The Phantom Menace

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In last night’s press conference, CNN’s Ed Henry got Obama to talk about his position on abortion by asking a trio of unrelated questions, including: “Do you still hope that Congress quickly sends you the Freedom of Choice Act so you can sign it?”

Nit-picky pushback: The question is a misstatement of Obama’s campaign pledge to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund that “the first thing I’d do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act.” Of course, before Obama could sign the bill, Congress would have to first pass it. And he’s never expressed the hope that Congress drop what it’s doing and prioritize FOCA.

Non-nit-picky pushback: Congress can’t “quickly send [Obama] the Freedom of Choice Act” because it still hasn’t been introduced.Yep, that’s right. There’s no bill for Congress to consider.

If you’ve forgotten how bogus this issue is, here’s a primer.

Also? The Vatican apparently needs to get on-message–its newpaper gives Obama’s first 100 days a tentative thumbs-up.