Sometimes, we all just have to admit that the Obama Administration does not pay their spokespeople enough to face questions that really should go to someone else. Â Take Jen Psaki, one of the spokeschicks at the State Department. Â Given some past hot mic comments, she’s probably not as dumb as Marie Harf, her very blonde and very ditsy co-worker, but she’s the one standing in front of an increasingly hostile mainstream media and taking the flack for someone else. Â Watch.
One would expect that Psaki’s previous comments on the cars were of the effect that the embassy staff drove them to the airport in Yemen, and just left them there. Â Matt Lee of the Associated Press has made a real name for himself in these State Department press briefings picking apart the absurdities coming from the kiddies who hopefully are getting psychiatric help after his questioning. Â This is no exception, and he is right. Â So is the reporter identified as “Justin.”
The reality is Jen Psaki was sent out to feed the sharks without all the details. Â That is not just her failing, but that of those above her. Â She is handling the strain of twisting in the wind better than some other spokespeople in the Obama Administration, but at this point, even Josh Earnest can’t quite spin convincingly. Â These people aren’t being paid enough.