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Corker: White House Foreign Policy Meeting “Bizarre”

I’ve never heard a of a U.S. senator meeting with senior White House officials and then afterward calling the session “bizarre.”

Obama football 3But that’s what Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the top Republican member of the Senate Foreign Policy Committee, termed a secret gathering Tuesday night that that included 14 senators – 11 Democrats, three Republicans – who met with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

“I know we both attended sort of a discussion last night that I found to be one of the most bizarre I’ve attended on Foreign Relations on foreign policy in our country,” Corker said, referring to himself and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the committee’s chairman.

He didn’t say why it was bizarre, but based on some reporting by the Associated Press and my knowledge of how White Houses usually operate – and this one in particular – I know exactly what he meant.

First of all, the President Obama didn’t even drop by. You have the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee in the West Wing for what was, I’m sure, a very rare trip to the White House, and he doesn’t even see the president.

This is the only White House I’ve covered where senior senators go to the West Wing to meet with staff, not the president. The White House thinks it’s repairing relations with Congress – finally – but it’s actually insulting lawmakers instead.

Remember what a big deal the White House made about a dinner Obama staged with some Republicans a year ago? Typical Obama. A one-shot effort, with no follow up.

What’s more, Tuesday’s discussion, over wine, beer, and a cheese and cracker platter on the patio outside of McDonough’s office, appears to have been a sophomoric hand-holding session in which the senators were treated to little beyond the crackers and cheese.

According to the AP:

Another senator who attended the meeting said Obama’s advisers refused to provide lawmakers with answers about whether the president plans to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the war formally concludes later this year or about the Pentagon’s efforts to find nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian school girls.

I’m sure they just sat there in disbelief as Rice and McDonough refused to tell them anything, and then started wondering what they were doing there.

Eventually, senators just started leaving, EVEN BEFORE THE MEETING WAS OVER.

I’ve never heard of that either, unless there was some urgent matter or a vote on Capitol Hill. You don’t otherwise leave a White House meeting unless you are really either being disrespected or getting nothing of value out of it.

Such ham-handedness. Brought to you by the same people who brought you Healthcare.gov.

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19 Responses to Corker: White House Foreign Policy Meeting “Bizarre”

  1. Good thing NO ONE in the “media” will ‘report’ this.

    …And I/WE all know NO ONE in the “WH press corps” has the GUTS-BALLS-NERVE-COURAGE to ask about-look into this story…

  2. Give ol’ Barry a break. Maybe he was attending to really, really important stuff.
    Like planning more fundraisers, or where the next vacation will be.
    Could be he’s practicing his next phoney speech for Memorial Day.
    Sheesh! Barely enough time to get in a few rounds of golf.

  3. Speaking of foreign policy….
    At an economic conference in St. Petersburg, a CNBC reported asked Putin to comment on Obama’s statement that he (Putin) is lying about the Ukraine.
    Putin replied “Who is he to judge? Who is he to judge, seriously?”
    The crowd burst into laughter and clapping.

    Obama is a laughingstock on the world stage. However, he is running a helter-skelter, tin-pot dictatorship on the home front. The last six years have been the most bizarre in modern history. This really is the gang that can’t shoot straight.

    Putin video:
    http://www.cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/barbara-boland/putin-obama-who-he-judge-seriously

  4. “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”

  5. Eventually, senators just started leaving, EVEN BEFORE THE MEETING WAS OVER.

    I laughed out loud! As they say! Also what crummy snacks. Talk about a slap!

  6. Rice and McDonough were hoping the attendees would offer some direction because they don’t have a clue what they’re doing.