CNN tried to ignore Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit against Obama and Republican dreams of impeachment, but House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi would not let them get away with it.
Clip of Pelosi on CNN:
Transcript via CNN:
CROWLEY: I want to talk about presidential leadership here. You know, growing up, it was always the leader of the western world now we’re the world’s only superpower. And yet the president is taking a lot of criticism at this point for seeming to be sitting on the sidelines. He’s out fund raising and the world seems to be blowing up. I know you were with him at a couple of these fund-raisers.
So, you know, the optics of this and you know, photo-ops matter, optics matter. Have they (INAUDIBLE) on the White House on this?
PELOSI: First of all let me disagree with the — when we were growing up, you after me, but we were in a bipolar word, the Soviet Union and the United States. It’s a much more complicated situation now and the president’s leadership has been strong. And the issues you are dealing with this morning, the president was in the lead on supporting Iron Dome and asking for more resources now to help Israel defend itself, which it has as right to do.
In the lead for asking for humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people, $47 million to go through the U.N. to help those calling upon others to help negotiate not only a cease-fire, but a peace there. The President and Secretary Kerry’s presence there is a manifestation of the President’s commitment because it’s a sustained high level commitment of the secretary of state representing the administration.
When it came to the Ukraine, the president, early on, called for sanctions. And then last Wednesday, before the plane was shot down, the president asked for sector sanctions, even stronger ones.
CROWLEY: But the notion — the notion that Putin sort of sized up President Obama and said, he backed off on Syria, he’s playing footsy with Iran, he’s a softie. He’s not going to stop me. Has anything happened that should dissuade Putin from that?
PELOSI: Putin is going to do what Putin is going to do. And it won’t add up in terms of statement — statesmanship or leadership. As the president has said, Russia is now a regional power.
Some of what we see comes from insecurity. Putin, for all of his — is insecure about Russia’s role in the world now. What’s happened in Eastern Ukraine, the shooting to begin with, the aggression and then the complicity.
And by the way, the administration early on getting out there and saying we have the intelligence to say that these rockets had a provenance in Russia as well as the ability to launch them. So, nobody is missing in action in all of this.
CROWLEY: I have to leave it there. I hope you will come back and we will talk politics and mid-term and all kinds of things going on (INAUDIBLE). I appreciate your time..
PELOSI: I think it’s important to note though, that through all of this, the Republicans are trying to sue the president on a path to impeach the president while we’re trying to create jobs and have stability in our country and in the world. And I’m sorry that we didn’t get a chance to talk more about that.
CROWLEY: We will do that the next time, I promise. Thank you so much.
CNN’s Candy Crowley almost got away with it until Democratic Leader Pelosi called her out at the end of the interview. It was a short little add-on at the end of the interview, but Pelosi got Crowley to commit to having her back on to discuss Boehner’s lawsuit and the Republican desire to impeach Obama. Crowley’s questions were coming straight from Republican talking points about Obama attending fundraisers while there is crisis in the world, so it was great to see Pelosi highlight the lack of priorities of the congressional Republicans.
House Republicans are more interested in suing Obama than taking the necessary steps to deal with the crisis on the border. They are more focused on a possible impeachment than giving our veterans the funds they need to get adequate healthcare.
Democrats have gotten much better at getting their message across on cable news. Pelosi made sure that she got the final point across and a promise that she would get more airtime later to discuss what she wanted to talk about. As for Crowley, it was another lackluster performance from a member of the mainstream press. Repeating the other side’s talking points in question form is not good journalism.
Pelosi can be asked what she thinks of the Republican criticism, but to pass off the Republican criticism as a statement of fact that forms the basis of a question is a very deceptive way to misinform viewers.
CNN tried to ignore reality, but Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t let them get away with it.