Your President Speaks!

From Holden:

Your president put his Camp David vacation on pause for a few minutes today in order to field some questions from the press, including this one.

Q Mr. President, on Lebanon, how can you say that Hezbollah has suffered such a bad defeat when it’s rebuilding — helping rebuild in southern Lebanon, and it remains intact? And secondly, are you disappointed at all about France’s decision to scale back its support of the international force?

His response included the following:

THE PRESIDENT: The first reaction, of course, of Hezbollah and its supporters is, declare victory. I guess I would have done the same thing if I were them.

And of course that’s exactly what he did on Monday.

Hezbollah started the crisis, and Hezbollah suffered a defeat in this crisis. And the reason why is, is that first, there is a new — there’s going to be a new power in the south of Lebanon, and that’s going to be a Lebanese force with a robust international force to help them seize control of the country, that part of the country.

Back to today, Chimpy’s answer slouches into gobbletygook.

Hezbollah, they’re pretty comfortable there in south Lebanon. They’re now going to find themselves not only that which caused the destruction, but they’ll find themselves with now a Lebanese army, with U.N. help, making it clear they won’t have the safe haven necessary — that they think is necessary to launch attacks.

And of course he had to be prompted to answer the entire original question. The answere is sure to send shivers up the spines of the inhabitants of Red America.

Q But what about France, though?

THE PRESIDENT: France has said they’d send some troops. We hope they send more. And there’s been different signals coming out of France. Yesterday they had a statement. Today they had a statement. We’re working with France. France is a friend. France is an ally. France has got a great stake in the future of Lebanon.

Finally, we get to the hard slap on the jaw Chimpy took from Judge Anna Diggs Taylor yesterday. His answer must be read and appreciated.

Q Mr. President, the federal ruling yesterday that declared your terrorist surveillance program unconstitutional — the judge wrote that it was never the intent of the framers to give the President such unfettered control. How do you respond, sir, to opponents who say that this ruling is really the first nail in the coffin of your administration’s legal strategy in the war on terror?

THE PRESIDENT: I would say that those who herald this decision simply do not understand the nature of the world in which we live. You might remember last week working with the — with people in Great Britain, we disrupted a plot. People were trying to come and kill people.

This country of ours is at war, and we must give those whose responsibility it is to protect the United States the tools necessary to protect this country in a time of war. The judge’s decision was a — I strongly disagree with that decision, strongly disagree. That’s why I instructed the Justice Department to appeal immediately, and I believe our appeals will be upheld.

I made my position clear about this war on terror. And by the way, the enemy made their position clear yet again when we were able to stop them. And I — the American people expect us to protect them, and therefore I put this program in place. We believe — strongly believe it’s constitutional.

And if al Qaeda is calling in to the United States, we want to know why they’re calling. And so I made my position clear. It would be interesting to see what other policymakers — how other policymakers react.