Marking the inauguration of the Chuck Todd era on NBC's "Meet the Press," President Obama channeled many, often contradictory, adjectives.
Deceptive: Reminded that he recently dismissed the Islamic State as a "JV team," Obama denied it. "Keep in mind, I wasn't specifically referring to (ISIS)." Any fair-minded reading of the January interview in which Obama made the JV comparison, including Glenn Kessler's comprehensive review in The Washington Post, leaves no doubt. Obama was referring specifically to ISIS. He's not being honest about it.
Obama may protest but he did refer to ISIS as the JV team. http://t.co/rfSRtUObjn— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) September 7, 2014
to the obama defenders saying JV team becomes varsity (re: ISIS). Fine. But Obama said he never referred to ISIS as JV not that they grew up— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) September 7, 2014
Honest: Presidents rarely acknowledge the politics behind a decision. To his credit, Obama said he delayed unilateral immigration reform because he was concerned "about the politics of it." Immigration advocates are angry. As Todd pointedly told Obama, the promise of post-election action will be of no comfort to a person who's deported because Obama wanted to preserve the Democratic Senate. Obama said the delay is not about midterm politics; it's about the broader politics of taking time to explain the decision to Americans. That's where he's not being fully truthful. It's about all the politics of it, including protecting Democratic Senate candidates. So give Obama partial credit for honestly.