Following countless arrests, protests, and violent spin-offs, the president is now being directly asked whether he still supports the "Occupy" movement.
Just over the weekend, at least 45 of the loosely affiliated bunch were arrested protesting the NATO Summit, having injured four police officers and filled dozens of bottles with urine and feces to, presumably, throw at people.
The crowd turned on President Obama at one point, rushing his campaign headquarters in Chicago.
Reporter Wendell Goler asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney yesterday: "The President has voiced support for the Occupy folks in the past. Did their actions in Chicago sour his support?"
"Well, I think you're making broad comparisons between different groups," Carney began. Then he launched into a somewhat confusing response:
"What the President has said in the past is that, ah, he has understood, ah, the frustrations that Americans have about, ah, the, um, failure, um, in particular, ah, of Wall Street, ah, in some cases to, um, ah, well, because of, yes obviously, Wall Street's role in the financial crisis that helped precipitate the worst recession since the Great Depression."
That doesn't sound like a yes, or no.
Watch the entire stumble, below:
Even Bill O'Reilly lambasted Carney's response, making it the topic of the night's Memo.
"With all due respect, Mr. Carney looked a bit shaky there. Did he not?" O'Reilley said. "It's long past time for President Obama to condemn the anarchistic element of the occupiers which is now dominant. Instead, the President falls back on protecting freedom of speech platitudes."
"Sure, tell that to the Chicago cop who got stabbed, Mr. President."
Watch the clip, here:
You can watch the entire exchange starting at about 29 minutes below: