4 Pinocchio’s for this performance– how does one defend stupid?


Thanks to the holiday, it took Glenn Kessler a few days to catch up to the White House’s attempt to get out from under Barack Obama’s assertion that ISIS was nothing more than the al-Qaeda “jayvees,” a glib dismissal Obama gave in January when asked about it during a New Yorker interview. Needless to say, the “jayvees” have come a long way, and have done so even while Obama had been briefed for more than a year about their danger. Josh Earnest tried arguing last week that Obama didn’t mean to include ISIS in the “jayvees,” but Kessler dumps four Pinocchios on that claim.

Earnest provided this rambling answer when confronted on August 25th about the “jayvees” comment:

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