June 5, 2014 8:44 am -

The White House rightfully sees the attacks on released POW Bowe Bergdahl as a proxy for Obama hatred.

The White House has been surprised by how much attention has remained on the questions about Bergdahl, from the circumstances of his disappearance to the wild beard his father grew while he was being held that’s even led to Bergdahl’s hometown canceling a celebration. All this, Obama aides say, is in their minds a proxy for the hatred toward the president.

The new approach: Frame the criticism as another example of Republicans complaining about something just because Obama was the one to do it.

White House aides and other liberal outlets are highlighting what they see as Republican hypocrisy, citing past quotes from GOP lawmakers calling for Bergdahl’s freedom.

Republicans had been saying for years that the United States should do “everything possible” to get Bergdahl back — and now many are leading the outrage over the deal Obama made. Reps. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) and Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) and new Iowa GOP Senate nominee Joni Ernst are among those who started out tweeting praise about Bergdahl’s release— then, after the political tide turned, deleted those tweets. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in February even endorsed the idea of a five-prisoner swap “depending on the details” — now he says what he knows of the terms of the deal present a “grave risk.”


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  1. craig7120 June 5th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    The White House is surprised at the attention its receiving?
    Firstly, quit acting stupid, it leaves you looking weak and pathetic
    Secondly, you control the message if you attack the critics with their own word. Liberals whooop up on righty daily using this tactic.
    Being unprepared and constantly defending is getting old, dontcha think?

    • mea_mark June 5th, 2014 at 10:01 am

      I don’t think the White House is surprised at all. I think they are saying they are surprised is part of a narrative to make the republicans look like scandal mongers not interested in America, but just interested in partisan attacks. They are controlling the messaging in a subtle way with a payoff in the future around the time of the elections.

      • craig7120 June 5th, 2014 at 10:26 am

        “I don’t think the White House is surprised at all.”
        So its all a ruse, okey dokey
        I was just responding to a quote, but thanks for your interpretation.

      • BanditBasheert June 5th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

        Agree mark, in fact at this point, we know that all the RW is doing is trying to hurt the President. The WH did what it thought was right. Since the war was ending, ALL prisoners would be returned.
        On the other hand, apparently the RW has decided that Bergdahl should be hanged, without even setting foot on US soil yet. No trial, no investigation.
        Just hang him.
        Because … Obama and Benghazi…….

  2. William June 5th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Imagine if our president had done nothing.
    Pick a headline. Or make up your own
    Fox news update.
    1. Obama leaves soldier to languish and die at the hands of terrorists.
    2.Obama refuses to extradite deserter to the United States to face justice.
    3. Obama ignores pleas of desperate parents to get their soldier son home.
    5. Obama ignores military policy of “no man left behind”
    6.Obama leaves soldier to die because he is too busy playing golf in Shangri La.
    8. Obama refuses to rescue WHITE soldier
    and…um..BENGHAZI..(or something).

  3. John Tarter June 5th, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Let us not forget that this “Obama Derangement Syndrome” is just a continuation of the “Bush Derangement Syndrome” which started during the last administration. This shows that this is a highly contagious disease that knows no one political affiliation.
    But with this issue, even Democrats have gotten infected as they are aghast at Obama’s latest reckless move.

    • Dwendt44 June 5th, 2014 at 11:49 am

      the difference, of course, is that Bush and the boys really are crooks. The baseless rantings of the rabid right have tired nearly everyone except FakeNews.

      • BanditBasheert June 5th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

        If anyone should be in GITMO it is Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and the rest of the RW henchmen that are responsible for the deaths of literally thousands of people, many of them ours, and the maiming of hundreds of thousands of our sons and daughters.
        War Crimes anyone?

    • BanditBasheert June 5th, 2014 at 11:59 am

      The difference is that although most of us hated the Bush’s, we didn’t go around calling him filthy names and implying he was unAmerican.
      The vile racist mouths of the RW is their own fault, not ours.

    • Budda June 5th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      Just not true John. Too much projection on your part.

    • arc99 June 5th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      bullsh*t. show me one person who demanded President Bush’s birth certificate, questioned his religious beliefs, accused him of planning to put children in reeducation camps, planned to spend taxpayer dollars to bring Islamic terrorists to America as immigrants, or threw a hissy fit over the lunch menu at the school his kids attended.

      You confuse criticism of policy with derangement. The examples cited above are derangement. Opposing spending trillions of dollars on a war for weapons that did not exist, is not.

    • BanditBasheert June 5th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Hey you did that pretty well. You failed though. There is no equivalence between bringing home a POW and sending thousands of soldiers into a proxy war to make money for oil.

    • craig7120 June 5th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      If ya would of purged the racists out of your party when the tea party was established then I would concede, like arc said, two words: birth certificate.
      Policy and war vs. Skin color and muslim, kenyan, socialist, dictator, facist.

      There are a lot of things I want to criticize the president for, but the gop and their constant crying concentrates my energy to defend the POTUS from hypocrisy, instead of finding mutual ground to better our nation.

  4. BanditBasheert June 5th, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Not much of a leap. They want St. Ronnie of Raygun – their Patron Saint – to return. We all knew Ronnie, the man who traded guns for our Iran hostages?

  5. Oblowz June 5th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Chris “Hardballs” Matthews was a bit upset with the deal last night I recall. Imagine that!

  6. William June 5th, 2014 at 1:36 pm