SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN FORCED TO WALK BACK HER OWN COMMENTS
California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein Was Forced To Release A Statement Saying She Regretted Her Remarks And Pointed Out That Obama Was “Extremely Troubled By These Leaks.” SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CA): “I’m on record as being disturbed by these leaks, and I regret my remarks are being used to impugn President Obama or his commitment to protecting national security secrets. I know for a fact the president is extremely troubled by these leaks.” (Press Release, “Feinstein Statement On National Security Leaks,” Office Of Senator Dianne Feinstein, 7/24/12)
SO WHICH PART OF WHAT THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE CHAIR SAID WASN’T ACCURATE?
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): “I Think The White House Has To Understand That Some Of This Is Coming From Its Ranks. I Don’t Know Specifically Where, But I Think They Have To Begin To Understand That And Do Something About It.” SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN: “I am aware of that, I think that’s a correct analysis. I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from its ranks. I don’t know specifically where, but I think they have to begin to understand that and do something about it. I mean, there’s one book they can read and they’ll see it very clearly. And I think that should be the case. I think you know what the president actually knows about this is difficult because with respect to intelligence he is in a bubble. He has his daily brief, called the PDB, the President’s Daily Brief, early every morning. And so he gets briefing from intelligence I don’t believe for a moment that he goes out and talks about it, I don’t believe the briefers go out and talk about it, but who knows who else. And I think that the importance of this has to be really set by the president himself. And hopefully he will do it, and I think he’ll most likely read the book and see it himself.” (World Affairs Council, Washington, DC, 7/23/12)
NOT THE FIRST TIME OBAMA AND HIS TEAM HAVE THROWN THEIR OWN SIDE UNDER THE BUS
The Obama Campaign Called Bill Clinton After He Went Off-Message And Said They Were “Upset” With Him. “The Obama campaign was ‘upset’ with Clinton’s comments and complained to Clinton advisers, according to a person familiar with the matter. This person said the objection was relayed to the former president, who purposely took a harsher tone at a trio of Obama fundraisers on Monday.” (Peter Nicholas, “Bill Clinton: ‘Very Sorry’ About Tax Comments,” The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire, 6/7/12)
The Obama Campaign Said Cory Booker Was “Dead To Us” After His Remarks Defending Romney. “Newark’s mayor, who was gunning for a spot in President Obama’s Cabinet, lost the chance after he shot his mouth off during a blunderingly honest TV appearance last month, sources told The Post. ‘He’s dead to us,’ one ranking administration official said of the prevailing feelings at the White House and Obama headquarters in Chicago. … Booker told a national TV audience the president’s attacks on Mitt Romney’s record at private-equity firm Bain Capital were ‘nauseating’ and made him “very uncomfortable.’” (Josh Margolin, “Booker’s Big Mouth Ruins Relationship With Obama, Cabinet Hopes,” New York Post, 6/8/12)