. His disregard for serious events occurring around him, his actions showing that he firmly believes that he is the center of the universe, his remarks concerning the economy demonstrating his detachment from reality, and his pathologic self worship clearly reveal him as a psychopath.

NOMOBO on September 16, 2013 at 9:47 PM

CARNEY – Cannot Allow Real News Earning Yet ……more evidence of the worthlessness of my boss.
http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-8561-barack_in_the_day.html

avagreen on September 16, 2013 at 9:56 PM

so Obama is evolving onto the economy again.
and blaming the GOP for daring to not want to spend trillions more on pork.

sniffles1999 on September 16, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Hey the reason Obama did not discuss the shooting
as it was not on the teleprompter,
and if its not on the teleprompter
all he can do is
umm ahh ohh, ah ummmm . . . .

sniffles1999 on September 16, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Allahpundit is turning up the heat. THIS is why I read Hot Air. If only *some* politicians would be smart enough to campaign this way.

RushBaby on September 16, 2013 at 10:33 PM

The White House has to make sure to get the memo out to its messenger service. Wouldn’t want the narrative “Bush’s fault” to go stale and have people start to see that da One’s policies mount to nothing but national devastation.

TQM38a on September 16, 2013 at 10:52 PM

“Hey the reason Obama did not discuss the shooting
as it was not on the teleprompter,
and if its not on the teleprompter
all he can do is
umm ahh ohh, ah ummmm . . . .

sniffles1999 on September 16, 2013 at 10:19 PM”

Ah… butthathat’s my point… isthe…butthe… isisis…wha…
thethethe…

“I am not an ideologue.”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/01/29/obama_to_gop_i_am_not_an_ideologue.html

“I’m not.”

LOL!

shorebird on September 17, 2013 at 12:01 AM

“Ridding Assad of his WMD was never on his agenda; it was something he stumbled into with his “red line” comment and then felt obliged to stand firm-ish on to keep up appearances.”

WooHoo! Our Dear Leader president is willing to stand “firm-ish.” That red line seems to be getting kinda pale-pink to me. Oh Well, Good night! Oh! And don’t mind the Jihadi in the burqa planting that bomb…

shorebird on September 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Be thankful he finally decided (just within the past few hours) to cancel the big Latin music festival at the White House tonight. I’m sure it wasn’t done without some reluctance.

O’s decision-making has always been , uh, deliberative.
Note the eighteen hours to make the ‘gutsy call’ to raid Osama’s lair- interrupting his round of golf (in itself deserving the death penalty).
Note the major legislations that require his attention when ‘time was short’ (Stimulus II, Raising the debt ceiling {each time} and Obamacare).
His decision to survey the First Family regarding Syria ‘boots on the ground’- after 100,000 are slaughtered and 1,400 gassed.
And please don’t forget the four month (Nov 2008 to April 2009) selection process– perhaps , “vetting” — of the First Pooch- Bo.

socalcon on September 17, 2013 at 6:01 AM

It is entirely appropriate, and otherwise just plain “normal” for Jay Carney to defend the indefensible.

listens2glenn on September 16, 2013 at 7:52 PM

It’s his job.
What else is a pathological liar with no scruples to do? Er, without going to law school, I mean.

socalcon on September 17, 2013 at 6:09 AM

obama had a telepromter reading to do, and thats all he knows
without it he goes umm, ahh oh, errr.

So it was scheduled for his PIVOT and LASER focus on the economy and blame the GOP season to begin.

Even if people are dying.

and now we find out it was an african american with MENTAL ISSUES.
Just like the connectecuit, and colorado and arizona shooters all had mental issues on meds.

So the dems are as always demanding more gun laws.

sniffles1999 on September 17, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Why should King Putt worry about shooters in Fort Hood or the Washington Navy Yard? After all, he killed Bin Laden! Isn’t that enough?

Steve Z on September 17, 2013 at 10:28 AM