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'Extraordinarily Irresponsible' -- Obama Gives Pointless, Yet Damaging, Press Conference

President Obama gave a press conference this evening.

He started a little over an hour late without explanation. Reporters stuck to asking questions that they evidently knew Obama would be comfortable answering. None of them asked him about any of his administration scandals. ABC's Jon Karl, usually a tough questioner of Obama and his spokesmen, asked a rambling question that played right into the Democrats' "economic patriotism" canard.

Despite the fact that the president showed a passionless, bloodless, disinterested face to the world, he still managed to do some damage.

Chris Jansing of CNN asked Obama if the sanctions against Russia are working. She asked this in the context of Russia massing 20,000 heavily armed troops on the Ukraine border, and Russia claiming a "humanitarian" need to send those troops in.

Obama said both that he doesn't know if the sanctions are working, and that they're working as they are intended to do. He allowed that he might consider arming the Ukraine military, if Russia invades. But not before. That will keep Putin up late fretting.

When asked about the Israel-Hamas conflict, Obama said that Hamas using civilians as human shields is "extraordinarily irresponsible."

Actually, it's a war crime. It's terrorism. Obama reduced deadly crimes against humanity for the sake of perpetrating genocide to equal something a badly raised teenager does on a drunken weekend. If we're to take his comments on torture last week into account, Hamas are just "folks" who are "extraordinarily irresponsible," not genocidal fanatics and war criminals.

By the way, Obama refused to rule out taking unilateral action to grant about five million illegal aliens legal status. He also refused to rule it in. And he had the gall to talk about good governance, transparency and accountability in government.

It was a poor performance made all the poorer by the media's lack of any detectable backbone.