Here is, more or less, a quick summary of President Obama’s presser today:
- The NSA intelligence gathering program is not about spying on you, worried Americans, but the President suggests that it can be made a little more transparent and less worrisome. So, don’t worry, all you worried Americans.
- Oh, in case you didn’t know, Edward Snowden, the leaker of classified information who is charged with three felonies, is not a patriot. If Snowden thinks he is a genuine whistleblower, as opposed to a felon, he can stop using authoritarian-polluted Russian air to blow in his whistle and come back here and face justice.
- Vladimir Putin and the President have a pretty good personal rapport, except when they don’t. And Americans will go to the Winter Olympics, if only so our gay and lesbian athletes can kick Ruskie butt.
- Obama wouldn’t have to unilaterally delay the ACA’s employer mandate, if there were normal Republican leaders in Washington who would work with him. Having found no “normal” Republican leaders, the President implied, he had to act on his own.
- The immigration bill that passed the Senate would pass the House, again, if only there were “normal” Republican leaders.
- The President reminded folks that it took him longer than 11 months to send Osama bin Laden on a deep-sea snipe hunt and that those responsible for killing four Americans in Benghazi will hopefully one day have a date with the bottom of the ocean, or another form of justice.
- Republicans have made Kill ObamaCare their “holy grail,” and they have been lying about the Affordable Care Act, and they don’t have a plan to replace it, and there is something wrong with a party that would sabotage the country in order to keep 30 million Americans from getting affordable health care. The President’s remarks on right-wing efforts to threaten the country with even more dysfunction amounted to a spinning headlock elbow drop on the GOP.
Have a happy and well-deserved vacation, Mr. President.