If you watched President Barack Obama speak Friday at a news conference at the end of the Group of 20 economic summit in Russia and thought he was incoherent and disjointed, you’re not alone.
MSNBC commentator and MSNBC.com executive editor Richard Wolffe would agree.
Discussing the president’s remarks on the situation in Syria Friday afternoon, Wolffe said Obama looked “tired,” that his performance was “embarrassing,” and characterized his remarks on military intervention as “muddled and unconvincing.”
President Barack Obama answers a question during a press conference in Saint Petersburg, Russia on Sept. 6, 2013 at the end of the Group of 20 economic summit. World leaders on Friday failed to bridge their bitter divisions over U.S. plans for military action against the Syrian regime, with Washington signalling that it has given up on securing Russia's support at the United Nations on the crisis. (Getty Images)
“I do think that the president’s press conference today was actually embarrassing,” Wolffe said on MSNBC's "Now with Alex Wagner." “It was as muddled and unconvincing as you could possibly imagine. If you want to take a country to a difficult place which is this authorization for war, you have to be much more clear and convincing about what the rationale is."
He continued, “At the heart of this was the absolute moral outrage of those civilians being gassed in their sleep. That’s it. And this administration cannot seem to stick to that line which is how they got into this position in the first place."
Wolffe did, however, agree with the rest of the panel that “service professionals” who have publicly criticized the White House’s plan to go into Syria are “out of their depth.”
“I’m afraid we have civilian control of the military for a good reason,” Wolffe said.
So at least there’s that.
(H/T: Mediaite). Featured image Getty Images.
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