If this morning you hear the wingnuts mockingly saying the word “Dude” over and over like Tourrette’s-afflicted hipsters, no, it is not a sudden effort to appeal to young voters. They are referring to a Thursday evening appearance on Brett Baier’s show by one Tommy Vietor, former White House national security spokesman for the Obama Administration. The subject was — what else? — Benghazi, because oh Jesus who the hell even knows anymore? We have long since given up on figuring out what we’re supposed to be outraged about. Obama ordered his Muslim brethren to attack the consulate because that was where Ambassador Stevens hid the results of a DNA test that proves the president’s father was really a time-traveling super-intelligent ferret? Sure, let’s go with that.
Baier was grilling Vietor over the email released the other day that the wingnuts think is some sort of smoking gun because it shows public relations flacks practicing public relations. The host tried to pin down the former flack on when some changes were made to the now-infamous Susan Rice talking points in the days after the attack. Let’s join this ridiculous shit-show, already in progress.
BRET BAIER: The 14th is the day you’re talking about. According to the e-mails and the time line, the CIA circulates new talking points after they’ve removed the mention of al Qaeda, and then at 6:21 the White House – you – add a line about the administration warning of September 10th of social media reports calling for demonstrations. True?
TOMMY VIETOR: I believe so.
BAIER: Did you also change “attacks” to “demonstrations” in the talking points?
VIETOR: Maybe. I don’t really remember.
BAIER: You don’t remember?
VIETOR: Dude, this was like two years ago. We’re still talking about the most mundane process.
BAIER: Dude, it is the thing that everybody is talking about.
VIETOR: We’re talking about the process of editing talking points. That’s what bureaucrats do all day long. Your producers edit scripts multiple times.
Ah-ha! The wingnuts are now furious at Tommy Vietor because he apparently thinks that Benghazi was two whole years ago and why hasn’t everybody moved on yet, golly geez, people! Tommy, on the planet Wingnut, every time zone is BST (Benghazi Standard Time).
If you feel like sparing three minutes of your day, you can watch the video and tell us if Vietor is “sneering” that everyone should move on already or simply a little frustrated because Baier is badgering him about whether he changed one word in an email at 6:30 on a Friday afternoon almost 21 months ago during a time at his workplace that might have been chaotic even by the normally chaotic White House standards. Was it a little flip to call Brett Baier “Dude”? Yes. Does it matter? Not even a little.
Vietor also made one other admission, which is that President Obama was not in the Situation Room on the night of September 11 when the consulate attack was underway. This has been a wingnut talking point for almost two years because it is supposed to show just how disengaged the president was from what was going on. This revelation of Vietor’s also led to all sorts of argle bargle typified by this headline written by the Stupidest Man on the Internet: BOOM! Tommy Vietor – Former NSA Spox – Admits Obama Never Made it to Situation Room During Benghazi Attack!
The Stupidest Man on the Internet also helpfully provides a transcript of Vietor’s conversation, which he cut off before Vietor told Baier “You don’t have to be in the Situation Room to monitor an intelligence situation. The PDB [President’s Daily Brief] is in the Oval Office.” BOOM, Internet’s Stupidest Man.
Maybe if the PDB where someone handed George W. Bush a document titled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US” had been handed to the president in the Oval Office instead of in a room at his ranch, it would have made a difference? No, definitely not.