Former Obama Campaign Spox Forced to Retract Kerry 'Yacht' Denial
When CBS News first reported that Secretary of State John Kerry had been spotted on his yacht, the Isabel, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki issued a categorical denial, stating: "Any report or tweet that he was on a boat is completely inaccurate." On Friday, however, the State Department backed down after new photographs of Kerry surfaced, and Psaki admitted that Kerry had been "briefly on his boat on Wednesday."
CBS News reported Friday that Kerry has returned to his yacht. President Barack Obama's campaign-turned organizing non-profit group, Organizing for Action, tweeted an image of President Obama himself kayaking.
Psaki had previously served as press secretary for the Obama campaign, where she walked back claims that the campaign had not known of an accusation that Mitt Romney had caused a worker's wife to die of cancer. Earlier, as White House Deputy Communications Director, Psaki had been deeply involved in a campaign to exclude and discredit the Fox News Channel, calling Special Report host Bret Baier a "lunatic."
Though it is customary for senior officials to enjoy a brief Fourth of July holiday, the Egypt crisis was well in progress by the time Kerry escaped the capital for the Isabella, with Wednesday the critical deadline issued by the military to then-President Mohamed Morsi. Kerry subsequently had difficulty determining whether his former counterpart in the Egyptian government was, in fact, still in office.
The State Department's misleading claim has grim implications, as Breitbart News' Ben Shapiro noted:
In other words, the American people were directly lied to about the whereabouts of the Secretary of State as a coup took place in one of the most strategically important countries in the world--a country where the President of the United States chose to launch his foreign policy in 2009, where the U.S. embassy was overrun in 2012, and where the Obama administration planted its flag with the Arab Spring in 2010. Only an administration completely secure in its control of media spin could pull such a stunt.
A White House-issued photograph of the president in the Situation Room with his advisers notably excluded Kerry; National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who withdrew her nomination for the post that Kerry presently occupies, was present in the Situation Room.