AP reporter Matt Lee, not known for his subtleness, asked State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki why Secretary John Kerry repeatedly says that President Obama is courageous for asking Congress if he can go bomb Syria.
He asked Psaki, “I don’t understand why he is so full-throatedly in favor of this. He over the weekend said the president was acting courageously by taking this to Congress and I don’t understand what is courageous about asking permission for something that you say you don’t need and to do what you believe to be the right thing not just morally but in general.”
Psaki gave the usual talking points but it didn’t satisfy Lee.
Lee continued, “Can you explain why this is a ‘courageous’ move, and why the secretary would call it a ‘courageous’ move? Was there some kind of, like, group spine-removal procedure at the White House over the weekend? I don’t understand. How is this courageous?”
Psaki said the White House has the authority to act alone but wants the backing of Congress. She didn’t say whether or not there were spine-removals at the White House.
We still don’t know why it’s courageous for Mr. Obama to ask Congress to do something he can do without them.