Schooling Ed Henry


Ed Henry:

More broadly – big picture – as you end this trip, I don’t think I have to remind you there have been a lot of unflattering portraits of your foreign policy right now.  And rather than get into all the details or red lines, et cetera, I’d like to give you a chance to lay out what your vision is more than five years into office, what you think the Obama doctrine is in terms of what your guiding principle is on all of these crises and how you answer those critics who say they think the doctrine is weakness.


From 31:20


President Obama:

Well, Ed, I doubt that I’m going to have time to lay out my entire foreign policy doctrine. And there are actually some complimentary pieces as well about my foreign policy, but I’m not sure you ran them.

Here’s I think the general takeaway from this trip. Our alliances in the Asia Pacific have never been stronger; I can say that unequivocally. Our relationship with ASEAN countries in Southeast Asia has never been stronger. I don’t think that’s subject to dispute. As recently as a decade ago, there were great tensions between us and Malaysia, for example. And I think you just witnessed the incredible warmth and strength of the relationship between those two countries.

We’re here in the Philippines signing a defense agreement. Ten years ago, fifteen years ago there was enormous tensions around our defense relationship with the Philippines. And so it’s hard to square whatever it is that the critics are saying with facts on the ground, events on the ground here in the Asia Pacific region. Typically, criticism of our foreign policy has been directed at the failure to use military force. And the question I think I would have is, why is it that everybody is so eager to use military force after we’ve just gone through a decade of war at enormous costs to our troops and to our budget? And what is it exactly that these critics think would have been accomplished?

My job as Commander-in-Chief is to deploy military force as a last resort, and to deploy it wisely. And, frankly, most of the foreign policy commentators that have questioned our policies would go headlong into a bunch of military adventures that the American people had no interest in participating in and would not advance our core security interests.

So if you look at Syria, for example, our interest is in helping the Syrian people, but nobody suggests that us being involved in a land war in Syria would necessarily accomplish this goal. And I would note that those who criticize our foreign policy with respect to Syria, they themselves say, no, no, no, we don’t mean sending in troops. Well, what do you mean?  Well, you should be assisting the opposition – well, we’re assisting the opposition. What else do you mean? Well, perhaps you should have taken a strike in Syria to get chemical weapons out of Syria. Well, it turns out we’re getting chemical weapons out of Syria without having initiated a strike. So what else are you talking about?  And at that point it kind of trails off.

In Ukraine, what we’ve done is mobilize the international community. Russia has never been more isolated. A country that used to be clearly in its orbit now is looking much more towards Europe and the West, because they’ve seen that the arrangements that have existed for the last 20 years weren’t working for them. And Russia is having to engage in activities that have been rejected uniformly around the world. And we’ve been able to mobilize the international community to not only put diplomatic pressure on Russia, but also we’ve been able to organize European countries who many were skeptical would do anything to work with us in applying sanctions to Russia.

Well, what else should we be doing?  Well, we shouldn’t be putting troops in, the critics will say. That’s not what we mean.  Well, okay, what are you saying? Well, we should be arming the Ukrainians more. Do people actually think that somehow us sending some additional arms into Ukraine could potentially deter the Russian army? Or are we more likely to deter them by applying the sort of international pressure, diplomatic pressure and economic pressure that we’re applying?

The point is that for some reason many who were proponents of what I consider to be a disastrous decision to go into Iraq haven’t really learned the lesson of the last decade, and they keep on just playing the same note over and over again. Why?  I don’t know. But my job as Commander-in-Chief is to look at what is it that is going to advance our security interests over the long term, to keep our military in reserve for where we absolutely need it. There are going to be times where there are disasters and difficulties and challenges all around the world, and not all of those are going to be immediately solvable by us.

But we can continue to speak out clearly about what we believe. Where we can make a difference using all the tools we’ve got in the toolkit, well, we should do so. And if there are occasions where targeted, clear actions can be taken that would make a difference, then we should take them. We don’t do them because somebody sitting in an office in Washington or New York think it would look strong. That’s not how we make foreign policy.

And if you look at the results of what we’ve done over the last five years, it is fair to say that our alliances are stronger, our partnerships are stronger, and in the Asia Pacific region, just to take one example, we are much better positioned to work with the peoples here on a whole range of issues of mutual interest.

And that may not always be sexy. That may not always attract a lot of attention, and it doesn’t make for good argument on Sunday morning shows. But it avoids errors. You hit singles, you hit doubles; every once in a while we may be able to hit a home run.  But we steadily advance the interests of the American people and our partnership with folks around the world.


Ed? Your time is up.

101 Responses to “Schooling Ed Henry”

  1. 1 No Child Left Behind
    April 28, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Ed Henry deserves so much schooling.

    • April 28, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      No Child! Hello 🙂

    • 6 anniebella
      April 28, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      Ed Henry will never learn will he? Some people must love being slap side the head. POTUS made Henry look like a dam idiot. Which isn’t that hard to do.

      • 7 jackiegrumbacher
        April 28, 2014 at 5:20 pm

        AB, I think a guy like Ed Henry isn’t smart enough to know when he’s being put down. He probably only heard himself and didn’t listen to the president. He’s very likely an order taker, not a thinker and is in way over his head in his job.

        • 8 99ts
          April 28, 2014 at 6:43 pm

          Reading late – you are so right jackie – their questions are often longer than the President’s answers – they simply want to hear themselves quoting right wing bile.

      • 9 Smoothscotch
        April 29, 2014 at 12:46 am

        Stoopid &$#er. AND that Maddow person was so EXCITED to report thar ooooPOTUS got a good? At that point I was asked to stop screaming at the TV… Turned her OFF AGAIN. wtf happened to thinking news heads?

      April 28, 2014 at 5:48 pm


  2. 11 No Child Left Behind
    April 28, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Good Afternoon TODVille.

    I’ve been trying to keep up with all the news around POTUS trip but it was a challenge. Home sick for the past 2 weeks. I am getting better now. But I missed so much; will need a full day to go back and educate myself.

    Have a great day everyone.

    • 12 Cindy
      April 28, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Ahhhhh, sorry to hear that you have been ill. Will pray for your speedy recovery.

      Follow doctor orders (if you have any) and take one day at a time {{{{{{{{{{Healing Hugs for NCLB}}}}}}}}}

    • April 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      I’m glad your feeling better No Child. A day without TOD is a day without Sunshine!

    • 14 Dudette
      April 28, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      Glad to hear you’re on the mend NCLB! Get better SOON!
      I’m sure Chips will send you some cheesy puffs if that’ll help! 🙂

      • 15 No Child Left Behind
        April 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm

        Cindy, Carol, and Dudette:

        Thanks for your good wishes.

        I had a bone marrow transplant in October, therefore my immune system is very fragile although I have made great progress. But I catch whatever goes by me. And it takes longer for my body to fight back. It can be frustrating because I’ve always been a very active person. Now I must watch where I go, where I eat, and who visits me. Oh well. Part of my life now.

        Thanks for the continued prayers and kind thoughts. I’ll get through it with God’s help.

        Meanwhile, may God protect and bless our POTUS and this TOD Family.

        • 16 jackiegrumbacher
          April 28, 2014 at 4:40 pm

          No Child, praying that each day you get stronger and healthier and better able to fully enjoy each day.

        • 17 daisydem
          April 28, 2014 at 4:59 pm

          No child…am praying for you now. Take care of yourself; know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

        • 18 Judith Fardig
          April 28, 2014 at 5:06 pm

          No Child, our winner, sounds like you are making GREAT progress post transplant in October. Healing vibes coming your way.

        • 19 Dudette
          April 28, 2014 at 5:36 pm

          Bless you Sweetie! Keep coming here to get your mind fed and your spirits lifted, and take extra good care of your body! Be well.

        • 20 sjterrid
          April 28, 2014 at 8:44 pm

          NC, I’m glad your starting to feel better. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. 21 Cindy
    April 28, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    HAPPY MONDAY No Child Left Behind!

    Have a wonderful afternoon and rest of the evening : )

  4. 22 Dudette
    April 28, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    😀 😀 😀

  5. 26 Dudette
    April 28, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Let’s add a little weight to the Tote Board, shall we?


    • 27 Dudette
      April 28, 2014 at 4:19 pm


      • 28 Nerdy Wonka
        April 28, 2014 at 4:47 pm

        Daaaaaamn…dropping like flies.

        This is will hopefully give Adam Silver and some (bull headed) owners the leverage to kick him out.

    • 29 Dudette
      April 28, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      … and then there were 3:

      “Corona says they are evaluating their sponsorship. The two sponsors that have not said whether they will continue their relationship with the Clippers: Yokohama Tires and LoanMart.”

    • 30 57andfemale
      April 28, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      This photo of his bloated stomach makes me gag.

  6. 32 Judith Fardig
    April 28, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Ed Henry calls himself a journalist but proves over and over again that he is merely a shill for GOP talking points. That look on POTUS’ face says it all!

    • 33 carolyn
      April 28, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      I mentioned on a previous thread, that I know President Obama is playing Ed Henry and his ilk, and they are too stupid to realize it. PBO knows they are going to ask a “loaded” question, they stupidly think will corner him. After five years they haven’t learned a thing!
      So, he lets them ask their questions, then takes it and teaches….the whole world. Henry and cohorts end up looking dumber than usual. The president toys with them, like a cat with a mouse.

      Their stupidity and ignorance shine brightly every time. Frankly, every one of them needs to go (back) to college and take some basic history courses. They show their complete ignorance of the world and are shown up by non U.S. reporters every time. When will the head honchos at the networks realize how stupid they(not just the reporters, but the networks) look!

      • 34 jackiegrumbacher
        April 28, 2014 at 4:43 pm

        You are absolutely right, Carolyn. And as an added benefit, our president cements his friendships with foreign leaders who look at the blithering idiots in the press, then look at the way our magnificent president handles them and say to themselves, “Damn he’s good.”

      • 36 GGail
        April 28, 2014 at 5:50 pm

        carolyn, I love it when one of those idjits asks what they consider to be a “gotcha question”.

        I’m reminded of what my mother taught me and I passed on to my children…”you can show out in public if you want to – you will be the one who gets embarrassed”.

        That is sooooo very true!

  7. 37 57andfemale
    April 28, 2014 at 4:20 pm

  8. 38 Dudette
    April 28, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Hahaha! My cousin is an openly gay UCC minister!
    She’s beaming with pride at her denomination’s leadership today — and dancing the happy dance! 🙂

  9. April 28, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks Chips. Ed is such a shameless jackass. Yes indeed Ed your time is up!!! Jackass to the power of 100.

  10. 54 mtmarilyn
    April 28, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    It was such a thing of beauty listening to the President school Ed Henry. Let the Teacher teach!

  11. 55 Vicki
    April 28, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    A few days ago hopefruit was distressed by the NY Times front page article calling POTUS’ trip a failure and I responded by agreeing with her that the media thinks that anything but a homerun is a failure.

    So I just read the transcript of Ed Henry and PBO and my question is Does the Administration read TOD? (More likely is that
    the baseball analogy is so perfect lots of us came up with it at once.)

  12. April 28, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Mr. President.


  13. 60 Linda
    April 28, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Wow… I had no idea Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a right winger….he even quotes Rush Limbaugh. Yikes

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Places Blame On Sterling’s Girlfriend For ‘Cajoling’ Him Into Racist Comments


    • 61 Layla
      April 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      Proof: Jake Tapper had him on his show, of course!

    • 63 Gazelle
      April 28, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      TO QUOTE from what he said in that article:

      “What bothers me about this whole Donald Sterling affair isn’t just his racism. I’m bothered that everyone acts as if it’s a huge surprise,” Abdul-Jabbar continued. “Now there’s all this dramatic and very public rending of clothing about whether they should keep their expensive Clippers season tickets. Really? All this other stuff I listed above has been going on for years and this ridiculous conversation with his girlfriend is what puts you over the edge?”


      “The big question is ‘What should be done next?'” went on Abdul-Jabbar. “I hope Sterling loses his franchise. I hope whoever made this illegal tape is sent to prison. I hope the Clippers continue to be unconditionally supported by their fans. I hope the Clippers realize that the ramblings of an 80-year-old man jealous of his young girlfriend don’t define who they are as individual players or as a team.”

      “Let’s use this tawdry incident to remind ourselves of the old saying: ‘Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom,'” he added. “Instead of being content to punish Sterling and go back to sleep, we need to be inspired to vigilantly seek out, expose, and eliminate racism at its first signs.”

    • 65 Nena20409
      April 28, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      He is not a righwinger. I don’t think. I read his comments and KAJ would not sugarcoat how he feels. I get exactly what he meant and he reasoned his position from his way of looking at things……probably through the prism of his religion. He was also assistant coach to Clippers. His conclusion was that Steriing should no longer be allowed to own the team.

      KAJ was called names as a player earlier in life, including being called the N word by his coach as a player in Milwaukee.

  14. 66 Layla
    April 28, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Let’s have ‘School a journalist a week’ at TOD

  15. 67 ourmanflint
    April 28, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Bam!!!!!! Ed do you need ice for that mark?

      • 69 Dudette
        April 28, 2014 at 5:19 pm

        If I may repeat something from the R&S this morning:

        “There are actually some complimentary pieces as well about my foreign policy, but I’m not sure YOU ran them.”

        #BAM — I think I saw a trickle of blood run down from Ed’s right nostril. 🙂

  16. 70 Dudette
    April 28, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Did I say there were 3 sponsors left to hear from? Scratch that!

  17. April 28, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    This is so delicious. Thank you!

  18. April 28, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Been away from the Internet since about 10 pm EDT yesterday, so am not aware of TODville’s discussion on the Clippers owner, Ukraine, etc. Also haven’t had the opportunity to hear/see anything about PBO’s Philippines trip.

    Ed Henry, Jake Tapper, Jon Karl and Chuck Todd epitomize what is wrong with American journalism today. They are poster boys for bad journalism and are paid handsomely for their laziness.

    It’s a race for them to see who can be first to coin a soundbite “Obama Doctrine” while purposefully acting as if the GWB disaster never happened (thousands of American families know only too well, and will never forget).

    I think this is the first time I’ve heard PBO directly say “disastrous decision to go into Iraq.”

    And those proponents (looking at you, Ed Henry / Fox News) “haven’t really learned the lesson of the last decade, and they keep on playing the same note over and over again.”


    Despite being force-fed MSM/Koch lies, most Americans agree with this assessment.

    The “Obama Doctrine” is clearly expressed by PBO at his most personal… in his handwritten notes. For example, at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo (posted on Saturday) — here’s a soundbite for ya:

    MSM / Koch purposely prevent Americans from hearing our President because a regular person would never think that PBO is unintelligent after hearing this (something Drudge/RWNJ/MSM/Kochs promote by reporting on PBO’s teleprompters — another first for President Obama — reporters never thought teleprompters were worth reporting on until PBO assumed office.

  19. April 28, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Looks like Japa21 isn’t here, but this one’s for him.

  20. 78 57andfemale
    April 28, 2014 at 5:22 pm

  21. 82 susanne
    April 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    always proud of my president, but today i’m just beaming. thanks, chips–wish we could put it on everyone’s nightly news.

  22. 85 57andfemale
    April 28, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Oh, dear. You mean every journalist is not clamoring to work for you, Ezra, you immature ass:

  23. April 28, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Thank God for President Obama. I don’t invoke God lightly but I do think that we are blessed to have him as our leader. Our media and most politicians are completely stuck in outmoded ways of viewing strength, power, diplomacy, morality–and more. Part of why TOD is such a refuge, is that the community here is so much more open to the world as it is experienced now.

  24. 93 Dudette
    April 28, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I present this reminder without further comment. 🙂

    Although, it would’ve been nice if somebody handed the President a handi-wipe. Where was Reggie?

    • 94 Layla
      April 28, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      LOVE this! Was that little ed henry…

    • 96 Vicki
      April 28, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      Dudette! That was a defining moment wasn’t it? The follow-up was the Somali Pirates—“did the President order the killshot?” asked Fox or Bloomberg in the Pentagon briefing.
      Yes. yes, he did.

  25. 98 Bill R.
    April 28, 2014 at 6:27 pm

  26. 99 nospin
    April 28, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    when ed henry made those ridiculous statements on the NATIONAL stage in another country my initial reaction was f*ck you, you piece of sh*t ignorant a*sed rat bastard. F*ck you and yes, mother f*cker, our President is better and smarter than you and all of your ilk combined.

    I was so embarrassed for America. ignant mutha frakker

  27. April 28, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Thanks Chips for front-paging PBO’s astute handling of that weasel Ed Henry! I hope lurkers are reading AND heeding….

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