Monday, December 1, 2008

Oh no he di’int!

Something made me smile today, and hopefully you will too after watching this video. One of the first posts here from your humble correspondent questioned aloud how Obama could pick Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State after shredding her foreign policy “experience” during the campaign. Oh how I wished at the time that someone would ask that very question to the Obamessiah, and today that prayer was answered in the form of Peter Baker, from The New York Times (aka Obama HQ). I’m not gay, but I (heart) Peter Baker today!

First see the full video without Q&A.

Fast forward to minute four to see a close up of Hillary during the press conference, who looks as excited as someone being read a guilty verdict and announcement that they will be put to death with 5,000 paper cuts.

Now see the quick snippet with Peter Baker’s question (h/t Hot Air).

His words:
OBAMA: Well, I mean, I think -- this is fun for the press to try to stir up whatever quotes were generated during the course of the campaign. No, I understand. And you're having fun.
But the -- and there's nothing wrong with that. I'm not -- I'm not faulting it. But, look, I think if you look at the statements that Hillary Clinton and I have made outside of the heat of a campaign, we share a view that America has to be safe and secure. And in order to do that...

Ah how the Obamessiah is quick to negate legitimate questions by turning the focus back on the questioner. Yes, Peter Baker IS having “fun” as you say with your clear-as-day hypocrisy but the question is a legitimate one. The reality is that he has no explanation, and gosh darn it, Peter did his best to remind the voting public that a statement made in the past is not an indication of future behavior since Obama said whatever needed to be said to be president. What better way to deflect this than to not only not answer the question, but let the world know up front that any other legitimate question sent Obama’s way will be countered with one or more of the following:

1) A few moments of self-effacing humor but ultimately never answer the question
2) saying aloud what the person is probably really thinking as if pretending to share that view as well, but ultimately never answer the question
3) do the best possible to not answer the question then make it a personal mission to destroy to question asker (see Joe the Plumber).

What they DIDN’T show was poor Peter having his press pass stripped from his suit jacket, then secret service escorting him quickly away (to Guantanamo most likely) for a good re-education flogging. This was probably especially embarrassing since he likely assumed that he was going to get a nice, slow-pitch softball from a correspondent from The New York Times, and instead was caught looking at a wicked breaking ball for strike three.

So I encourage everyone to keep up with Peter’s progress to see if he’s still employed much longer or what sort of havoc his employer may wreak upon him.

UPDATE: Time's Joe Klein lobs first missile at Peter Baker...comments equally missive for challenging Obamessiah This should come as no surprise as Klein was perhaps the journalist most in the tank for Obama during the campaign, even to the point that he was kicked of McCain's plane. Apparently Klein has appointed himself as the Critic Gestapo. Funny how Klein (I can't even bring myself to describe him as a journalist) finds offense to asking a legitimate question about what exactly changed since the democratic primary race to make Obama confident in Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, while Klein's ridiculous string of baseless accusations are well documented.

On the flip side, who knew that Campbell Brown on CNN and Truthbomber would agree on something.

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