President Obama says Israel remarks by Helen Thomas 'offensive'
Speaking on NBC's 'Today' show Tuesday morning, President Obama said remarks about Israel by now-retired journalist Helen Thomas were 'offensive.'
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Asked during an interview with NBC about Thomas' comments urging Israel to get "out of Palestine," Obama said he believes those statements were "out of line." At the same time, he said he recognized Thomas' long service covering presidents dating back to John F. Kennedy.
He said it was a "shame" that her career has ended in controversy, but called Thomas' retirement announcement "the right decision."
The 89-year-old Thomas retired Monday as a columnist for Hearst News Service.