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Press Laughs at Psaki Saying Obama ‘Doesn’t Give Himself Enough Credit’ on His Foreign Policy(VIDEO)
Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 29 2014 | Washington Free Beacon Staff

Posted on 05/29/2014 1:42:56 PM PDT by PoloSec

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was openly mocked by the assembled press corps Thursday after saying President Obama “doesn’t give himself enough credit for what he’s done around the world.”

Associated Press reporter Matt Lee asked sarcastically whether he deserved 200 percent credit, while another one wondered for what “accomplishments” Psaki meant he deserves more praise.

“For engagement initiatives like Iran, what we’ve done on Ukraine, efforts to dive in and engage around the world,” she said.

“I mean, Russia has still annexed Crimea,” another reporter asked. “I mean, Iran — there’s ongoing negotiations, but is that the success here that you’re talking?”

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

Full exchange:

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 plus one partners, certainly. Ukraine, we’ve been engaged more or as much as any other country in the world in supporting the elections process and supporting the government and supporting their efforts moving forward. Yes, there’s more work that needs to be done. The point is, we need to continue to stay at it.

Q: But isn’t this a potential mission accomplished situation?

PSAKI: Absolutely not.

Q: Jen, you would argue the president doesn’t give himself enough credit? How much credit would you give him?

PSAKI: Well, I think what I’m — I would give him more than he has given himself. That’s what I just said.

Q: What, like, 200 percent credit?

PSAKI: So would the secretary.

Q: So — and for — and for –

Q: Credit for what? I’m sorry, credit for what?

Q: For what, yes, exactly? That’s the point.

Q: No, I mean, I don’t — I don’t mean, like, he doesn’t deserve credit.

Q: For the Iran negotiations?

Q: I mean — I mean — I’m talking, what specifically are you talking he doesn’t get enough credit for — (inaudible)?

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

(Cross talk.)

Q: I mean, Russia has still annexed Crimea. I mean, Iran — there’s ongoing negotiations, but is that the success here that you’re 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.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ditzes; presser; progressiveagenda; psaki; statedept

1 posted on 05/29/2014 1:42:56 PM PDT by PoloSec
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To: PoloSec

Completely delusional.


2 posted on 05/29/2014 1:45:32 PM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: PoloSec

Obummer’s only cognitive foreign policy is to help the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Queda to overthrow stable governments.


3 posted on 05/29/2014 1:45:45 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: PoloSec

time to give the buffoon-in-chief another nobel prize?


4 posted on 05/29/2014 1:46:34 PM PDT by ghost of stonewall jackson (An amateur built the Ark; professionals built the Titanic)
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To: PoloSec

Who’s on first, I donno’s on second...


5 posted on 05/29/2014 1:53:08 PM PDT by Renkluaf
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To: PoloSec

This is the best summer I’ve had since I was a kid. The Democrats are falling apart. Obama is going to come out and try to swim in the press pool and Biden will hold his towel.


6 posted on 05/29/2014 2:00:12 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: PoloSec

Talking is their only accomplishment.


7 posted on 05/29/2014 2:01:08 PM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: PoloSec

If there’s one thing that Obama has never done,

it’s fail to give himself credit.


8 posted on 05/29/2014 2:01:54 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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9 posted on 05/29/2014 2:02:41 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: PoloSec
Psaki and Harf are the biggest airhead Progressive spokesholes imaginable. Did Hillary put those ditzes there? If so is Kerry too stupid or too cowardly to replace them?

(that last question was rhetorical of course)

10 posted on 05/29/2014 2:03:25 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: PoloSec

Jen Psaki is morphing into Jay Carney. LOL


11 posted on 05/29/2014 2:03:45 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: TigersEye
"Psaki and Harf are the biggest airhead Progressive spokesholes imaginable"

Great! The term "spokeshole" is an accurate description of these total BSers.

12 posted on 05/29/2014 2:09:19 PM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: PoloSec
Evidently, Obama’s foreign policy must not be judged by how many successes he's had. All that's important is that Obama has “engaged” other powers.

Wow. That just boggles the mind. Image a lousy baseball player saying to a group of reporters: “It's true that I've been hitless for the last five years. But what matters is that I have engaged the ball every time I've been at bat.”

13 posted on 05/29/2014 2:12:52 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: PoloSec

Psaki began her career in 2001 with the re-election campaigns of Iowa Democrats Tom Harkin and Tom Vilsack. Psaki then became deputy press secretary for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. From 2005 to 2006, Psaki served as communications director to U.S. Representative Joseph Crowley and regional press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Jennifer (Jen) Psaki was named Department Spokesperson in February 2013. She previously worked for then-Senator Kerry nearly nine years ago on his presidential campaign as a Deputy Press Secretary and has worked in senior positions within the Obama Administration over the last five years.


14 posted on 05/29/2014 2:21:01 PM PDT by kcvl
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Psaki also opened the Washington, DC, office of Global Strategy Group (GSG), a New York-based communications and research firm. As the Senior Vice President and Managing Director at GSG, Psaki worked on behalf of a range of corporate, government and non-profit clients including The Export-Import Bank and Kroll Bond Rating Agency.


15 posted on 05/29/2014 2:21:54 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: PoloSec
Who will ever forget the wonderous "engagement initiative" Obama conceived with regard to the Ukrainian crisis?

As with the Arab Spring initiative, the Ukraine now enjoys the same peace as Libya and Egypt!

The president should get 200% more credit for the "Promise of the Hashtag" doctrine and more.

ummm, that's Psaki, pronounced sack-ee, my p is silent.


16 posted on 05/29/2014 2:25:05 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: PoloSec

Psaki, who grew up in Connecticut and got into politics after signing up for a Democratic campaign program that led to a two-year post-college stint in Iowa, concentrated largely on her job. But when she heard other women at the office mention Mecher’s attractiveness, she’d perk up — and get a little jealous.

After a shared cab ride one night and some flirting at 18th Amendment bar on Capitol Hill another evening, Mecher made up his mind to ask for a date. “I actually got really nervous,” he recalls. “Which was really weird. I was 30 years old. I’ve asked a few girls out before. I’ve never been nervous about it in my life.”

The last Friday in September, he sent Psaki an e-mail asking her to dinner. She quickly wrote back saying yes. The next Monday they met in the elevator so their colleagues wouldn’t see them leave together — “we thought we were so slick,” Psaki says.

By December, they were exclusive and planning a trip to Costa Rica. “I think from the beginning we just felt very comfortable,” she says. “We got along very well, and our personalities meshed very well.”

In March 2009, Mecher proposed at home on a Wednesday night. The next day he got a call from Emanuel, who likes to take credit for the relationship. “Only Rahm can congratulate you with several f-bombs,” Mecher says.

On May 8 they were married at Woodlawn, a stately property on a tributary of the Potomac River in Southern Maryland. More than 220 guests, including White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, speechwriter Jon Favreau, and television journalists David Shuster and Jake Tapper, watched as the two exchanged vows under the canopy of a mulberry tree before adjourning to a reception where they were entertained by an ‘80s rock band, Judo Chop. (Emanuel was invited but had another obligation.)

******

Jennifer Psaki husband

Greg Mecher, chief of staff to Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass. Mecher is part of the Kennedy family tradition, even if he doesn’t share the last name.

Mecher was the political director for former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., whose retirement in 2010 broke a 63-year tradition of having a Kennedy in public office.

******

July 9, 2013

Psaki Runs from Question About ‘Vanity Fair’ Benghazi Article
Washington Free Beacon Staff

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was asked by a reporter to reconcile former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s famous Benghazi question with claims in a new Vanity Fair article Tuesday in a State Department press conference.

Psaki’s response was a predictable State Department refrain, stating “this has been all addressed” by the Accountability Review Board before quickly moving on:


17 posted on 05/29/2014 2:28:45 PM PDT by kcvl
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Psaki was named State Department Spokesperson in February 2013. She was Deputy Press Secy for then-Senator Kerry nearly nine years ago on his presidential campaign; she has held senior positions in the Obama Administration over the last five years.

Her current applications for employment with McDonald's, Wal Mart, and Taco Bell are being reviewed.

18 posted on 05/29/2014 2:36:50 PM PDT by Liz
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To: All
OBAMA ANNOUNCES WH JOB OPENING :
"If You're a Dude and You Drive a Van,
You're My next National Security Advisor."

Tommy Vietor, Obamba's van driver, got national
security clearance, and attended WH Situation Room
meetings; Dude Tommy is Hillary's top pick for
Secretary of State Dude.

FEEL SAFER YET, AMERICA?

19 posted on 05/29/2014 2:42:08 PM PDT by Liz
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"Jeepers, it's hard to think up stuff when you're having a bad hair day."

20 posted on 05/29/2014 2:46:50 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Fido969
Completely delusional.

That's a critical success factor for that job.

21 posted on 05/29/2014 2:52:08 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi or Atty General Holder, who brought more guns to Mexico?)
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To: kcvl
Mecher proposed at home on a Wednesday night.

Does that mean they were already sharing the same home?

After Woodrow Wilson proposed to the woman who became his second wife, the widow Edith Bolling Galt, there was a snarky rumor that when she heard his proposal, she was so surprised that she fell out of bed.

22 posted on 05/29/2014 2:52:17 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: kcvl
Mecher proposed at home on a Wednesday night.

Does that mean they were already sharing the same home?

After Woodrow Wilson proposed to the woman who became his second wife, the widow Edith Bolling Galt, there was a snarky rumor that when she heard his proposal, she was so surprised that she fell out of bed.

23 posted on 05/29/2014 2:52:17 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Liz

This is sad.

She has never held a real job in her life. Like a leach that one might pick up in the muddy waters of the La. bayou, she has been sucking her life blood from whatever politician is hot at the moment. Her biggest challenge everyday must be in ensuring the proper level of sucking up to whatever democratic leftist she is currently attached to...


24 posted on 05/29/2014 2:54:29 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Fido969

The walls are crumbling for The One who had been waiting for himself...


25 posted on 05/29/2014 3:11:24 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Delta Dawn

Amen.


26 posted on 05/29/2014 3:12:18 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Covenantor
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27 posted on 05/29/2014 3:21:53 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: PoloSec
“We’re talking about engagement in the world and taking on tough issues that present themselves,” Psaki said. “And the United States continues to play a prominent role doing that.”

"This is, in fact, the most engaged federal administration currently in office in the entire United States," she continued, "and the current President the most engaged, tough-thinking President we've had in five years."

You can set the bar pretty low, but not without a shovel. Keep shoveling, dear.

28 posted on 05/29/2014 3:25:10 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: PoloSec

BS.


29 posted on 05/29/2014 3:45:13 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: kcvl

OH; I understand now, she sucked her way to the top.


30 posted on 05/29/2014 4:06:18 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: kcvl
Psaki began her career in 2001 with the re-election campaigns of Iowa Democrats Tom Harkin and Tom Vilsack. Psaki then became deputy press secretary for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. From 2005 to 2006, Psaki served as communications director to U.S. Representative Joseph Crowley and regional press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Jennifer (Jen) Psaki was named Department Spokesperson in February 2013. She previously worked for then-Senator Kerry nearly nine years ago on his presidential campaign as a Deputy Press Secretary and has worked in senior positions within the Obama Administration over the last five years.

To wrap it up, she is a clueless useful idiot whom hasn't worked an honest day in her life. DC is perfect for her and the other harpies the State Dept. trots out to defend the indefensible.

31 posted on 05/29/2014 4:09:53 PM PDT by DAC21
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