Just minutes after President Obama held a press conference condemning Russia and President Putin, warning him that the US would not tolerate Russia’s involvement in Ukraine, he headed to a fundraiser for the DNC. As a kick off to the event, President Obama said, “It’s Friday – it’s after 5 – so now it’s officially happy hour with the Democratic Party!”
Minutes after issuing a stern warning to Russia and saying there will be a price to pay if it interferes militarily in Ukraine, President Obama headed to a “happy hour” with fellow Democrats.
Speaking at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, Mr. Obama struck a very different tone than he had less than 30 minutes earlier, when he appeared with little warning in the White House press briefing room and issued a vague threat to Moscow.
“Well, it’s Friday. It’s after 5 o’clock. So, this is now officially happy hour with the Democratic party,” the president told his cohorts. “I can do that. It is an executive action. I have the authority.”
An audience member then asked the president to “tell us about your plans for nuclear war with Russia.”
“What the heck are you talking about?” Mr. Obama said to laughter and applause. “No, no, don’t worry about it. We’re OK. Have a seat. I don’t know anything about that plan. I don’t know what you’ve been reading. Let me return to what I was talking about. See, he thought happy hour started earlier.”
The Washington fundraiser had been scheduled for some time, long before the situation in Ukraine unraveled to its current point.
Still, Mr. Obama’s words and demeanor in the White House couldn’t have been more different than they were at the party fundraiser across town.