Sunday talk shows, part 1 – Gibbs and Priebus stray from the facts

Posted on September 23, 2012 by


On “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace questioned former press secretary Robert Gibbs (pictured, home page) on why the President wasn’t holding meetings this week at the U.N. with world leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in favor of appearing on “The View,” a TV talk show. Gibbs gave a weak response: 

Look, the President is going to be actively involved in the U.N. General Assembly.” Wallace noted he would not be talking to heads of state. Gibbs said, “Chris, They have telephones in the White House. Last week, he talked to the president of Egypt. He talked to the leader in Libya.  We don’t need a meeting in Washington just to confer with leaders …  Look Chris, he’s got a strong schedule. He’s actively involved …

Chris, you’re the president of the United States every minute of every day. That’s why you talk to the leader in a turkey, a hugely important leader and country in that region of the world. That’s why you pick up the phone and talk to the president of Egypt and tell them they have to have a strong action to this, the violence at our embassy. They have to protect our consulate and our embassies yand the people that work in them. Chris, this isn’t just sbout one meeting on one particular day in New York. The President’s actively involved and engaged in the most dangerous place in the world every single day of the week


We believe the President should show respect to foreign leaders by meeting with some of them privately, since there are many unresolved issues with some of them. Though he’s delivering a speech at the U.N., that’s not the same as a personal meeting, as Wallace noted.

Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus (pictured, this page) said on ABC’s “This Week,””[A]nd Baraack Obama’s made everything worse, George.”

False. He’s done some good things and some not good. Some things are worse, but some of those are not mostly Obama’s fault though some are..

“I think that we had a good week last week, I think, in retrospect in that we were able to frame up the debate last week in the sense of what future do we want and do you want out there for your kids and grandkids, and clearly, things are not going well in this country George.”

By any’measure, Romney did not have a good week.

“We’re the only ones talking about how to save Medicare. The President’s the one that raided Medicare by 700 billion.”

Perpetuating the false statement about Republicans saving Medicare. We refer to these sources once more.

Priebus also said that Wisconsin U.S.Senate candidate and former Governor Tommy Thompson will win his race.

We will continue to criticize predictions of victory which have no meaning. Voters will decide on election day.

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