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July 31, 2012

Profiles In Courage, "Our Position Has Not Changed" Edition

Say what you will about Barack Obama - at least there's no doubt where he stands when it comes to foreign policy:

President Obama’s press team responded to Mitt Romney’s declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel with their most explicit statement on the issue in recent days: he’s wrong.

“Well, our view is that that’s a different position than this administration holds,” Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during today’s press briefing. “It’s the view of this administration that the capital is something that should be determined in final status negotiations between the parties.”

...Obama’s spokesman said that Romney is “disagreeing with the position that was taken by Presidents like Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan.”

Hmmm...what kind of a political yahoo would do that? Wait a minute! We know!!! Barack Obama, 2008:

"...Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided..."

We must say that it's truly refreshing to see the Obama administration take an unequivocal stand on such a contentious issue:

Jay Carney, White House press secretary: Um... I haven't had that question in a while. Our position has not changed. Can we, uh...

Reporter: What is the capital [of Israel]?

Jay Carney: You know our position.

Reporter: I don't.

Lester Kinsolving, World Net Daily: No, no. She doesn't know, that's why she asked.

Carney: She does know.

Reporter: I don't.

Kinsolving: She does not know. She just said that she does not know. I don't know.

Carney: We have long, lets not call on...

Kinsolving: Tel Aviv or Jerusalem?

Carney: You know the answer to that.

Kinsolving: I don't know the answer. We don't know the answer. Could you just give us an answer? What do you recognize? What does the administration recognize?

Carney: Our position has not changed.

Must be one of those evolving positions we hear so much about:

Posted by Cassandra at July 31, 2012 08:44 AM

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We have always been at war with Eurasia.

When a lawyer objects "asked and answered," it could be that he's protecting his client from badgering, but it's more likely he's afraid his client will gum up the answer if he gets another shot at it. He wants to say, "That's a wrap," and turn the cameras off.

Posted by: Texan99 at July 31, 2012 10:00 AM

I have to admire Carney's ability to wobble like a wounded weeble without once wavering. Of course, he looks like an idiot doing it, but as a press secretary you get paid to look like an idiot for the Boss. To appreciate what an artist Carney is, we need only compare how Romney's press flack, Rick Gorka, reacted to a series of penetrating questions put to Mitt Romney by a crowd of student journalists from the Secaucus, NJ, Junior High Daily Echo:

Here's a transcript of the questions and Gorka's response:

CNN: "Governor Romney are you concerned about some of the mishaps of your trip?

NYT: "Governor Romney do you have a statement for the Palestinians?

Washington Post: "What about your gaffes?

NYT: "Governor Romney do you feel that your gaffes have overshadowed your foreign trip?"

CNN: "Governor Romney just a few questions sir, you haven't taken but three questions on this trip from the press!

Gorka: "Show some respect"

NYT: "We haven't had another chance to ask a question..."

Gorka: "Kiss my ass. This is a Holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect."

Moments later, Gorka told Jonathan Martin, a reporter for Politico, to "shove it." About a half-hour later, the aide called reporters to apologize.

See the difference? Exactly! A consummate professional like Carney would never call to apologize! Hollow men never do. Gorka, on the other hand, went way over the line, and owed every student journalist in Secaucus, NJ, and their parents, a sincere apology for confusing these fine young people with the clowns at CNN and The New York Times.

Posted by: spd rdr at July 31, 2012 10:20 AM

spd, you ignorant slut :p

Don't you know that Romney and his campaign are wimps who lack the confidence to hold their own in confrontations?

Except, of course, when Romney is a brutal bully who outsources American jobs, straps helpless canines to the roofs of cars, and gives non-consensual haircuts to his fellow students.

It's all quite simple, really. Just ask me.

Posted by: Jay Carney at July 31, 2012 11:02 AM

I have to admire Carney's ability to wobble like a wounded weeble without once wavering.

That's not Carney bobbing and weaving. Everything he says and does has been previously vetted by his boss before Carney takes the stage. That's President Obama doing the weeble dance; he's just using Carney's mouth.

Eric Hines

Posted by: E Hines at July 31, 2012 12:11 PM

I assume the Israelis know where their capital is. I would further assume the administration would too. That might be a bridge too far with these people though.

Posted by: Allen at July 31, 2012 01:00 PM