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  • Earnest Really Doesn’t Know His Electoral History, Claims Reagan Didn’t Win Two Majorities

    07/28/2016 8:07:33 PM PDT · by kevcol · 28 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 28, 2016 | David Rutz
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest falsely and repeatedly claimed at Thursday’s briefing that Barack Obama, not Ronald Reagan, was the first president since Dwight Eisenhower to win consecutive majorities of the popular vote. Even when he was corrected by a reporter, Earnest insisted Reagan did not get at least 50 percent of the vote twice. "I don’t think it's a coincidence that President Obama is actually the first president since President Eisenhower to win two national elections back-to-back, earning a majority vote from the American people," Earnest said.
  • WH: 'We Have Gone to Great Lengths to Avoid the Appearance of Interfering' With FBI's Clinton…[tr]

    07/06/2016 1:26:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 6, 2016 | 5:09 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    No one at the White House knew that FBI Director James Comey was going to speak on Tuesday, never mind what he’d say, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Tuesday. “With regard to a reaction from the White House, I don’t have an official reaction to share,” he said. “The reason for that is simply that, while the FBI is completing their investigation, the career prosecutors at the Department of Justice still have to make a final determination about how and whether to proceed. “And we have gone to great lengths to avoid the appearance of interfering with...
  • Morning Joe Slings Gun-Control Softballs to WH Spox Earnest

    06/21/2016 7:11:27 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Imagine you’re a real reporter—not a thinly-disguised member of the Dem cheerleading squad—and you had the opportunity to question President Obama’s spokesman this morning. Wouldn’t you have wanted to know the degree to which President Obama and his minions were complicit in the fiasco of the redaction of the Omar Mateern tapes, removing most of his proclamations of allegiance to ISIS, Allah, etc? But when the Morning Joe crew interviewed Josh Earnest, not a word about the Mateen tapes, or anything else that might have jostled Josh’s feathers. To the contrary, the interview was one long set-up, giving Earnest the...
  • WH Spokesman: 'Our Country Is Safer Than It Was 8 Years Ago'

    06/15/2016 6:54:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies
    cns news ^ | 6/15/16 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - "The president does believe it is important that his successor is somebody who recognizes that our country is safer than it was eight years ago, that we enhanced our standing around the world, that we've strengthened our alliances -- that we have refined and improved and strengthened our homeland security," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Tuesday. "The American people do face a question about whether or not they want to build on that progress, because there surely is more that can be done to protect the American people," he added.
  • CNN: Is Hillary Clinton Undermining Our Values And Anti-Terror Strategy For Saying Radical Islam?

    06/15/2016 4:58:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 15, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    A day after President Obama went on a rant about why he doesn't use the phrase “radical Islam," CNN asked if the leaders, like Hillary Clinton who have used the phrase, have undermined U.S. strategy. What should’ve been a relatively straightforward briefing on the threats posed by ISIS turned into a tirade against Republicans and Donald Trump from the president. He also used it as a staging ground to lecture us about reinstating the so-called assault weapons ban and confirming a treasury nominee that’s been held up for over a year. Yesterday, CNN’s Michelle Kosinski pressed the White House on the...
  • White House: Why, yes, we are conducting a criminal investigation of Hillary

    06/10/2016 3:35:03 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/10/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Message indiscipline. This was a pretty rare, unguarded moment for Josh Earnest. All Democrats understand the absolute importance of message discipline, which always starts with the consistent use of words designed to support their narrative, no matter how absurd that narrative might be. That’s why abortion is “choice” and tax hikes are “fairness” and being a Republican is “racism.” You use the correct words, always, everywhere, and you don’t waver. Nowhere is this more true than with the Hillary e-mail investigation, which Hillary keeps trying to label a “security inquiry” - a thing that doesn’t even exist according to the...
  • PRESS SECRETARY JAKE CARNEY CAMPAIGNING FOR HILLARY FROM THE WH [DISGUSTING!]

    06/09/2016 11:48:17 AM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 19 replies
    http://www.FreeRepublic.com ^ | June 9, 2016 | CivilWarBrewing
    Carney is totally unprofessional by turning an official Press Briefing into a campaign ad for Hillary, WITH HIMSELF PERSONALLY ENDORSING HER. Is this normal?
  • Josh Earnest grilled over selectively edited transcript re: Iran lies

    06/08/2016 6:17:57 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/08/16 | Robert Laurie
    Disinterested in reality. You’ll probably recall that, back on May 9th, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked a pointed question about the Iran deal. Fox News correspondent Kevin Corke wanted to know if Earnest could “state categorically that no senior official in this administration has ever lied publicly about any aspect of the Iran nuclear deal.” Earnest’s reply was an atypically blunt “No, Kevin.” Strangely, though, Earnest’s response is nowhere to be found in the official transcript of the exchange. As ABC News reported Friday, the line has simply vanished. The White House initially claimed the answer wasn’t...
  • WH: Bathroom Controversy Started by Republicans 'Seeking a Political Advantage'

    05/18/2016 8:22:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 18, 2016 | 10:21 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    After embracing the notion that gender is as much mental as it is physical, the Obama White House on Tuesday rejected the suggestion that it has been particularly aggressive on transgender issues. “This is a confrontation that Republicans have sought out rather cynically, because they are seeking a political advantage,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at Tuesday's briefing. Earnest said Republicans in North Carolina started the controversy by passing legislation (HB2), which negated a Charlotte city ordinance allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice. …
  • Earnest: Wouldn't Be 'Fair' for Rhodes to Testify Before GOPs 'Who Lied About Iran Deal'

    05/17/2016 4:53:48 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 5-16-2016 | Bridget Johnson
    WASHINGTON -- The White House said Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes will not be testifying at a Tuesday House hearing because it's not "a fair deal for people who lied about the Iran deal to question the person that told the truth," in the words of press secretary Josh Earnest. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee called the hearing on the White House's messaging surrounding the Iran nuclear deal after a New York Times article detailed how Rhodes helmed the effort to spin the deal to sell it to Congress and the American public. (snip) "The truth is,...
  • White House Angrily Reacts to Request That Rhodes Testify About Iran Deal Deception

    05/12/2016 2:16:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/12/2016 | Alyssa Canobbio
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest angrily reacted to the suggestion that embattled Obama aide Ben Rhodes testify in a hearing on the Iran nuclear deal on Thursday. “With all due respect to the chairman, if he has an interest in a hearing about false narratives as it relates to the Iran deal then I’ve got some suggestions for people they should swear in,” Earnest said. Earnest went on to name congressional members who either opposed the Iran deal or as the Earnest put it were “wrong or just lying.” Earnest admitted he did not know the procedure for swearing in...
  • Bipartisan Push on to Oppose 9/11 Bill

    04/22/2016 9:47:40 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 10 replies
    RollCall.com ^ | 19 April 2016 | John T. Bennett
    A Senate bill that would allow families of those killed in the 9/11 attacks to sue the Saudi government has achieved a rare Washington distinction, by uniting the Obama administration and some of its fiercest GOP critics. President Barack Obama and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are rallying to kill the bipartisan plan that would make it possible for American citizens to sue foreign governments believed to be linked to terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., said the plan should be reviewed through regular order before decisions are made about advancing the measure. White House Press...
  • Obama Skipping Nancy Reagan Funeral to Go to SXSW Festival

    03/08/2016 11:31:18 PM PST · by drewh · 81 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 41:59 pm GMT March 8th, 2016 | Sam Reisman
    President Barack Obama will not attend Nancy Reagan‘s funeral this Friday, keeping his originally scheduled appearance as a keynote speaker at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive festival. First Lady Michelle Obama, who is scheduled to speak at SXSW on Wednesday, will attend the funeral. “The president will not attend” Mrs. Reagan’s funeral, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Tuesday. “The president is actually traveling in Texas on Friday.” The SXSW Interactive Festival is an annual symposium for digital startups and emerging technologies that takes place each year in Austin, Texas, concurrently with a film and music festival....
  • White House: Israel Showed Bad Manners in Canceled Trip(LOLOLOL!)

    03/09/2016 6:27:43 AM PST · by rktman · 35 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/9/2016 | Breitbart Jerusalem
    Politico reports: The White House chided Israel on Tuesday for the way it canceled a meeting between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying it would have been “good manners” for Israeli officials to tell the White House directly.
  • White House Says It Has Not 'Reached' Determination That ISIS Slaughter of Christians Is Genocide

    03/01/2016 7:27:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 1, 2016 | 6:35 AM EST | Susan Jones
    Asked on Monday if Islamic State terrorists are carrying out a campaign of genocide against Syria's Christians, White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said the word genocide "involves a very specific legal determination that has, at this point, not been reached." He condemned the terrorists' "willingness to target religious minorities, including Christians." Earnest noted that the Obama administration has long expressed its concerns over ISIS/ISIL's "slaughter" of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. ...
  • Obama in Florida will tout benefits of economic stimulus

    02/26/2016 7:50:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 26, 2016 10:35 AM EST | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama is heading to Florida to tout the benefits of the massive economic stimulus bill he signed shortly after taking office seven years ago. Obama pumped more than $760 billion into a then-slumping economy beginning in early 2009 in a frantic effort to halt the worst economic downturn in generations. It was an unsettling period for many Americans as hundreds of thousands of jobs disappeared, unemployment climbed into double digits and home values plummeted. Obama will argue during a stop in Jacksonville on Friday that the country is on a more solid footing because of this and other...
  • Republican governor of Nevada Brian Sandoval being considered for Supreme Court

    02/24/2016 11:00:23 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/24/2016 | Mike DeBonis and Juliet Eilperin
    Brian Sandoval, the centrist Republican governor of Nevada, is being vetted by the White House for a possible nomination to the Supreme Court, according to two people familiar with the process. Sandoval is increasingly viewed by some key Democrats as perhaps the only nominee President Obama could select who would be able to break a Republican blockade in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday pledged "no action" on any Supreme Court nomination before November's election, saying the decision ought to be left to the next president. The White House declined to comment Wednesday for this story....
  • WH: Move Gitmo Detainees to US So They're Treated 'The Way That American Citizens Are Treated'

    02/24/2016 11:34:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 24, 2016 | 9:49 AM EST | Susan Jones
    Bringing dangerous Guantanamo Bay inmates to U.S. prisons would undermine a terrorist recruiting tool, White House spokesman Josh Earnest argued on Tuesday: "Well, their argument would be a lot tougher, because the detention that we would have in place would be cleanly in line with American values, right? That we would ensure that this is consistent with the way that American citizens are treated. That certainly is more consideration than these terrorists give to their adversaries, to say the least." ...
  • White House slashed NYC terror funding to punish Schumer, former top cop says

    02/22/2016 7:12:21 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 38 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/21/16 | Dan Friedman Examiner
    New York City's former top cop said Sunday that the Obama administration cut funding to fight terrorism in the city to retaliate against Sen. Chuck Schumer for opposing a nuclear deal with Iran. "There's a certain amount vindictiveness on the part of Washington aimed at Sen. Chuck Schumer," Ray Kelly, New York City's police commissioner under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said in an interview with John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York. "Apparently they remember very well that Sen. Schumer did not support their Iran deal," Kelly said, arguing the proposed cut "was aimed at getting a reaction from...
  • White House says Obama ‘regrets’ filibuster against Alito nomination in 2006

    02/17/2016 11:08:57 AM PST · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 17, 2017 | Dave Boyer
    The White House said Wednesday that President Obama "regrets" his filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito in 2006, but insisted the situation was different than Republicans' current vow to block any nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. "These are two different things," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. "The president's objections to then-President Bush's nominee were based in substance." In 2006, then-Sen. Obama and 23 other Democrats -- including Hillary Clinton -- tried to filibuster Justice Alito's nomination. He was confirmed for the high court anyway.
  • Fox News: Contacts in the FBI and DOJ are 'Super Pissed Off' at the White House

    01/30/2016 9:36:54 AM PST · by Signalman · 54 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1/30/2016 | Debra Heine
    According to Fox News' chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge, her contacts in the FBI and DOJ are "super pissed off" at what White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said about Hillary Clinton's email problems Friday. "That's not something I'm worried about," he told reporters at the daily briefing. Earnest threw cold water on predictions that Hillary Clinton will face a Justice Department indictment for mishandling classified information on her private and unsecure email server while secretary of State.. "That will be a decision that will be made by the Department of Justice," he said. "Some officials have said she is...
  • WH: Clinton Won't Be Indicted 'Based On What We Know'

    01/29/2016 5:52:25 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 107 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January29,2016 | DANIEL HALPER
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said today that "based on what we know" it does not look like Hillary Clinton will be indicted. Earnest made the remarks the White House podium. A reporter asked, "Can you say with certainty and confidence that Secretary Clinton will not be indicted because of this email scandal "That will be a decision made by the Department of Justice and prosecutors over there," said Earnest. "What I know that some officials over there have said is that she is not a target of the investigation. So that does not seem to be the direction that...
  • White House denies there was an apology to Iran

    01/13/2016 4:46:31 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/1/16 | Ben Ariel
    The White House said on Wednesday that it is pleased that Iran released 10 American sailors it had detained, but continues to have concerns about Tehran's sponsorship of terrorism and threats to Israel, Reuters reports. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told Reuters he was not aware of any discussions between Washington and Tehran about an American apology for the incident and noted one "certainly" had not been given. Earnest explained that President Barack Obama had not mentioned the incident during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night so as not to elevate the issue and jeopardize the sailors'...
  • Team Obama Joins Donald Trump’s Attack On Ted Cruz’s Citizenship

    01/06/2016 12:14:41 PM PST · by springwater13 · 208 replies
    During the White House press briefing this afternoon, one reporter explained the fight between Cruz and Trump and asked if the president was enjoying the drama around Cruz's citizenship. "I don't know if he does, but I sure do," Earnest quipped as reporters chuckled in response. Earnest then seemed willing to feed the narrative questioning Cruz's citizenship. "It would be quite ironic if after 7 or 8 years of drama around the president’s birth certificate if Republican primary voters were to choose Senator Cruz as their nominee," he said. "Somebody who actually wasn’t born in the United States and only...
  • Josh Earnest: ‘Wouldn’t Be Surprised’ If Opponents Try to Tie Up Gun Control Legislation in…

    01/05/2016 4:51:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 4, 2016 | 3:24 PM EST | Melanie Hunter
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that he would not be surprised if those who are opposed to President Barack Obama using his executive authority to enact gun control legislation without congressional approval try to tie it up in court for the remaining 12 months of Obama's presidency. "But again the kind of arguments that we'll be able to mobilize in a court of law are ones that I am confident will be powerful and persuasive. Ultimately, a judge will have to decide, but we should not be distracted however from the fact that the reason the president...
  • WH Praises Spending Deal With GOP Congress: 'We Succeeded'

    12/17/2015 10:29:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 17, 2015 | 6:44 AM EST | Susan Jones
    The White House objects to a few Republican provisions in the omnibus $1.1-trillion spending bill, but overall, "We succeeded," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Wednesday. "So we walked into these negotiations focused on making sure that Republicans would not succeed in advancing their ideological agenda through the budgetary process, and I think, based on all of the solid reporting work that you have done over the last several weeks, there were a variety of attempts that Republicans undertook to try to do exactly that, and we did succeed in fighting off those efforts." ...
  • WH Working on Gun Control Plan; Calls Recent Surge in Gun Sales a 'Tragic Irony'

    12/12/2015 6:38:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 11, 2015 | 5:35 AM EST | Susan Jones
    Keeping guns out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them continues to be a priority for President Obama, and the White House is sending hints that he plans to do it soon by executive action. Meanwhile, a White House spokesman on Thursday called it a "tragic irony" that legal gun sales are soaring. Speaking at a vigil in Newtown, Conn. Wednesday night, Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett said the president has asked his team to send him a proposal "in short order" outlining how he can use his executive authority to expand background checks on gun buyers without congressional...
  • The White House has a Problem With Ted Cruz’s Tweets About the Islamic State

    12/11/2015 8:06:17 PM PST · by Isara · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec. 11, 2015 | Fred Lucas
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest mocked Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz Friday for his tweets regarding the Obama administration's handling of the Islamic State, critiquing the Texas senator for lacking a specific national security policy. Earnest announced that President Barack Obama will be at the Pentagon Monday to meet with his national security team and then make remarks about the fight against the Islamic State. After reporter questions, Earnest insisted the administration would maintain it's current course in the fight. "Those who are most frequent in voicing those calls, do not themselves have alternative solutions on the table," Earnest...
  • Josh Earnest: White House Flabbergasted, Shocked by Rising Gun Sales

    12/11/2015 5:36:47 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 74 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-11-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    President Barack Obama's spokesman Josh Not-Earnest said on Thursday that the White House is flabbergasted by the record number of Americans seeking to buy guns in recent weeks. "The more that we see this kind of violence on our streets, the more people go out and buy guns," he said. "That is both ironic and tragic." Every person with just a basic degree of common sense knows why it's happening -- Americans no longer feel safe and believe the Obama administration will try to outlaw gun sales when it can -- but sadly, no such people are part of this...
  • WH Struggles to Answer How Mass Shootings Would Be Stopped with Gun Control Laws

    12/11/2015 4:57:24 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Liz Sheld
    During a White House press conference yesterday, spokesman Josh Earnest struggled to answer questions about how more gun control legislation would have prevented any of the mass shootings in recent years. VIDEO Wall Street Journal reporter Byron Tau referenced presidential candidate Marco Rubio's claim that gun legislation would not have preventing recent mass-shootings. “If not a single recent mass shooting would have been stopped by the kind of gun control measures you champion, are those the right approach to this problem?” Tau asked. Responded Earnest, “Well, Byron, I think we’ve been pretty direct and upfront about the fact that there...
  • White House: No idea why Americans are buying so many guns (hilarious)

    12/10/2015 1:59:36 PM PST · by jazusamo · 82 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 10, 2015 | Bave Boyer
    President Obama's spokesman said Thursday that the record number of Americans seeking to buy guns in recent weeks is "a tragedy" that the White House is at a loss to explain. "The more that we see this kind of violence on our streets, the more people go out and buy guns," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. "That is both ironic and tragic." The FBI conducted 185,345 firearms background checks on Black Friday, the most ever during a single day. The record number of gun sales came two weeks after the Islamic State's terrorist attacks in Paris, but before...
  • White House Says ‘Grotesque’ Donald Trump ‘Disqualified’ over Muslim Immigration Comments..

    12/08/2015 11:50:13 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 53 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/9/15 | by CHARLIE SPIERING
    White House Says ‘Grotesque’ Donald Trump ‘Disqualified’ over Muslim Immigration Comments, Mocks His Hair President Barack Obama’s spokesman angrily lashed out at Donald Trump for proposing a ban on Muslim immigration to the United States, and accused him of “offensive bluster” and “grotesque and offensive” language. “The fact is, that what Donald Trump said yesterday disqualifies him from serving as president,” spokesman Josh Earnest said, suggesting to reporters that his words were fundamentally anti-American. Earnest denounced Trump’s “carnival barker routine” which included “outright lies” and mocked the Republican frontrunner for having “fake hair.” He said:
  • White House says Trump's Muslim comments disqualify him for president

    12/08/2015 10:39:59 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 114 replies
    Thomson Reuters Foundation ^ | 12/08/2015 | Reuters
    The White House on Tuesday said Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump's call for the United States to ban Muslims from entering the country disqualified him from becoming president and called on Republicans to reject him immediately. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Trump's campaign had a dustbin of history quality to it and said his comments were offensive and toxic.
  • Obama White House: Terrorists Will Stop Attacking If We Pass Gun Control Laws

    12/04/2015 12:46:25 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/4/2015 | Paul Joseph Watson
    The Obama administration reacted to yesterday’s shooting in San Bernardino – likely carried out by a Muslim terrorist – by insisting that “common sense” gun laws will deter jihadists who are planning attacks. Reporter Peter Doocy asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest: “Does the President really think that common sense gun laws would deter terrorists now that he has admitted that these two may have been terrorists?”
  • White House: Obama Thinks Gun Control Will Deter Terrorists

    12/03/2015 5:19:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | December 3, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that President Obama thinks that gun control would help deter terrorists. Earnest made the comments today at the White House's daily press briefing. White House: Obama Thinks Gun Control Will Deter Terrorists Peter Doocy: "President Obama yesterday jumped to say that this mass shooting means it's time for commonsense gun laws. Does the President really think that common sense gun laws would deter terrorists now that he has admitted that these two may have been terrorists?" White House press secretary Josh Earnest: "Yes. The president believes that passing common sense gun laws that makes...
  • White House: President Obama Has A "Clear Eyed Assessment of What He Thinks is Happening" With ISIS

    11/23/2015 7:30:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 23, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Speaking from the White House Monday after more than a week of being overseas, Press Secretary Josh Earnest tried to reassure reporters that President Obama is taking the threat from ISIS seriously and is gathering as much intelligence on the terror army as he possibly can. "The intelligence reports that he's received about ISIL and the impact they've had on Syria and Iraq in particular, have been troubling and that is part of what has prompted the kind of aggressive and sustained commitment to degrading and ultimately destroying that organization that you've seen put forward by the president," Earnest said....
  • The White House's top spokesman had an intense argument with a Fox News host over the Paris attack

    11/18/2015 11:40:52 AM PST · by McGruff · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 18, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    Things got heated between White House press secretary Josh Earnest and "Fox & Friends" cohost Elisabeth Hasselbeck during a Wednesday morning interview. Hasselbeck grilled Earnest on an statement made by his boss, President Barack Obama, who referred to last week's terror attack in Paris, France, as a "setback."
  • Earnest: Election Day Shows That Dems are ‘Served Well’ by Running on Obama Agenda

    11/05/2015 3:15:18 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 12 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 11-4-2015 | Bridget Johnson
    The White House said today it doesn't want to draw "significant conclusions" from GOP victories at the state level in Tuesday's elections. Press secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged to reporters that "the election results in some red states like Kentucky and Mississippi were good for Republicans," but "the results in some blue states like in Pennsylvania and New Jersey were good for Democrats." But the "general" takeaway, he said, is "the case that the president has made about the affirmative governing agenda that has been put forward by Democrats all across the country, is good for the country, and has been...
  • US warns against PM’s idea of revoking residency for some Jerusalem Arabs

    10/26/2015 12:54:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 10/26/15 | Raoul Wootliff
    The Obama administration on Monday hurried to express its opposition to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tentative talk of revoking the permanent residency status of tens of thousands of Arabs living in East Jerusalem. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that, as far as the US government knows, Israel is not actively considering such a move. But if it were, he said, “it would obviously be of some concern to us.” The US, Earnest went on, reiterates the “importance of all sides avoiding provocative actions and rhetoric.” Netanyahu discussed the idea in vague terms at a Knesset committee meeting earlier Monday,...
  • White House: Toronto is Cruz's 'other hometown team'

    10/15/2015 11:24:26 AM PDT · by ManHunter · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/15/2015 | Jordan Fabian
    Relishing in his hometown Kansas City Royals’ playoff victory against the Houston Astros, White House press secretary Josh Earnest took a jab at Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R). Earnest challenged the Canadian-born Cruz to a bet: His Royals against “Ted Cruz’s other hometown team, the Toronto Blue Jays.”
  • WH SPOX SAYS HE ‘NOTICED’ HILLARY SAID SHE ‘LOOKED’ AT TPP DETAILS BEFORE RELEASE

    10/14/2015 7:01:06 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 14 | Pam Key
    In the first clip at last night’s CNN’s Democratic presidential primary debate in Las Vegas, candidate Hillary Clinton said of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), “I did say when I was secretary of state three years ago that I hoped it would be the gold standard. It was just finally negotiated last week and in looking at it did not meet my standards.”
  • Obama Squeezes Republicans' Throats On Defense Spending

    10/07/2015 2:20:30 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 50 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | October 7, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, the Obama administration announced that President Obama would veto a defense authorization bill if it did not close down Guantanamo Bay. White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained that the House funding bill would be vetoed “principally because…of the irresponsible way that it funds our national defense priorities, but also because of the efforts to prevent the closure [of] the prison at Guantanamo Bay.” He added that Democrats would sustain Obama’s veto, and defense authorization would die.
  • Josh Earnest: Obama may do executive action (again) on guns

    10/06/2015 5:34:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 6, 2015 | Taylor Millard
    Fresh off Hillary Clinton announcing she was going to do gun control without Congressional authority, President Barack Obama appears to be leaning the same way again. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Monday it was time to get serious about keeping guns from certain people. “The president has frequently pushed his team to consider a range of executive actions that could more effectively keep guns out of the hands of criminals and others who shouldn’t have access to them. That’s something that is ongoing here.” How this is different from the 2013 executive orders, no one is saying....
  • Josh Earnest Excuses Putin's Obama Snub: 'Chaos' Inside UN Building

    09/29/2015 6:59:23 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Vladimir Putin probably had to wait 20 minutes for an elevator. Yeah, that's the ticket . . . Josh Earnest, Barack Obama's spokesman, has excused Vladimir Putin's snub of the President of the United States, in which the Russian strongman turned up 20 minutes late for their lunch at the UN yesterday. On today's Morning Joe, Earnest lamely defended Vlad's tardiness: "anybody that's been around the UN during the General Assembly knows it's total chaos inside that building, so people ae running late quite frequently. " Right. And if you believe that, we've got an oceanfront condo in Moscow to...
  • WH SPOX: "OFFENSIVE VIEWS" ARE "PRIORITIES OF TODAY’S REPUBLICAN PARTY"

    09/18/2015 1:31:51 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 46 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 18, 2015 | Pam Key
    Friday at the White House press briefing, when press secretary Josh Earnest was asked about the controversy over Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump ignoring a town hall audience member suggesting President Barack Obama is Muslim, he used the opportunity to say he was not surprised, because “offensive views” are the “priorities of today’s Republican party.”
  • White House: 'Pro-war' Cheney, Trump, Cruz are face of Iran deal opposition

    08/28/2015 2:35:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 28, 2015 | Susan Crabtree
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday that those who oppose the Iran nuclear agreement, like former Vice President Dick Cheney and presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, are "pro-war" and are some of the same people who got the U.S. into a war with Iraq in 2003. "There's no doubt that we've seen forceful advocacy to kill this deal," Earnest said. "It's the same forceful advocacy we've seen in the run up to the Iraq war in 2003. In fact it's many of the same people making the same arguments." Cheney is scheduled to appear Sept. 8 at...
  • Trump's teleprompter challenge trips up White House

    08/28/2015 10:02:32 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 46 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 8/26/15 3:53 PM | Susan Crabtree
    Trump's teleprompter challenge trips up White House By Susan Crabtree • 8/26/15 3:53 PM White House press secretary Josh Earnest got a little tongue-tied Wednesday after being asked what he thought of Donald Trump's suggestion that teleprompters ought to be outlawed. Veteran CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller asked him if such a uniform ban would affect the president "adversely." Since the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama has been known for his reliance on tele-prompters to deliver speeches and often rambles without one. "I don't have any … well … that's a tough one to respond to," Earnest admitted amid some...
  • Democrat Rep. Steny Hoyer: Obama Wrong That It's Iran Deal or War

    08/06/2015 12:53:36 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 6, 2015
    Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the second-ranking Democrat in the House, said the tone was counterproductive. ‘Not Comfortable’ “Characterizing people who may be in opposition to the agreement as wanting to go to war as an alternative, I’m not comfortable with that, and I wish the White House wouldn’t do that,” Hoyer, who is leading a visit of 22 Democratic House members to Israel this week, said in an interview in Jerusalem on Thursday. “I don’t think the alternatives are going to war, and I’ve indicated that” to the White House. White House press secretary Josh Earnest dismissed complaints about...
  • White House spokesparrot Josh Earnest admits to ‘merely repeating’ spin Planned Parenthood gave

    08/06/2015 5:04:28 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 11 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | July 30, 2015 | Doug Powers
    --snip-- Maybe the most pathetic thing about that clip was that a couple dozen reporters didn’t jump up with follow-ups when Earnest admitted to being a mouthpiece for PP. It was as if the room was collectively thinking, “Hey, they’ve got to get to the bottom of the horrible lion story!” As you watch the latest video, remember that Obama said “God bless you” to the people who condone those barbaric practices.
  • Earnest on Iran: "We Don't Need Congress To Approve This Deal"

    08/06/2015 1:26:45 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 24 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 6, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    JOSH EARNEST, THE WHITE HOUSE: Not at all. And let me tell you why. The fact is we don't need Congress to approve this deal. We just need Congress not to screw it up. So, Congress has an opportunity to play spoiler right now and if they fail in that effort this deal will move forward. It will be implemented. And we will have taken the most important step we can -- the best step we can -- to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.