Facepalm Friday – State Department Edition

Jen Psaki is the official State Department Spokeswoman.

No, seriously.

Reporters Mock State Dept. Spokeswoman For Saying Obama “Doesn’t Give Himself Enough Credit”

JEN PSAKI: I would argue the president doesn’t give himself enough credit for what he’s done around the world. And that’s how the secretary feels too. We would not be engaged in comprehensive negotiations with Iran, which is where the program is stalled, and is rolling back, if it were not for the role of the United States, along with the P-5 +1 partners certainly. In Ukraine, we’ve been engaged more or as much as any other country in the world in supporting the elections process, supporting the government, and supporting efforts moving forward. Yes, there’s more work that needs to be done, the point is we need to continue to stay at it.

REPORTER: Is this a potential mission accomplished statement?

PSAKI: Absolutely not.

MATT LEE: You would argue the president doesn’t give himself enough credit, how much credit would you give him?

PSAKI: I would give him more than he has given himself. So would the secretary.

LEE: Like 200 percent credit? For what? Iran negotiations?

PSAKI: I mean…

REPORTER: What specifically are you saying he doesn’t get enough credit for?

PSAKI: For engagement in issues like Iran, what we’ve done on Ukraine. Efforts to dive in and engage in the world.

REPORTER: Russia has still annexed Crimea. Iran, there are ongoing negotiations, but is that the success here that your talking?

PSAKI: We’re talking about engagement in the world and taking on tough issues that present themselves, and the United States continues to play a prominent role doing that.

The worst part is we pay her salary.

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87 Responses to Facepalm Friday – State Department Edition

  1. DandyTIger says:

    I’m amazed the WH reporters actually asked and were incredulous. That’s progress. A few years ago under the same scenario, the same reporters would be smiling and nodding. Like they’re still doing over at MSNBC.

  2. Erin says:

    O my. That sounds a lot like the Special Snow Flake attitude in action. The only problem is that the rest of the world does not give out gold stars for just showing up.

    • lorac1 says:

      That was exactly my attitude. She’s saying he should get an award for participating. This is no different than him getting “promoted” for spending his short career voting “present”.

      Finally he’s in one job long enough that people notice that he’s all talk and no action (and no accountability). But they’re not excused – it’s well known that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior – the evidence was there in 2008, but the Obama voters just didn’t “act” themselves by putting any effort whatsoever into learning about Obama – basically, they just “voted present” themselves.

      The tide has turned, and people like this woman are being called out now.

  3. The Klown says:

    Here’s where she gets it:

    Coming off a week where President Obama laid out an Afghanistan withdrawal timetable and put forth his foreign policy vision, Secretary of State John Kerry declared Thursday that this administration is “more engaged” with the world “than at any time in American history.”

    “I don’t think the president, frankly, takes enough credit for the successes that are on the table right now,” Kerry told PBS. “I mean, if you look at what has happened in Ukraine, the president led an effort to try to keep Europe unified with the United States, to put difficult sanctions on the table. Europe wasn’t thrilled with that. But they came along. That was leadership. And the president succeeded in having an impact ultimately, together with the Europeans, on the choices that face President Putin.”

    “In Syria, the president obviously made his decision to strike Syria, and appropriately sent that decision to Congress. Congress didn’t want to move. But we came up with another solution, which was get all of those chemical weapons out, rather than just have one or two days of strikes,” he added.

    Kerry then claimed “the president has now succeeded in getting 92 percent of those weapons out of Syria.”

    “There is one last transfer that has to take place to get to 100 percent,” he said. “I believe it will take place.”

  4. The Klown says:
  5. leslie says:

    My grandmother used to say people should keep quiet lest someone finds out just how stupid they really are. Once again, granny was right.

  6. leslie says:

    And by the way . . . how seriously can you take a person who calls herself “Jen” ?

    • lorac1 says:


      Jen is a common nickname for Jennifer.

      How is it different than “Ben” for Benjamin or “Nick” for Nicolas….?

  7. votermom says:

    Poor under-appreciated genius. No one’s even nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize in 5 years.

  8. votermom says:

    GOP woman candidate fights back against Leftist misogyny

    Video: Tearful GOP candidate’s shocking ‘adults only’ press conference
    Annette Bosworth, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in South Dakota, held an adults only press conference on Tuesday due to the graphic matter that served as a backdrop.

    According to the local NBC affiliate KDLT, the physician asked graffiti artists to paint her campaign signs with the same graphic names she said she has been called since entering the race, which she then displayed on the walls around her.

    “What you see around you are the words which have been written about me on blogs, on the internet, throughout this campaign,” she told shocked attendees, KDLT reported.

    ‘Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe shares the one question
    a soldier asked him that left him speechless

    A tearful Bosworth also spoke about her 10 year old son, and how this “filth” shows up “when he Google’s his mom’s name.”

  9. Lulu says:

    We have been seeing group think about Prezzy Dude Guy since someone noticed him and let him sing song blurt a bunch of platitudes at a convention. Imaginary qualities were assigned to his magical being thus a cult was born along with massive delusional thinking. He was marketed as all products are to make a buck for the manufacturers of this phenomenon like he was a boy band singing the Macarena (remember Dems singing that at a Democratic convention?) . The marketers of the “smartest man to ever be Prezzy” know he is no such thing. They could have just as easily said he will never rust or need a new paint job. He is a commodity and fabricated to sell spin off products like green tech, etc. The inventors, marketers, and those who expected to benefit and profit are faced with a big dud of a product. Do they double down like Kerry and the State Dept or get scared and start to get a clue like the Veterans Administration and start calling hotlines to report criminal acts? I don’t think the Obama marketers and cultists will get real until they are looking at jail, exile, or being pelted with rotten eggs. It is hard to admit that you were 100% wrong (or crooked) especially if your entire self identity centers around how smart you think you are. How about Axeldouche going to the UK to market his line of shit and his paymasters get UKIP. LOL. The Douche was probably asked to leave England before he can screw up the Scotland vote. Prezzy Shamwow Chia Pet has run its course everywhere.

    • swanspirit says:

      ^This^ Only the hard core cultists are hanging on , and some of them will never give up . They will go down saying “They just didn’t understand him / us .” They will never see him objectively , or even hold him to any reasonable standard .

      • lyn says:

        ^All of the above^ 😉 Obama never will be held to any standard.

      • Constance says:

        Naaaah, they’ll just continue to call everyone with a different opinion or idea from Obama an ignorant racist.

  10. DeniseVB says:

    hee, hee ….

  11. The Klown says:
  12. The Klown says:
    • 49erDweet says:

      Is he “mad” about the situation, too? That’s important. To be mad about stuff, that is. Otherwise, no annual bonus.

      • swanspirit says:

        He seemed more sorry than angry . I really think that Obama keeps these appointees that are so flagrantly incompetent , because he sees them as an extension of his ego . If he chose them , and he has to fire them, then of course it reflects on Obama , so he doesn’t do it . He doesn’t want it on his “permanent record” that he had to fire so many of the people he chose . It is always about him . Screw the Veterans . Screw the Health Care of the united States . What matters is how Obama looks and feels .

        • 49erDweet says:

          True. A real leader sharpens staff by excepting nothing but outstanding results. A weak leader gathers staff around and attempts to smooth over or deny the wrinkles.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Don’t forget “Bush did it too” 🙂 Anyhow it’s starting to be included in the VA talking points. Nevermind Obama campaigned and promised to fix all the mistakes the evil Republicans made, including the VA’s problems. Like everything else he’s touched, he’s made everything much worse.

          • swanspirit says:

            I know ! he campaigned on “Yes We Can” ( makes my stomach turn to this day )and governed on ” I Just Can’t ” ,” The Republicans Won’t Let Me “, and ” But I am Really Really Mad “

      • leslie says:

        CNN reports he had said, …the patient care crisis at VA hospitals is “irresponsible, indefensible and unacceptable”. How could that not make a person angry?

  13. elliesmom says:

    It looks like Donald Sterling and his wife will get the last laugh. Two billion dollars for the Lakers from”Microsoft Bob”. Will Harry Reid be OK with us computer nerds referring to the team as the “Clippies”?

  14. 49erDweet says:

    OT. Just rcvd cute call. “Press 1 to activate a 65% savings in power rates, or press 3 to revoke your eligibility and receive a rate increase”. Lol. Almost hated to add them to the auto-reject list.

    • leslie says:


    • Somebody says:

      49er you sound like my husband he blocks calls all the time since he retired. If he blocks a number and they call back it tells them our number is disconnected. Apparently hubby is a little overzealous though, he blocked my sisters. His response to me was, what they called and hung up, they didn’t leave a message. If anybody calls and hangs up I block them…..OMG I wish he’d get a job! The telemarketers fine he can block, but I have no idea who else he’s blocked.

      • 49erDweet says:

        LOL. I’m a little careful bc my grandkids live all over the country and I never know which area code they’ll infrequently call from. 🙂
        Since I’ve discovered one-key auto-reject on my android I’ve only done teleprevaricators.

  15. The Klown says:
  16. mcnorman says:

    What qualifies one to be the best candidate for that position? I’m speechless.

  17. driguana says:

    home home on derange….

  18. The Klown says:
  19. Somebody says:

    Man I’ve been out all day and looked what I missed…..Baghdad Bob resigned and so did Shinseki. Shinseki I expected to be shown the door sometime before the mid-terms, but Carney resigning I didn’t see that coming.

    • leslie says:

      He must’ve told the truth once recently. I can’t imagine any other reason bronco would let him go.

    • angienc says:

      His son is in a band with some other kids of DC insiders — their first “single” was just released today — I wonder if that has anything to do with Carney leaving.

      Read about it and hear the awful song — Heart Thief, which contains the killer line “I’ve spent lonely nights alone” (remember, this people claim to be *smarter* than us hicks) here:


      • The Klown says:

        Of course the Progs are now claiming that the hater Sonny Bunch of the hate site Freebeacon hates kids.

        I think he just has good taste in music.

        • angienc says:

          Did you listen to their “acoustic” version of “Sunday Bloody Sunday?” I got through about 30 seconds.
          Someone *really* should go to prison for that one.

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