White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest expressed annoyance that President Obama doesn’t get enough credit for being the “most transparent” president in history.
When asked by CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday about journalists’ complaints that the federal government isn’t efficient at answering FOIA requests, Earnest said they’ve made progress with the requests over the eight years.
Earnest added that there is really “no constituency in American politics for transparency in government beyond journalists.”
He added: “If this constituency of journalists are gonna be effective advocates for the issue that they care about, they need to remember that they have a responsibility not just to criticize those who are not living up to their expectations.
Looks like Earnest is trying to work on his own legacy issues. Meantime, the Weekly Standard wrote Sunday about how the White House tried to hide that it is letting Iran cheat on the nuclear deal.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest moved quickly to diminish Donald Trump’s success at keeping Carrier Corp. from moving 1,000 jobs to Mexico, saying it doesn’t compare with President Obama’s record of job creation.
“If he is successful in doing that 804 more times, then he will see the record of manufacturing jobs that were created in the United States while President Obama was in office,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. “President Obama has set a high standard.”
Not just petty, but completely dishonest. Because Earnest is leaving out the manufacturing jobs that were lost before Obama started creating them.
According to Politifact:
If you start from the beginning of Obama’s term — which started in a severe economic downturn — the number of manufacturing jobs is actually down by about 303,000.
It’s like a football team claiming victory because it outscored its opponent in the second half. If only we could just tune into the Obama presidency during the good moments . . .
Manufacturing workers have suffered grievously under Obama. There are many reasons for that, some having nothing to do with Obama. But for the White House to claim success on this front demonstrates just how uncaring and out of touch Obama is toward manufacturing workers, and why Rust Belt states rejected this president’s policies.
I guarantee you, he will pardon her. And maybe Bill too.
“We don’t talk about the president’s thinking, specifically with respect to any specific cases that may apply to pardons or commutations,” Earnest said when asked about a potential pardon of Hillary Clinton. “We’ve got a long tradition in this country of people in power not using the criminal justice system to exact political revenge. In fact, we go to great lengths to insulate our justice system from partisan politics.”
All right, give Josh a break. It’s a joke. And I don’t even know what Trump was talking about related to drug testing before the debates. It’s ridiculous. But Josh, you must know, it’s the liberals and their phalanxes of speech police who have taken the fun out life! Continue Reading
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