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Josh Earnest: The president’s actions say more about what he believes than his words, or something

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By Doug Powers  •  November 18, 2015 08:00 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

During a press conference at the G20 summit in Turkey, President Obama called the terrorist attacks in Paris a “terrible and sickening setback” to otherwise totally effective (/sarc) plans to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIS.

On Fox News this morning, White House spokesweasel Josh Earnest was asked to explain Obama’s “setback” remark.

Here’s how the interview showed up on my TV:

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Earnest really out-Earnested himself by saying that too much emphasis is being placed on the words Obama uses:

She also press him on Obama’s characterization of the latest attacks as a “setback” in the larger fight against violent extremism.

“Would you go back and ask for that language to be changed at this point, to reflect some sort of solidarity and intentional aggression against ISIS? I mean, to call this understandable as it relates to Charlie Hebdo and call this a ‘setback’ seems awful, at least to the American people,” Hasselbeck challenged him.

Earnest’s message: Focus on the president’s deeds, not specific words.

He fired back, telling Hasselbeck that the American people should look at a transcript of Obama’s remarks in which “he described it as ‘sickening’, where he expresses sorrow.”

“I would encourage you to spend just as much time focusing on the president’s actions as you do his words,” he said.

Thurm-worthy. It’s no surprise though that the press secretary for the person who said “ISIS is contained” and “if you like your plan you can keep it” would rather not focus on his words.

But the biggest knee-slapper from the interview? When Earnest said “ask me a question and I’ll answer it.” That from the administration with a welcome mat outside the press briefing room that says “don’t ask us no questions and we won’t tell you no lies.”

**Written by Doug Powers

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