When it comes to optics, the Obama White House does not waste a lot of time worrying about how its actions might be perceived in fly-over country.
On Friday night, the 14th anniversary of 9/11 and three years after Islamist terrorists killed four Americans — including an ambassador — State Department senior communications adviser Marie Harf and White House national security adviser Ben Rhodes were seen partying it up at a Washington watering hole, according to Breitbart News.
The Obama administration officials were out on the town with friends, drinking, dancing and smoking Cuban cigars. Brietbart News identified the stogie as an H. Upmann Magnum 46 cigar with a seal that read “Habana Cuba” — a comfortable fit for the administration, no doubt.
Breitbart News reported:
Harf, clad in a purple dress, walked out of the establishment but returned at approximately 10 PM, spending the next forty-five minutes holding court in the saloon’s ritzy back bar. As Robin Thicke and Pitbull videos played in the darkened party space, Harf settled in the middle of a crowd of well-heeled Washingtonionans, who drank, schmoozed, and occasionally danced without an apparent care in the world.
Ben Rhodes, dressed to the nines, slipped out of the party relatively early, performing a farewell tour within his social group that involved kissing a woman on both cheeks and loudly saying “I love you.” Rhodes hurried into a cab, dropping his cigar, marked with a red tape seal, on the sidewalk as he left.
As for the optics, Rhodes’ connection to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the American outpost in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans, is hard to miss. Rhodes was behind the infamous revision of the White House talking points that tried to mislead the nation into believing that the attack in Benghazi was in response to an anti-Islamic YouTube video.
Harf has been out front in promoting President Barack Obama’s controversial Iran nuclear deal, which scored a key victory earlier in the day as Democrats in the U.S. Senate blocked a feeble attempt by Republicans to stop the deal from being implemented.
Conservative talk-radio host Tammy Bruce led the charge on social media in condemning Rhodes and Harf for their disrespectful behavior, and she didn’t mince her words, calling them “scum.”
Social media users agreed, with one writing: “No class whatsoever, taking after their boss.”
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) September 12, 2015
— L❤️ (@2blrose) September 12, 2015
— Julie ن (@Mississippiluv2) September 12, 2015
— Lee Thompson (@SlidinDelta) September 12, 2015
— jamie just (@funymnjamo) September 12, 2015
— Michael (@JCtruth8) September 13, 2015
— rr9108 (@rr9108) September 13, 2015
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