Posted by: mutantpoodle | March 6, 2012

Ed Henry, Come on Down!

Any thought that the DC press corps is composed solely of the learned and thoughtful can be easily dispelled by Ed Henry, formerly of CNN; currently working for (of course) Fox News.

Today’s Ed Henry “why are you using precious oxygen” question:

I wanted to follow up on Israel and Iran because you have said repeatedly you have Israel’s back.  And so I wonder why, three years in office, you have not visited Israel as President.  And related to Iran and Israel, you have expressed concern about this loose talk of war, as you call it, driving up gas prices further.  Your critics will say on Capitol Hill that you want gas prices to go higher because you have said before, that will wean the American people off fossil fuels, onto renewable fuels.  How do you respond to that? [Emphasis mine.]

Well, see above.  And I’m not even going to get into the silliness that is the why haven’t you visited Israel part of that question. (Obama does, later on. Full transcript here.)

This is not, of course, the first time Obama has been, shall we say, dismissive of Mr. Henry. Back in 2009, Henry asked the President why he’d waited two days to comment on AIG paying bonuses when it was being supported up by American taxpayers. The exchange (video here) is a classic:

HENRY: Thank you, Mr. President.  You spoke again at the top  about your anger about AIG.  You’ve been saying that for days now.  But why is it that it seems Andrew Cuomo seems to be in New York getting more actual action on it?  And when you and Secretary Geithner first learned about this 10 days, two weeks ago, you didn’t go public immediately with that that outrage — you waited a few days, and then you went public after you realized Secretary Geithner really had no legal avenue to stop it.

[Obama answers a different part of Henry’s Question, and then Henry follows up.]

HENRY: On AIG, why did you wait — why did you wait days to come out and express that outrage?  It seems like the action is coming out of New York and the Attorney General’s Office.  It took you days to come public with Secretary Geithner and say, look, we’re outraged.  Why did it take so long?

THE PRESIDENT:  It took us a couple of days because I like to know what I’m talking about before I speak, you know?  (Laughter.)

And then there was the time Henry gratuitously quoted a Mitt Romney campaign slam.

I’m guessing Henry is beyond embarrassment by now.  If it were me, I’d maybe run my POTUS questions by a few friends first and see if the did spit takes before I unloaded them on national television.

Also, and not to bury the lede, Obama takes a swing at Mitt Romney, too:

Now, what’s said on the campaign trail — those folks don’t have a lot of responsibilities.  They’re not Commander-in-Chief.  And when I see the casualness with which some of these folks talk about war, I’m reminded of the costs involved in war.  I’m reminded that the decision that I have to make in terms of sending our young men and women into battle, and the impacts that has on their lives, the impact it has on our national security, the impact it has on our economy.

This is not a game.  There’s nothing casual about it.  And when I see some of these folks who have a lot of bluster and a lot of big talk, but when you actually ask them specifically what they would do, it turns out they repeat the things that we’ve been doing over the last three years, it indicates to me that that’s more about politics than actually trying to solve a difficult problem.

Now, the one thing that we have not done is we haven’t launched a war.  If some of these folks think that it’s time to launch a war, they should say so.  And they should explain to the American people exactly why they would do that and what the consequences would be.  Everything else is just talk.

Empty talk from an empty suit, but Obama was too politic to say so.

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