- The Washington Times - Friday, May 30, 2014

The State Department’s spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, provided a bit of comic relief from reporters at a recent press conference after she quipped that the president ought really to give himself more back-pats for his successes with foreign policy.

Her exact words, The Washington Free Beacon first reported: President Obama “doesn’t’ give himself enough credit for what he’s done around the world.”

Some reporters laughed, The Blaze reported. Others followed up with questions aimed at drawing out some specific examples.

Associated Press reporter Matt Lee asked: “Jen, you would argue the president doesn’t give himself enough credit? How much credit would you give him? What, like, 200 percent credit?”

Ms. Psaki’s reported response: “I would give him more than he has given himself. That’s what I just said.”

Another reporter at the conference asked Ms. Psaki to name off some success stories.

She said, The Blaze reported, “engagement initiatives like Iran, what we’ve done on Ukraine, efforts to dive in and engage around the world.”

And one more followup from a third reporter: “Russia has still annexed Crimea,” the reporter said, adding that Iran diplomatic dealings have brought nothing in terms of U.S. gain, The Blaze said.

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