You have to wonder about the statements we get out of the White House. I mean, you and I already do, because so many of those statements turn out to be inaccurate. But maybe some people aren’t wondering yet.
Just hours before Secret Service Director Julia Pierson was fired Wednesday, the White House’s two top communications officials, Press Secretary Josh Earnest and Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, trooped onto the North Lawn where the TV cameras are situated to proclaim the president’s affection and strong support for her.
“The president and everyone here at the White House stands solidly behind . . . the director of the Secret Service,” said Earnest.
As a far as I can tell, none of the facts changed between the morning and midday, when Pierson appears to have gotten the boot. The White House already had in hand all of the information it expressed later in the day to explain why Obama had in fact decided she had to go.
I would assume what happened is that while his aides were on TV, Obama hadn’t even rolled into work yet. Maybe he was even sleeping.
When he got to the office he probably heard from some congressional Democrats and his own staff about why she had to be relieved of her duties. But alas, it was too late to lock the White House doors and prevent Earnest and Palmieri from exiting to share what turned out to be misinformation.
If the White House has its act so poorly together that something declared in unambiguously declarative sentences is no longer operative a couple of hours later, it becomes very hard to give credibility to even mundane references.
Honestly, if the White House tells me its four o’clock, my first thought is going to be, I wonder which time zone they mean?