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I couldn’t resist posting about Chris Matthews interview with State Department spokesgirl Marie Harf, partly because even ultra-liberal Matthews found her bland and unbelievable responses too much to take.
As I subsequently checked in with all the many websites I usually read, I wasn’t really surprised to find everybody going on about Miss Harf, and the comments were extensive and impolite. People seem to be really fed up with the delusional nonsense.
Further, it’s clear that they expect the public voice of the United States of America to be an experienced diplomat, and the two young women holding the job were considered — embarrassing, not serious, shameful.
Well, Jen Psaki, the senior one, is moving up.” She is leaving her post as spokesperson for Secretary of State John Kerry to become the new White House Communications Director, President Obama said today.”
Jen worked on both my campaigns, she’s served in the White House, and she’s traveled the world as an adviser to Secretary Kerry,” Obama said in a statement. “I fully trust Jen — and I am thrilled she’s agreed to come back to the White House as Communications Director.”
Psaki will replace Jennifer Palmieri, who is expected to join Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign after leaving the White House. …
Psaki began working for Obama’s political operation in 2007, and the president has been a frequent booster of her work. The president had Psaki on his short list for the White House press secretary’s job last year before selecting Josh Earnest.
In a post at PJ Media, Ed Driscoll captured not only the problem of administration thought, but the place of Obama’s radical-chic roots and his training in Community Organizing in dealing with ISIS (ISIL?), but summed up the spokesman problem by labeling the two women as — “spokesbarbies.” Perfect.
Obama’s appointments have been a remarkably unimpressive bunch. But he goes for those who willingly share his ideology. And that is a BIG part of the problem. He needs to be surrounded with people unafraid to disagree with him, who will challenge his ideas, tell him when he’s off on the wrong track.
But the new breed of leftist does not want to be disagreed with. Climate skeptics are called “deniers” and some demand that they be put in jail. The two identifiers “Islamic” and “terrorism” are not to be used together in any context. It’s fine to have a Secretary of State who in four years accomplishes only a miss-translated reset button, and a vast number of air travel miles. John Kerry has demonstrated once again, that being in the Senate, making speeches and voting, does not qualify one for higher office.
The hard-nosed advisers, the Generals and Admirals, the intelligence experts who dared to speak out are all gone. On top of that, it is frequently reported that Obama seldom speaks to anyone outside his closest advisers, especially Valerie Jarrett. And just in case, Obama drafted, early on, an exception to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that more or less allows anyone in the administration to fail to produce information, and it frequently takes a court order to get it. This was going to be the most transparent administration in history, remember? Here’s a video from 2009 that explains why the president does not use the term ‘terror, terrorist or terrorism,’ with all sorts of excuses for sloppy thinking. “Terror is a tactic,”etc. etc. This president does not change his mind, his ideas are set in concrete and not subject to revision.
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