Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who is now an MSNBC contributor, was on Up with Chris Hayes talking drones and secrecy. He wasn’t even allowed to acknowledge the existence of the drone program.
“I think you’ve seen recently the president discuss the need and desire to be more forthcoming…”
“When I went through the process of becoming press secretary, one of the first things they told me was, ‘You’re not even to acknowledge the drone program. You’re not even to discuss that it exists…’ So I would get a question like that and literally I couldn’t tell you what Major asked, because once I figured out it was about the drone program, I realize I’m not supposed to talk about it.”
“But here’s what’s inherently crazy about that proposition: you’re being asked a question based on reporting of a program that exists. So you’re the official government spokesperson acting as if the entire program– ‘Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.’”
“… I have not talked to him about this, so I want to be careful, this is my opinion, but I think what the president has seen is, our denial of the existence of the program, when it’s obviously happening, undermines people’s confidence overall in the decisions that their government makes.”
The Obama administration has vastly stepped up the use of drones and targeted killings of suspected terrorists in countries like Pakistan and Yemen over the past four years, even targeting American citizens, a policy that has come under intense criticism from civil liberties advocates… The Obama administration has continued to withhold information about the program, including the secret memo prepared by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel to justify the program’s legality.
Finally, in 2012, counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan acknowledged the program’s existence.
Bush’s tax cuts haven’t worked, yet Willard Romney wants even more cuts, including to corporations many which don’t pay any taxes and haven’t for years:
Corporate taxes in the U.S., contrary to the constant protestations of conservatives, are at a 40 year low, with many of the most profitable companies paying nothing at all. CTJ noted that “had these 30 companies paid the full 35 percent corporate tax rate over the 2008-11 period, they would have paid $78.3 billion more in federal income taxes.”
And now former Obama Press Secretary and current adviser Robert Gibbs is stating definitively that President Obama is “100% committed” to not extending, even temporarily, tax cuts to the wealthy “who quite frankly don’t need them.”
As Think Progress notes, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney also confirmed that a temporary extension is out of the question, and President Obama will not support one: The president “will not. Could I be more clear?”
No, you couldn’t. Thank you.
President Obama will be cleaning up George W. Bush’s mess for the rest of his time in office, including his second term.
All Team Romney and his failed party have are Fox talking points and demands that, despite incessant and deliberate GOP obstruction, the president mop up BushCo’s devastating wreckage more quickly.
Republicans have nothing to offer, and the sooner voters get that message, the better.
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Nice to see Gibby out there sticking it in their faces. Via MM.
— President Obama at his press secretary’s final press conference, referring to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepping down.
Via a USABreakingNews email alert:
In an address to the nation, and the world moments ago, President Obama said that this is one of those moments where history unfolds right in front of us. He also congratulated the people of Egypt for their success in seeking democracy. The President also said that the Egyptian military must now oversee democracy and a fair election as well as an orderly transition.
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