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.]
Here's what Earnest is referring to:
"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."