Quote of the Day: Obama says, ‘I don’t need all the facts’

Quote of the Day: Obama says, ‘I don’t need all the facts’

When Barack Obama declared in a televised news conference in 2009 that the Cambridge, Mass., police “acted stupidly” for confronting a man who appeared to be breaking into a house, the media (at least the media on the right) reminded him of the importance of gathering the facts before leveling accusations.

How times have changed. Obama still turns a blind eye to the facts when they are inconvenient or fail to support the agenda he pursues, but now he freely admits he doesn’t need to know the facts before rendering an opinion.

On Sunday, during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos about the ongoing protests at the University of Missouri, which have now spread to other campuses, he said:

Without knowing all the facts, I’ve read enough to know that there is clearly a problem at the University of Missouri, and that’s not just coming from students. [Emphasis added]

A video of the entire exchange follows, in which he goes on to underwrite the protests as “entirely appropriate”:

Obama is more circumspect when the narrative cuts the other way. On Friday, after news of the terrorists attacks in Paris had broken, he appeared at the podium in the White House press room, where he said:

I don’t want to speculate at this point in terms of who was responsible for this. It appears that there may still be live activity and dangers that are taking place as we speak. And so until we know from French officials that the situation is under control, and we have for more information about it, I don’t want to speculate. [Emphasis added]

Again, the video:

It should be underscored that shortly before Obama rose to the podium, Fox News had tweeted out this vital piece of information:

Perhaps it was not expedient for him to mention ISIS initially since he had declared the group “contained” the day before the attacks.

Behaving in a such a nakedly political manner must be what he meant when he promised to run the most transparent administration in history.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."


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