In an effort to dispel the notion that he’s a quivering ninny, Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau told Iraq combat veteran and U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton that he’s seen “dangerous” things, too — like, you know, mailing letters.
In an interview with Hugh Hewitt Tuesday morning, Cotton mocked Obama’s team of foreign policy advisors as a bunch of “campaign flaks and failed novelists.”
‘You know, most of who’s left in the administration now are all these yes men and fan boys who were van drivers or press flaks for Barack Obama in Iowa and New Hampshire in 2008,’ Cotton added, recalling Obama’s first presidential campaign.
‘As if any of them have ever seen anything more dangerous than a shoving match when they were playing beer pong in the back of a bar in Georgetown.’
In response to these jabs, Favreau took to Twitter to prove his toughness — by claiming that watching Cotton mail a letter was “dangerous.”
And yes, @SenTomCotton, I have seen something more dangerous, like when you went around the Constitution to undermine US foreign policy.
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) May 17, 2016
Favreau is referring to an open letter Cotton sent to Iran’s leadership last March explaining why the Iran nuclear deal is not as legally binding as they might think. The agreement between Obama and Iran’s leaders can be reversed under the direction of the next president because it is merely an executive agreement and not a treaty ratified by Congress, which the letter explained.
Some claimed Cotton’s letter was unconstitutional, and now Favreau is crying about how watching them do it made him feel unsafe.
But watching other people lick envelopes isn’t the only “dangerous” thing Favreau has endured throughout his political career.
In 2008, he was pictured fondling the breasts of a Hillary Clinton cardboard cutout — a risky move, for sure — just after she was appointed Obama’s secretary of State. Although, to be fair to Favreau, he may just be using the cardboard doll to show where the mean senators touched him. You decide!
He’s also had to endure super-tough interviews, like this one with Charlie Rose, in which he laughs about the absurdity of a lie he crafted about Obamacare: “If you like your insurance, you can keep it.”
“You know what, it’s so true!” he says about that line — before bursting into laughter.
See, life is hard for politicos like Favreau who have to endure the hardships of a softball public television interviews and watching people mail letters. Iraq combat veterans like Cotton should stop danger-splaining and get back to things that are really important, like sitting down and shutting up about the pitfalls of an executive agreement with a hostile country. Let’s leave the tough decisions to real men like Favreau, who’ve had to watch other people get paper cuts.