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McDonough Takes Blame for Paris

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough took the blame Tuesday for the failure of President Obama or another senior official to attend the march for free speech in Paris earlier this month.

“We’ve said we regret we didn’t send someone more senior than our ambassador,” McDonough said on NBC’s The Today Show. “That rests on me, that’s my job.”

But McDonough did not say he regretted the decision because Obama should have been at the march, saying instead that the problem was that “the melee that ensued” from the bad publicity “obfuscated” progress the United States has made with Europeans combating terrorist threats.

So you see, the problem really rests with others.

McDonough made no mention of whether Obama approved of the decision or even expressed the least amount of interest in traveling to Paris for the march.

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22 Responses to McDonough Takes Blame for Paris

  1. Always one step behind. They should have figured out they were going to need a fall guy from the start! A child could have figured out that someone should have been there! A child figures even for themselves when they are doing something wrong, that they will need a fall guy.
    (Tell parent sibling took the cookies out the cookie jar).

  2. It’s obvious (to me) that O wouldn’t even have considered the trip to the Paris “parade” because he knew he would not be the center of the attention, not even in the center of the link of arms.

  3. Rule #1 for Obama White House staff survival: when something goes bad (Benghazi, IRS surveillance, Fast and Furious, etc.) the blame never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, goes on Obama’s report card.

    Rule #2 When something goes well, praise is always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, given to Obama.

  4. Rule 1 for Obama White House staff survival: when something goes bad (Benghazi, IRS surveillance, Fast and Furious, etc.) the blame never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, goes on Obama’s report card.

    Rule 2 When something goes well, praise is always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, given to Obama.

  5. It continuously frustrates me with all the powder puff questions directed at this WH . “mcdonough made no mention of whether o approved of the decision…..” why not just ask this talking head ?? Make them accountable. And stop allowing this regime to walk away from interviews without being truthful … glossing over questions as though they werent even asked.. Oh well, I will now retreat back to Bubbaland ,as Huckebee
    has termed it..

  6. So Obama/Biden couldn’t make the suggestion that one of them should go… maybe play rock/paper/knife? They have to wait for someone else to tell them what to do?

        • I preferred the Jimmy Carter excuse……..he just got back from a 17 day vacation in Hawaii and things are piled up on the desk.

          I am surprised that the WH didn’t say………due to the constraints of the economy put on us by the “Previous Administration” and the Republicans in Congress who passes the Sequester.

          They should tell the truth………..The credit department at China Visa denied the AF1 charge because we are over the credit limit and the U.S. did not pay the minimum amount due.

      • They had to make a big decision…which one can we throw under the bus…for sure NOT Val-,jar, Susan Rice, or any of the thugs who make Obama feel like Big Guy.
        And Gosh Earnest does not make decisions…he just reports and parrots the lies.

  7. I saw that that fool Kerry , looking every bit the fool he is ,managed to get to the football game this Sunday . It’s all in the priorities I guess