At a White House press conference Wednesday where Barack Obama took on the critics of the latest disaster that will make up his legacy, with the biggest of the big names in reporting and television broadcasting in attendance, CBS’s Major Garrett got up and asked The Occupier of the Oval Office a rather simple, but important question:
“Thank you, Mr. President. As you well know, there are four Americans in Iran, three held on trumped-up charges according to your administration and one whereabouts unknown. Can you tell the country, sir, why you are content with all the fanfare around this deal to leave the conscience of this nation, the strength of this nation unaccounted for in relation to these four Americans?” Garrett asked. Courtesy of Washington Free Beacon
Obama came back with:
“I’ve got to give you credit for how you craft those questions,” Obama said, pausing at one point to glare at Garrett before continuing. “The notion that I’m content as I celebrate with American citizens languishing in Iranian jails, Major, that’s—that’s nonsense, and you should know better.”
Seriously, watch this:
Actually, as an American who remembers Jimmy Carter cowering in the White House for a year while 52 Americans were held hostage by Iranian fanatics right before Ronald Reagan was elected president, this writer would like an answer to Major Garrett’s question, as we as an address to the second part that the Free Beacon did not print:
“And last week the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said under no circumstances should there be any relief for Iran in terms of ballistic missiles or conventional weapons. It is perceived that that was a last minute capitulation in these negotiations. Many in the Pentagon feel that you’ve left the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff hung out to dry. Would you comment.”
Valerie Jarrett isn’t going to be too happy with Mr. Garrett, but that’s okay. There’s video. Obama didn’t answer the question in either part other than to angrily say more or less that he is not content with Americans rotting in Iranian prisons while not doing anything about that situation is not satisfying in the least. Major Garrett is correct, the strength and consciousness of the nation is not accounted for in the Iran Deal.
It would be nice if after Obama’s track record we could all give him the benefit of the doubt, but we can’t.