The reviews from President Obama’s interview that aired Sunday night on “60 Minutes” are coming in, and they’re not raves.
The intelligence community was thrown under the bus and isn’t happy about it. And even President Obama’s once-loyal media guard had trouble spinning the performance that aired Sunday as anything more than an exercise in finger-pointing.
And that finger was pointed directly at Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
“Our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that, I think, they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” Obama told interviewer Steve Croft.
But a Fox News article quoted an intelligence official who said the threat from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has been part of the president’s daily briefing package for the past 18 months. And the Daily Beast points out that Clapper and others had testified back in January to House and Senate intelligence committees that ISIS and other jihadist groups were a threat in Iraq and Syria.
If they were saying it in the House and the Senate, they were telling the president the same. What makes it odder that is was January, remember, when Obama was quoted as calling the Islamic State a “jayvee squad” in international terrorism.
The Daily Beast reported one intelligence source exploded in anger in an interview after “60 Minutes” aired.
“Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullshitting,” said the source, a former intelligence official, according to the Daily Beast.
The National Journal’s Ron Fournier summed up Obama’s performance so succinctly, his Twitter post was redundant.
I, me, my. It’s their fault. I, me, my. It’s their fault. I, me, my. It’s their fault. I, me, my. It’s their fault. I, me, my …
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) September 28, 2014
That struck a chord.
— Greta Van Susteren (@gretawire) September 28, 2014
Fournier subtweets my children. “@ron_fournier: I, me, my. It’s their fault. I, me, my. It’s their fault. I, me, my. It’s their fault.”
— Justice Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) September 28, 2014
— Robert Shilling (@RobShilling) September 29, 2014
Unfortunately, it’s not. It’s the president of the United States he’s talking about. But observations like Fournier’s might be helping make up for the American mainstream media’s gushing coverage that brought us the Obama presidency in 2008.
— Jackie (@redhead_1862000) September 29, 2014
@ron_fournier well said, sir!
— J. Scott Shipman (@jscottshipman) September 29, 2014
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