One of the things I used to hate when I was looking for work was the phrase “You’re overqualified.” What it really meant was that I was too educated, too old, or too expensive. Oh, and that I wasn’t getting the job. I’m not looking for a change at the moment, but in reading the recent reports, I realize that there’s another career I should probably cross off my list of “opportunities:” Washington news correspondent.
I came to that conclusion after reading the transcripts from the Presidential news conference, and some tweets from various correspondents afterwards. Here’s the first one, from CNN’s White House correspondent Jessica Yellin:
JESSICA YELLIN: To your question “what could you do?” First of all couldn’t you just have them down here and refuse to let them leave the room until you have a deal?
To which the President responded:
I mean Jessica, I – I am not a dictator. I’m the President. So ultimately if Mitch McConnell or John Boehner say we need to go to catch a plane, I can’t have Secret Service block the doorway.
YELLIN: But isn’t it a part of leadership? I’m sorry to interrupt you, but isn’t –
This is not the first time she’s had some … idea. This is a previous example, where she asks the Press Secretary if “President Obama was willing to make more visits to Capitol Hill in order to speed up new gun control legislation”:
This would be sad by itself, but could be written off as just a sterling example of CNN’s decline from a respected news organization into “Fox Lite” and “infotainment.” But she’s not the only one.
The National Journal’s Ron Fournier tweeted this:
Seriously. He needs to use Seal Team 6? Then we have Bob Woodward:
Woodward said Obama was showing a “kind of madness I haven’t seen in a long time” for a decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf because of budget concerns.
The Defense Department said in early February that it would not deploy the U.S.S. Harry Truman to the Persian Gulf, citing budget concerns relating to the looming cuts known as the sequester.
“Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, ‘Oh, by the way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?’” Woodward said on MSNBC.
“Or George W. Bush saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to invade Iraq because I can’t get the aircraft carriers I need?’” Or even Bill Clinton saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to attack Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters,’ … because of some budget document?”