White House refuses to deny, or apologize for barnyard epithet applied to Netanyahu
I'd use the term "unbelievable" in my reaction to the administration's comments about the unamed official using the word "chickens**t to describe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but we've gotten used to the classless nature of just about anyone associated with Barack Obama.
Michael Warren writing in the Weekly Standard:
The belief that the prime minister of Israel is "chickenshit" is "not the administration's view," a spokesperson for the National Security Council says in a statement. Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic reported Tuesday that a "senior administration official" viewed Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, as the most frustrating foreign leader to the White House and the State Department.
“The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” the offical told Goldberg. However, the White House's NSC does not dispute the fact the comment was made.
Ali Baskey, a member of the press staff for the NSC, responded to questions about that comment with an official statement. “Certainly that's not the Administration's view, and we think such comments are inappropriate and counter-productive," Baskey said. "Prime Minister Netanyahu and the President have forged an effective partnership, and consult closely and frequently, including earlier this month when the President hosted the Prime Minister in the Oval Office." Baskey did not deny that someone within the administration made that comment.
TWS received the statement after asking the Office of the Vice President if the anonymous comments were made by Vice President Joe Biden. Biden spokesperson Kendra Barkoff did not confirm or deny that Biden was the official quoted by Goldberg. A similiar request to State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki, asking if Secretary of State John Kerry or any other State Department officials made the "chickenshit" comment, has not been answered, nor has a request to the White House press office.
More react from Fox News:
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Tuesday accused the administration of “hurling expletives” at the Israeli leader.
House Speaker John Boehner also condemned the "disrespectful rhetoric used time and again by this administration with respect to the special relationship the United States has with the state of Israel."
He added: "The president sets the tone for his administration. He either condones the profanity and disrespect used by the most senior members of his administration, or he does not. It is time for him to get his house in order and tell the people that can't muster professionalism that it is time to move on."
That statement led to a pointed rebuke from Earnest, who said Boehner himself is known for using "salty" language.
"It's a little rich to have a lecture about profanity from the speaker of the House," Earnest said, while also saying the reported comments do not reflect the administration's views. Earnest said he'd be "surprised" if Obama knows who made them.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and others "don't view" the language used in the article as "appropriate or accurate."
Dan Gillerman, former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, told Fox News that if the quotes are accurate, “I think it’s shameful.”
Earnst set up a straw man by focusing on the expletive rather than who it was directed at. It's safe to say that Boehner has never referred to a foreign leader - or President Obama for that matter - in such disgusting terms.
Shouldn't there be an apology coming from the White House? Vice President Biden apologized to Turkish President Erdogan for a lot less.
For the record, Netanyahu - unlike President Obama and most of his administration - served with bravery and distinction in two wars. He lost his brother during the Raid on Entebbe. The men and women who have ordered the American military into action in numerous places around the world - Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, and now Iraq and Syria plus a few others - are largely without military experience and little experience in combat.
Bib has more courage - and class - in his little finger than there is in the entire Obama administration.