Obama, Erdogan, and a turkey of a press conference

President Obama and his Turkish counterpart Recep Erdogan complimented each other and tried to ignore Benghazi, IRS and AP scandals. Photo: AP

WINCHESTER, Va., May 17, 2013 — A turkey of a leader hosted the leader of Turkey. President Obama and his Turkish counterpart Recep Erdogan held a joint press conference in the rain to compliment each other on their mutually failed tenures as national leaders. Both of men took over functioning democracies and moved them backward.

The gathering took place with the Obama administration engulfed in scandals involving Benghazi, IRS abuses of power, and the seizure of Associated Press telephone records. The falling rain did not put out any of the fires, although Obama and his Republican critics enjoyed a brief moment of solidarity as they enjoyed watching the media get drenched.

Obama’s remarks fell entirely into his typical categories. Some statements were completely untrue. Others were true yet meaningless platitudes. Yet others were true, meaningful, and destructive.

He started by claiming that America and Turkey have a “shared commitment to peace.”

This began the falsehoods.

He claimed that Turkey favors “Normalized relations with Israel.”

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Wrong. Relations between Turkey and Israel have never been worse. Erdogan laces his speeches with anti-Semitic ramblings. He has referred to Zionism as a “crime against humanity.”

Obama said that both nations share a “commitment to a Palestinian state.”

This statement falls under “truthful and destructive,” since neither leader mentioned the responsibility of the Palestinians to stop using their own children as suicide bombers.

Obama wants to “keep pressure on the Assad regime.”

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Nobody takes this seriously, least of all Assad.

“Assad needs to go.”

My declaration that Obama needs to go carries just as much weight.

Then Obama launched a preemptive defensive strike regarding Benghazi. It was all the fault of Republicans. He wants them to “support and fully fund the budget request to fund embassies around the world.”

As State Department employee Sharon Lamb already testified, budgetary constraints had nothing to do with the Benghazi debacle. It wasn’t insufficient embassy funding or the sequester (which came months after Benghazi) that got Americans killed. It was Obama’s foreign policy, his State Department’s rejection of requests for more security, and his Administration’s refusal to do anything at all to help a consulate under attack that got four Americans murdered by terrorists who for political reasons could not be admitted to exist.

Obama told the biggest untruth of his press conference when he insisted there would be “concise questions and concise answers.” It is impossible for a narcissist-in-chief who loves the sound of his own voice not to drone on endlessly in answering questions, and it is impossible for narcissists in the press not to turn questions into speeches.

Regarding the IRS Obama insisted, “I certainly did not know anything about the IG (Inspector General) report before the IG report had been leaked through the press.”

That was not the exact question, but Obama chose to answer whether he knew about the report rather than the bad IRS behavior contained in the report. That way he insulates himself from a lie. If he was behind the original bad behavior, reading the report would be unnecessary. Either way, he has been known to ignore reports.

Obama will not appoint a special counsel to investigate Benghazi or the IRS. He has full confidence that Attorney General Eric Holder will conduct fair, impartial and honest investigations that could lead to the removal of Obama and Holder. He announced that Holder’s pet fox will be appointed to Agriculture Secretary to guard the nation’s hen houses.

Obama’s most amusingly ironic remark came when defending himself on the AP scandal. He cited national security concerns and said, “Leaks related to national security can put men and women in uniform at risk.”

So can a disengaged and incompetent White House and State Department. None of the AP reporters caused the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and a pair of Navy SEALs at the American Consulate in Libya.

Shifting back to Syria, Obama said, “We would have preferred Assad go two years ago.”

Again, the same can be said of how most conservatives feel about Obama. Wishing upon a star is no substitute for a coherent and effective policy. Obama is very good at expressing wants, but is less adept when it comes to what people would call “doing things.”

When the press conference ended, questions about Benghazi, IRS abuses, and seizing AP records remained unanswered. The only question that was answered was the one that nobody asked.

Why did this press conference happen?

President Obama likes to hear himself talk. He says absolutely nothing and does virtually nothing. Then again, the rare times his administration does anything is what gets them all in trouble and subjects the rest of us to more useless press conferences.


Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”

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Eric Golub

Eric Golub is a politically conservative Jewish blogger, author, public speaker, and comedian. His book trilogy is “Ideological Bigotry,” “Ideological Violence,” and  “Ideological Idiocy.” 

He is Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1990. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of Judaism, and his MBA from USC. A stockbrokerage professional since 1994, he began blogging on March 11th, 2007, the three year anniversary of the Madrid bombings and the midpoint of 9/11. He has been inflicting his world view on his unfortunate readers since then. He blogs about politics Monday through Friday, and about football and other human interest items on weekends.



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