I listened to this interview this morning. At first, I found myself amazed that a “responsible” journalist like George Stephanopoulos would actually expect the President of the United States to respond to a statement from the half-term governor of Alaska (even though she can see Russia from her front porch). Then I realized that this is exactly the kind of sensationalism that the people of the United States are looking for these days. This is how low we have sunk. People are actually seriously listening to the likes of Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Glenn Beck and Newt Gingrich. George is only giving the people what they pay for.
Thankfully, we have a President who is too intelligent to take the bait…
President Obama questions Sarah Palin’s nuclear acumen
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday made clear he was not going to take advice from Republican Sarah Palin when it comes to decisions about the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
Palin, the former vice presidential candidate, has not been shy about criticizing Obama’s policies and this week weighed in on his revamped nuclear strategy, saying it was like a child in a playground who says ‘punch me in the face, I’m not going to retaliate.’
“I really have no response to that. The last I checked, Sarah Palin is not much of an expert on nuclear issues,” Obama said in an interview with ABC News.
Pressed further on Republican criticism that his strategy restricts the use of nuclear weapons too much, Obama added:
“What I would say to them is, is that if the secretary of defense and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff are comfortable with it, I’m probably going to take my advice from them and not from Sarah Palin.”
It will be so nice when we can get back to having some serious and intelligent discourse in this country again.