Exclusive: Sen. Jeff Sessions Mansplains The Budget To OMB Director, Covers It Up On YouTube

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Exclusive Drudge Sirens Must Credit Wonkette: So here is Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions mansplaining the President's budget to the President's Budget Director, OMB chief Sylvia Matthews Burwell. He is very very unhappy that the budget request includes an additional $56 billion over the compromise agreement passed back in December. Despite Sessions's indignant tone, it's not exactly a hidden spending request, considering that it's discussed right there in the second paragraph of the Budget Overview webpage.

But Sessions has to act like he has the Gotcha of the year, if only Burwell will admit that the Obama administration is trying to tax everyone to death, but darned if she'll play his game. So in frustration, at about the 2:20 mark in the video above, Sessions smirks,

"You look real innocent the way you look at me here, like you don’t know what I am talking about. Can’t you just simply answer the question, yes or no? Do you intend to spend more than Ryan-Murray, and will that not require an amending of the law to allow you to do so?"

We have a hard time believing that Sessions would use such condescending language to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew or to former OMB Director Peter Orszag, but how dare a lady just waltz in and talk to a U.S. Senator as if she had any right to insist on nuance. Don't play innocent, miss, just answer yes or no.

And it's not just Yr Wonkette that thinks the "You look real innocent" line was over the top -- Sessions's own office, eager to portray Burwell as evasive, put the exchange up on their YouTube channel, but completely edited out the "You look real innocent" remark. When did Jeff Sessions hire James O'Keefe?

Check their version at about the same point, 2:19 below:

The actual exchange went like so:

SESSIONS: And I just want you to know, to tell the American people, do you want to spend more than the president agreed to when he signed Ryan-Murray, 10 weeks ago?

BURWELL: Senator, we signed Ryan-Murray

SESSIONS: You look real innocent the way you look at me here, like you don’t know what I am talking about. Can’t you just simply answer the question, yes or no? Do you intend to spend more than Ryan-Murray, and will that not require an amending of the law to allow you to do so?

The edited version, however, gets rid of that unfortunate bit of badgering:

SESSIONS: And I just want you to know, to tell the American people, do you want to spend more than the president agreed to when he signed Ryan-Murray, 10 weeks ago? [edit] Can’t you just simply answer the question, yes or no? Do you intend to spend more than Ryan-Murray, and will that not require an amending of the law to allow you to do so?

Gosh, wonder why that's vanished? Probably just to save on time, huh? Or perhaps the media experts who prepped the video thought Sessions might look like kind of...OK, more of a dick if that little bit of talking down to an uncooperative lady were left in.

Remember, kids, you saw it here first.

[YouTube / full hearing at CSPAN]

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