CNN is letting Obama have it today, and the best moment so far came from reporter Jim Acosta. Let’s get right to the
Ouch! Here’s a transcript of the question:
I want to go back to something that you said to Margaret earlier when you said you have not underestimated ISIS’s abilities. This is an organization that you once described as a JV team that evolved into a force that has now occupied territory in Iraq and Syria and is now able to use that safe haven to launch attacks in other parts of the world. How is that not underestimating their capabilities? And how is that ‘contained’, quite frankly? And I think a lot of Americans has this frustration that they see that the United States has the greatest military in the world. It has the backing of nearly every other country in the world when it comes to taking on ISIS. I guess the question is, and if you’ll forgive the language is, why can’t we take out these bastards?
BOOM. Also OUCH!!
Obama immediately laughs with frustration and says he doesn’t know what Acoasta wants him to add to what he’s already said. Then he talks in vague generalities of what types of things produce extremism and other nothing phrases, takes a nasty swipe at reporters wanting a “neat headline,” and in no way actually answers the question
He does not answer if he underestimated ISIS.
He does not answer how he can call ISIS contained.
He doesn’t even answer why we can’t take out “these bastards.”
A total non-answer from a man who seems to not have any anyway.