Among many incongruities in this video, Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson questions Obama’s Press Secretary, whose spin leads Carlson to ask “Candidate Obama said that? Carlson had two things on her mind, both of which Robert Gibbs tried to ignore: (1) the surge worked, but Obama said it would not, and (2) will the President give President George W. Bush credit for the surge in his speech tonight.
Gibbs insists Obama actually said the surge would work. Gretchen questions that statement and asks if Gibbs’ spin is how Obama will address his own flip-flop tonight.
Gretchen asks over and over if Obama will thank President Bush tonight for the success of the surge, and gets no answer. Watch at 4:42 in. Carlson is not amused.
Then in the second video listen to Obama’s comments on the surge, where Obama says that Bush was wrong on the surge.
I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse. I think it takes pressure off the Iraqis to try to arrive at the political accommodation that every observer believes is the ultimate solution to the problems we face there. So I am going to actively oppose the president’s proposal. I don’t doubt his sincerity when he says he thinks this is the best approach, but I think he is wrong. And I think the American people believe he is wrong. (NBC News)
The third video has clips of Obama saying none of the experts believe the surge will work, but then experts tell the real story. Obama began the flip-flop in July 2008 when he scrubbed his campaign website of all criticism of the massive effort that would allow troops to come home within two years.
Gretchen Carlson and Robert Gibbs: Candidate Obama said that?