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Ex-WH Official: “Dude, That Was Like Two Years Ago!”

Former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor this evening pushed the line that Benghazi is an old story and, you know, it’s time to move on, sneering, “Dude, that was like two years ago,” when pressed about his role in editing the Benghazi talking points.

From his interview with Brett Baier on Fox News:

BRET BAIER: The 14th is the day you’re talking about. According to the e-mails and the time line, the CIA circulates new talking points after they’ve removed the mention of al Qaeda, and then at 6:21 the White House– you — add a line about the administration warning of September 10th of social media reports calling for demonstrations. True?

TOMMY VIETOR: Uh, I believe so.

BAIER: Did you also change “attacks” to “demonstrations” in the talking points?

VIETOR: Maybe. I don’t really remember.

BAIER: You don’t remember?

VIETOR: Dude, this was like two years ago. We’re still talking about the most mundane process.

BAIER: Dude, it is the thing that everybody is talking about.

VIETOR: We’re talking about the process of editing talking points. That’s what bureaucrats do all day long. Your producers edit scripts multiple times.

BAIER: The key part is “attacks” to “demonstrations?” Did you do that

VIETOR: No, what is the question? Did I edit “attacks?”

BAIER: The CIA talking points. It was edited from “attacks” to “demonstrations.”

VIETOR: No – Michael Morrell has testified about what he changed –

Of course, the talking points were first released a year ago, just eight months after they were written, and one presumes that at that point Vietor would have refreshed his memory about them.

No matter. That Vietor’s intent was not merely to suggest a foggy memory of long ago events but to in fact spin Benghazi as old news is indicated by a tweet he sent out just before his interview.

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TBT means “Throwback Thursday,” as in old stuff.

Because after all, what difference at this point does it make?

H/T Washington Free Beacon.

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40 Responses to Ex-WH Official: “Dude, That Was Like Two Years Ago!”

  1. I can’t imagine losing a child and then trying to find out the cause of death and an official of the law telling me s/he’s dead, what difference does it make how s/he died? That’s what bugs me about this administration right now, the indifference and lack of compassion.

  2. Well let’s hope it makes that Dude Hilliary nothing more than a grandma for the rest of her life because after all “what difference does it make?”

  3. They obviously want this whole matter to just go away.
    Sorry,….we won’t let it happen.
    This one could be the straw that takes them down.

    • I have mentioned many times. Everything on the Long List needs to be handled, investigated, fixed, gotton rid of (O Care), etc. However the Benghazi issue really upsets me.
      I am sorry Keith and everyone for repeating myself. However I feel this needs be handled ASAP. We have military all over the world. If they are going to risk their lives and serve, they have to be assured that someone will come to their aid.
      I am waiting and waiting for the hero. The man or woman who has the guts to come out with the truth. Their openess will help secure the welfare for not only their family, but all American citizens.

      • What difference does it make?
        Hilla has a child, and she still screamed that ignorant comment.
        Did she understand the parents, & family had to listen to that?

      • I was livid watching this last night. TommyBoy got his clock cleaned but I don’t know that he’s wise enough to know it. The truth about Benghazi needs to come out not only for the military who still serve but also for the families of those who died. My heart goes out to them. Vietor’s #TBT reference was lower than low. I’m joining Lee’s chorus – #waitingforthehero.

  4. I’m not a big fan of watching video on the web, but if you didn’t see this live you MUST WATCH IT. the “dude!” was just the most amazing part of an amazing interview. Vietor’s weaselocity has to be seen and heard to be believed.

    Bret Baier IS the man.

    • oh–also–interestingly:

      Bret became the first person to officially ask straight out “Where was the president on that nite of September 11?”

      we now know where he wasn’t: the Situation Room. Vietor says he, Tommy, was there, and Obama wasn’t.

      so…where was he?

  5. Dude, Master Veitor acted like he was still wearing knickers and hadn’t left the school room. Bret did a wonderful putting him in his place.

  6. Thanks to Tommy we have a ready-to-go meme the next time the WH, et al wants to blame Bush or [add your favorite here]..

    We’ll just respond with, “Dude, that’s so TBT” or “Dude, that Bush thing was five years ago.”

  7. I got in late from work and caught the middle of the interview. Baier was polite (as usual), but was a freaking bulldog. he kept hammering Vietor for an answer. I sat down and thought to myself that this is what has become of the folks in charge of the nation: 32 year old hipster Doogie Howser types are running the show in Washington. No wonder Obama is so ineffective.

    • Vietor is a year younger than Obama’s former speech writer, the one who wrote that Obama would slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. Why ever in the world did Obama hire all these kids? No disrespect intended, as I know some 32 yr olds are much more mature and respectful.

      • AZ: You bring up a good point about the ‘kids’. They were 20-somethings when Obama began to campaign in 2006. actually, he was “chosen” for center stage in 2004 at the DNC and to begin the seduction process. So, ten years ago these pajama boys were just out of college and having been fed GWB syndrome for four years, they were raring to go. The difference between the pajama boys club in 2004 and the 30 somethings that served in the military or who weren’t groomed by the scam artist and his campaign, matured and transitioned into adulthood. The Bush/MSM bashing began during his first term in office, which cleared the path for Obama. The hardcore Left had a plan and sadly, the GOP did not.

      • I was thinking of the same “Who are these kids?” White House phenomenon this morning. They are a type, aren’t they? Metrosexual, with a narrow vocabulary, no experience, no scars, no wounds from having lived a real life, or having been knocked around a bit, still living as adolescents in their early 30’s. The scariest statement from Vieter was that he was in the Situation Room! This is a guy that should be working at a car wash, not the Situation Room.

        • Agree he is not fit to even be in the situation room. Of course, hiring these campaign workers with no real life experience is nothing new. Clinton did it, with all his George Stephy types who were about that age at the time. Those “dudes” were the ones who removed all the w’s off the keyboards at the white house when they left and Bush’s staff (of adults) moved in…

    • Dude!!!
      That was a word I lost in my vocabulary. That was used back in the late 60’s and 70’s.
      He forgot the word groovy, jewel, boss, etc.
      I would like him to stop using the word while defending himself in this matter.

      Those words are for my memory of years ago, and fun, not to
      think of him and the terrible attack of Benghazi.

      By the way I did not use those words while discussing professional matters with professional people years ago!

    • Thank you for the link AZ Granny.
      The amount of weaseling by Vietor was amazing. I couldn’t help but imagine how Jay Carney would hold up in a room fully of Bret Baiers. I was thinking China syndrome.

  8. Chickens coming home to roost etc. At some point the Dems in congress (especially Dirty Harry and Nancy) have to say “I was lied to also” OR “(I’m sorry) I lied to you”.
    Which will it be? They were either part of the lie or they wern’t. Politically, this is just getting legs.

  9. Seems as though Little Tommy V., should have been left to rot in his original Obama Sycophant position of College Educated Press Van Driver.
    He certainly does not have the gravitas to be the spokesperson for anything. Nor believability, Nor class. Nor a grasp on public speaking. Nor even the merest hint of etiquette.
    I hope and pray that Benghazi destroys the Obama administration and all of the hangers on he has surrounded himself with.

  10. While researching for my Friday Follies segment this week I found this gem from March 2013 Yahoo Political Confidential regarding the brilliant Mr. Vietor:
    Tommy Vietor started working for Barack Obama when he was still Senator Obama–well before he became a presidential candidate–and until Friday, the 32-year-old Vietor hadn’t stopped. His first job for Obama was as the driver of a press van, and he rose up the ranks through the 2008 campaign, and then the White House press office, to become the National Security Council spokesman.

    From van driver to NSC spokesman, WOW now that’s what I call a fast track career.

    It also explains how those two brainless idiots Jen Psaki and Marie Harf got their positions over at State. In the Obama administration it’s not competence and ability, it’s devotion to King and willingness to lie.

    • I know that America is the land of opportunity, but Vietors rise in career most certainly could not be due to any brilliance.
      His performance during the Baiers interview certainly didn’t show any. Good work MrCaldwell.

  11. Pretty sure he’s wincing that he said BHO wasn’t in the room. He’ll have to repeat that little bon mot and it won’t be pretty when Trey Gowdy drills the “dude” a new one.

    One more thing: it’s one thing for Lois Lerner to take the 5th. Entirely different matter when Hillary does…