The liberal but nevertheless intellectually non-comatose radio talk show host Alan Colmes Wednesday called for an FBI investigation into the potential conflicts of interests resulting from foreign donations to the Clinton charitable fund and Hillary Clinton’s actions as Secretary of State.
First person running for president while simultaneously under investigation by the FBI? Don’t count on it, but it’s not just a right-wing talking point, and everybody knows it.
President Obama in remarks Tuesday at Georgetown University:
I think that the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leeches, don’t want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction . . .
If you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant menu. They will find folks who make me mad. I don’t know where they find them. They’re all like, “I don’t want to work, I just want a free Obamaphone.” And that becomes an entire narrative that gets worked up. Very rarely do you hear an interview of a waitress, which is much more typical, who is raising a couple of kids and doing everything right but still can’t pay the bills.
And so if we’re going to change how John Boehner and Mitch McConnell think, we’re going to have to change how the body politic thinks, which means we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues.
Jeb Bush is being pilloried today from right and left for supposedly saying he would do the Iraq invasion all over again, re-spanking America in true Thank you sir, may I have another fashion.
Only thing is, it’s completely clear, that’s not what he said.
Now, yes, he was asked by Fox News host Megan Kelly whether he would invade Iraq again, knowing what we know now. But that’s not the question he answered. He answered whether he would invade Iraq knowing what we knew then.
So he obviously either misheard or misunderstood Kelly. Here’s the transcript.
KELLY: Obviously, very controversial. Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?
BUSH: I would have, and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody, and so would have almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got.
KELLY: You don’t think it was a mistake?
BUSH: In retrospect, the intelligence that everybody saw, that the world saw, not just the United States, was faulty. And in retrospect, once we, once we invaded and took out Saddam Hussein, we didn’t focus on security first. And the Iraqis, in this incredibly insecure environment turned on the United States military because there was no security for themselves and their families.
By the way, guess who thinks that those mistakes took place as well? George W. Bush.
KELLY: Your brother.
BUSH: Yes, I mean, so just for the news flash to the world, if they’re trying to find places where there’s big space between me and my brother, this might not be one of those. But it’s important to remind ourselves of lessons learned going forward, the world is different today than it was in 2001. It’s going to be different in 2017 if we allow this president’s foreign policy to continue on. The unraveling isn’t going to stop.
It’s obvious he’s talking about having bad information about Iraq WMD. That is, the invasion was a mistake.
He’s only saying the invasion was justified based on the information we had then. Not based on what we know now. He says “I would have,” and “so would have Hillary.” He’s talking about previous misconceptions, not current understanding.
Gosh, how hard is that for all the pundits and analysts dizzy with fury and ridicule to see?
As you may know, President Obama appeared on the David Letterman show Monday night to help mark the final few days of the Letterman Era. Dave did a special top ten list for the occasion. Thought you might like.
Here, Letterman and Obama talk about their retirement plans and start laying the tributes to each other on a little thick. If you get choked up watching things like this – well, watch anyway, you’ll be fine.
Oh, if only White House journalists could do this to presidents.
During an appearance today before kids at a library in Washington, President Obama started rambling on the difficulties of putting words to paper when the moderator, who looks to be about twelve, gave him the hook.
“I think you’ve sort of covered everything about that question,” he said. Indeed.
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