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Josh Earnest And The President’s Random Adverb

When are Jews not Jews?

When they are RANDOM.

When is terrorism not Islamic terrorism?

Ever. Got it?

Because if not, you will need to replay this video over and over again until its meaning sinks into your dull little brains.

Obama sez Islamic terrorism is NOT Islamic, that terror is NOT as bad as climate change, and that Jews are NEVER killed in France because of their religion. They are killed randomly.

RANDOMLY. Get it?

Because you know and I know that the Jews are free to go wherever they please. For instance to kosher delis where other people are. Because kosher food isn’t just for Jews. Anyone at all can walk in and buy a Glatt kosher chicken with a throat as smooth as glass.

I mean, would the President of the United States of America LIE or MISLEAD people?

So if he says there were other people in that deli, then BY GEORGE (it’s his fault), there were other people IN. THAT. DELI.

Got it?

Any MORE questions? Because we’ve more than answered this one. Climate change. That’s what impacts our daily lives. Not these RANDOM incidents in OTHER countries that happen to um Jews and um OTHER PEOPLE, who just happen to enjoy paying the higher prices of kosher food because it makes them feel ethnic. Or something. What. EVER.

Who cares??

Moving right along.

Random

Here’s a transcript of the part of the White House Press Briefing of February 10, 2015 that relates to the President’s Vox interview. Transcripts are a pain to create and it takes a long time to do them proper justice, but in a transcript, one can catch all the stutters of Josh Earnest or Jen Psaki (and Jay Carney before them) as these presidential peons backpedal furiously to provide cover for the President’s oopsies on Benghazi, Islamic terrorism, and um, RANDOM people who happen to get shot up NOT because of who they are.

Jon Karl: But back to the President’s interview with Vox, uh, h-he was asked directly if, uh, if the media overstates the level of alarm that people should have about terrorism and he answered, “Absolutely.” In this interview, I guess, was done a couple of weeks ago, clearly before the latest news about uh, about uh, Kayla Mueller. Does the President still believe that the threat of terrorism is overstated?

Josh Earnest: Jon, I think what’s true is that the threat from terror that is faced by the American people in the United States, uh, is much different than it has been before. Uh, that the kind of terror act that we saw on September 1st, 2001, was carried out by an organization that operated, uh, for quite some time with impunity in the region between Afghanistan and Pakistan. If they had had the time and the space to plan and carry out, uh, this terribly tragic, uh conspiracy, to uh, wreak havoc in the lives of thousands if not millions of Americans, uh, because of actions taken by the previous American administration and by this administration. Terrorist organizations no longer have that same capacity. Uh, and that means that the risk that is facing the American people is different.

Now the President, uh, and his team continue to be vigilant because there are dangerous organizations that continue to, uh, exist, and to operate, uh. We [unintelligible] just earlier about Yemen that the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is an organization that operates in Yemen, uh, and is a dangerous organization. This is probably the most dangerous of the Al Qaeda affiliates and we take very seriously the threat that they pose and there are any number of steps that this administration takes on a daily basis to protect the American people. Uh, but what people should be mindful of is th-that the terror risk that faces the American people is much different than it used to be.

Jon Karl: But so he said in the, well let me just read the second part of the question, uh he was asked if “the media overstates the level of alarm people should have about terrorism as opposed to longer term problems of climate change and epidemic disease,” and he says, “Absolutely.”

L-let me just clarify: is the President saying as he seems to be implying here that the threat of climate change is greater than the threat of terrorism?

Josh Earnest: I think Jon, that the point that the President is making is that there are many more people, uh, uh, on an annual basis, who have to confront the impact, that the direct impact on their lives o-of climate change, uh, or on the spread of a disease, uh, than on terrorism. Uh…

Jon Karl: So, then the answer is then yes the President thinks that climate change is a greater threat than terrorism.

Josh Earnest: Well, um, well I think that the point that the President is making is that when you’re talking about the direct daily impact o-of these kinds of challenges on the daily lives of Americans, particularly Americans living in this country, uh, th-that direct impact, uh, is more, uh, that more people are directly affected by those things, uh, than by terrorism.

Jon Karl: So, so climate change is more of a clear and present danger to the United States than terrorism.

Josh Earnest: Well, I think even the Department of Defense has spoken to the significant threat that climate change can, poses to our national security interests. Uh, principally because of the impact that it can have on countries with less well developed infrastructures than we have.

Jon Karl: It’s significant, but I’m asking if it’s a greater threat.

Josh Earnest: Well, I get, I, I, I wouldn’t have a whole lot more to say about what the President has said in that interview.

Jon Karl: Well, back to the question Jim was asking about his description of the [unintelligible] being in the kosher deli in Paris as being a “Rando—of a bunch of—randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris,” I mean. This was not a “random shooting of a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris,” this was an attack on a kosher deli. Does the President have any doubt that those terrorists attacked that deli because there would be Jews in that deli?

Josh Earnest: Well, Jon, of co-I, I, i-it is clear from the, that the terrorists, since it was the, the writings that they put out afterward saying what their motivation was, uh, the adverb that the President chose was, eh-eh, was u-used to indicate that the individuals who were killed in that terrible tragic incident were killed not because of who they were but because of where they randomly happened to be.

Jon Karl: Well, th-they weren’t killed because they were in a Jewish deli, though? They were in a kosher deli?

Josh Earnest: Jon. These individuals were not targeted by name. This is the point.

Jon Karl: Not by name? But by by re-religion were they not?

Josh Earnest: Well, Jon, I, th-there were people o-other than just Jews who were in that, that deli.

Jon Karl: Is there any doubt that deli was attacked because it was a kosher deli.

Josh Earnest: No, Jon, I, I…

Jon Karl: There isn’t anything random about it at all. It was a kosher deli.

Josh Earnest: No Jon, I, I. . .answered the question once. No.

Ed Henry: So why doesn’t the President acknowledge that if he knows that it’s obvious? Why didn’t he say that? He had a long.

Josh Earnest: The President has acknowledged that on, on many occasions when he’s had the opportunity to speak about this.

Ed Henry: B-but he didn’t there.  

After the fact, good old Jen Psaki attempts to clean up the mess with this tweet:

 

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Varda Epstein

A third-generation-born Pittsburgher on her mother’s mother’s side, Varda moved to Israel 36 years ago and is a crazy political animal who spams people with right wing political articles on Facebook in between raising her 12 children and writing about education as the communications writer at Kars for Kids a Guidestar gold medal charity.
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Varda Epstein

A third-generation-born Pittsburgher on her mother’s mother’s side, Varda moved to Israel 36 years ago and is a crazy political animal who spams people with right wing political articles on Facebook in between raising her 12 children and writing about education as the communications writer at Kars for Kids a Guidestar gold medal charity.
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