President Obama suffered through a rotten, awful press conference on Monday, a new Supercut shows.
Obama addressed the world at the G-20 summit in the wake of Friday’s deadly terrorist attack in Paris.
There, the president announced his intention to stay the course on his current policy to contain the Islamic State with sporadic airstrikes. He then responded with increasing testiness as the media subjected that policy to withering scrutiny. Their questions are excerpted below.
JEROME CARTILLIER (AFP): The equation has clearly changed. Is it time for your strategy to change?
MARGARET BRENNAN (CBS): A more than year-long bombing campaign in Iraq and in Syria has failed to contain the ambition and the ability of ISIS to launch attacks in the West. Have you underestimated their abilities?
JIM AVILA (ABC): If I could ask you to address your critics who say that your reluctance to enter another Middle East war and your preference of diplomacy over using the military makes the United States weaker and emboldens our enemies?
JIM ACOSTA (CNN): This is an organization that you once described as a JV team, that evolved into a force that is now occupying territory in Iraq and Syria and is now able to use that safe haven to launch attacks in other parts of the world. How is that not underestimating their capabilities? And how is that contained, quite frankly?
RON ALLEN (NBC): ISIS' capabilities seem to be expanding. … Do you think you really understand this enemy well enough to defeat them and to protect the homeland?