Now this is pretty funny.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki Wednesday actually came up with some accomplishments from the Hillary Clinton era after Tuesday failing to name any in response to a question she should have anticipated.
Her failure to respond adequately obviously created some problems for her upstairs, as they say, since she led the briefing with a Hillary report card.
Still, you’ll note, there’s not much there. Most of the items concern processes, not serious triumphs related to policies Clinton put in place,
The original question concerned something called the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, or QDDR, an Obama-era innovation begun in 2009 that sets goals for the next four years. The second QDDR is now underway.
From the transcript of yesterday’s briefing
MS. PSAKI: It’s too bad Matt’s not here yet because he asked the question, but I announced yesterday that the Secretary had actually announced the – that we were launching our 2014 QDDR, and I wanted to just highlight, as an example of how effective this process was during the first term, what some of the examples of how we’re implementing it are.
And if this works well, which it has, the recommendations and the process results in a – changes or updates that make things more efficient, more focused, and better, and that’s what we saw from the first round. So bear with me while I just highlight a few of these.
After the 2010 QDDR, economic statecraft, which as you know is a big part of what Secretary Clinton did when she was traveling overseas, became a – there – a stronger emphasis was placed on trade promotion, investment, and leveling the economic playing field. That’s something the Secretary has continued to support. As he often says, economic policy – foreign – economic policy is foreign policy, and that’s one of the roles that we can play here at the State Department and our diplomats play around the world.
We also – as a result of the 2010 QDDR, we also now have a fuller integration of women and girls into our policy framework – planning and budgeting, program monitoring and evaluation, and management and training. That continues to be a big priority for the State Department, promoting women and girls around the world.
The QDDR also – the 2010 QDDR also reorganized and created bureaus to address the needs of the 21st century – of 21st century diplomacy that we’re seeing in effect today.
Okay, you get the idea. It goes on in a similar vein.
Yesterday, CNN had a good laugh over Psaki’s failure to come up with anything. Today, John King’s guests seem to be bending over backward to make nice and indicate that, of course, Hillary has her accomplishments and the focus on the possible lack thereof is obsessive.
I’m sure CNN had gotten a boatload of fury from both the Obama and the Clinton people.