In the old days, when the Regime tried to do a Jedi Mind trick like this on the American people – the media would let them.
This is not the Single Payer healthcare plan your looking for…
Obama would look straight into the camera, and repeat the lines at least 50,000 times, “If you like your plan you can keep your plan…” or its variation – “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor…”
It took Politifact until the point Obama’s promise could be proven without a doubt to be a lie, (because millions of people were losing their health care plans) to rate it a “pants on fire” lie.
But the communication sages within the administration are always scheming to find new ways to fool the American people. And they really have their work cut out for them, lately, because on top of all the scandals currently swirling around him – Obama’s being hammered for being a weak and indecisive president who leads from behind. And Obama’s palace guard are finding it much more difficult to play along.
Poor Jen Psaki – I truly feel sorry for her, here….
She picked the short straw on Thursday and had to face the room full of hard-boiled reporters with this howler.
JEN PSAKI: I would argue the president doesn’t give himself enough credit for what he’s done around the world. And that’s how the secretary feels too. We would not be engaged in comprehensive negotiations with Iran, which is where the program is stalled, and is rolling back, if it were not for the role of the United States, along with the P-5 +1 partners certainly. In Ukraine, we’ve been engaged more or as much as any other country in the world in supporting the elections process, supporting the government, and supporting efforts moving forward. Yes, there’s more work that needs to be done, the point is we need to continue to stay at it.
REPORTER: Is this a potential mission accomplished statement?
PSAKI: Absolutely not.
MATT LEE: You would argue the president doesn’t give himself enough credit, how much credit would you give him?
PSAKI: I would give him more than he has given himself. So would the secretary.
LEE: Like 200 percent credit? For what? Iran negotiations?
PSAKI: I mean…
REPORTER: What specifically are you saying he doesn’t get enough credit for?
PSAKI: For engagement in issues like Iran, what we’ve done on Ukraine. Efforts to dive in and engage in the world.
REPORTER: Russia has still annexed Crimea. Iran, there are ongoing negotiations, but is that the success here that your talking?
PSAKI: We’re talking about engagement in the world and taking on tough issues that present themselves, and the United States continues to play a prominent role doing that.
Now, whatever would possess a State Dept spox to say something so patently absurd? Obama doesn’t give himself credit? He only spiked the football for killing Osama bin Laden about 40,000 times. He doesn’t know how to give a speech without propping himself up as the only adult in the room with all the experts on his side, while denigrating anyone who disagrees with him. The obvious narcissism of the guy has been duly noted by most of us on the right since early 2008.
Did those words just tumble thoughtlessly out of her mouth? Or did the White House’s crack communications team come up with yet another awesome Jedi Mind Trick?
Because as Twitchy notes, Lurch dropped the same talking point on Gwen Ifill , Thursday night on PBS Newshour.
Via PJ Tatler:
Coming off a week where President Obama laid out an Afghanistan withdrawal timetable and put forth his foreign policy vision, Secretary of State John Kerry declared Thursday that this administration is “more engaged” with the world “than at any time in American history.”
“I don’t think the president, frankly, takes enough credit for the successes that are on the table right now,” Kerry told PBS. “I mean, if you look at what has happened in Ukraine, the president led an effort to try to keep Europe unified with the United States, to put difficult sanctions on the table. Europe wasn’t thrilled with that. But they came along. That was leadership. And the president succeeded in having an impact ultimately, together with the Europeans, on the choices that face President Putin.”
I have my suspicions as to who is pushing this talking point. She is known to be a “court flatterer” and “a peerless enabler of Barack Obama’s inflated opinion of himself”
“I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. . . . He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. . . . So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. . . . He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”
Seriously. And he’s so extraordinarily modest – he just doesn’t give himself enough credit for all the good he’s done around the world. By talking, negotiating, and giving speeches he’s proved that he is a strong leader who is “engaged” and deserves a participation trophy.
Hat tip: AoSHQ