Stephanopoulos Misquotes Obama, Leaves Off 'Just' in Claim Congressional Approval Not 'a Political Ploy'

September 8, 2013 - 2:55 PM
Stephanopoulos Misquotes Obama, Leaves Off 'Just' in Claim Congressional Approval Not 'a Political Ploy'

Friday in Russia, President Obama let slip that putting Congress on the hook was part of his calculus in asking for their approval for an attack on Syria, yet twice on Sunday morning, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos misquoted Obama’s admission. Obama maintained: “I did not put this before Congress, you know, just as a political ploy or as symbolism.”

Yet on Sunday’s Good Morning America, Stephanopoulos quoted Obama: “Listen to what he said Friday night in Russia: ‘I did not put this’ – this resolution – ‘before Congress as a political ploy or symbolism.’” Later, on This Week, he again left off the very relevant “just” as he mis-characterized Obama back to White House Chief-of-Staff Denis McDonough: “He said his call to Congress was not a political ploy or symbolism.”

As James Taranto noted in his Friday “Best of the Web Today” for the Wall Street Journal: “President Obama has confirmed the suspicion that his decision to ask Congress for authorization before using force in Syria was a political ploy.” Taranto asserted the “‘just’ is the tell.”

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