REPORTER: On domestic unrest: First of all, does the President have any comment on the ongoing violence in Oregon and Washington State that we’ve seen in recent days?
MS. PSAKI: Well, certainly, we had our team on the ground — our national security team — even before 12:01, early in the morning, on Inauguration Day because we wanted to be able to monitor events happening across the country and any unrest that was resulting from the last couple of weeks.
I haven’t spoken with him specifically about those events, but it is something our national security team — Liz Sherwood-Randall, our Homeland Security Advisor — is closely monitoring, of course. And — but, if we have an additional update, I’m happy to provide it to you.
Reagan had the uncanny ability to make them laugh at themselves, so he didn't have to.I used to think he was being statesmanlike - not getting into it. Letting it slide. Kind of like Ike did.
When you're a battle worn veteran - like Ike - it doesn't faze you.
Or like Reagan - who usually took them to task but responded with incredible wit.
Nah. Dubya just didn't fight.
"What do you think about curious manipulations of stock market values by amateur traders?" "That's a great question. Puppies are adorable, so we'll be looking at more ways to have puppies distributed around the room. I hope that answers your question."
Oh so it's OK when hedge fund managers manipulate the media and the market to sell short, but when the peons do something similar it's all of a sudden problematic.