Barack Obama: 'There's no there there'

Jeannie DeAngelis
Truth-twisting worked so well for Bill Clinton that Barack Obama borrowed the technique.

Take for instance just a couple of weeks back when bespectacled Gyration Meister Jay Carney, on behalf of the president, dismissed a terrorist attack in Benghazi, four dead Americans, and the covert circumstances surrounding the White House response to the incident by saying "That happened a long time ago."

Then, at a recent press conference, when he was asked about the criticism surrounding how his administration handled Benghazi, instead of a Bill Clinton-style "is is," Obama chose to offer up a "there there."

Right in front of British Prime Minister David Cameron, the president, when posed a question about the accusations surrounding what happened before, during, and after the September 11th 2012 incident, indicted the press for dredging up old news. Then, a petulant Obama said "And suddenly three days ago this gets spun up as if there's something new to the story."  

Besides the awkward display of the president drawing on a revised version of Jay Carney's inexcusable "a long time ago" defense, Barack Obama carping about political spin is like Dolly Parton complaining about women who wear giant blonde wigs.

Then, to reinforce the claim that his administration's treatment of the Benghazi story is a non-story, Obama made a declaration likely to join the annals of "'is' is" history when he quoted, of all people, the late art collector/novelist/lesbian American expatriate Gertrude Stein, by saying "There's no there there." 

If Barack Obama felt an urge to quote Gertrude Stein, a more fitting response to a whole array of uncomfortable questions would be: "There ain't no answer. There ain't gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. That's the answer."

While Bill Clinton's "is is" logic was certainly absurd, at least the former president wasn't trying to make excuses for ineptitude in a situation that ultimately cost four people their lives. As for Obama and his administration, there are no excuses because when help was needed in Benghazi, there was no "there there."

Author's content: www.jeannie-ology

Truth-twisting worked so well for Bill Clinton that Barack Obama borrowed the technique.

Take for instance just a couple of weeks back when bespectacled Gyration Meister Jay Carney, on behalf of the president, dismissed a terrorist attack in Benghazi, four dead Americans, and the covert circumstances surrounding the White House response to the incident by saying "That happened a long time ago."

Then, at a recent press conference, when he was asked about the criticism surrounding how his administration handled Benghazi, instead of a Bill Clinton-style "is is," Obama chose to offer up a "there there."

Right in front of British Prime Minister David Cameron, the president, when posed a question about the accusations surrounding what happened before, during, and after the September 11th 2012 incident, indicted the press for dredging up old news. Then, a petulant Obama said "And suddenly three days ago this gets spun up as if there's something new to the story."  

Besides the awkward display of the president drawing on a revised version of Jay Carney's inexcusable "a long time ago" defense, Barack Obama carping about political spin is like Dolly Parton complaining about women who wear giant blonde wigs.

Then, to reinforce the claim that his administration's treatment of the Benghazi story is a non-story, Obama made a declaration likely to join the annals of "'is' is" history when he quoted, of all people, the late art collector/novelist/lesbian American expatriate Gertrude Stein, by saying "There's no there there." 

If Barack Obama felt an urge to quote Gertrude Stein, a more fitting response to a whole array of uncomfortable questions would be: "There ain't no answer. There ain't gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. That's the answer."

While Bill Clinton's "is is" logic was certainly absurd, at least the former president wasn't trying to make excuses for ineptitude in a situation that ultimately cost four people their lives. As for Obama and his administration, there are no excuses because when help was needed in Benghazi, there was no "there there."

Author's content: www.jeannie-ology