Morning Examiner: Obama’s State Department meltdown

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Conn Carroll

President Obama is set to speak at the United Nations today, but he will not be meeting with any foreign leaders. Apparently his campaign is so worried about his crumbling foreign policy agenda that they do not want to risk any potentially embarrassing moments. So instead, Obama sat down for an interview with ladies of The View yesterday, who all sat attentively as Obama told them he was “eye candy.”

Back in the real world, things were not going as easy for Obama’s State Department against tougher questioning from the press. When Buzzfeed‘s Michael Hastings emailed State Department spokesman Philippe Reines for comment on what other sensitive materials may have been left exposed in the Benghazi consulate raid, Reines insisted that the real story was CNN’s reporting on murdered U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens diary. Hastings disagreed, replying to Reines:

From my perspective, the scandal here is that the State Department had such inadequate security procedures in place that four Americans were killed. And then the Ambassador’s diary–and who knows what else–was left behind for anyone to pick up. Thankfully, it was CNN–and not Al Qaeda or some other militia–that found it and was able to return it to the family. That CNN used portions of the material in the diary they found at the scene–material that appears to contradict the official version of events that State/WH has been putting out–is completely in line with practices of good journalism.

This sent Reines into meltdown mode. He shot back to Hastings, “I now understand why the official investigation by the Department of the Defense as reported by The Army Times The Washington Post concluded beyond a doubt that you’re an unmitigated asshole. How’s that for a non-bulls**t response? Now that we’ve gotten that out of our systems, have a good day. And by good day, I mean F**k Off.”

If this is the best defense that the Obama administration has for its Middle East policies, then no wonder Obama is sticking to The View.

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