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Exclusive: HUD Official Apologizes For Tweets Critical Of Bergdahl’s Unit
Buzz Feed ^ | June 5, 2014 | Evan McMorris-Santoro

Posted on 06/05/2014 12:31:57 PM PDT by don-o

WASHINGTON — An official at the department of Housing And Urban Development whose criticized tweets suggesting that there could be questions about the military records of former platoon mates of Bowe Bergdahl apologized Thursday to service members and the Obama administration.

“While I just wanted to make the point that the public should wait before passing judgment, I unfortunately used my own poor judgment in choosing inappropriate language that many view as disparaging to U.S. service members,” said Brandon Friedman, deputy assistant secretary of public affairs at HUD. “That was certainly not my intent and I regret making the comments on my personal account in such a way. I apologize to those with whom I work in the Administration, at HUD, and, most importantly, to any service members who took offense.”

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1 posted on 06/05/2014 12:31:58 PM PDT by don-o
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To: don-o

The Taliban made him do it.


2 posted on 06/05/2014 12:32:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek
The psychos made him do it.

-PJ

3 posted on 06/05/2014 12:35:25 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: don-o

Oopsie. But he forgot to apologize to all us civilians who are spitting nails at his disgraceful comments. I think the unit he defamed should sue him and the US government for defamation. At the very least.


4 posted on 06/05/2014 12:36:23 PM PDT by JoyjoyfromNJ (everything written by me on FR is my personal opinion & does not represent my employer)
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To: don-o

Didn’t I read yesterday that this d!psh!t, a former Army officer, wrote a book critical of the Afghanistan war effort and the Army in general?


5 posted on 06/05/2014 12:36:32 PM PDT by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: don-o

Does this mean the bullies at HUD don’t have their own SWAT Teams yet?


6 posted on 06/05/2014 12:36:52 PM PDT by GOPJ (ObamaCare - like buying a pig in a poke...)
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To: don-o
1. Health in danger

2. Swiftboating

3. It was an oversight, sorry

4. Plantoon full of psychopaths

5. Taliban threated to kill

7 posted on 06/05/2014 12:38:29 PM PDT by maggief
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To: don-o

Is Pelosi daughter going to apologize?

Pelosi daughter awaiting Army investigation of Bergdahl’s ‘dysfunctional’ platoon

http://twitchy.com/2014/06/05/pelosi-daughter-awaiting-army-investigation-of-bergdahls-dysfunctional-platoon/


8 posted on 06/05/2014 12:39:09 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: don-o

he forgot he was on the internet where what you say is said forever and not just to fellow travelers..


9 posted on 06/05/2014 12:40:00 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: don-o
and, most importantly, to any service members who took offense

He feels his statement wasn't offensive in itself, but he apologizes for service members reaction to his statement.

10 posted on 06/05/2014 12:43:40 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: don-o

Loudmouth desk driver stepped on his crank and now he’s scrambling to get off it. The time to think is BEFORE you open your trough-swilling bureaucratic pork hole, jerk. Eat ... crow ... and die.


11 posted on 06/05/2014 12:44:02 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: don-o

Uh huh,,there’s a sincere apology right there,,NOT!

He still has his job,,right?

He can KMA


12 posted on 06/05/2014 12:44:19 PM PDT by austinaero
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To: don-o

That’s fine Brandon. Apology not accepted but your letter of resignation will be.


13 posted on 06/05/2014 12:46:42 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: don-o
While I just wanted to make the point that the public should wait before passing judgment

Susan Rice didn't wait before announcing that Bergdahl served "with honor and distinction." This from the liar who told us that the Benghazi attack was caused by a video.

14 posted on 06/05/2014 12:49:30 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Jay Carney: The (Benghazi) emails weren't about Benghazi.)
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To: don-o

Brandon Friedman, you revealed yourself to be an anti-American traitor. Go shoot yourself.


15 posted on 06/05/2014 12:49:44 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: maggief

Soon they will surpass the number of lies that HELLry told in Cattlegate.


16 posted on 06/05/2014 12:51:09 PM PDT by newfreep
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To: don-o
that many view as disparaging to U.S. service members,

Yeah, so any of you that don't like being called "psychopaths", I'm sorry you feel that way.

17 posted on 06/05/2014 12:51:59 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Political Junkie Too
The pot laced chocolate bar made him dood it.


18 posted on 06/05/2014 12:52:14 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: don-o

Thanks for posting. FR gets results.


19 posted on 06/05/2014 12:53:26 PM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: maggief
Nice list! I think they invented that strikethrough character just for this administration.

Can you just see the staff meetings? "Well, they didn't buy that lie. Who can come up with another one? Oh, and you'd better explain why we didn't say the new one first, and why the other ones are no longer operative," as Nixon's liars used to say. Of course, compared to Barack Obama, Richard Nixon was George Washington and Abraham Lincoln rolled into one. Obama is even starting to make Bill Clinton seem honest by comparison.

20 posted on 06/05/2014 12:55:10 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Jay Carney: The (Benghazi) emails weren't about Benghazi.)
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To: don-o

Megyn Kelly will have six of the dysfunctional” “psycopaths” in Birddog’s unit on tonight.

This meme will die off after Kelly’s show.


21 posted on 06/05/2014 12:55:37 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: don-o
“What if his platoon was long on psychopaths and short on leadership?”

It doesn't take an Einstein to recognize a stupid and degrading tweet. This administration loves the military for photo-ops, not much else.

22 posted on 06/05/2014 12:57:06 PM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
Oh, and you'd better explain why we didn't say the new one first, and why the other ones are no longer operative," as Nixon's liars used to say.

Somebody has to come up with a "modified limited hang-out." Remember that one?

23 posted on 06/05/2014 12:58:16 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: maggief

So, if a local criminal takes a hostage and demands the release of notorious killers on death’s row or the hostage will be killed, then the stated policy of our police is to release notorious killers?

Do I have Obama’s thinking right on this?

We do deal with terrorists if it’s a hostage death threat....that’s the policy?


24 posted on 06/05/2014 12:59:21 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: don-o

A government bow wow speaks.


25 posted on 06/05/2014 12:59:40 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: newfreep
Soon they will surpass the number of lies that HELLry told in Cattlegate.

Yeah, when she said that the brilliant trading that allowed her to parlay a $1000 account into a $100,000 profit was the result of her reading the Wall Street Journal. Sane people who paid attention alleged that she was being bribed or paid off by someone who was putting in identical orders--one to buy and the other to sell--and placing the winning orders in her account while eating the losers in his own account. The odds of doing what Hillary did by simply making profitable trades were in the probability range of winning the PowerBall Lottery while simultaneously getting hit by lightning.

26 posted on 06/05/2014 1:01:45 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Jay Carney: The (Benghazi) emails weren't about Benghazi.)
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To: don-o

Not good enough. He deliberately insulted ALL serving and veteran military members, and especially those who serve or have served in combat arms.

Disgusting puke! This clueless jerk claims to be a veteran. You would think he would know better.


27 posted on 06/05/2014 1:03:07 PM PDT by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: don-o
Somebody has to come up with a "modified limited hang-out." Remember that one?

That was Nixon, right? Or are we talking about Clinton and Monica?

28 posted on 06/05/2014 1:03:31 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Jay Carney: The (Benghazi) emails weren't about Benghazi.)
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To: maggief

This is great!


29 posted on 06/05/2014 1:03:39 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

Fire him now. The apology shtick is pointless.


30 posted on 06/05/2014 1:05:07 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

I think it was John Eichmann, one of Nixon’s peeps, who can up with that brilliant idea.


31 posted on 06/05/2014 1:05:09 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: JPG
“What if his cabinet was long on psychopaths and short on leadership?”

There........Fixed it.

32 posted on 06/05/2014 1:06:38 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: don-o

So, he mean what he said but wished he’s used more weasel language.


33 posted on 06/05/2014 1:07:06 PM PDT by DManA
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To: don-o

I’m expecting next to hear that he’s gay, and infected with AIDS or the Camel-sourced MERS virus.


34 posted on 06/05/2014 1:08:11 PM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

How long until Bowe requests to become Bonnie?


35 posted on 06/05/2014 1:09:20 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: don-o

A non apology apology. Just say you were wrong, period. This guy did intend to demonize the deserters unit cause he sought to defend Obama.


36 posted on 06/05/2014 1:10:09 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: don-o

Cross-reference to the original twit’s tweets thread

Obama Official: Bergdahl Worthy of Sympathy if Joined Taliban to Protest Platoon Leaders
Thursday, June 5, 2014 | Kristinn

Posted on Wednesday, June 04, 2014 11:29:41 PM by kristinn

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3163900/posts


37 posted on 06/05/2014 1:12:40 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Rusty0604

sfpelosi @sfpelosi · 19h
Alas this rush to judgement is not only painful for the #Bergdahl family but frankly unAmerican. This is not who we are. @sapienist

sfpelosi @sfpelosi · 5h

Many of us have Qs about #Bergdahl and his dysfunctional platoon as chronicled by Michael Hastings. Awaiting Army investigation of all that.

sfpelosi @sfpelosi · 4h

“@andrewpcurrier: @sfpelosi A dysfunctional platoon?? Now who is judging and labeling. Hypocrite.”

sfpelosi
@sfpelosi MT @Sarangelop: @sfpelosi Did you call out Dems that referred to Republicans as terrorists/hostage takers /Ds and Rs https://twitter.com/sfpelosi/status/385863632967319552

sfpelosi @sfpelosi · 6m

No - read my TL. First tweets were about the value of a life. Still want to know ALL the facts - as I presume most of USA do. @tonykatz

sfpelosi @sfpelosi · 16m
@tonykatz No. I purposefully called the platoon dysfunctional - “as chronicled by Michael Hastings.” An entity of people that included him.

https://twitter.com/sfpelosi?original_referer=http%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2F2014%2F06%2F05%2Fpelosi-daughter-awaiting-army-investigation-of-bergdahls-dysfunctional-platoon%2F&tw_i=474566507129610240&tw_p=tweetembed


38 posted on 06/05/2014 1:13:16 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: JPG

This same guy was trotted out years ago on Obermann’s show.

It is a political activist appointment.

He was doing as directed.

He didn’t even need to be told what to do. Charles Manson didn’t tell his followers how to kill those people either.


39 posted on 06/05/2014 1:14:58 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: don-o
unfortunately used my own poor judgment

Hey numbnuts, the taxpayers are paying your six figure salary so that you can exercise good judgment. I suspect bad judgment is the default position for you and everyone else in this psycho administration.

If I were one of the soldiers he libeled by suggesting they are psychopaths, I'd be suing his @$$ off right now.

Not only did he exercise bad judgment, but he committed an actionable tort.

Of course if he did it on a government computer, then the government will have to pay the judgment. That means you and I.

40 posted on 06/05/2014 1:16:07 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Izzy Dunne

My thought exactly. He called them ‘psychopaths’, but he didn’t mean to offend them.

The logic is staggering. The only way this can be true is if he truly believes large numbers of them are psychopaths, & know it.


41 posted on 06/05/2014 1:16:07 PM PDT by Fantasywriter (Any attempt to do forensic work using Internet artifacts is fraught with pitfalls. JoeProbono)
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To: blackdog
How long until Bowe requests to become Bonnie?

Posted this on another thread, but your answer is better.

"I’m expecting next to hear that he’s gay, and infected with AIDS or the Camel-sourced MERS virus."

42 posted on 06/05/2014 1:16:15 PM PDT by maggief
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To: blueplum

Amen.


43 posted on 06/05/2014 1:20:24 PM PDT by matt04
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To: JPG

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3163900/posts?page=125#125

COUNTDOWN for June 11, 2008
MSNBC - Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Show: COUNTDOWN
Author: Keith Olbermann ; Richard Wolffe ; Eugene Robinson

OLBERMANN: We are joined now by Brandon Friedman, vice chairman of VoteVets.org. He himself served in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Thank you again for your time tonight, sir.

BRANDON FRIEDMAN, VOTEVETS.ORG: Thanks for having me on, Keith. Glad to be here.

OLBERMANN: How do veterans, how do veterans’ families feel when they hear that the man who wants to be the next commander-in-chief does not think it’s too important when they come home?

FRIEDMAN: Keith, this is a morale crusher. You know, if you can imagine, say a sergeant, who’s on his third tour and he’s in the 14th month of that tour and he hears the potential President saying something like this, it kills morale. You know, the troops are over there and, you know, I’ve been there, I’ve had to deal with this. But the troops over there hang on every word they hear from a leader, you know, especially the commander-in-chief, but also someone who could be the commander-in-chief. And when they hear something like this, you know, it really kills them on the inside because, you know, their families want them home. They want to come home, you know, or focus on the real global war on terror elsewhere. But this is really a killer when you hear something like this.

OLBERMANN: What I hear when I hear from servicemen or I talk to vets, more than anything else, is their astonishment when generals or veterans like McCain or the brass, just to use the general term there, don’t get it. That of all people, these are the ones they naively thought would understand risk and sacrifice. Does it, does it matter more that they are abandoned by a John McCain who did serve as opposed to a George Bush who did not?

FRIEDMAN: Absolutely, Keith. You know, we’ve come to not expect a whole lot from George W. Bush. But when you have a veteran like John McCain who has gone through so much in Vietnam, you really expect a lot more out of him because the way you see it as a soldier or a Marine or an airman or whatever, is that John McCain should know better, you know. He’s been in our shoes. He’s had it worst than most of us, you know. He should know better. And, you know, for those of us who’ve been there and who’ve lived through this, we just would expect a lot more, and it really saddens us, you know, to see this happen because there are thousands and thousands of veterans who’d just disagree with him on this...


44 posted on 06/05/2014 1:23:09 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: dead
"and, most importantly, to any service members who took offense"

He feels his statement wasn't offensive in itself, but he apologizes for service members reaction to his statement.

That's right! Instead of apologizing for what he said, Friedman essentially issues an apology on behalf of people for their taking offense to what he said.

Somehow these people mistakenly viewed what he said "as disparaging to U.S. service members," despite "that was certainly not my intent." But Friedman apologizes for them anyway. What pompous demonrat arrogance!

45 posted on 06/05/2014 1:23:43 PM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: don-o

That trial balloon flew like a lead ingot.


46 posted on 06/05/2014 1:25:03 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: don-o
Good thing he didn't try to apologize for being racist - then he could never be forgiven.
47 posted on 06/05/2014 1:29:26 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: don-o

He still needs to be fired.


48 posted on 06/05/2014 1:33:27 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (We need to fundamentally transform RATs lives for their lies.)
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To: don-o

He should have closed with, “I therefore tender my resignation”


49 posted on 06/05/2014 1:35:53 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Rusty0604

Christine Pelosi is married to filmmaker Peter Kaufman

Peter B. Kaufman (pbk@intelligenttv.com) is founder and president of Intelligent Television and the new Google-funded Intelligent Channel

Peter S. Kaufman is an American investment banker and private equity investor. He is the President and Head of Restructuring and Distressed M&A at Gordian Group LLC, an Investment Bank and financial advisory firm. He is also a Managing Partner of Bacchus Capital Management, a winery investment concern

******

Christine Pelosi works from San Francisco, running boot camps for aspiring leaders in the political and nonprofit arenas, and is the author of “Campaign Boot Camp: Basic Training for Future Leaders,” (PoliPoint Press, 2007). She is an elected member from California of the Democratic National Committee and is a founder of its Veterans and Military Families Council, which advocates on behalf of military families and promotes national security issues. From 2001 to 2005, she was chief of staff to Representative John F. Tierney, Democrat of Massachusetts. She graduated from Georgetown and received a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

The bride’s father is the president of Financial Leasing Services, a venture capital and real estate development company in San Francisco, and is the chairman of the board of visitors of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. Her mother has served in the House of Representatives since 1987.

A grandfather of the bride, the late Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., was a congressman from Baltimore from 1939 to 1947, and that city’s mayor from 1947 to 1959.

The bridegroom, 47, is a producer at Walrus & Associates Ltd., a film production company in San Francisco headed by his father, who directed “The Right Stuff” (1983) and “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” (1988), among others.

The bridegroom produces films with his father including “Henry & June” (1990); “Rising Sun” (1993) and “Quills” (2000). He also works as a documentary filmmaker, having been the writer, the director and a producer of “China: The Wild East” (1994).

His mother is a screenwriter who with her husband wrote “The Wanderers” (1978) and “Henry & June.”

The bridegroom graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. His previous marriage ended in divorce.


50 posted on 06/05/2014 1:38:04 PM PDT by kcvl
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