Press Sec.: ‘Not a mistake’ for Obama to fundraise, do photo ops amid international crises

posted at 4:41 pm on July 21, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Two weeks ago, President Barack Obama took it on the chin in the press for his atonal decision to fundraise and engage in “man of the people” photo opportunities while the media was squarely focused with the crisis at the border. He followed up that command performance this week by doing exactly the same thing amid crises overseas.

Finding it more difficult than normal to cast the president as a focused and engaged crisis manager, the media is noticing Obama’s display of contempt for presidential “optics.”

ABC’s White House correspondent Jonathan Karl brought up the president’s flippant disregard for the sensibilities of the press on Monday during the White House press briefing. “Was that a mistake in hindsight?” Karl asked of the president’s specific decision not to change his campaign-like schedule on Thursday in the wake of the attack on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

“It was not,” White House Press Sec. Josh Earnest replied.

Obama’s press secretary said that Obama made a variety of telephone calls on Thursday to some of the world leader impacted by this crisis and to the members of his national security team.

“If there were a requirement for the president to change his schedule so that he can attend to this urgent priority and fulfil his responsibilities as commander-in-chief, we would not have hesitated to make that change,” Earnest added.

Now, that’s strange. If Obama was forced by, say, Congress to appear engaged during global crises, well he most certainly would go ahead and comply with that “requirement.” Since no such rule exists, however, what are you going to do? Sue him?


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The screw is loose with that one.

Flange on July 21, 2014 at 4:43 PM

The press sec and 0bama are both fools…

OmahaConservative on July 21, 2014 at 4:43 PM

It’s not a mistake, it’s a conscious, determined act of will.

Akzed on July 21, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Now, that’s strange. If Obama was forced by, say, Congress to appear engaged during global crises, well he most certainly would go ahead and comply with that “requirement.” Since no such rule exists, however, what are you going to do? Sue him?

Could Congress just decide that he’s on “recess” and handle things without him?

BlueCollarAstronaut on July 21, 2014 at 4:43 PM

If we had any actual reporters, one might ask Honest Earnest what would have to happen FOR Obama to consider canceling a fundraiser, vacation, or golf trip?

A terrorist nuking of New York?

ConstantineXI on July 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

“Let them eat cake!”

-Obama Antoinette

portlandon on July 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Defense and Fundraise, the two main duties of the President. Oh, wait…

Oil Can on July 21, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Two weeks ago, President Barack Obama took it on the chin in the press for his atonal decision…

Pick a key, and make decisions in it.

Akzed on July 21, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Obama extreme incompetence and foolishness is only matched with the utter stupidity of these f***ing morons who attend these fundraisers, pay tens of thousands of dollars per plate, just to listen to this most incompetent welfare queens agitator speaks…

mnjg on July 21, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Ugh. 2+years is a long way to go…

Scotty J on July 21, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Eff you Azzhole.

O.K., it’s SUMMER. Time to enjoy some things….

this is for the MEN. This is what it’s all about baby!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0dWXyTa2Cw

ToddPA on July 21, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Yet W. could sit for 7 minutes to finish reading with school kids so as not to panic everybody?

ThePrez on July 21, 2014 at 4:48 PM

“It would fulfill his responsibilities as Commander-in-Chief.”

Quite inspiring.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on July 21, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Yet W. could sit for 7 minutes to finish reading with school kids so as not to panic everybody?

ThePrez on July 21, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Obama would have finished the remaining 7 holes on the course.

portlandon on July 21, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Well, a socialist is obsessed with other people’s money.

Flange on July 21, 2014 at 4:52 PM

If we had any actual reporters, one might ask Honest Earnest what would have to happen FOR Obama to consider canceling a fundraiser, vacation, or golf trip?

A terrorist nuking of New York?

ConstantineXI on July 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Only if he take credit for it.

SteveInRTP on July 21, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Yet W. could sit for 7 minutes to finish reading with school kids so as not to panic everybody?

ThePrez on July 21, 2014 at 4:48 PM

What are you talking about moron… Are you comparing 7 minutes to weeks, months, and years of this most incompetent fool Obama spending his time having fun instead of actual governing?…

mnjg on July 21, 2014 at 4:53 PM

*he can

gee whiz

SteveInRTP on July 21, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Meh … barky handled Benghazi by jetting off to Vegas for a fundraiser – after a good night’s sleep while they were dying in Benghazi. That didn’t hurt him, at all. He still got re-elected after that, and after dancing on the coffins of the Benghazi dead while lying his third-world azz off about it.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 21, 2014 at 4:56 PM

So going down to the Mexican border is a bad photo-op, but going to a burger joint is a good photo-op? O-kay.

Ward Cleaver on July 21, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Optics only matter when da Won is trying to win an election….he is on the Two Year Cruise Control tour..

hillsoftx on July 21, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Could Congress just decide that he’s on “recess” and handle things without him?

BlueCollarAstronaut on July 21, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Sure. It wouldn’t be any less illegal than Obama grabbing the power to decide when Congress is in recess, or his legislating by “PenNPhone”

ConstantineXI on July 21, 2014 at 4:57 PM

His spokesperson now arguing to the press that the President is doing his job.

How weird is this? How defensive is this?

Incidentally, I think Josh Earnest was chosen merely for the optics of his last name. Because when Obama wants the people to believe something that is, in fact, not true, he makes a big point to say it is true. Thus, Mr. Earnest as Pressetary. Kind of like living inside a Children’s Book. So he should re-name himself as Barack Ofthepeople so he doesn’t have to go out and eat hamburgers with peasants.

He was already Barry Soetoro once so who cares?

LetsBfrank on July 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM

ABC’s White House correspondent Jonathan Karl brought up the president’s flippant disregard for the sensibilities of the press on Monday during the White House press briefing. “Was that a mistake in hindsight?” Karl asked of the president’s specific decision not to change his campaign-like schedule on Thursday in the wake of the attack on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

“It was not,” White House Press Sec. Josh Earnest replied.

Hardly a surprise, Earnest’s job is to lie and spin in order to protect the thin-skinned, mendacious, feckless, narcissistic sociopath-in chief.

“If there were a requirement for the president to change his schedule so that he can attend to this urgent priority and fulfil his responsibilities as commander-in-chief, we would not have hesitated to make that change,” Earnest added.

There’s a requirement in the President’s oath of office:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Barack Obama has no problem ignoring fulfilling his requirements to stand up to that oath, so for anyone to think he would honor a requirement that might have him skip a round of golf or a series of fundraisers is naive and pathetic.

The President chose what to do – and what priority to give to his responsibilities. Now he owns the bashing he’s so richly deserving of….

Athos on July 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM

How soon drones like Earnest forget…

Bush’s super fundraisers

Del Dolemonte on July 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Two weeks ago, President Barack Obama took it on the chin

Love letters from Reggie…

hillsoftx on July 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM

there are many factors, but I believe one is his NPD. People with NPD need a narcissistic supply…a person, or groups of people that can be counted on for adoration.

the Obama cult has a great deal of adoration for the man…so they keep him well stocked, just like Val does. History will reveal if FLOTUS agrees…my hunch is not so much

r keller on July 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Yes cause having the president cancel his fundraisers due to a major world crisis would make his bundlers and celebrity supporters mad and sad. After all he would lose his position as real life incarnation of the most interesting man in world.

terlizzi99 on July 21, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Hasn’t this story been pretty much done? At least until later this week when the rat-eared wonder jets off to California for fundraising yet again.

And I’ll repeat my opinion. This isn’t about optics. Obama needs the fundraisers because his ego feeds off all those adoring people in one place even as he does a crappier and crappier job as President.

Happy Nomad on July 21, 2014 at 5:03 PM

FYI to the president. When you put more effort in fundraising than doing your day job, it is a problem.
It is typical for you to only look at things from a political point of view. anybody else goofing off and not taking care of business gets fired. Please grow up.

warmairfan on July 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Coping out of the job he sucks at…wonders never cease…

sorrowen on July 21, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Josh Earnest is joshing earnestly.

22044 on July 21, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Yet W. could sit for 7 minutes to finish reading with school kids so as not to panic everybody?

ThePrez on July 21, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Oops, I meant COULDN`T sit……. Tha sort of changes memeaning here. lol

ThePrez on July 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Obama’s Ukrainian Telethon Fundraiser to Defend Democratis in the Senate is on the horizon.

profitsbeard on July 21, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Obama Countdown: 913 days and counting . . .

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Josh Earnest is joshing earnestly.

22044 on July 21, 2014 at 5:07 PM

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Sounds like a phony name.

Even if the name isn’t phony, Josh is.

Adjoran on July 21, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Never wrong…never a mistake…never lie…never collude within the government to use the authority and power of the government to silence their opponents…never covering up the indignity with which they are treating injured American veterans…never ever, ever doing anything whatsoever wrong or even possibly making a mistake of any kind. Not even a minor mistake or a smidgen of a mistake or iota of a mistake.

Let alone any corruption…absolutely no corruption at all.

DWoDiego on July 21, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Obama has decided to go on Jimmy Kimmel this week. Unbelievable.

DisneyFan on July 21, 2014 at 5:13 PM

They don’t call him Josh Earnest for nothing.

If we had any actual reporters, one might ask Honest Earnest what would have to happen FOR Obama to consider canceling a fundraiser, vacation, or golf trip?

A terrorist nuking of New York?

ConstantineXI on July 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

No, he’d just make sure wherever he was, he was upwind of the fallout

formwiz on July 21, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Shut up, peasant!” explained Josh Earnest.

orangemtl on July 21, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Two weeks ago, President Barack Obama took it on the chin in the press

?? “Took it on the chin”? Do we follow the same press? Aside from a few perfunctory questions issued as a formality, the press continues to give him a tongue bath.

WhatSlushfund on July 21, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Obama has decided to go on Jimmy Kimmel this week. Unbelievable.

DisneyFan on July 21, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Why, did Kimmel install a putting green?

TarasBulbous on July 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Please remember the press secretary is only saying wht he is told to say. That’s his job. Why anybody would want to do it I don’t know especially with this bunch.

crankyoldlady on July 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Wow, that virus is really infectious and unrelenting.

Carneyitis.

fogw on July 21, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Domestic border photo ops, bad

Int’l crises photo ops, the rage

Children

This new Baghdad Bobbi lies better than the other one.

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 5:38 PM

And Josh Earnest becomes the new carney barker.

NeighborhoodCatLady on July 21, 2014 at 5:49 PM

This little puke is full of more crap than a holiday turkey.

rplat on July 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 5:53 PM

… the media is noticing Obama’s display of contempt for presidential “optics.”

It’s GOOD to be The King!

GarandFan on July 21, 2014 at 5:55 PM

And tomorrow King Putt flies to Seattle tomorrow for another fund raiser. The city’s main east-west I-90 bridge will be also be closed for repairs. Traffic hell Seattle.

diogenes on July 21, 2014 at 5:59 PM

This is Obama’s hamas strategy.

He’s trying to create victims.

Lonetown on July 21, 2014 at 6:02 PM

“it’s not required”

Sums up so much about that man-child and his following.

reaganaut on July 21, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Please remember the press secretary is only saying wht he is told to say. That’s his job. Why anybody would want to do it I don’t know especially with this bunch.

crankyoldlady on July 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM

The only reason to become the press secretary is to let the world know exactly what the price of your integrity and ethics can be bought for….

… and appealing to one’s inner Joseph Goebbels.

Athos on July 21, 2014 at 6:32 PM

A possible alternative to raising money and chomping burgers after the in-air murder of almost 300 innocent civilians? Since Obama couldn’t think of any alternatives at the time, here’s a stab at something he might have done (excuse me, something that a commander in chief whose uniform didn’t consist of mom jeans might have done):

Call for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire, formation of a coalition force from nations with victim citizens, invite Russians to participate — to secure the crash site, assist in removal of the dead, location of flight recorders and investigation of the crash.

Rapid response units from those nations – supported by joint air operations – along with international aircraft disaster investigation teams, depart ASAP for Ukraine. When they are en route, see what Putin does (along with his military which is clearly in Eastern Ukraine). What? Shoot everybody down and claim it was Lex Luthor?

He’s cunning. He’s not stupid.

What about us? Stupid is as stupid does (or, in this case, doesn’t do), according to Forest’s mama.

IndieDogg on July 21, 2014 at 6:38 PM

What else would he say? He’s paid to shine Obama’s golf balls.

CW on July 21, 2014 at 6:44 PM

And I’ll repeat my opinion. This isn’t about optics. Obama needs the fundraisers because his ego feeds off all those adoring people in one place even as he does a crappier and crappier job as President.

Happy Nomad on July 21, 2014 at 5:03 PM

I do believe you are onto something there. Since it looks like he has retired from being president why do fund raising when he could go golf or go on vacation? Obama doesn’t do anything unless it serves him. Feeding that massive ego of his makes sense.

wifarmboy on July 21, 2014 at 6:54 PM

And I’ll repeat my opinion. This isn’t about optics. Obama needs the fundraisers because his ego feeds off all those adoring people in one place even as he does a crappier and crappier job as President.

Happy Nomad on July 21, 2014 at 5:03 PM

I do believe you are onto something there. Since it looks like he has retired from being president why do fund raising when he could go golf or go on vacation? Obama doesn’t do anything unless it serves him. Feeding that massive ego of his makes sense.

wifarmboy on July 21, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Yep, and that’s also why he summons Hollywood glitterati to the White House to entertain the Royal Court and party with lobshter and Wagyu beef. Still running two a week as far as I know, and we pay for it all.

slickwillie2001 on July 21, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Press Sec.:

…poor Josh is not going to survive a year!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 21, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Where does Obama find all these losers that he hires with our money?

We got rid of BAghdad Jay and now we have BAGHDAD Jonathon!

Obamatrix on July 21, 2014 at 10:42 PM