I hesitate to use the phrase “comically inept” because it’s so saddening that these are the people in charge of our country right now:
If you are among the millions of Americans who are alarmed at the fact that the sitting President of the United States, in the midst of an active FBI investigation into his potentially criminal conduct, fired the director of the FBI for a proffered reason that could charitably be described as astonishingly and insultingly pretextual, I hope that you can take even the smallest measure of schadenfreudian joy knowing that beleaguered White House Press Secretary and noted World War II historian Sean Spicer is enjoying this disaster exactly as much as you are. From the Washington Post’s incredible postmortem on how the White House scrambled to react Tuesday’s news:
White House press secretary Sean Spicer wrapped up his brief interview with Fox Business from the White House grounds late Tuesday night and then disappeared into the shadows, huddling with his staff behind a tall hedge. To get back to his office, Spicer would have to pass a swarm of reporters wanting to know why President Trump suddenly decided to fire the FBI director.
To be clear, that’s the White House’s press secretary cowering in the bushes, like a terrified stand-up comic grappling with a last-minute bout of stage fright, because he is afraid of talking to the press.
After Spicer spent several minutes hidden in the bushes behind these sets, Janet Montesi, an executive assistant in the press office, emerged and told reporters that Spicer would answer some questions, as long as he was not filmed doing so.