Trying desperately to wish away the awful Obama gaffe from his 60 Minutes appearance, the hapless Jay Carney unveiled some really pathetic spin today.
GOP suggestions that President Obama had qualified the deaths of four Americans as a “bump in the road” were “desperate and offensive,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday.
Republicans from Mitt Romney to Newt Gingrich have assailed Obama for saying in a “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday that recent protests in the Middle East were but a “bump in the road” to democracy. Some Republican said the choice of words belittles the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Libya on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
“The president was referring to the transformations in the region,” Carney said at his press briefing Monday. “There is a certain rather desperate attempt to grasp at words and phrases here to find political advantage. And in this case, that’s profoundly offensive.”
Gee, it almost sounds like they want an apology. Don’t hold your breath, kiddies.
“It is disgusting to have Obama describe the killing of an ambassador and three other Americans as ‘a bump in the road’ on 60 minutes,” former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich tweeted.
And former George W. Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer wrote on Twitter: “I guess when u win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing, an attack that kills an Ambassador is just a ‘bump in the road.’”