The Obama administration seems to be devoted to the proposition that nearly every important official should look, sound and act as much like Barack Obama as possible, right down to their ignorance (“I read about it in the papers”) and their inability to pronounce words and names in the news. So this, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, is entirely in keeping:
Jeh Johnson, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, appeared not to know the identity of the woman murdered in San Francisco earlier this month by an illegal alien who had been deported numerous times. Johnson was asked in a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday about the July 1 murder of Kathryn Steinle. The 32-year-old, who went by the name Kate, was shot in broad daylight by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a 45-year-old illegal alien with seven felonies and five deportations on his record.
Asked about Steinle, Johnson mispronounced her name. “In terms of the San Francisco case, Kate Steinle,” Johnson began in response to a question from Michigan U.S. Rep. John Conyers, “and I hope I’ve pronounced her name correctly.” Steinle’s name is pronounced “Stine-lee.” He pronounced it “Stine-ul.”
Okay, well, nobody’s perfect. His boss pronounces “corpsman” as “corpse-man,” and just because Obama is commander in chief of the armed forces doesn’t necessarily mean he knows a thing about military terminology. But Johnson seems remarkably thick even by Obama standards:
Later during his testimony, Johnson was again asked about Steinle and her family, which has been heavily critical of sanctuary cities since her murder. “Has the administration reached out to the Steinle family, to your knowledge?” Ohio U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot asked.
“To who?” a perplexed Johnson asked.
“To the family of the woman who brutally murdered by this individual who had committed seven different felonies in four different states and my understanding had been deported, kept coming back, has the administration reached out to that family?” Chabot said.
“I’m sorry, I don’t know the answer to that question sir,” Johnson responded.