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April 9, 2010

WRONG QUESTION, RIGHT ANSWER.... President Obama sat down with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos for an exclusive interview in Prague yesterday, on the heels of the president signing in a new arms treaty with Russia. The interview, portions of which were aired this morning on "Good Morning America," covered quite a bit of ground, and the transcript is well worth reading for thoughts on Iran, among other things.

There was, however, one exchange that stood out for me.

STEPHANOPOULOS:I want to get to some of those broader issues [of nuclear proliferation]. Because you're also facing criticism on that. Sarah Palin, taking aim at your decision to restrict the use of nuclear weapons. Your pledge not to strike nations, non-nuclear nations, who abide by the nonproliferation treaty. Here's what she said. She said, "It's unbelievable, no other administration would do it." And then she likened it to kids on the playground. She said you're like a kid who says, "Punch me in the face, and I'm not going to retaliate." Your response?

OBAMA: I really have no response. Because last I checked, Sarah Palin's not much of an expert on nuclear issues.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But the string of criticism has been out there among other Republicans as well. They think you're restricting use of nuclear weapons too much.

OBAMA: And what I would say to them is that if the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff are comfortable with it, I'm probably going to take my advice from them and not from Sarah Palin.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But not concerned about her criticisms?

OBAMA: No.

The president's response was the right one. When dealing with issues of counter-proliferation and the nuclear threats of the 21st century, he can listen to credible and knowledgeable experts, including his secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, or he can listen to the bizarre rhetoric of a dimwitted former half-term governor of a small state, who appears to have no working knowledge of this or any other subject. It's not a tough call. Why on earth would anyone give a damn what the clownish Sarah Palin thinks about arms control?

Which leads to the larger point: why is George Stephanopoulos using an idiotic quote from a dimwitted former half-term governor of a small state as the basis for a question to the president?

In effect, the "GMA" host was saying, "Some conspicuously unintelligent right-wing media personality said something stupid about a subject she knows nothing about. Mr. President, how do you respond?"

Here's a thought: why should he be expected to respond? When doing an interview after a key development on international affairs, why not stick to the perspectives of grown-ups?

Update: Stephanopoulos responds to my concerns (and I respond to his response).

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Because George Stephanopoulos is a media-whore dimwit just like Sarah Palin?

Posted by: Bob on April 9, 2010 at 8:02 AM | PERMALINK

I agree 100%, why should the president even have to answer a dumb question like this, Palin is beyond contempt and I get angry when people treat her like she even has half a brain in her head.

Posted by: JS on April 9, 2010 at 8:03 AM | PERMALINK

Sarah Palin says: "It's kinda like getting out there on a playground, a bunch of kids, getting ready to fight, and one of the kids saying, 'Go ahead, punch me in the face and I'm not going to retaliate.'"

No. Actually the policy she's advocating is like you're hanging out on the playground and everybody's playing somewhat nice and one kid brings a gun to school and threatens EVERYBODY with it.

Christ, but that Palin prat is starting to grate! Thank you, Obama, for putting her in her place.

Posted by: chrenson on April 9, 2010 at 8:06 AM | PERMALINK

Shorter Obama: SCHMACK!!

Posted by: Marko on April 9, 2010 at 8:07 AM | PERMALINK

Which leads to the larger point: why is George Stephanopoulos using an idiotic quote from a dimwitted former half-term governor of a small state as the basis for a question to the president?
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I could barely contain my rage at George S. for asking President Obama about criticism from the half term governor. I mean really who cares.

Sarah Palin is in ubiquitous supply these days. She is everywhere (twitter, facebook, rallies, book signings, Fox). She is a flame thrower. Always attacking from a safe place. She will never allow herself to be interviewed by a real journalist again. Someone who will challenge the stupidity of her remarks. Why the media continues to parrot her nonsense is a mystery to me.

Posted by: Ladyhawke on April 9, 2010 at 8:11 AM | PERMALINK

Stephanopoulos asks questions like this because he wants to improve his chances at getting a little attention from Sarah Palin. I think many media personalities hope for similar results when asking inane questions about what Palin says or thinks.

Posted by: Bill on April 9, 2010 at 8:12 AM | PERMALINK

Both the question and the response were warranted. Palin may be a dimwitted loser but she's also in charge of the GOP, in case we have not noticed.

Posted by: glutz78 on April 9, 2010 at 8:12 AM | PERMALINK

STEPHANOPOULOS: Republicans . . . think you're restricting use of nuclear weapons too much.

And the last president to USE nuclear weapons was? Anybody? Ferris?

Posted by: DAY on April 9, 2010 at 8:13 AM | PERMALINK

When a former savvy White House figure like little George turns into a media hack who tries to gin up controversy by starting an Obama-Palin "feud," you know there's really no hope left for intelligent discourse in this country. No hope at all.

Obama is working on some of the best steps this country has taken for the world in many years. In this climate, is there any hope of success? And does all the blame really go to the Republicans when the press sinks so low?

Posted by: K in VA on April 9, 2010 at 8:13 AM | PERMALINK

K in VA absolutely nailed it.

Stephanopoulos had some cred back in the day. Long gone.

I'd be curious to know what Bill Clinton thinks of his former "special advisor to the President."

Posted by: Iron Knee on April 9, 2010 at 8:21 AM | PERMALINK

it's so cool that obama told the little kid that he wasnt gonna respond to what the other little kid said.

Posted by: neill on April 9, 2010 at 8:22 AM | PERMALINK

Obama's reply was spot on, but in defense of George Stephanopoulos: there is evidence that Sarah P has a constituency of some 28%. Like it or not, that translates into a significant junk of viewers that need to be served.

Posted by: eserwe on April 9, 2010 at 8:22 AM | PERMALINK

When Sexy Sarah is the Republican nominee for President in 2012, Obama will be answering questions like this all the time. So, get used to it.

Posted by: MattF on April 9, 2010 at 8:25 AM | PERMALINK

Steph: "Your response?"

Obama: Sarah Who?

Posted by: flyonthewall on April 9, 2010 at 8:25 AM | PERMALINK

Caribou Barbie is now no different than Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck-- a demagogue who gets paid A LOT of money to rile people up. The only difference is that Rush and Glenn will acknowledge they don't believe everything they say, because they're "entertainers," wheras Palin believes all of the half-assed bullshit that falls out of her pretty, vacant head.

She gets media attention because she's a media whore and has a lot of people who love her-- but everyone who doesn't love her can't stand her. I can't help but think that the leaders of the GOP have to be nervous that she's their most high profile representative. She's all "mavericky" and will take on anyone who she sees as bigger and more powerful than she, her ego is being fed constantly. Before you know it she's going to say something outlandish and ridiculous, something indefensible, and whe will refuse to walk it back.

Posted by: zoe kentucky on April 9, 2010 at 8:26 AM | PERMALINK

MattF: When Sexy Sarah is the Republican nominee for President in 2012...

Tell you what: I'll bet you a six-pack of any beer you want that there's no way in hell that Sexy Sarah will be the Repub nominee in 2012.

Posted by: Iron Knee on April 9, 2010 at 8:28 AM | PERMALINK

glutz78 and eserwe nail it. Sarah Palin is the current face of the Republican/Tea Party. She is an idiot, but she is an idiot who represents 28% of Americans. The President's answer was spot on. The danger is if George Stephanopoulos doesn't ask the question and Palin's insanity is allowed to continue unchallenged. In this case Stehanopoulos ask the right question.

Posted by: Ron Byers on April 9, 2010 at 8:28 AM | PERMALINK

I just want to second Steve's recommendation that the discussion of Iran is worth the time to read carefully. The give-and-take shows clearly that Obama sees diplomacy (as he does, it seems, everything [see debate, health care reform]) as an ongoing, long-term process. That the specifics of who agrees, right now, with what will/will not be included in sanctions (Stephanopoulos's questions' orientation) and that's what determines whether our Iran policy is successful is shaped by the 24-hour, "who won the day?" news cycle, which is just a foolish way to conduct policy--as, I think, Republicans are realizing with regard to their Repeal Health Care oaths. Obama sees, quite rightly, that the Russians' agreeing that something needs to be done about Iran is a Big Deal, a bigger one than whether, right now, the Russians agree about embargoes on gasoline.

Obama : Forest :: Stephanopoulos (and Sarah palin and a whole lot of other folks) : Trees

Posted by: John B. on April 9, 2010 at 8:35 AM | PERMALINK

Ron Byers: ...she is an idiot who represents 28% of Americans

Respectfully disagree (about the "representing" part). She doesn't represent anyone. She does not hold elective office.

28% of Americans like her. So? She's not in a position to develop policy or legislate.

So her "opinions" are no more worth raising to the President in a formal interview than are Beck's.

Posted by: Iron Knee on April 9, 2010 at 8:35 AM | PERMALINK

George Snuffleupagus needs some J-School refresher. Either that or he has to buy me a new desk after I smahed my head against it.

Posted by: Breezeblock on April 9, 2010 at 8:39 AM | PERMALINK

Ha! Perfect. Bottom feeders like Stephanopoulos deserve even harsher retorts from clear thinking adults. PALINaroundwithterrorists is a dim bulb for sure. That she may "represent a portion of the population that , more than likelry, knows even less than her should be the topic of discussion.

Stephanopoulos: Mr. President, why do you think that someone with the dim knowledge base owned by Sarah Palin deserves such a "voice" in politics?

Obama: I don't. It's obvious that you do George so you tell me: Why do you give such a person credibility?

Nauseating...

Posted by: Stevio on April 9, 2010 at 8:39 AM | PERMALINK

1.) Sarah Palin was the governor of Alaska, and quit the moment things got tough. She tucked tail and ran out on her state when they needed a strong leader---therefore, she is a surrender monkey.

2.) George Stephanopoulus, in demonstrating that he cares about the importance of the surrender monkey's drivellous goo, has officially positioned himself as a disreputable mouthpiece for the aforementioned surrender monkey.

3.) If ABC cares so much for the drivellous goo of a surrender monkey to provide it with a now-disreputable mouthpiece, then ABC ought to put said mouthpiece on a plane that's fully paid for by Sarah Palin, and stop wasting my tax dollars on its being transported all over the planet with my President.

Posted by: S. Waybright on April 9, 2010 at 8:40 AM | PERMALINK

As noted by others, St Sarah is leading the pack out of the Cuckoo's Nest. If she is so irrelevant, Steve, why did you lead with her in your thread, yesterday, at 2:20 PM?

However, what is not mentioned by many is her complete misunderstanding of the position of the other Saint, Ronny Reagan. She uses him as an example of keeping up nuclear strength and does not recoginize his attempts to control the arms race with Russia. Perhaps that was the month she cut classes at IDeeHoHo U.

Posted by: berttheclock on April 9, 2010 at 8:40 AM | PERMALINK

Iron Knee, I appreciate your point of view, but if the President wants to win 67 votes in the Senate he has to debunk the Sister Sarah's whipping up crazy at the start. If he doesn't the Dick Lugars of the US Senate will be hung out on a limb.

The central problem of the Republican party is that their elected officials are not leading. Instead they are being lead around by the nose. Frum is right the Republican party works for Fox News--Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Ron Byers on April 9, 2010 at 8:42 AM | PERMALINK

"... there's no way in hell that Sexy Sarah will be the Repub nominee in 2012." - Iron Knee

The Republican nomination is a process of elimination, similar to how they elect their chairman. Would you have made that bet a year ago that they would have elected Michael Steele as the Chairman of the RNC? He was elected because everyone was eliminated and he was the last man standing.

I would think that Palin's chances are at least 50-50 that she would win this type of contest, a la Survivor. So who would kick her off the island?

Posted by: Marko on April 9, 2010 at 8:51 AM | PERMALINK

George S was fishing for a soundbite, and Obama obliged him. GMA will get a small bump in the ratings because of it, which is their first priority - practicing journalism their second or more likely third priority.

Posted by: EricB on April 9, 2010 at 8:52 AM | PERMALINK

I found this exchange even more telling, with Obama schooling Steph on his use of lies, er, talking points:

STEPHANOPOULOS: But what do you say to critics who say you're on the same page with Russia now because you've given away too much? And that sanctions aren't going to change Iran's behavior, unless they include real limits on this trade in oil and refined gasoline products?

OBAMA: You had a compound question here. First, you made a suggestion that we gave away too much, and I -- it would be -- I'd be curious as to what exactly we gave away.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You're giving away that -- the taking -- taking the fine petroleum products off the table.

OBAMA: Oh, I see. So, so, why don't you reformulate the question here, George, because I'm just trying to follow you here. You're, you're suggesting that --

STEPHANOPOULOS: You said you and Russia are on the same page. You're on the same page, because they've taken refined petroleum products off the table. And critics say --

OBAMA: No, no, no, no. I -- I didn't say that.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You don't believe it. Well --

OBAMA: What -- what -- what I --

STEPHANOPOULOS: -- they said that.

OBAMA: Well, what I said is -- is that the United States and Russia both are committed to making sure that there are sanctions that change Iranian behavior. That's what you heard President Medevdev say, say today. Now, our assessments in terms of what that particular mix is -- that hasn't finalized. That's still a process of negotiation.

Posted by: angry young man on April 9, 2010 at 9:02 AM | PERMALINK

This is exactly the right way for Democrats to push back against “opinions on shape of earth differ” journalism. As long as any outlandish statement by a Republican figure is treated as deserving of a serious response, then Republicans have an incentive to out-outlandish each other. Democrats might not have a lot of power to stop this process, but they have no reason to encourage it.

And yes, if Palin is the Republican nominee in 2012, Obama might have to spend more time responding to the substance (such as it is) of her remarks. But in 2010, why should he be burnishing her credibility?

Posted by: Seth Gordon on April 9, 2010 at 9:05 AM | PERMALINK

if the President wants to win 67 votes in the Senate he has to debunk the Sister Sarah's whipping up crazy at the start.

The argument you're making is entirely backwards, because Obama didn't answer the question. He smacked down the very idea that it should have been asked...repeatedly.

If it was a good question to be asked because Palin has influence, then his dismissive answer would have made things WORSE. But...if it was good to dismiss the question (which it most definitely was), then it shouldn't have been asked in the first place.

You can't have it both ways by saying that Palin is an influential person whose views should be addressed and then say that Obama was right by dismissing her views repeatedly. Obama's answer wasn't just a rebuke of Sarah, but an even bigger rebuke of George for having asked a dumb question.

Posted by: Doctor Biobrain on April 9, 2010 at 9:05 AM | PERMALINK

28% of Americans like her. So? She's not in a position to develop policy or legislate.

I would wager more than 28% of Americans like Britney Spears. Does that make her opinions on public policy credible?

Posted by: g on April 9, 2010 at 9:05 AM | PERMALINK

When doing an interview after a key development on international affairs, why not stick to the perspectives of grown-ups?

Do that, and you'd exclude the Republican party from the discussion. Even Serious Republicans, like McCain, are baseline fuckwits. I'm not saying this isn't a good enough reason to exclude them from the debate, just saying that's what would happen.

Posted by: Ted the Slacker on April 9, 2010 at 9:09 AM | PERMALINK

If Sarah Palin gives any serious attempt to run for president in 2012, then she's even dumber than anyone imagines. I'm positive her shark instincts tell her to avoid that sort of blunder.

She may say stupid things, but she knows her way around a power struggle. As bad as it would be if she lost, it'd be far far worse for her if she won. She's much better off cashing in on her fame and trying to get as many TV shows out of it as possible. I think she knows that.

She didn't even like being governor. I doubt she wants to be president. And had Alaska been a good place to launch a television career, she never would have gotten into politics to begin with.

Posted by: Doctor Biobrain on April 9, 2010 at 9:10 AM | PERMALINK

Sarah Palin is not alone. I had to listen to Newt and Liz compliments of my liberal NPR news. These are the rights talking points. They are all reading from teh same page, and Sarah is okay at reading what's on the teleprompter. Plus, the voters they care about like the school yard metaphors. It's something they can understand. Snuffy could have used any one of these clowns to make his point, maybe he used Sarah because she is so easy to punch.

Posted by: Scott F. on April 9, 2010 at 9:11 AM | PERMALINK

Why can't Sarah be presidential candidate in 2012? Please, let's hope that the teabaggers do their thing and coerce the RNC to put her up to it.

OTOH, wouldn't be a fair fight for her, against Obama. But who cares?

Posted by: charlotte on April 9, 2010 at 9:12 AM | PERMALINK

She said you're like a kid who says, "Punch me in the face, and I'm not going to retaliate." Your response?

I am very likely assuming far too much when I want Ms. Palin to know what was in the policy. Specifically, that the US will not strike any non-nuclear that has signed the non-proliferation treaty nation with nukes. This does NOT say that we can't use conventional weapons which, if I recall the last two wars, finished the job pretty darn quick (not referring to the interminable occupations that followed.)

That said,

I would sooner correct her analogy:

[Obama is] like a kid who says, "Punch me in the face, and I'm not going to shoot you with my .45 Magnum."

To which I say, I should hope not!

Posted by: toowearyforoutrage on April 9, 2010 at 9:13 AM | PERMALINK

Yet another drive-by smear of Governess Palin by liberals.

Alaska is the only state that is on the front line against Soviet aggression. She knows first-hand what nuclear brinksmanship is like.

Posted by: Al on April 9, 2010 at 9:15 AM | PERMALINK

or he can listen to the bizarre rhetoric of a dimwitted former half-term governor of a small state

And mayor of Wasilla. Why is it all you haters want to over look her extensive public service as the mayor of the megapolis Wasilla? When the call came at 3am that there was a moose in the neighbors trash can, who was ready? Sarah was ready! Nuclear negotiations aren't all that different. Am I right?

/doh!

Posted by: DanF on April 9, 2010 at 9:25 AM | PERMALINK

Palin using childhood playground metaphors . . . Beck falling back on what his mom told him as a child, to label Romney a socialist: signs of the right's increasing wish to infantalise its audience?

Posted by: Karen Eliot on April 9, 2010 at 9:42 AM | PERMALINK

I agree with this post, but I have to admit, something that popped into my head while reading it was Al Gore's famous debate with W, in which he came across as condescending. Question: is this a similar dynamic and does it have a downside for Obama?

Posted by: tom on April 9, 2010 at 9:48 AM | PERMALINK

"why is George Stephanopoulos using an idiotic quote from a dimwitted former half-term governor of a small state as the basis for a question to the president?"

Because he is a 100% MSM Whore, insider-villager pandering to the desired (Right Wing) rating sheeple, who buy Oreck vacuum cleaners hawked by Russ Limpballs. And a disgrace to journalism.

Posted by: Maine Independent on April 9, 2010 at 9:49 AM | PERMALINK

"why is George Stephanopoulos using an idiotic quote from a dimwitted former half-term governor of a small state as the basis for a question to the president?"

Because he is a 100% MSM Whore, insider-villager pandering to the desired (Right Wing) rating sheeple, who buy Oreck vacuum cleaners hawked by Russ Limpballs. And a disgrace to journalism.

Posted by: Maine Independent on April 9, 2010 at 9:50 AM | PERMALINK

Steve, this connects to your item yesterday--asking about why leading Republicans are so uninformed (that was about HIR and the 'replace/repeal' strategy). American mainstream journalists are lazy; they're not prepared to push back with facts or hold their interviewees for past statements or behavior, as BBC reporters are. So dumb-ass Republicans, libertarians or pundits can say whatever they want, on major media.

Posted by: nancycadet on April 9, 2010 at 9:55 AM | PERMALINK

If Glenn Beck had tits and a pretty face, Steph would have asked Obama what he thought of whatever Beck had to say about the START treaty.

That is pretty much what it boils down to, is it not? Pretty face = media credibility.

Posted by: rnato on April 9, 2010 at 9:55 AM | PERMALINK

"Yet another drive-by smear of Governess Palin by liberals.

Alaska is the only state that is on the front line against Soviet aggression. She knows first-hand what nuclear brinksmanship is like."

I laughed so hard I spit coffee on my monitor!

Wait...was that a joke comment Al made at 9:15a.m.? Please tell me it was a joke.

Posted by: shermhead on April 9, 2010 at 9:57 AM | PERMALINK

If these "journalists" are just going to mindlessly ask for responses to wingnut teabagger talking points and accusations, then I think all the news outlets could be saving themselves a lot of money on less pricey card readers.

Posted by: Allan Snyder on April 9, 2010 at 10:01 AM | PERMALINK

Al - "Soviet agression"?? Are you serious? Are we going back to the cold war, or have we never finished it? Geez what dummy you are.
I'm more worried about Prussia and the Kaiser.

Posted by: Howlin Wolfe on April 9, 2010 at 10:03 AM | PERMALINK

I agree 100%, why should the president even have to answer a dumb question like this

Three times in a row, yet! Shame on Stephanopoulos. "Liberal media," my eye.

Posted by: Gregory on April 9, 2010 at 10:04 AM | PERMALINK

I agree with this post, but I have to admit, something that popped into my head while reading it was Al Gore's famous debate with W, in which he came across as condescending. Question: is this a similar dynamic and does it have a downside for Obama?

Al Gore didn't come across as condescending during the debate. "Condescending" came up during the "analysis" after the debate, when media pundits and anchorpeople decided to characterize him that way, rather than attending to the substance of the candidates' answers (much harder work, as one has to [a] be prepared and [b] pay attention in order to do so). Thus, Gore's "sighs" became more important than Bush's inanities.

Posted by: Soprano on April 9, 2010 at 10:10 AM | PERMALINK

"Wait...was that a joke comment Al made at 9:15a.m.? Please tell me it was a joke."

Yes, Al is our resident parody troll. Pretty good, isn't he?

Posted by: Marko on April 9, 2010 at 10:15 AM | PERMALINK

How Obama should have answered:

'Do you have any intelligent questions you'd like to ask me?'

Posted by: iconoclast on April 9, 2010 at 10:17 AM | PERMALINK

When doing an interview after a key development on international affairs, why not stick to the perspectives of grown-ups?

Because the perspectives of grown-ups don't generate as much ad revenue as the perspectives of children, idiots, and madmen. Hence Fox News + the rest of the SCLM.

-Z

Posted by: Zorro on April 9, 2010 at 10:21 AM | PERMALINK

Pretty face = media credibility.

I sincerely wish it was even THAT good. Sadly, the media are so controversy-driven that if Obama passed an Executive Order banning the boiling of live puppies excrescent hacks like Stephanopoulos would dredge the gene pool to find some RW nutjob who approved of it to confront him with.

Posted by: iconoclast on April 9, 2010 at 10:23 AM | PERMALINK

To be fair, Stephie is not a dimwit, He is a overly ambitious whore, but he's not a dimwit.

Posted by: Jamie on April 9, 2010 at 10:39 AM | PERMALINK

Yet another drive-by smear of Governess Palin by liberals. Alaska is the only state that is on the front line against Soviet aggression. She knows first-hand what nuclear brinksmanship is like.
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A geography lesson: NORAD is located in Colorado Springs, CO. last time I looked. If they moved to Alaska, someone should advise the media.

A history lesson: The Soviets pulled out of the Cold War 19 years ago.

And just to be clear her proper title is Former Half-term Ex-governor or Quitter for short.

Governess? I think not.

Noun 1.governess - a woman entrusted with the care and supervision of a child (especially in a private home)
instructor, teacher - a person whose occupation is teaching

Posted by: Abby580 on April 9, 2010 at 10:41 AM | PERMALINK

For anyone who thinks that Palin was a great mayor and governor you really need to spend some time using the google to read up on Alaska and Palin.

Posted by: Sammy on April 9, 2010 at 10:50 AM | PERMALINK

Why am I thinking about Amy Carter now? After all her dad was asking her about the arms control treaty with the Russians.

Come on George, better followup question!

Posted by: Mike Reilly on April 9, 2010 at 10:59 AM | PERMALINK

By the time it makes it to a lot of teevee screens, Obama's reply will be chopped at "I really have no response". This will be spun to imply he dodged the question, punching up Sarah P's street cred as having "held his feet to the fire". It's formulaic, really. You just tell the people as much as you want them to hear, in order to suggest what was said bolsters the impression you wish to create.

Posted by: Mark on April 9, 2010 at 11:01 AM | PERMALINK

The Q Stephy had the audacity to even ask is reflective of our media's shallow approach to "news" and serves as a reminder of just how a she said / he said template is good for ratings and very bad for raising the collective consciousness of the American public! George should be fired for wasting our time! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on April 9, 2010 at 11:02 AM | PERMALINK

Can't The Idiot Sarah just step out on the back porch at home and keep an on those pesky Ruskies?

Posted by: Happytexas on April 9, 2010 at 11:05 AM | PERMALINK

If The Idiot is all that is newsworthy, it really is a slow news day. George used to the be one of the only journalists I DID trust because he was always a political scientist first and came at issues from that perspective. Now, unfortunately he has 'gone Hollywood'. Too bad, a waste of what once was a strong logical societal scientist (try saying that three times real fast)

Posted by: happytexas on April 9, 2010 at 11:08 AM | PERMALINK

Inept, lazy, unprepared, gossipy mindlessness from a media Villager?

Regarding inept, lazy, uninformed inanities from Teabagging morons?

Ho hum. Just another day in the life of the incredible shrinking credibility of the MSM.

Posted by: LosGatosCA on April 9, 2010 at 11:24 AM | PERMALINK

28% of Americans like her. So? She's not in a position to develop policy or legislate.

And when she was, she pretty well fucked it up.

In fact, whe she came on the scene there was lots of talk about her being the most popular governor in the U.S.

By the time she quit, half way throught her first term, he adminsitration was a tragic comedy of errors adn cronyism. As I recall, her numbers among the people she was supposed to be serving were down quite a bit.

Posted by: Winkandanod on April 9, 2010 at 11:52 AM | PERMALINK

What Stephanopoulos needs to do is find out what Brittney Spears thinks about nuclear proliferation and ask Obama to respond to that, too.

Because if Sarah Palin's gonna get a shout out, then other dimwitted, blowdried celebrity bimbos deserve equal time.

Posted by: Peter Principle on April 9, 2010 at 12:09 PM | PERMALINK

Don't forget. Georgie was the one who let Rudy 9/11 Giuliani get away with this whopper.

"there were no domestic terrorist attacks under George W. Bush".

George didn't call him on that, one of Rudy's most egregious lies. And Stephanolopolous didn't get reprimanded at all for it.

George does whatever the conservatives tell him to, and they still hate his guts.

Hannity must have given him that question.

Posted by: Janeane The Acerbic Goblin on April 9, 2010 at 1:46 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe someone oughta remind them of what President Reagan did, hint: he signed the treaty and then did a press conference, I think his remarks were somewhere to effect of, it was a start!

Mr. President, well said, don't turn a mountain into a mole hill and give the media a chance to turn it into a tit for tat issue. Lord knows there are better and more substantive issues to talk about then the half witt, half term Governor.


LadyHawke says,

Sarah Palin is in ubiquitous supply these days. She is everywhere (twitter, facebook, rallies, book signings, Fox). She is a flame thrower. Always attacking from a safe place. She will never allow herself to be interviewed by a real journalist again. Someone who will challenge the stupidity of her remarks. Why the media continues to parrot her nonsense is a mystery to me.
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I couldn't agree more....but there again what would we all expect from a half witt, who's only foreign policy experience is...." I can see Russia from my house "

Posted by: Whyputaname on April 9, 2010 at 1:52 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe someone oughta remind them of what President Reagan did, hint: he signed the treaty and then did a press conference, I think his remarks were somewhere to effect of, it was a start!

Mr. President, well said, don't turn a mountain into a mole hill and give the media a chance to turn it into a tit for tat issue. Lord knows there are better and more substantive issues to talk about then the half witt, half term Governor

Ladyhawke, I couldn't agree more....but there again what would we all expect from a half witt, who's only foreign policy experience is...." I can see Russia from my house "

Posted by: Whyputaname on April 9, 2010 at 1:54 PM | PERMALINK

"Why is George Stephanopoulos using an idiotic quote from a dimwitted former half-term governor of a small state as the basis for a question to the president?"

This is really a question?

Because he's a pinhead.

That's why.

Posted by: Shoryland on April 9, 2010 at 3:59 PM | PERMALINK

Normally, I think women should stay in the kitchen (and it they must leave the kitchen, it should only if they work as hostesses / waitresses / airline stewardesses), but more importantly, community organizers should stay in the ghetto.

Posted by: Michael Hsu on April 9, 2010 at 6:55 PM | PERMALINK

One of the reasons so many of these men (like ole George) are so interested with Palin is because of her looks and what they would like to do with her..NOTHING MORE as she has less intelligent thoughts about policy than my 14 year old niece does.
George, we really don't care what Sarah thinks about policy issues. There are more intelligent people out there commenting on policy issues that you should be talking to.

Posted by: mishanti on April 9, 2010 at 7:47 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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