How many times does Josh Earnest have to say ‘strategy’ before you forget yesterday?

posted at 11:21 am on August 29, 2014 by Noah Rothman

The White House is in damage control mode. How can you tell? White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has been making the rounds on cable news ever since President Barack Obama walked off stage yesterday after he revealed to the nation the United States does not “have a strategy” to strike ISIS in its Syrian stronghold.

Earnest appeared on a variety of venues on Thursday night and Friday morning, but the media appearance which is most instructive about the awfulness of his position — having to clean up the president’s mess – was his hit on CNN. Over the course of 6 and a half minutes, Earnest said the word “strategy” no less than 11 times, and that does not include the times he used the word “plan” to describe what he urged was the president’s comprehensive approach to the ISIS threat:

Toward the end of the video, when CNN anchor John Berman noted that Earnest would obviously not be engaged in a media blitz if the president had been as clear as his press secretary insists, the Earnest became just a bit snippy.

“Anybody who looked at the news conference and looked at the president’s opening remarks saw very clearly that he laid out this strategy,” Earnest protested. “You can focus on whatever aspect of the press conference you would like, but if you want to actually understand what the president’s trying to communicate, I would urge you to take a close look at his words.”

That is just painful. The only reason why the White House has to play mop up today is because the world was paying extraordinarily close attention to the president’s words – all of them, not merely his prepared remarks.

One can feel a slight pang of sympathy for Earnest, who has been put in a terrible position by his boss, but the damage done yesterday by Obama has not been entirely mitigated by the press secretary’s impromptu news tour. There is in fact, some evidence that suggests Earnest is doing his cause more harm than good:

This is utterly inexplicable. An American was beheaded. Another is facing the same fate. The United States has been engaged in air strikes against ISIS targets in Iraq for 21 days. The United Kingdom raised its terror threat level to severe – that threat being agents loyal to ISIS. And the press has learned that ISIS is investigating the prospect of executing biological terrorist attacks.

But we are not at war with ISIS.

Unbelievable.

UPDATE: Here is a great montage from Grabien featuring Josh Earnest saying the word “strategy” over, and over, and over again.


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I think “We have no strategy to deal with ISIS” ["Who is this 'we', Kemo Sabe?"] is the perfect bookend to “ISIS is the JV.”

Zumkopf on August 29, 2014 at 11:24 AM

They have a strategy, hope for another headline to distract.

rob verdi on August 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM

What does inners mean?

MayBee on August 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Americans either voted for another four years of Amateur Hour, or stayed home because Romney wasn’t man enough for them, or some such nonsense. We are now reaping what we have sown, and I’m sorry to say that, as a country, we deserve it.

I was never an enthusiastic Romney supporter, but he got my vote. He’d have been exponentially better than the clown show we currently have.

CantCureStupid on August 29, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Baghdad Josh.

DarthBrooks on August 29, 2014 at 11:26 AM

They have a strategy, hope for another headline to distract.

rob verdi on August 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Ding ding ding!

Gatsu on August 29, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Noah, you really should stop posting with a mobile phone. The grammar/spelling problems in every post suggest AutoCorrect or difficulties hitting keys on a smartphone.

Bitter Clinger on August 29, 2014 at 11:27 AM

FACT: obama’s strategy of strategically strategizing by publicly stating that he has no strategy is strategically the most brilliant strategization strategy every strategized by a U.S. president.

Pork-Chop on August 29, 2014 at 11:28 AM

One can feel a slight pang of sympathy for Earnest, who has been put in a terrible position by his boss, but the damage done yesterday by Obama has not been entirely mitigated by the press secretary’s impromptu news tour

It can’t be mitigated. There are some phrases that will stick because they reveal the character of the individual. This is one of them.

PackerBronco on August 29, 2014 at 11:28 AM

We may not be at war with ISIS, but they are at war with us.

CUS on August 29, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Mostly troll-free threads is a safe indicator that the Obama regime is screwing up beyond the point of verbal pretzel-ization.

Mark Boabaca on August 29, 2014 at 11:31 AM

What does inners mean? MayBee on August 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Opposite of outers, silly.

Akzed on August 29, 2014 at 11:31 AM

But we are not at war with ISIS.

Unbelievable.

I know Obama’s used to saying some BS line enough times that his base and the media(but I repeat myself) will accept it and move on, but that ain’t gonna fly with ISIS.

Doughboy on August 29, 2014 at 11:33 AM

“Cool Hand Barack”

BobMbx on August 29, 2014 at 11:33 AM

How does Richard Maddow get all of the good interviews?

VegasRick on August 29, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Me: “Is the US presently at war with ISIS Yes or No?”
@PressSec: “No.”

But we have always been at war with Eastasia.

SubmarineDoc on August 29, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Why does he insist on spelling out I-S-I-L each time he references it? Watching the video it seems like he goes to great lengths to make sure he spells it out, over and over and over. This administration has some serious oddities. What a joke.

TheAudacityofNOPE on August 29, 2014 at 11:37 AM

One can feel a slight pang of sympathy for Earnest, who has been put in a terrible position by his boss, but the damage done yesterday by Obama has not been entirely mitigated by the press secretary’s impromptu news tour.

Jay Carney says Josh knew the job was dangerous when he took it.

jon1979 on August 29, 2014 at 11:38 AM

I’m very afraid for our country .
We’re all impotent . I don’t see
anything beyond elections ( if
we get there ) that we can do.
It’s very frustrating .

Lucano on August 29, 2014 at 11:38 AM

You say “unbelievable.”

I say not really that unbelievable.

poppieseeds on August 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM

The president for once told the truth. He does not have a strategy or plan. The proof will be that no attacks on IS are going to occur, save a few in Iraq he will use to say we are engaged.

The military always has a plan and strategies to deal with these conflicts. It is this administration who does not.

Marcus Traianus on August 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM

One can feel a slight pang of sympathy for Earnest, who has been put in a terrible position by his boss,

What does this mean?

I have no sympathy for him. No one forced him to say what he is saying. No one forced him to take the job and no one if forcing him to stay in the job.

He’s one of the team and I suspect is glad to try to mop up for the administration.

Noah. You have a lefty view of the world. “Force” is one of the favorite lefty buzz words. Poor people are forced to do this, woman are forced to for go birth control medications, the GOP forces this and that.

If you are writing for HA to stir the poop, you’re not very good at it. Rather transparent, unlike your president.

Walter L. Newton on August 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM

This new Baghdad Bobbi lies more fluently than the old one.

Internalize all this.

But they are at war with you, morons.

White House: We’re Not At ‘War’ With ISIS

Leftists will have you all killed with their PC.

Schadenfreude on August 29, 2014 at 11:43 AM

We have no strategy to deal with the dumb**s’ that are the Democrat voter base, who we convinced that wars are over when we declare so.

Fixed.

MNHawk on August 29, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Me: “Is the US presently at war with ISIS Yes or No?”
@PressSec: “No.”

I’m sure Chris Hayes followed up with the obvious question: “So what do we call this military action where we are bombing ISIS?”

You did ask that, right Chris? Right? [Crickets...]

chuckfinlay on August 29, 2014 at 11:44 AM

It appears we are not at war with ISIS but we are at war with:

1) The weather
2) US citizens (Koch, Tea Party)
3) The Washington Redskins football team
4) Christians
5) US Companies (Koch, Oil and Coal industry, Chick-Filet, Burger King, Walmart)

This is just off the top of my head.

tej on August 29, 2014 at 11:37 AM

How could I have forgotten Hobby Lobby!

tej on August 29, 2014 at 11:44 AM

The news that Cameron identified Islamism, not the Muslim religion, as the terror threat to his land and the world, while obama’s spokesman, aka the new Baghdad Bobbi “we’re not at war with ISIL” — see Drudge…is spreading instantly.

The difference btw. the two speeches is striking.

One was NOT like Reagan. The other was like Churchill.

One said “we raised the threat level”. The other “we have no strategy”.

Plus Obama will now not stay in NY over night. The oaf, who’s chief, is in a panic mode of recovery from yesterday’s blunder.

Leftist thugs, how proud are you of your azzhole? IS watch your azzes more than anyone’s, and your heads too.

America, you sorry lot, 110 million of you are now on the dole, and your president is an utter ignorant malicious dilettante, proud of it.

The Clooney wedding is his next endeavor. YOU so deserve what you have brung, twice.

Schadenfreude on August 29, 2014 at 11:45 AM

This is utterly inexplicable. An American was beheaded. Another is facing the same fate. The United States has been engaged in air strikes against ISIS targets in Iraq for 21 days. The United Kingdom raised its terror threat level to severe – that threat being agents loyal to ISIS. And the press has learned that ISIS is investigating the prospect of executing biological terrorist attacks.

But we are not at war with ISIS.

You don’t think the President of the United States would be going fundraising and having a mini-vacation in the Hamptons if we were at war, do you? Do not judge the man unless you’ve walked a mile in his golf cleats.

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Leader versus perpetual azzhole.

Schadenfreude on August 29, 2014 at 11:46 AM

But we are not at war with ISIS.

Unbelievable.

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Zumkopf on August 29, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Noah, you really should stop posting

Bitter Clinger on August 29, 2014 at 11:27 AM

fixed it

dmacleo on August 29, 2014 at 11:46 AM

I’m sure Chris Hayes followed up with the obvious question: “So what do we call this military action where we are bombing ISIS?

You did ask that, right Chris? Right? [Crickets...]

chuckfinlay on August 29, 2014 at 11:44 AM

A kinetic application of force.

Not a war, mind you.

Bitter Clinger on August 29, 2014 at 11:47 AM

I’m sure Chris Hayes followed up with the obvious question: “So what do we call this military action where we are bombing ISIS?”

You did ask that, right Chris? Right? [Crickets...]

chuckfinlay on August 29, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Hey! If the operation doesn’t have a name it isn’t a real military operation.

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Noah, you really should stop posting

Bitter Clinger on August 29, 2014 at 11:27 AM

fixed it

dmacleo on August 29, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Heh!!

I fully accept that edit.

Bitter Clinger on August 29, 2014 at 11:48 AM

We are not at war with ISIS, but they are at war with us.

Techster64 on August 29, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Trolls, surface to defend your eunuch, the shame on the world stage.

Schadenfreude on August 29, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Surprised he did not reply, “It all depends on how you define the word war”.

albill on August 29, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Jay Carney says Josh knew the job was dangerous when he took it. jon1979 on August 29, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Akzed on August 29, 2014 at 11:50 AM

That “Not at war”is soon to slap them right in the face.What will the call it after we are hit?

docflash on August 29, 2014 at 11:50 AM

The president for once told the truth. He does not have a strategy or plan.

Marcus Traianus on August 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM

This does not compute, which makes me think he lied.

He does have a strategy, just not one that he can say out loud.

faraway on August 29, 2014 at 11:50 AM

One can feel a slight pang of sympathy for Earnest, who has been put in a terrible position by his boss

Why? They are one and the same.

The new Baghdad Bobbi lies more fluently than the old Baghdad Bobbi.

I hope all 3 go directly to Hell, so that good may be saved in the world. Otherwise the evil savages will prevail and leftists’ heads will be chopped off first.

Schadenfreude on August 29, 2014 at 11:51 AM

One can feel a slight pang of sympathy for Earnest,

I feel nothing for anyone who assists obama in his propaganda campaign, and I am disappointed with an author on this site who suggests there should be any sympathy for people facilitating obama’s efforts to destroy America.

GaltBlvnAtty on August 29, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Baghdad Josh (Sung to George Harrison’s Bangladesh)
My friend came to me
With sadness in his eyes
He told me that he wanted help
To Promote Obama’s lies

Although I couldn’t feel the pain
I knew I had to try
Now I’m asking the MSM
To repeat Obama’s lies

Baghdad Josh, Baghdad Josh
Where so many people are lying fast
Complicity with the press
I’ve never seen such a mess

Now won’t you lend your hand and understand?
Promote the lies of Baghdad Josh

Baghdad Josh, Baghdad Josh
Such a great disaster, I don’t understand
But it sure looks like a mess
The MSM could care less

Now please don’t turn away
I want to hear you say
Believe the lies of Baghdad Josh
Believe Baghdad Josh

Baghdad Josh, Baghdad Josh
Now it may seem so far from where we all are
The lies the MSM will neglect
The king they will protect

Now won’t you give some strategy to get more ISIS dead ?
We’ve got to believe Baghdad Josh
Believe the lies of Baghdad Josh
We’ve got to repeat Baghdad Josh
Believe the lies of Baghdad Josh

Kennyraisin on August 29, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Obama’s strategy is perfectly clear: Dither until it goes away. Period.

ConstantineXI on August 29, 2014 at 11:54 AM

God possesses irony.

Josh and Earnest are an oxymoron.

Blow and Dickerson have perfect names too.

Schadenfreude on August 29, 2014 at 11:54 AM

ubuma’s only strategy was to switch out carnival barker carney for a man named earnest. His Dickensian stunt fails to deliver gravitas. SCFOAMF confirms that WASS.

texacalirose on August 29, 2014 at 11:55 AM

I was never an enthusiastic Romney supporter, but he got my vote. He’d have been exponentially better than the clown show we currently have.

CantCureStupid on August 29, 2014 at 11:26 AM

This.
I was not a strong supporter of Romney, but thought he was the best of the final four and I think he would have been a significantly better than average President. Obama doesn’t even try.

It’s a binary decision. None of the above doesn’t count.

The work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men. George Eliot

talkingpoints on August 29, 2014 at 11:55 AM

This does not compute, which makes me think he lied.

He does have a strategy, just not one that he can say out loud.

faraway on August 29, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Well, not doing a damned thing to stop them is a strategy so you are correct.

VegasRick on August 29, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Walter L. Newton on August 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM
Schadenfreude on August 29, 2014 at 11:51 AM

You were ahead of me, obviously.

GaltBlvnAtty on August 29, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Desperation!

It’s said that President Jarrett is unhappy with Barack’s remarks. And Michelle chimed in “Well you just blew the ‘Obama knows all and sees all myth!”

Time for King Barack to do what he does best, go to Democratic fund raisers where he can be adored.

GarandFan on August 29, 2014 at 11:55 AM

“Daddy, I’m afraid to spend the night in NYC with ISIS around”

faraway on August 29, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Isn’t that the problem? We not be at was with ISI, but they are in war with US!

mouell on August 29, 2014 at 11:56 AM

obama is the real IS caliph.

Stop calling it ISIL and ISIS.

They are at war with the entire world, fools.

Schadenfreude on August 29, 2014 at 11:56 AM

One can feel a slight pang of sympathy for Earnest

Nope. Not feeling it one bit.

lynncgb on August 29, 2014 at 11:56 AM

You were ahead of me, obviously.

GaltBlvnAtty on August 29, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Never you worry. The truth can’t be hammered out enough times, until it clubs the naive. Otherwise the knives/ropes, the real ones, not PC, will get all of us.

Oh, and Sept 12 “Who’s John Galt?”

Schadenfreude on August 29, 2014 at 11:59 AM

You might not be interested in war with ISIS, but ISIS has already declared war on you.

Resist We Much on August 29, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Now J0sh can refer reporters to his remarks on August 29 when he discussed strategy at length.

Akzed on August 29, 2014 at 11:59 AM

The Clooney wedding is his next endeavor. YOU so deserve what you have brung, twice.

Schadenfreude on August 29, 2014 at 11:45 AM

In Italy. Think there are any Middle Eastern Nationals in Italy doing things like working for caterers or wedding venues or setting up chairs?

Think the date and location might be something not too hard to discover given the scope of the event?

I would not want to be doing security at that wedding. Or want to be anywhere in the vicinity.

talkingpoints on August 29, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Obama’s strategy is perfectly clear: Dither until it goes away. Period.his term expires.
ConstantineXI on August 29, 2014 at 11:54 AM

talkingpoints on August 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM

I’ll bet Valerie Jarrett gave BHO a real tongue-lashing after his ‘no strategy’ comment. Then she sent Earnest out with specific instructions how to clean up the mess.

AtTheRubicon on August 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM

In Italy. Think there are any Middle Eastern Nationals in Italy doing things like working for caterers or wedding venues or setting up chairs?

Think the date and location might be something not too hard to discover given the scope of the event?

I would not want to be doing security at that wedding. Or want to be anywhere in the vicinity.

talkingpoints on August 29, 2014 at 11:59 AM

You’re right. Holding back the terrorist trying to get his autograph could become dangerous……..Oh wait, you meant….not a chance….they are his biggest fans…..

VegasRick on August 29, 2014 at 12:05 PM

It appears we are not at war with ISIS but we are at war with:

1) The weather
2) US citizens (Koch, Tea Party)
3) The Washington Redskins football team
4) Christians
5) US Companies (Koch, Oil and Coal industry, Chick-Filet, Burger King, Walmart)

This is just off the top of my head.

tej on August 29, 2014 at 11:37 AM

How could I have forgotten Hobby Lobby!

tej on August 29, 2014 at 11:44 AM

He thought IUDs were IEDs

talkingpoints on August 29, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Pardon me for dropping in and re-posting part of a comment I made last night:

“…I’ll observe that Obama seems to be struggling to find a way to wage war without getting his hands dirty. He wants to leverage military power to advantage without the messy risks.

It doesn’t work that way. War is a dirty and bloody business. If you’re going to wage war, you’re going to get dirty and bloody. People will die. If you command, people will die on your orders. People will die when you make a mistake.

I don’t think this man had ever given a truly serious thought to any of this before he took office. Not once. That isn’t how his mind works.

But the fool has finally realized he actually can’t predict the consequences of his brilliant moves. Reality is not cooperating. The political templates of an old-school 60s Maoist radical don’t seem fit. Who could have seen that coming?

So he becomes ever more hesitant, more and more fearful of error. He sees disaster and debacle hiding behind every decision. So he heads for the golf course and then to a fundraiser where people pay obscene amounts of money for the opportunity to genuflect in person. That soothes the ego.

I never thought I would long for the leadership of Jimmy Carter. God help us, he would be an improvement.

novaculus on August 29, 2014 at 1:50 AM”

Obama is the Amazing Shrinking President. He is doing less and less of significance, in many respects a good thing but we have pressing national security issues that must be addressed. ISIS must be confronted by massive military force, yet I fear the prospect of committing our troops to battle under the leadership of this feckless, dithering, politically driven, incompetent narcissist.

9-11 is right around the corner. If Obama has failed to take the necessary steps top properly protect our people on that day, the consequences for the country and for his sorry-ass presidency will be profound and devastating.

If I were President, I would have a big surprise for anyone attacking an American facility abroad on 9-11. And I would unleash Hell on ISIS starting at 12:01 AM and lasting all the damn day. I would show the world there are deadly consequences for threatening the USA.

novaculus on August 29, 2014 at 12:14 PM

9-11 is right around the corner. If Obama has failed to take the necessary steps top properly protect our people on that day, the consequences for the country and for his sorry-ass presidency will be profound and devastating.

novaculus on August 29, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Benghazi was on 9-11. Just sayin.

faraway on August 29, 2014 at 12:16 PM

…if the president had been as clear as his press secretary insists, the Earnest became just a bit snippy.

the Earnest!

JOSH… he be da man!!!

Or, at least according to Noah.

Yoop on August 29, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Barack Obama seems to think that beheading journalists and children will eventually become boring and the jihad JV team will move on to beer pong.

That’s a strategy… sort of.

IndieDogg on August 29, 2014 at 12:25 PM

One can feel a slight pang of sympathy for Earnest

Nope. Not feeling it one bit.

lynncgb on August 29, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Jay Carney is doing cartwheels right now….

BigWyo on August 29, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Ogabe’s strategery is to lose the Middle East for his Taliban Gitmo and Muslim Brotherhood friends.

viking01 on August 29, 2014 at 12:28 PM

We’re mot at war with ISIS, however he has declared the GOP at war with women.

Tater Salad on August 29, 2014 at 12:40 PM

How many times does Josh Earnest have to say ‘strategy’ before you forget yesterday?

It’s like the age old question “how many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll at the center of a tootsie pop?” The world may never know.

Flange on August 29, 2014 at 12:44 PM

We have always been at war with East ISIS.

myiq2xu on August 29, 2014 at 12:45 PM

They have a strategy, hope for another headline to distract.

rob verdi on August 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Ding ding ding!

Gatsu on August 29, 2014 at 11:26 AM

I always remind my project managers and engineers that hope is not a strategy/plan; guess when it comes to politics I am wrong.

HonestLib on August 29, 2014 at 12:53 PM

You people are just not paying close enough attention.

Earnest: “You all know that the President is lying because his lips are moving. Now, you heard him say that “We Have No Strategy”. So that clearly means “We Have a Clear Strategy”. Now, next question”

NOMOBO on August 29, 2014 at 1:05 PM

There is one guy out there who made the ideal choice at the ideal time: Jay Carney.
Dude, yer a freakin’ genius.

Tard on August 29, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Give the President credit. He’s scored the spokes-idiot hat trick. Gibbs, Carney, and Earnest. And, each is looking worse than his predecessor. Leads me to believe Elmer Fudd is sitting in the on deck circle.

nikophil on August 29, 2014 at 1:26 PM

One can feel a slight pang of sympathy for Earnest, who has been put in a terrible position by his boss,

What does this mean?

I have no sympathy for him. No one forced him to say what he is saying. No one forced him to take the job and no one if forcing him to stay in the job.

He’s one of the team and I suspect is glad to try to mop up for the administration.

Walter L. Newton on August 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM

i don’t know why, but hot air is always weeping for this administration. i have no sympathy for earnest, none. jay carney stumbled out of that job like a ptsd victim, so earnest is a moron for even taking it, and he was all smiley about it too.

independent76 on August 29, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Benghazi was on 9-11. Just sayin.

faraway on August 29, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Do you think this president or any of his advisers took any lessons from Benghazi that weren’t purely political?

I very much fear that Obama and his band of tools learned nothing about national security from Benghazi and will again fail to adopt a security posture that will allow us to protect our people and respond to attacks effectively.

There is the small possibility that fear of domestic political fallout will cause them to at least attempt to be prepared. But their willful ignorance of the realities and relentless molding of everything they do to fit domestic political agendas and audiences will seriously handicap any such effort.

novaculus on August 29, 2014 at 1:42 PM

This guy is useless. I don’t listen to a word he says. I don’t know why the press corps even bothers to show up to the hand puppet show, nothing truthful is ever said there.

Diluculo on August 29, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Glad Josh is finally “in a position” to talk about Obama’s lack of a strategy.

Amazingoly on August 29, 2014 at 2:03 PM

If Obama continues to just be an empty suit on foreign affairs, then he should hand it off to Congress, who at least has a few qualified people who can interact with the military and the Pentagon. The U.S. needs to build up their allies because we all know what has to be done in the end to rid the world of ISSIS.

lea on August 29, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Once again our Lord And Saviour Barakus the Magnificent is perfect, it’s just the world and the richwing media that want to be haters and not try to understand what the best communicator this universe has ever seen was saying.

gwelf on August 29, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Josh, baby, it’s 8:00 AM and you have a five o’clock shadow. Bring an electric razor to the office. Get CNN to do your make-up.

First, we get Obama in the most repellant suit he has ever warns. Then, we get an unshaven Press Secretary.

Esaus Message on August 29, 2014 at 2:13 PM

without the teleprompter obama says what is really on his mind

he has no strategy,
he is clueless
he is afraid to make any decision
he would rather be fundraising at his cult meetings
or golfing

sniffles1999 on August 29, 2014 at 2:18 PM

The beatings will continue until…etc etc. Scary when dear leader tells the truth, huh.

Kissmygrits on August 29, 2014 at 2:31 PM

One can feel a slight pang of sympathy for Earnest, who has been put in a terrible position by his boss, but the damage done yesterday by Obama has not been entirely mitigated by the press secretary’s impromptu news tour.

Um, no. One needn’t “feel a slight pang” for any tool that has hitched his wagon to the disaster that this horse(‘s ass) called POTUS is. Like the J Geils Band’s Peter Wolf said before one of the songs on the their Full House Live album; “Serves you right to suffer baby, you gonna live a looong time”…

Big John on August 29, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Glad Josh is finally “in a position” to talk about Obama’s lack of a strategy.

Amazingoly on August 29, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Did he mention strategy? Huh, I musta missed that part…

Big John on August 29, 2014 at 3:07 PM

You know what GW would say about this……

KMav on August 29, 2014 at 3:20 PM

How Obama determines strategy.

tanked59 on August 29, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Tough decisions made by King PuttwithPen&Phone:

Is Sasha the older one?
Is it safe to stand between Moochell and lobster?
What can I say to fool them today?
Have I made a statement of truth lately?
Shall I use the PW or the SW?

Missilengr on August 29, 2014 at 7:45 PM

•RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.

DanielObrien42 on August 29, 2014 at 9:47 PM