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NBC's Brian Williams & Andrea Mitchell thrilled to think Obama's presser imitated movie The American President

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By Doug Powers  •  November 15, 2012 10:25 AM

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NBC’s Brian Williams and Andrea Mitchell were in full “my dad can beat up your dad” mode yesterday after President Obama’s chivalrous defense of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. Williams has a thing for wanting Obama to emulate Michael Douglas in the movie The American President, and this time Andrea Mitchell got in on the fantasy.

Transcript from Newsbusters:

BRIAN WILLIAMS: And Andrea, there couldn’t be more going on right now. There was talk of the fiscal cliff. We have no CIA director. Benghazi’s still around. The Israelis took out the head of Hamas today. And then, John McCain said that if the President puts up his U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice, to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, she will be blocked, they’ll do everything in their power. That’s where the President today almost conjuring the wording of Aaron Sorkin from the movie American President, as will be pointed out all day, really decided to throw down.

ANDREA MITCHELL: This was President Andrew Shepherd really coming through in the East Room of the White House. Because this was President Obama saying, “If you want to pick a fight with my U.N. ambassador, and blame her for something that was not her responsibility on Benghazi, then you come after me, John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Don’t come after Susan Rice.” It was dramatic. He is angry. I know from talking to the White House that they are very angry, they feel Susan Rice is being unfairly blamed, that she was working off of talking points from the intelligence community. And that in her Sunday appearance on Meet the Press, she should not be blamed for what she said about Benghazi.

It’s even funnier when keeping in mind that this is the anchor of the NBC Nightly News and NBC’s Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent. If the segment had been a little longer I’d have expected Williams to go on and say, “dude, Obama today totally reminded me of that scene in The Terminator when Schwarzenegger was like ‘I’ll be back’ and the cops were like ‘whoa.’”

Williams and Mitchell were too busy cleansing their objective spirits in the bath salts of Sorkinicity for there to have been any hope that these “journalists” would have been inquisitive enough to consider a question Charles Krauthammer had previously asked: Why would the White House have sent Rice out to be the voice of the administration on Benghazi if A) She didn’t know what was going on, and B) they didn’t want her held responsible for the explanation she gave? Maybe that’s a question Sorkin wouldn’t have asked, so Williams and Mitchell thought it would be inappropriate to stray from the script.

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