Friday, February 20, 2015

Fox News' Ed Henry grills Josh Earnest: Do you think the President has any regrets about saying President Bush was unpatriotic?

On Friday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said he feels sorry for Rudy Giuliani, after the former New York City claimed that President Barack Obama “doesn’t love America.”

“I can tell you that it’s sad to see when somebody who has attained a certain stature and even admiration tarnishes that legacy so thoroughly.

“There is no element of schadenfreude that people are feeling around here," Earnest said.

Fox News’ Ed Henry then took Earnest to task over the Press Secretary's comments asking if President Obama “regrets” calling former President George W. Bush during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Henry: “Do you think the president has any regrets about saying President Bush was unpatriotic for adding $4 trillion to the debt?”

Earnest: "I don’t know sorrow is the word that I would use."

Henry: “You said you feel sorry for Rudy Giuliani. But as a candidate, Sen. Obama said that President Bush was unpatriotic.”

Earnest: “I have not seen the actual comments.”

Henry: “He said that the President, and I’m paraphrasing this part, added about $4 trillion to the debt, and then he said ‘that’s irresponsible, that’s unpatriotic.

“So I see a difference from Giuliani because he’s talking about an issue, but nonetheless, questioning the patriotism of the President of the United States.”

Earnest: “I think what the President was doing was he was questioning the specific wisdom of that decision, and questioning whether or not that was in the best interest of the country.”

Henry: “He said it was unwise, he said that’s unpatriotic.”

Earnest: “But again, he’s talking about that, he was not talking about a person.

“Again, there is a lot that the President had to say in the State of the Union about the level of our discourse. There is no doubt that we will have significant disagreements across the aisle. That is ultimately why democracy is all about, where we go in and debate issues.

“But the President, as you recall, in the State of the Union said that we should have a debate that’s worthy of the United States Congress and worthy of the country. That there are significant challenges facing this country, resorting to a politics in which we question each other’s basic decency is not consistent with the reason that a lot of people got into public service.”

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