State Department spokesman Jen Psaki makes me psick. If you read P.G. Wodehouse, you know the “P” in her name is silent, as in “phthisis,” “psychic” and “ptarmigan” (as Wodehouse’s Psmith explains). And Psaki’s colleague Marie Harf makes me barf. Together Psaki and Harf give the catastrophic foreign policy of the Obama administration a lighter than air, Valley Girl kind of feel. It’s a novel use of expressive form. Paul Mirengoff explores their weightlessness in the adjacent post.
As Paul recounts, Harf came to the defense of Psaki when Bill O’Reilly had the temerity to utter pslightly pscathing words about Psaki on his FOX News show. All was not as it appeared. Harf’s defense of Psaki’s gravity as a spokesman was a subtle bid for work on Saturday Night Live when they leave the State Department. Or it may have been a fallback resulting from the unavailability of Justin Bieber to speak on Psaki’s behalf. Bieber was otherwise engaged.
Paul’s post gives me the excuse to revisit one of Harf’s greatest hits. In the video below she speaks up for the United Nations organization whose good works in Gaza include the hosting and return of Hamas missiles found in UN schools. As of the current ceasefire, three sets of missiles have been found in UNRWA schools and returned to the authorities in Gaza (i.e., Hamas). In the video below, Harf arrived with a prepared statement explaining the first such situation. AP State Department reporter Matthew Lee grilled Harf on the internal contradictions that Psaki and Harf had, ah, failed to discern in their treatment of the situation.
Video via Adam Kredo/Free Beacon.
UPDATE: Jeff Dobbs channels the SNL skit here.