Does Barack Obama ever realize that because he is president, he is not free to comment on pending criminal/civil litigation (like the racial kerfuffle in Boston a few months back)? Does he understand that every conversation is not a bullsh*tting session in North Side liberal salon? Does he realize that he's the president of the United States? And can he ever find it within himself just to shut the f*ck up?
Apparently not. Not even when his entire presidency hangs in the balance:
President Barack Obama predicted that professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be convicted, as Attorney General Eric Holder defended putting him through the U.S. civilian legal system.
In one of a series of TV interviews during his trip to Asia, Obama said those offended by the legal privileges given to Muhammed by virtue of getting a civilian trial rather than a military tribunal won't find it "offensive at all when he's convicted and when the death penalty is applied to him."
Obama quickly added that he did not mean to suggest he was prejudging the outcome of Mohammed's trial. "I'm not going to be in that courtroom," he said. "That's the job of the prosecutors, the judge and the jury."
"Quickly added" only after it was pointed out to him — by NBC's Chuck Todd — that the first statement would be taken as the president's interfering in the trial process.
Great. So now KSM already has a built-in appeal, the "tainted jury". Don't think for a moment that his defense lawyers won't be all over this. Obama's narcissism and sheer stupidity might have just set the worst person in the world (no, Keith, not Sarah Palin) free to commit mass murder on American soil one more time.
Silver lining: Maybe a judge, upon hearing the appeal, will agree with KSM and set a new trial...overseas, at a US military institution, where he should have been tried to begin with....