WH deputy press secretary nails the audition: Taliban not ‘terrorists’

White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz filled in capably for Josh Earnest on Wednesday. When asked about the administration’s claim they don’t make deals with “terrorists” even though Obama traded five Taliban commanders in return for Bowe Bergdahl’s release, Schultz got out of it by refusing to categorize the Taliban as “terrorists.”

And this is how it’s done:

The swap was OK because those released from Gitmo were Taliban “armed insurgents” and not ISIS “terrorists.” At least they’re admitting ISIS are terrorists. In December, the group the WH refers to as non-terrorists slaughtered 132 kids and nine staff at a Peshawar school.

As for Schultz, he comes across more like somebody who’s about to get a D-minus for his “Mock U.N. Day” Q & A in high school than a spokesman for the President of the United States. But I guess it’s preferable to admitting that letting five Taliban commanders hit the streets (and making ransom payments to con men) to secure the return of somebody who may well be charged with Army desertion might not have been the best way to go about it.

Overworked media unionizer of the week

A while back, Politico hired Mike Elk as a labor reporter. Now Elk is attempting to unionize the Politico staff (pass the popcorn).

Why does Elk want to unionize? Get a load of this:

Overwork is a problem that Elk plans on addressing in his union drive. “I can’t work the kind of hours I did when I was 24,” says Elk, who is 28. Putting in too many work hours, he says, is a problem of journalism as an industry and not exclusive to Politico. “Everyone works so much, it’s almost tough to get people to get together to talk about” forming a union, he says.

If my calculations are correct he’ll be unable to even get out of bed in the morning by the time he’s 36.

Enjoy the union-loving rabble-rouser you hired, Politico!

(h/t @cjciaramella)

Guy who owns airline urges action against greenhouse gases (degree of difficulty: one of those actions can’t be shutting down his airline)

This crap is REALLY getting old, especially coming from a guy who runs a f*#king airline and is trying to develop a fleet of suborbital rockets for the purpose of space vacations for hypocritical celebrity eco-douchebags:

Nothing says “death by global warming is imminent” than surrounding yourself with snowmen.

Branson must have made his way to Switzerland on horseback like Al Gore and Pharrell Williams.

Obama masterfully prioritizes who he’ll spend time talking to

John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress about the threat from Iran.

The White House said Boehner’s invite violated some sort of “protocol” (but referring to Netanyahu as “coward” and “chickenshit” doesn’t?).

In any case, Obama won’t be meeting with Netanyahu when he’s visiting:

No time for that, but who WILL Obama be talking to?

ABC News ran this just a few minutes before the previous story:

Because of course.

SOTU class: Bush vs. Obama

From George W. Bush’s 2007 State of the Union speech after the Dems won control of both chambers of Congress:

We enter the year 2007 with large endeavors under way, and others that are ours to begin.

In all of this, much is asked of us. We must have the will to face difficult challenges and determined enemies, and the wisdom to face them together.

Some in this chamber are new to the House and the Senate, and I congratulate the Democrat majority.

Bush also congratulated Nancy Pelosi for being elected the first female Speaker of the House.

During the SOTU Tuesday night, after the Republicans won control of both chambers of Congress, President Obama’s only acknowledgement of any elections of any sort was this:

The new GOP majority was welcomed with a snide remark — what a surprise! Not only was it jack-assy, but they bragged about it:

Bush won two elections as well but still managed to not be a dick about it.

As for Obama’s speech itself, I can offer this rare bit of bipartisanship… I actually agreed with Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

(h/t @RKyleSmith and @WilliamAmos)

NYTs blogger goes into protective mode: Maybe Obama didn’t go to the Paris rally because of Iran

Some in the media go to ANY length to avoid having to admit that Obama can’t walk on water:

Right now White House staffers are kicking themselves for not thinking of that excuse — because the one they offered was ridiculous.

CNN’s Cuomo and Amanpour suffer self-inflicted beclownings covering terrorist attack in France

“The most trusted name in news” continues wiping their butts with that slogan.

First up, Chris Cuomo, faced with having to describe a black person from another country, wasn’t quite sure what to do:

Speaking of CNN dolts, not to be outdone, Christiane Amanpour referred to the murder-spree terrorists in France as “activists.” Would she use the same term to describe them if they’d attacked CNN headquarters?