Here is the video of what Obama said, followed by the transcript:
Here is the Real Clear Politics transcript:
This bears on your reporting,” President Obama said to journalists. “I think that there is oftentimes the impulse to suggest that if the two parties are disagreeing then they’re equally at fault and the truth lies somewhere in the middle. And an equivalence is presented which I think reinforces peoples’ cynicism about Washington in general. This is not one of those situations where there’s an equivalency.I think this is a novel approach: when two sides are taking conflicting sides in an argument, one should not cavalierly assume that there is an equivalency between the sides. Instead of automatically assuming that both are equally true, one should be willing to take sides.
Now if only Obama would apply that rule to the Middle East, instead of assuming there is an equivalence between the Israeli and Arab positions on the Arab Palestinians.
Of course, considering Obama's failure to condemn the incitement of hatred of Israel by President Emeritus Abbas (whose term ended 3 years ago this past January) while condemning the expanding of Israeli homes in Yehudah and Samaria -- I guess it is kind of silly to suggest that Obama has been evenhanded when it comes to Israel after all.
Besides, with any luck, come November, Obama will discover that the voters did not consider him equally at fault for the mess the US is in now--something Obama can consider while he will have time to write his memoirs in 2013.
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