From denial to "we never claimed otherwise"
"It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris," Obama said.
It was a Kosher deli. And they weren't randomly shot. A Jewish store was targeted before the Sabbath.
So Obama's spokesman explained that, really they were targeted randomly.
Question: They weren't killed because they were in a Jewish deli though, they were in a kosher deli?
Earnest: John, these individuals were not targeted by name. This is the point.
Question: Not by name, but by religion, were they not?
Earnest: Well, John, there were people other than just Jews who were in that deli.
So the approach was to pretend that it was just a random store being randomly targeted. Nothing to do with Jews.
Psaki at State agreed.
Psaki: Well, as you know, I believe if I remember the victims specifically there were not all victims of one background or one nationality so I think what they mean by that is, I don't know that they spoke to the targeting of the grocery store or that specifically but the individuals who were impacted.
In fact all four of the victims were Jewish.
Question: Does the administration believe this was an anti-Jewish or an attack on the Jewish community in Paris?
Psaki: I don't think we're going to speak on behalf of French authorities and what they believe was the situation at play here.
Question: Yeah, but if a guy goes into a kosher market and starts shooting it up, you don't - he's not looking for Buddhists is he?
Psaki: Well again, Matt, I think it's relevant that obviously the individuals in there who were shopping and working at the store....
Question: Who does the administration expect shops at a kosher deli? I mean I might but you know... an attacker going into a store that is clearly identified as being one of, as identified with one specific faith, I'm not sure I can understand how it is that you can't say this was a targeted attack.
Psaki: I just don't have more for you, Matt. It's an issue for the French government to address.
So we're confirmed on full denial. Except then suddenly...
We have always been clear that the attack on the kosher grocery store was an anti-semitic attack that took the lives of innocent people.
— Jen Psaki (@statedeptspox) February 10, 2015
Sure. Just read above.
Our view has not changed. Terror attack at Paris Kosher market was motivated by anti-Semitism. POTUS didn't intend to suggest otherwise.
— Josh Earnest (@PressSec) February 10, 2015
Our view has not changed. It's just now completely different from what it was.
And this is typical of Obama Inc. Repeat the same lie. Then suddenly switch to claiming that you always told the truth.