At a White House Correspondents' Association holiday reception last night in Washington, D.C., the White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, mocked the president for holding a press conference earlier this year to announce he doesn't have a strategy to defeat ISIS.
Mike Allen reports the line delivered by Earnest:
#2: The President donning a tan suit and calling a news conference to say that the United States doesn't have a strategy.
Here's Allen's write-up of Earnest's jokes last night:
JOSH EARNEST's "Top 10 Things That Happened in the White House Briefing Room This Year That Hopefully Won't Happen Next Year," which he delivered with Lettermanesque panache at last night's White House Correspondents' Association holiday reception, in the Garden Terrace of the J.W. Marriott (Thank you: Christi, Carol, Board, Julie - loved the turkey-and-cranberry sliders!)
"#10: Creating a fake Twitter account for the next Secretary of Defense. ... #9: The Press Secretary awkwardly hugging the President of the United States on live television. ... #8: Veritable White House institutions -- like Ann Compton, Peter Maer and Roger Runningen -- announcing their retirement. [Applause] ... #7: Explaining why our Ebola czar is not a doctor. ... #6: A scruffy beard appearing without warning on the face of the White House Press Secretary. [Laughter.] So, my wife also will see about that. ...
" ... #5: Fainting White House interns. ... #4: The White House spokesman forgetting to do the Week Ahead at the end of Friday's briefing -- oh, wait, that happens every week. ... #3: White House reporters jockeying for an invite to the White House holiday party to take a picture with the President and First Lady -- oh, wait, that happens every year. ... #2: The President donning a tan suit and calling a news conference to say that the United States doesn't have a strategy. [Laughter, applause.] ... And the #1 Thing That happened in the White House Briefing Room This Year That Hopefully Won't Happen Next Year: Seeing the White House Press Secretary being replaced by a smart-aleck deputy." [Laughter, applause.]
"I don't want to put the cart before the horse," Obama said at the press conference in August. "We don't have a strategy yet. I think what I've seen in some of the news reports suggests that folks are getting a little further ahead of where we're at than where we currently are. I think that's not just our assessment but the assessment of the military as well. We need to make sure we have clear plans, that we're developing them."
President Obama made an amnesty joke at the annual turkey pardon today at the White House. He also, as a joke, used the same language he used to justify his executive amnesty order talked about the legal authority he had to pardon the turkey, which is traditionally done by presidents the day before Thanksgiving.
Vice President Joe Biden made a joke today at the memorial service for slain MIT police officer Sean Collier:
"One of my favorite poets is Seamus Heaney," said Biden, who is of Irish descent. "I know the congressman thinks I always quote Irish poets because I'm Irish. That's not the reason I do it. I quote Irish poets because they're the best poets and that's the reason why," Biden deadpanned. "And the Collier family knows that, right?"
The top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, revealed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD that he “burst into laughter” when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner outlined President Barack Obama's fiscal cliff plan yesterday. McConnell believes the plan is "completely unserious."
Here's video of Egyptian actors who are pranked, and led to believe they are on an Israeli television program:
Needless to say, the Egyptian actors are not pleased to be with the Israelis. The video is courtesy of MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute and is titled, "Egyptian Actors Pranked on Candid Camera Turn Violent When Told TV Channel Is Israeli."