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January 11, 2023
WATCH: Doocy corners KJP on why Biden still trusts Pete Buttigieg, she absolutely flounders
Earlier today, Peter Doocy once again absolutely owned the press briefing room and left Karine Jean-Pierre scrambling for words --though, on second thought, that last part doesn't seem to be too difficult.
Doocy asked Karine Jean-Pierre if Biden has confidence in Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. When she obviously answered, "yes," Doocy followed it up with the question on everyone's mind: "Why?"
\u201cDoocy: "Does president Biden have confidence in Transportation Secretary Buttigieg?"\n\nWH press sec: "Yes"\n\nDoocy: "Why?"\n\nWH press sec: "He respects the secretary and the work he has been doing..."\u201d— The Post Millennial (@The Post Millennial) 1673467730
Oh, man. My favorite part is when she says, "You've seen the secretary on TV." That's right, I forgot we are all supposed to implicitly trust any talking head that appears on the screen. My mistake.
Buttigieg is taking heat for a recent series of transportation disasters. This morning, all commercial flights were grounded until 9 AM ET to restore the Notice to Air Missions system. This system relays critical safety information to air personnel, like closed runways and equipment outages. It stopped processing updated information for an unknown reason.
\u201cThe FAA is working to restore its Notice to Air Missions System. We are performing final validation checks and reloading the system now. \n \nOperations across the National Airspace System are affected. \n \nWe will provide frequent updates as we make progress.\u201d— The FAA \u2708\ufe0f (@The FAA \u2708\ufe0f) 1673436544
Karine Jean-Pierre tweeted there is no evidence it was a cyber attack.
\u201cThe President has been briefed by the Secretary of Transportation\u00a0this morning\u00a0on the FAA system outage. There is no evidence of a cyberattack at this point, but the President directed DOT to conduct a full investigation into the causes.\u00a0The FAA will provide regular updates.\u201d— Karine Jean-Pierre (@Karine Jean-Pierre) 1673440754
Whether a cyber attack or not, it seems the FAA may be suffering from some internal incompetence. I know, I know, UNHEARD of in a government institution. The organization's 2023 budget appropriations focus includes "racial equity," "inclusion," "income inequality," and a number of other meaningless wokeisms. Who needs a safe flight when you have equity!
\u201cIf you\u2019re surprised that the FAA\u2019s systems went down this morning grounding all domestic flights, you shouldn\u2019t be.\n\nBelow are DOT and FAA\u2019s approps focus in the 2023 budget:\n\n\u201cRacial equity,\u201d \u201cinclusion,\u201d \u201cincome inequality,\u201d \u201cenvironmental justice, and \u201cclimate change.\u201d\u201d— John Cardillo (@John Cardillo) 1673443445
But wait, there's more! Yesterday, an Amtrak train from Virginia got stuck in South Carolina and turned a 17-hour ride into 37 hours. 37. Hours.
It got so bad, passengers began calling the police to say they were being held hostage, which prompted the conductor to announce that he was not, in fact, taking anyone hostage.
\u201cBREAKING: A travel nightmare is unfolding right now on Amtrak. Passengers on the Auto Train have been stuck on board for 29+ hours, currently sitting in the woods in rural South Carolina. Passengers called the local police saying they\u2019re being held hostage. \nLISTEN:\u201d— Sam Sweeney (@Sam Sweeney) 1673402976
Passengers reported they were not allowed to leave the train for any reason and that meals eventually stopped being served. The train was reportedly delayed by a derailed CSX freight train in South Carolina.
Not sure what's going on, but the state of transportation in America seems a tad rocky. Maybe Mayor Pete's still on super-extended paternity leave. Who can blame him, really? All that chest feeding must be hard work.