Pushing a recurring theme that President Barack Obama has “checked out” of his job, Fox News reporter Ed Henry clashed with White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Friday over the president’s attendance at multiple fundraisers.
Amid new reports that Islamic State militants may be operating across the border in Juarez, Mexico, and considering Obama’s non-existent strategy in dealing with the terrorist group, Henry questioned how the president has decided to spend his time.
“I wonder what you think about the optics of the president, from that podium yesterday, does not have a strategy to deal with ISIS in serious military, and then next day, without that strategy, goes out and raises campaign money?” Henry asked Earnest, according to a video of the daily briefing.
Obama was scheduled to appear at a pair of fundraisers Friday, then attend White House chef Sam Kass’ wedding to MSNBC host Alex Wagner the next day. You can’t make this stuff up.
Henry pointed out that Obama was on the golf course “within minutes” of making a statement last week on the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley.
“Is he detached?” Henry asked. “Does he feel like the critics coming after him, it just doesn’t matter anymore? Why is he still raising campaign money, playing golf, when he’s acknowledging he doesn’t have a strategy to deal with this?”
Earnest said Obama can do more than one thing at a time, and suggested that raising money for Democrats is on par with fighting Islamic terrorists — which is not out of the question for this administration.
“The job of any U.S. president is to be able to handle a lot of different responsibilities at the same time,” Earnest said. “One of his responsibilities as the head of the party is to support Democratic candidates who are on the ballot.”
Watch the continued back and forth here via C-SPAN.
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