Because no actual journalists were available to conduct a wide-ranging interview with him, failed President Barack Obama visited The Tonight Show with Jay Leno yesterday. It’s not like anything else was going on in the country or the world, anyway.
Despite a series of softball questions, the President still managed to tell an obvious lie and make
two three really stupid gaffes, not that his throng of low-information supporters would notice or even care.
First, the lie.
“We don’t have a domestic spying program,” Obama said, according to the media pool report. “What we do have is some mechanisms that can track a phone number or an email address that is connected to a terrorist attack…That information is useful.”
His domestic spying program is so egregious that he can’t even defend it. He has to lie about it. They don’t go back and collect phone or email data “connected to a terrorist attack” (also known as investigation). They spy on every domestic phone or email user, collecting as much data about them as technology will allow, which in the real world is known as domestic spying.
Now the stupid gaffes.
Gaffe 1: Obama suggests any issues we may have with 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia would not be the result of them harboring NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, but because Russian President Vladimir Putin hurt gay peoples feelings. This apparently means judges from the entire country can’t be trusted to judge track, swimming or gymnastics fairly. At the Winter Olympics. Track, swimming and gymnastics. Because the host country judges every event, even events that don’t take place, when the Olympics are in their country. Even events like track, where there are no judges. And don’t take place at the Winter Olympics. Which Russia is hosting in 2016.
“I have been very clear that when it comes to universal rights, when it comes to people’s basic freedoms, that whether you’re discriminating on the basis of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation you are violating the basic morality that I think should transcend every country,” he declared.
He also seemed to believe that Russia’s controversial new laws curbing apparent advocacy of homosexuality could cause problems at the 2014 winter Olympics in southern Russia.
“I think [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and Russia have a big stake in making sure the Olympics work,” he said.
“I think they understand that for most of the countries that participate in the Olympics, we wouldn’t tolerate gays and lesbians being treated differently — they’re athletes” he said. ”If Russia wants to uphold the Olympic spirit, then every judgment should be made on the track or in the swimming pool or on the balance beam and people’s sexual orientation shouldn’t have anything to do with it,” he said.
Gaffe 2: Charleston, SC, Savannah, GA and Jacksonville, FL are in the Gulf of Mexico. Discussing spending (of course) on waterway infrastructure…
If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf — places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida — if we don’t do that, those ships are going to go someplace else. And we’ll lose jobs. Businesses won’t locate here.
And you wonder why our country is adrift? Our Captain can’t find the Gulf of Mexico.
Gaffe 3: It’s unfortunate that you have low odds of dying in a terrorist attack.
“The odds of dying in a terrorist attack are a lot lower than they are of dying in a car accident, unfortunately,” Obama said.