Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chicken Word Salad

Speaker John Boehner is outraged that a White House official used a barnyard epithet to describe Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday said that profanity-laced attacks on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from senior Obama administration officials were an implicit reflection of President Obama’s views, adding that the official who called Netanyahu “chickens—” should be fired.

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Boehner said that the administration officials should be dismissed. “The president sets the tone for his administration. He either condones the profanity and disrespect used by the most senior members of his administration, or he does not,” Boehner said.

And Mr. Boehner should know because he’s an expert at setting the tone and calling people “chickenshit.”  According to Steve Benen, the Speaker used the term to describe candidate Barack Obama in 2008.  Oh, and now he wants the president to go on an apology tour to Israel.

The White House isn’t in a rush to apologize to anyone.

“[That’s] an interesting observation by the Speaker of the House, who has a penchant for using salty language himself,” [Press Secretary Josh] Earnest said. “It’s a little rich to have a lecture about profanity from the Speaker of the House.”

Good to hear from you, Mr. Boehner.  Keep in touch.