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Napolitano "taken out of context"

What a numbskull. Now she is trotting out the tired old excuse that her comment was “taken out of context”. Translation: She was quoted correctly, then told that she screwed up. I give her credit for being able to keep a straight face while unleashing this whopper.

A day after saying the system worked, Napolitano backtracked, saying her words had been taken out of context.

“Our system did not work in this instance,” she said on NBC’s “Today” show. “No one is happy or satisfied with that. An extensive review is under way.”

Here is her definition of the proper context. Doesn’t she know when to leave bad enough alone?

On Sunday, Napolitano said, “One thing I’d like to point out is that the system worked.” On Monday, she said she was referring to the system of notifying other flights as well as law enforcement on the ground about the incident soon after it happened.

And apparently Obama’s speech about it has not been prepared yet, so no comment from him. Is that leadership or what? It reminds me of Gov Blanco after Katrina, when she couldn’t make a decision without calling together a task force to produce a study. Obama can’t seem to say anything without at least 24 hours advance notice so he can meet with his speechwriters, have them check out some focus groups, and get the telepromter prepared.

The White House press office, traveling with President Barack Obama in Hawaii, said early Monday that the president would make a statement from the Kaneoho Marine Base in the morning. White House spokesman Bill Burton did not elaborate.