Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Chuck Todd: GOP Actually to Blame for Obama Denying Red Line Comments
NewsBusters.org ^ | September 5, 2013 | Kyle Drennan

Posted on 09/05/2013 5:54:10 PM PDT by Kaslin

On Wednesday's MSNBC Daily Rundown, minutes after President Obama denied setting a "red line" on Syria's use of chemical weapons, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd excused the obvious falsehood: "I think it was clear that the President was trying to depersonalize the Syria issue a little bit....to say, you know, 'Stop making this about the President personally, depersonalize this.'" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Following those instructions from Obama, Todd proceeded to blame Republicans for the President trying to distance himself from his own red line: "...there are some House Republicans who are looking at this only view – through the prism of their disagreements and dislike for President Obama rather than the policy itself. And so [the White House is] trying to make the policy argument, 'Forget who's in the seat as commander-in-chief, would the United States believe this was a red line no matter who was president?'"

NBC's Todd Blames GOP for Obama's Denial of Setting Syria Red Line

On NBC, Todd spun Obama contradicting himself as simply having "redefined" the red line. Todd declared: "The President is making the case that this is everybody's problem on Capitol Hill, everybody's problem in the world community."

Here is a transcript of the September 4 exchange:

KRISTEN WELKER: President Obama and the prime minister of Sweden wrapping up a news conference there in Stockholm. President Obama calling on the international community to take action in Syria. That press conference largely dominated by the topic of Syria.

I want to bring in my colleague and friend Chuck Todd, who is traveling with the President in Stockholm. Chuck, at times the President sounded defensive. He said, quote, "My credibility is not on the line, the international community's credibility is on the line." And he dodged a question about what he would do if Congress doesn't give him the green light. What were your takeaways?

CHUCK TODD: Well, Kristen, I think it was clear that the President was trying to depersonalize the Syria issue a little bit. And that red line explanation is one that senior advisors made over the weekend right after, you know, when they held a background briefing about the President's decision on Saturday, when he made that announcement that he was going to Congress. They were asked about this issue of the so-called red line.

It's a question – it came actually in response way back in August 2012. It was during the heat of the campaign, campaign press conference. And I had asked him about Syria, just simply about if he was concerned about the security of the chemical weapons. And then when he talked about it, that's when he indicated if the use of chemical weapons, that that would be a red line for him. And that's when that phrase first sort of entered the current political debate.

But on this issue, it seemed to me it was the White House's intention on Saturday, and the President today, to say, you know, "Stop making this about the President personally, depersonalize this."

And part of that reason, Kristen, is that there are some House Republicans who are looking at this only view – through the prism of their disagreements and dislike for President Obama rather than the policy itself. And so they're trying to make the policy argument, "Forget who's in the seat as commander-in-chief, would the United States believe this was a red line no matter who was president?" And that's been the argument they're making. That's the argument they're making on the Hill. We'll see if it works.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Israel; Russia; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bushsfault; compartmentalize; depersonalize; israel; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; redline; russia; unitedkingdom; waronterror
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-58 next last

1 posted on 09/05/2013 5:54:10 PM PDT by Kaslin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

to the headline: rotflmao


2 posted on 09/05/2013 5:55:10 PM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin; Revolting cat!

“Bush’s fault!”


3 posted on 09/05/2013 5:55:16 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

and thus he so deservedly earns and confirms his name “F Chuck Todd”. Moron.


4 posted on 09/05/2013 5:55:56 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

How do these people sleep at night??? And why do they still have people who believe ANYTHING they say?


5 posted on 09/05/2013 5:55:58 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: svcw

ditto that!


6 posted on 09/05/2013 5:56:35 PM PDT by Rusty0604
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

When Obama steps in it the lame stream journoHacks jostle to be the first to lick his boots clean.


7 posted on 09/05/2013 5:57:45 PM PDT by Amagi (God Save the Republic.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

8 posted on 09/05/2013 5:59:16 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Chuck Todd acts like he is Obama’s toilet butler.

Happy, and shameless, he is in that task.


9 posted on 09/05/2013 5:59:47 PM PDT by Diogenesis
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

We have the same “MEDIA” that Nazi Germany had in the 1930s.....in the bag for the ruling class.


10 posted on 09/05/2013 6:00:08 PM PDT by LongWayHome
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

NBC news has about as much credibility as Obama.


11 posted on 09/05/2013 6:00:21 PM PDT by jersey117
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
the President today, to say, you know, "Stop making this about the President personally, depersonalize this."

Funny. The President, Mr. "My Military", who never fails to frame every single issue and decision in terms of I, me, my, all of a sudden wants to depersonalize things.

I really hate how insanely surreal everything has become.

12 posted on 09/05/2013 6:00:56 PM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Obama blames the Republicans for the skid marks in his underwear.


13 posted on 09/05/2013 6:01:46 PM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
Why if the whole world would just quit screwing things up, Obama could finally get something done.
14 posted on 09/05/2013 6:02:38 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

15 posted on 09/05/2013 6:04:18 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Venturer

He IS a skidmark.


16 posted on 09/05/2013 6:04:44 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
"Journalists" now openly arguing in favor of Democrats.

Its easy to spot a undercover 'rat - they're the ones who can never bring themselves to acknowledge that opposition to progressive/statist policies might just be principled.

Progressives/statists think in political terms 100% of the time, therefore they think their opponents do the same.

17 posted on 09/05/2013 6:04:44 PM PDT by skeeter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

” would the United States believe this was a red line no matter who was president?”

I wouldn’t give a good rats ass who was president. Let muslims gas muslims till the cows come home in their civil war. Keep an eye on it to make sure it is contained and don’t interfere


18 posted on 09/05/2013 6:05:10 PM PDT by Figment
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Blllllaaaaatttttttt

Sorry the GOP/Bush Card expired with your Racist card at about the same time.

If you have another Excuse Card to process, please proceed.

If not, STFU.


19 posted on 09/05/2013 6:05:11 PM PDT by OpusatFR
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Diogenesis
>>>Chuck Todd acts like he is Obama’s toilet butler.

Otherwise known as "The groom of the stool..."

20 posted on 09/05/2013 6:05:37 PM PDT by NELSON111
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

So it’s the Republicans fault that Obama is a fool, it’s their fault that Obama put himself in a position that he hasn’t got the balls to act on. Is there ever going to be anything Zero gets himself and America into that won’t be the fault and or responsibility of someone else?


21 posted on 09/05/2013 6:05:44 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
toad·y [ tṓdee ]

1. somebody servile and ingratiating: a self-serving person who behaves in a servile sycophantic manner, fawning on and flattering people with power or influence
2. behave ingratiatingly: to behave in a servile sycophantic manner, fawning on and flattering people with power or influence in order to achieve an advantage

Synonyms: flatterer, sycophant, groveler, creep, crawler

22 posted on 09/05/2013 6:06:21 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Not one ounce of integrity.


23 posted on 09/05/2013 6:08:20 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Was trying to say, meant to say, was trying to express.....is it too much to ask that the smartest, coolest man on the planet, when facing an international crisis and addressing the world, BE ABLE TO EXPRESS HIMSELF PRECISELY WITHOUT INTERPRETATION from his bootlickers?


24 posted on 09/05/2013 6:10:02 PM PDT by Toespi
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

25 posted on 09/05/2013 6:10:16 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Amerikan Pravda has spoken!


26 posted on 09/05/2013 6:11:17 PM PDT by henkster (If the Feds create an unlimited demand for bastard children, you get an unlimited supply of them.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cheerio

Lol, you beat me here. His words need to be spread, he’s such a liar and people forget his exact words!


27 posted on 09/05/2013 6:11:30 PM PDT by potlatch
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

should obama lose the vote and decide not to go, expect subtle snarky and vieled cntemptuous comments by obama directed at the American people and our form of government in the aftermath. he’s good at that


28 posted on 09/05/2013 6:11:35 PM PDT by dontreadthis
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
Stop making this about the President personally, depersonalize this
'Pick the Target, Freeze It, Personalize It and Polarize It.' - Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals.
Surprise, surprise, surprise you commie, it works both ways...
29 posted on 09/05/2013 6:11:52 PM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
Quien es mas macho?


30 posted on 09/05/2013 6:12:15 PM PDT by headless_thompson_gunner
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: originalbuckeye

History has shown these ‘Progressives’ that their supporters will follow their kind of ‘logic’ because they make up historical ‘facts’.


31 posted on 09/05/2013 6:12:39 PM PDT by griswold3
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Say what, Chuckie? Your boy’s a jackass but it’s our fault for noticing?


32 posted on 09/05/2013 6:13:24 PM PDT by Billthedrill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

While the leaders of the two superpowers are shaking hands for the camera in St. Petersburg, their navies are sending a different message. Here is the latest breakdown of the world's key navies in the Mediterranean theater of naval operations as of last night. By now it is likely woefully outdated, now that there are reports the Chinese have joined the fray too (not on the side of the 'free droning world').

33 posted on 09/05/2013 6:13:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Navy Patriot

‘the Red Line for us’ meaning he was speaking on behalf of the world community. Kinda like Chris Matthews apologizing on behalf of all white people.


34 posted on 09/05/2013 6:15:10 PM PDT by griswold3
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Feinstein made this about Obama today in discussing all the opposition to Obama’s blood for ego ploy.

She basically said that Obama made a statement and now the US has to back him up or we look like paper tigers.


35 posted on 09/05/2013 6:16:36 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Until our side learns how to fight these bastards - that means no quarter asked nor none given - we are bringing knives to a gunfight.


36 posted on 09/05/2013 6:19:14 PM PDT by abb
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: originalbuckeye

Millions, unfortunately. Half the nation is fall-over stupid. Great endorsement of our education system.


37 posted on 09/05/2013 6:19:31 PM PDT by onedoug
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: griswold3
Kinda like Chris Matthews apologizing on behalf of all white people.

Chris Matthews is White?

I thought he was red.

38 posted on 09/05/2013 6:20:31 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: onedoug
Great endorsement of our education system.

It is the purpose of our "educational" system.

39 posted on 09/05/2013 6:22:05 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Oh for the Sake of Pete


40 posted on 09/05/2013 6:23:34 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Henceforth, the Office of the President shall be known as IMPOTUS)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
Geeez!

There's so much spin on this "red line" story from the "news" media, I'm getting dizzy.....

41 posted on 09/05/2013 6:24:18 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: null and void
Surprise, surprise, surprise you commie, it works both ways...

Amen.

42 posted on 09/05/2013 6:26:39 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Wait, Carville already said this. He already blamed the whole mess on Bush. Pile it on. Any more reasons to blame Bush? Let’s have a contest! No plagiarizing, though.


43 posted on 09/05/2013 6:33:15 PM PDT by firebrand
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: svcw

He’s an idiot


44 posted on 09/05/2013 6:36:03 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: a fool in paradise

Of course


45 posted on 09/05/2013 6:36:38 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: School of Rational Thought

someone needs to tell her to STFU


46 posted on 09/05/2013 6:42:07 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Wow, another lying partisan media shill. Thanks Kaslin.


47 posted on 09/05/2013 6:44:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

This is becoming a keystone kop affair..


48 posted on 09/05/2013 6:46:39 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Barack Barry Hussein Soetoro Obama, America's own Perkin Warbeck..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: headless_thompson_gunner

That’s gotta be photoshopped. No way Putin is actually riding a fricking bear.


49 posted on 09/05/2013 7:00:44 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Almost as hard to believe as Obozo being photographed riding a girls bike, wearing GAP jeans, goofy helmet and equally goofy grin. Leader of the free world?? Bahhhhh!!


50 posted on 09/05/2013 7:16:16 PM PDT by headless_thompson_gunner
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 49 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-58 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson