FILE – In this Feb. 16, 2016 file photo Deputy National Security Adviser For Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. An advocacy group recently identified by the White House as part of its “echo chamber” gave National Public Radio $100,000 to help it report on the Iran nuclear program and related issues. It also funded reporters at The Nation and fellow liberal media outlet Mother Jones, and partnered with the Center for Public Integrity. The group’s quiet, behind-the-scenes effort to help the Obama administration sell the Iran nuclear deal received attention this month after a candid profile of Ben Rhodes, one of the president’s closest aides. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)


Yesterday, as part of his campaign of damaging the morale and self-image of the FBI–something he’s doing on direct orders he received from Putin–Donald Trump sent out this tweet:

In perhaps what will become a case study in narcissism and lack of self-awareness, former White House deputy national security adviser, failed novelist, Iranian stooge, and facilitator of Hezbollah drug shipments Ben Rhodes replied:

Keep in mind Obama, who Rhodes worked for, was mocked by Jon Stewart for learning about stuff on television:

“I wouldn’t be surprised if President Obama learned Osama bin Laden had been killed when he saw himself announce it on television.”

If you need a refresher, this is the stuff Barack Obama said he found out about from either television or the newspapers:

Controversial Air Force One Photo Op Flyover

The next day, President Obama told reporters,

“It was something that, uh, we found out about, uh, along with all of you.”

Fast and Furious Cross-Border Operation Supplying Guns to Cartels

On Oct. 12, 2011, Obama told reporters,

“I heard on the news about this story, that, uh, Fast and Furious.”

Gen. Petraeus’ Sex Scandal

White House officials said President Obama was kept in the dark for months as the FBI investigated his CIA Director, Gen. David Petraeus, in a sex scandal. Meantime, Obama could have been hit with a surprise question about the scandal at any time on the campaign trail, in the midst of his 2012 bid for re-election. White House officials have refused to answer the question as to when, exactly, Obama was finally briefed.

The IRS Using Nixonian Tactics Against Conservative Groups

“I first learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this. I think it was on Friday.”

The Secret Seizure of AP News Reporters’ Phone Records

“We don’t have any independent knowledge of that, [President Obama] found out about the news reports uh yesterday on the road.”

NSA Spying on Foreign Leaders

“I can assure you that I certainly did not know anything about the IG report before the IG report had been leaked through the press.”

Veterans Affairs Scandal

Carney told reporters, “You mean the specific allegations that I think were reported first by your news network out of Phoenix, I believe. We learned about them through the reports. I will double check if that is not the case. But that is when we learned about them and that is when I understand [V.A.] Secretary Shinseki learned about them, and he immediately took the action that he has taken.”

Hillary Clinton’s Email Arrangement

Earlier, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters, “I have no idea when the president first learned” about it. But he foreshadowed the eventual explanation stating,

“I wouldn’t be surprised, however, if he had learned about that by reading the newspaper.”