Trey Gowdy Ridicules 'Creative Writing Expert' Ben Rhodes for Skipping Oversight Hearing
During a House hearing Tuesday morning, Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) wondered aloud how the media could "literally know nothing" as Obama's Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes had claimed in the extraordinary expose published in The New York Times a couple of weeks ago.
With no star witness to cross examine during the Oversight and Reform "White House Narratives on the Iran Nuclear Deal" hearing, Gowdy spent his five minutes of allotted time showcasing his notoriously dry sense of humor.
He began by expressing his disappointment that Rhodes had bailed from appearing before the committee, costing them the opportunity to question not only him, but Senator Cotton, who had been happy to testify.
"The background contrast would have been interesting to me," Gowdy drawled, noting that the White House has been very critical of Cotton in recent months.
"When [Cotton] was serving tours of duty in the United States Army in Afghanistan and Iraq, Ben Rhodes was navigating the mean streets of of a creative writing curriculum," Gowdy snarked. "I mean that literally, not figuratively. He has a Masters in creative writing."
Gowdy continued, "If you're interested in writing haikus and novellas and sonnets, he's probably the right guy. On the other hand, if you're advising the leader of the free world on foreign policy matters, I don't know how a haiku helps. But I would have enjoyed the opportunity to ask Mr. Rhodes how his background prepared him to sell the Iranian deal, but yet Tommy Cotton's background didn't prepare him to criticize the Iranian deal."