Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:45 am on September 23, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

I knew when I read this quote that it would get all sorts of criticism, deservedly so, but mainly the wrong kind. Bob Woodward’s new book contains this rather odd statement from America’s Commander in Chief about terrorism:

Woodward’s book portrays Obama and the White House as barraged by warnings about the threat of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil and confronted with the difficulty in preventing them. During an interview with Woodward in July, the president said, “We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger.”

People jumped on this statement and claimed that Barack Obama said that terrorism was no big deal, but that’s not really fair — and it misses the larger problem with the statement. He’s not dismissing terrorism; in fact, Obama says in the same breath that the administration is doing everything it can do to prevent another one.  That’s hardly a dismissal, although one can certainly argue whether Obama’s administration really is doing everything it can do, say, by capturing and interrogating terrorists rather than just killing them to avoid the legal questions of interrogation and detention.

No, the bigger issue is that Obama didn’t say anything at all with this statement.  Of course we can absorb another terrorist attack.  No one is arguing that another 9/11 will mean the disintegration of the US, except perhaps the nutcases who plotted the last one expecting an American collapse commensurate with the Soviet collapse in the late 1980s.  Another terrorist attack would hardly surpass the effects of the previous one in terms of American cohesion, which were negligible even in the long run.

But that’s not the point.  The point is that we lost almost 3,000 Americans in a day who should be still with us.  Secondarily, we sustained billions of dollars in economic damage.  The role of the executive branch and its Commander in Chief is to protect us from outside attack, not because we can’t “absorb” one, but because we want to preserve the lives, liberty, and property of Americans, which is the primary duty of the President.

Mumbling platitudes about our ability to absorb 9/11 nine years after the fact is plain silliness.  Unfortunately, this administration has a pattern of issuing nothing but platitudes in crises, especially the current economic crisis, where the White House launched its most ridiculous platitude, “Recovery Summer.”  It’s a fundamentally unserious administration, and this is just another example of it.

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He doesn’t care. That’s what it says.

fossten on September 23, 2010 at 8:46 AM

ass meet hat

Alden Pyle on September 23, 2010 at 8:48 AM

This “adminstration” only gets fired up and angry, when it’s attacking Americans.

Foreigners? They’re just potential Democrat voters.

NoDonkey on September 23, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Present!

backwoods conservative on September 23, 2010 at 8:49 AM

“Recovery Summer.”

Didn’t Obama promise that his Administration would not talk in sound bites?

Johnnyreb on September 23, 2010 at 8:49 AM

God help us! Our crumb-in-chief won’t.

Ignorant Mensan on September 23, 2010 at 8:51 AM

He doesn’t care. That’s what it says.

fossten on September 23, 2010 at 8:46 AM

Exactomundo.

Kevin71 on September 23, 2010 at 8:51 AM

He’s doing menta exercises with Bob Woodward to somehow justify to himself we can pull out of Afghanistan and Iraq because we can absorb the attacks.

If we can absorb the attacks, Obama won’t have to lose the entire Democratic Party by remaining in Iraq and Afghanistan, but can still win re-election. And since this is a president who made his career by voting ‘present’ and never doing anything proactive that seriously went against the party’s base, it’s killing him that he’s got the party pissed off at him over failing to scuttle Bush’s War on Terror, but at the same time is being told if he quits the fight and there’s another attack on U.S. soil, he completely will own the blame for the attack.

Obama’s simply trying to square the circle, and the only way he can is to convince the nation it over-reacted to 9/11 and – as the Park51 mosque supporters noted — we should ‘get over’ the terrorist attack.

jon1979 on September 23, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Absorb is such a fuzzword.

Fallon on September 23, 2010 at 8:52 AM

What is even more annoying is that, while the 9/11 attack was orchestrated by alQaeda, the threat of terrorists comes from other assorted Islamists, as well. ObaMao pretends to be “focused like a laser” on alQaeda, yet he ignores other existential threats to our national security. Hezbollah and similar groups protected and cultivated by the Muslim Brotherhood are just as dangerous.

onlineanalyst on September 23, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Didn’t Obama promise that his Administration would not talk in sound bites?

Johnnyreb on September 23, 2010 at 8:49 AM

The Obama “administration” is a sound bite.

NoDonkey on September 23, 2010 at 8:54 AM

“Americans expect our President to do everything possible to defend the nation from attack. We expect him to use every tool at his disposal to find, defeat, capture and kill terrorists. We expect him to deter attacks by making clear to our adversaries that an attack on the United States will carry devastating consequences. Instead, President Obama is reported to have said, ‘We can absorb a terrorist attack.’ This comment suggests an alarming fatalism on the part of President Obama and his administration. Once again the President seems either unwilling or unable to do what it takes to keep this nation safe. The President owes the American people an explanation,” -Liz Cheney.

Akzed on September 23, 2010 at 8:55 AM

He doesn’t care. That’s what it says.

fossten on September 23, 2010 at 8:46 AM

Exactly right. Or, in Obama’s more customary language, it would be a “distraction” from the far more important issue of remaking America into a Chavez style leftwing paradise. Omelettes and eggs.

jwolf on September 23, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Absorb is such a fuzzword.

Fallon on September 23, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Things that absorb: sponges, tampons, Obama’s weakened America.

Disturb the Universe on September 23, 2010 at 8:57 AM

jon1979 on September 23, 2010 at 8:52 AM

+1000

Obama would still be a hack state Senator from South Side Chicago if he had not jumped on the anti-war bandwagon and ridden it hard. Now that he is CinC reality has set in. He’s lost because he can’t just make a speech and get the Taliban and what’s left of al-Qaeda to go away.

rockmom on September 23, 2010 at 8:59 AM

It’s too bad that the occupant of the WH whines and moans about the job he is supposed to do, but takes great joy in doing the things that he isn’t supposed to do.

BetseyRoss on September 23, 2010 at 8:59 AM

“We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger.”
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canopfor on September 23, 2010 at 8:59 AM

jon1979: The first step in accepting ObaMao’s rebranding of the message is to call the Cordoba House mosque the Park51 mosque. We should not allow the significance of the mosque’s initial name to blind us to the intent of its promoters. The placement and use (sharia law library and study center) should not blind us to its symbolism: It represents conquest aka peace through submission.

onlineanalyst on September 23, 2010 at 9:00 AM

I don’t know Mr. Morrissey. When you ad it to this…..

During a daily intelligence briefing in May 2009, Mr. Blair [former Director of Intelligence] warned the president that radicals with American and European passports were being trained in Pakistan to attack their homelands. Mr. Emanuel afterward chastised him, saying, “You’re just trying to put this on us so it’s not your fault.” Mr. Blair also skirmished with Mr. Brennan about a report on the failed airliner terrorist attack on Dec. 25. Mr. Obama later forced Mr. Blair out.

Add it to the “get the hell out of Dodge before I lose my base” attitude regarding Afghanistan and I can understand how so many people are misunderstanding.

Cindy Munford on September 23, 2010 at 9:00 AM

This is awful but sometimes I wonder if he wants something big to happen…. He’s no GWB and until this clown is out of office I think we need to do everything we can to protect this Nation from attack.

He’s clueless in a crisis and we have the BP oil spill debacle to use as a measurement of his total incompetence.

Key West Reader on September 23, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Shameful. Character revealed. As damning: I can’t afford to lose the entire Democrat party. How about the nation?

publiuspen on September 23, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Obama only gets animated whe discussing “racist” cops, the NBA, and Muslims.

David2.0 on September 23, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Obama only gets animated whe discussing “racist” cops, the NBA, and Muslims.

David2.0 on September 23, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Don’t forget the Mexicans.

Key West Reader on September 23, 2010 at 9:04 AM

No the point is that he could care less about this country.You can also hear it in his outlandish speech addressing the hispanics last week. To him,anything that happens,he would have nothing to do with,and it would be our fault and Bush’s.

ohiobabe on September 23, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Obama: ” Japan absorbed two nuclear attacks and they were absorbed just fine. Japan was stronger for it.”

Okay he really didn’t say that but you understand what I mean.

Mojave Mark on September 23, 2010 at 9:08 AM

the Soviet collapse in the late 1980s.

Did they “collapse”?
They gave their subjects more perestroika & glasnost, they changed their name, & they gave up on empire-building, but they still have a seat on the UN Security Council. They still have hostility to the US. They still are a huge threat.

itsnotaboutme on September 23, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Agreed, Ed. I would say that this President sees himself as king of the world and wants to use American money and power to clean up the slums by making nice with America’s enemies and competitors. This “progressive” view is what he knows and believes. And he has made the world a more dangerous place by playing the “down” card.
It isn’t that his remarks say “nothing”. They say less than nothing when he could have said, “Sure we can weather another attack, but whoever attacks us will be destroyed.” Like Rush says, “Elections have consequences”.

Randy

williars on September 23, 2010 at 9:09 AM

More platitudes: WH talking points re the GOP “Pledge to America” http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/42592.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

onlineanalyst on September 23, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Tell it to the 2977 families.

khacha on September 23, 2010 at 9:11 AM

It would help if we had a president that had a clue about American exceptionalism. Appeasement of those who would damage us only helps them to accomplish their goals.

volsense on September 23, 2010 at 9:14 AM

“We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger.”
===========================================================

So…umm…how many Pearl Harbours does Obama think,that
“Americans” can absorb!!

canopfor on September 23, 2010 at 9:16 AM

NoDonkey on September 23, 2010 at 8:49 AM

+1

cmsinaz on September 23, 2010 at 9:16 AM

While I am not a fan of Pres Obama, I have much less respect for Bob Woodward and want to know what he left out of the quote before going after the president. Why would anyone trust that a mainstream journalist, particularly Woodword, quoted anybody right?

kemphd on September 23, 2010 at 9:17 AM

preserve the lives, liberty, and property of Americans, which is the primary duty of the President.

If Barry cared about that, he wouldn’t be suing the state of Arizona for trying to slow the tide of illegals overrunning our state. AZ taxpayers are forced to pay billions of dollars in additional taxes every year to provide services for illegal aliens — “free” schooling, “free” medical care, etc., — plus we have to pay for the increased police and court costs necessitated by the criminal illegal aliens’ felonious activities here (drug and human smuggling, kidnapping, gang-related crime, etc.).

But instead of helping Arizonans uphold the law and defend our lives and property, Obama attacks us (both verbally, and in court) and sides with the law-breaking foreigners taking unfair advantage of Arizonans.

AZCoyote on September 23, 2010 at 9:17 AM

volsense on September 23, 2010 at 9:14 AM

The only thing Barry finds exceptional or good about our country is that he is president.

Our history and our present is racist, sexist and the rich stealing from the poor.

Which he aims to “change”.

Us getting attacked is of no real concern of his.

NoDonkey on September 23, 2010 at 9:18 AM

canopfor on September 23, 2010 at 9:16 AM

+1

cmsinaz on September 23, 2010 at 9:18 AM

That statement,is sooooooooooooooooooooooo
unbecoming of a President!!

canopfor on September 23, 2010 at 9:19 AM

The man is out of his depth when it comes to foreign policy and domestic security.

Come to think of it, ZER۞ is just out of his depth, period, unless destroying our economy, sacking entire industries, and enslaving our grandchildren with insurmountable debt are to be considered positive traits.

hillbillyjim on September 23, 2010 at 9:20 AM

fundamentally unserious administration,

spot on Ed!

cmsinaz on September 23, 2010 at 9:22 AM

canopfor on September 23, 2010 at 9:16 AM
+1

cmsinaz on September 23, 2010 at 9:18 AM

cmsinaz:)

canopfor on September 23, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Iran is very interested in EMP and doing everything they can to be able to deliver one. If the theories are right — and they’re based on data from experiments (unlike anthropogenic glow-ball warming) — then it’s back to the stone-age. Literally.

gh on September 23, 2010 at 9:26 AM

He is playing POTUS, not being POTUS.

ladyingray on September 23, 2010 at 9:26 AM

He doesn’t care because he won’t be affected. A few more dead Americans means nothing to him. That was obvious by his reaction to the Ft. Hood incident. Anything outside his personal life is inconsequential to him. This attitude is reflected in everything he does just like high unemployment. The only thing that bothers him about it is that it is damaging to the Dems and his getting reelected. The damage that is being done to millions of Americans doesn’t bother him in the least. He just hits the golf courses and parties on at the WH, tells us we’re stupid and reminds us that we should be “grateful”.

Not only is he incompetent, arrogant, petulant and largely ignorant about most issues, he is a truly loathsome human being.

Cody1991 on September 23, 2010 at 9:27 AM

fundamentally unserious administration,
spot on Ed!

cmsinaz on September 23, 2010 at 9:22 AM

cmsinaz: Yup,

Forked Tongued, Hopey the lying Fence Post Turtle!!!:)

canopfor on September 23, 2010 at 9:30 AM

He is playing POTUS, not being POTUS.

ladyingray on September 23, 2010 at 9:26 AM

ladyingray: LOTUSA!!!!

canopfor on September 23, 2010 at 9:31 AM

The photo of Obama with his feet up on the oval desk surrounded by staff members gazing at him; that photo tells the story of this man’s lack of respect for the office of potus better than anything written about him to date. Yes, this book is another lesson about this man’s lack of character and lack of passion for the American people, but that photo nails just how big a lowlife this man really is.

Keemo on September 23, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Don’t forget the Mexicans.

Key West Reader on September 23, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Key West Reader: Yup,legal,and illegal voters!:)

canopfor on September 23, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Another 9/11 for Obama, could be a game changer for him. He’d love nothing more than a crisis of this porportion, to propel himself, and his party. Ala, an executive order of some sorts ,and cancelling elections.

capejasmine on September 23, 2010 at 9:34 AM

When it comes to attacking America, Obama hates competition.

Electrongod on September 23, 2010 at 9:36 AM

The Obama-fellating media loves his platitudes and treats them as Moses treated the commandments handed down by God.
You just don’t question The Word from The One.
Predicting Rush will give Ed another hat tip today.

Extrafishy on September 23, 2010 at 9:38 AM

OT:
Since we are on the subject of the idiocy of the Obama administration….. this is going to blow open a whole lot of corruption for this administration.
Voter fraud and intimidation is a problem that a majority of Americans have zero tolerance for.

(via Instapundit)
http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/bombshell-defying-doj-instructions-christopher-coates-will-testify-on-new-black-panther-case-%e2%80%a6-tomorrow/?print=1


UPDATE: More: Bombshell: Defying DOJ Instructions, Christopher Coates Will Testify Friday on New Black Panther Case.


“Told by the Department of Justice to ignore a subpoena from the Civil Rights Commission, former Voting Section Chief Coates has instead chosen to comply. His testimony Friday morning is likely to be incredibly damaging to DOJ leadership and the Obama administration.”

This is not going away quietly…no matter how much the media ignores it.

Baxter Greene on September 23, 2010 at 9:38 AM

The role of the executive branch and its Commander in Chief is to protect us from outside attack, not because we can’t “absorb” one, but because we want to preserve the lives, liberty, and property of Americans, which is the primary duty of the President.

Ed, you make a helluva good point here. +1

+3,000 for using “lives, liberty and property”….

ted c on September 23, 2010 at 9:40 AM

If “Cousin Eddie” gets that 3:00 A.M. call he’ll hang up and murmur to Michelle can’t I just go back to sleep!

IMPEACH THIS IMPOSTER!

dhunter on September 23, 2010 at 9:40 AM

ED you miss the whole point…..

Barry’s statement is an admission that as far as he is concerned the terrorists have won.

Welcome to the new norm.

Never again will you be able to meet airline passengers at the gate.

Your children will never know what it’s like to go to a sporting event or an office building without passing thru security…

and on and on….. and it won’t stop there.

don’t worry… they will come up with new protection need that take away the liberties of every American under the guise of fighting terrorism.

But hey… look at all the economic development that creates

roflmao

donabernathy on September 23, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Baxter Greene on September 23, 2010 at 9:38 AM

This was a stupid unnecessary error, what could they have been thinking in DOJ?

Cindy Munford on September 23, 2010 at 9:42 AM

This was a stupid unnecessary error, what could they have been thinking in DOJ?

Cindy Munford on September 23, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Hubris

Baxter Greene on September 23, 2010 at 9:43 AM

OT:
Since we are on the subject of the idiocy of the Obama administration….. this is going to blow open a whole lot of corruption for this administration.

Baxter Greene on September 23, 2010 at 9:38 AM

do you mean corruption corruption? or just plain ol’ run of the mill corruption?

BTW. thanks I saw that at PJM too, great stuff and I hope there are sphincters puckering today in the DOJ

ted c on September 23, 2010 at 9:44 AM

because we want to preserve the lives, liberty, and property of Americans, which is the primary duty of the President.

Barry doesn’t know the meaning of the word “duty”.

“Duty” implies honor, commitment, integrity and accomplishment.

All of which are foreign to the likes of Barack Obama.

NoDonkey on September 23, 2010 at 9:48 AM

The role of the executive branch and its Commander in Chief is to protect us from outside attack, not because we can’t “absorb” one, but because we want to preserve the lives, liberty, and property of Americans, which is the primary duty of the President.

In the Obamanation, lives are expendable for the “common good”… multiculturalism, redistribution, globalization blah blah blah.

petefrt on September 23, 2010 at 9:49 AM

If “Cousin Eddie” gets that 3:00 A.M. call he’ll hang up and murmur to Michelle can’t I just go back to sleep!

IMPEACH THIS IMPOSTER!

dhunter on September 23, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Heh, ObaMao certainly will not be getting a “shrimp” if he does so.

onlineanalyst on September 23, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Baxter Greene on September 23, 2010 at 9:43 AM

What would have been the maximum penalty had they just quietly prosecuted this case? It makes zero sense.

Cindy Munford on September 23, 2010 at 9:51 AM

This was a stupid unnecessary error, what could they have been thinking in DOJ?

Cindy Munford on September 23, 2010 at 9:42 AM

This was actually a very telling episode with this administration and their attitude of above the law, or all powerful… These people really do believe they don’t have to pay any attention to the old ways since an era of “change” has come to this country.

Narcissistic…

Keemo on September 23, 2010 at 9:53 AM

This was a stupid unnecessary error, what could they have been thinking in DOJ?

Cindy Munford on September 23, 2010 at 9:42 AM

We won. (And now it’s payback time. Basically they were thinking the same thing the billy-club wielding New Black Panther thugs were thinking.)

AZCoyote on September 23, 2010 at 9:54 AM

OT:
Since we are on the subject of the idiocy

This is not going away quietly…no matter how much the media ignores it.

Baxter Greene on September 23, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Baxter Greene: Thanks for the heads up,and Obama’s idiocy
is morphing from daily to hourly!!:)

canopfor on September 23, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Keemo on September 23, 2010 at 9:53 AM

I’m going to add arrogance to the mix. What people thought Bush was doing, Obama thought, he could do. Turns out, Bush wasn’t doing a fraction, if any of the things Obama is doing, and Obama’s finding out, that just because your president, doesn’t mean you can always get away with it. He may never see the inside of a cell, but they’re sure making him squirm right now. I’m sure of that!

capejasmine on September 23, 2010 at 10:01 AM

What would have been the maximum penalty had they just quietly prosecuted this case? It makes zero sense.

Cindy Munford on September 23, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Since the charges they were found guilty of were reduced….they would have suffered very little consequences.

But it would have been a blow to the liberal ideology that infects the DOJ.Plus they would have had to suffer backlash from entities like the CBC and NAACP.

It is all about “Social Justice” and nothing to do with the rule of law.

Baxter Greene on September 23, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Baxter Greene: Thanks for the heads up,and Obama’s idiocy
is morphing from daily to hourly!!:)

canopfor on September 23, 2010 at 9:58 AM

….and has gone beyond criminal.
I really don’t see how Obama can get away with two more years of this idiocy and corruption.

Baxter Greene on September 23, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Canopfor @ 9:30 :)

cmsinaz on September 23, 2010 at 10:08 AM

The more Obama speaks the less he says.

Leadership is not about giving speeches nor coming up with a catchy slogan. If he had a bit more experience in actually leading something, anything, anyone, perhaps he might understand this simple concept.

So, Obama will continue to utter empty platitudes…so long as TOTUS tells him to do so.

coldwarrior on September 23, 2010 at 10:09 AM

coldwarrior on September 23, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Barry’s always telling us what he’s done and he’s going to do, then he does the complete opposite.

He’s angry at us because we don’t take his word, we react to his actions.

Never in his career has that happened before.

Never in his vacuous job experience.

Or during the campaign.

All he ever had to do was talk.

Now that he actually has to produce tangible results, he’s flummoxed.

NoDonkey on September 23, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Every aspect of Obama’s war strategy is subordinated to his domestic political strategy.
Gi Promise to close Gitmo making you look foolish? Don’t want more problems with enemy prisoners? Just kill them all. The loss of military intelligence and the soldiers lives that might be saved aren’t as important as avoiding domestic political embarrassment. And so what if you kill a few more bystanders that way?

Winning elections more important than winning wars? Trapped by your own campaign propaganda about the “good war” in Afghanistan? Damn generals stubbornly refuse to give you a magic plan to get out without winning and without losing face? Just ignore them, and come up with your own! Who needs generals and their military experience? Why, the very fact they think in terms of victory and defeat proves they are anachronisms. After all, everyone knows that victory is so passe. Community organizers are better at military strategy anyway.

novaculus on September 23, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Secondarily, we sustained billions of dollars in economic damage.

Not to mention a new round of directives and regulations, and an enhanced bubble of security around our lives, causing us to shuffle through airports in stocking feet, discarding water bottles, not being able to even publicly carry a penknife, and an FAA whose first reaction was to lock all airline passengers into their seats for the last 45 minutes of a flight. A wholesale, sheepish surrender to the enforcement arm of this “religion of peace.” And a Congress to cowardly to call them out on it.

donabernathy on September 23, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Yeah, I’d say that the terrorists are winning.

ss396 on September 23, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Winning elections more important than winning wars?

Of course they are because Obama’s only enemies are Americans.

He has no beef with the rest of the world.

NoDonkey on September 23, 2010 at 10:22 AM

“We can absorb a terrorist attack.”

I take it as a return to the USS Cole days where terrorest can blow up US people and the President does nothing about it.

Just so long as it does not interupt the NCAA tourneys this year. Can never start to soon working on that bracket Mr. Obama. /sarc

mechkiller_k on September 23, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Barry’s always telling us what he’s done and he’s going to do, then he does the complete opposite.

NoDonkey on September 23, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Obama at the UN today:

Obama was to urge the U.N. in its 60th year to look beyond past Middle East peace failures and get on with the task at hand.

“We can do that,” he was to say. “Or, we can say that this time will be different, that this time we will not let terror or turbulence or posturing or petty politics stand in the way.


Obama on the War in Afghanistan:

Mr. Obama replied. “I can’t let this be a war without end, and I can’t lose the whole Democratic Party.”

Of course the “adults” in charge think it is worse to lose political points within their base than it is to lose a war.

Nobody plays “petty politics” better than Obama.

Baxter Greene on September 23, 2010 at 10:38 AM

The more Obama speaks the less he says.

Leadership is not about giving speeches nor coming up with a catchy slogan. If he had a bit more experience in actually leading something, anything, anyone, perhaps he might understand this simple concept.

So, Obama will continue to utter empty platitudes…so long as TOTUS tells him to do so.

coldwarrior on September 23, 2010 at 10:09 AM

He’s a Hollywood set piece. Grand and impressive from the front. Empty within with nothing but some props to hold it vertical.

Extrafishy on September 23, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Mojave Mark:

Obama: ” Japan absorbed two nuclear attacks and they were absorbed just fine. Japan was stronger for it.”

Okay he really didn’t say that but you understand what I mean.

He sure came close when he called a nuclear attack here “a potential game changer.” It’s the “potential” that grabbed my attention!

JM Hanes on September 23, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Mumbling platitudes about our ability to absorb 9/11 nine years after the fact is plain silliness.

And HOW did America react after 9/11? President Bush shut down our airspace to prevent further planes from hitting their targets. President Bush told the nation that “those who knocked these buildings down will hear from us”, and the Taliban were chased from power in Afghanistan within three months. The Bush Administration imposed new security regulations on airline flights, and pressed Congress for an emergency loan to the airline industry. President Bush created the Dept of Homeland Security, and broke down the “Gorelick wall” between the FBI and CIA and local police, which prevented several other planned attacks from succeeding.

9/11 caught the US with its guard down, but we “absorbed” the blow because a strong President raised our guard and actively rebuilt what was lost.

We’ve seen three Muslim terrorist attacks on the USA since Obama took office. 13 dead at Fort Hood, OBAMA DID NOTHING. The Christmas jock bomber failed because a DUTCH passenger saw his pants on fire, and OBAMA DID NOTHING. The Times Square bomber failed when a T-shirt vendor tipped off police, and he almost got away, and OBAMA DID NOTHING.

Go ahead, big he-man Oblabla–tell us how well we could “absorb” another 9/11. What have you done about the three terrorist attacks we already “absorbed” or just lucked out? What would you DO if we lost another 3,000 people or two skyscrapers in a terrorist attack? Would you DO what Bush did, or just blame him?

Steve Z on September 23, 2010 at 10:46 AM

This.

catmman on September 23, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Not so sure we can absorb another Obama.

reaganaut on September 23, 2010 at 11:00 AM

So nice to see Ed again twisting himself to be fair-minded.
However, You look at this the wrong way.

There is nobody, absolutely NOBODY, in the WH knows more about moooslems and their ‘religion of peas’ than our president. Every action he took indicates he is doing his best to gurantee future mohamedon attacks on our soil.

That is the only way he will garner people rallying under him (just like right after 9/11/2001). Everything this guy does has been calcuated for his political purpose.

You will not convince me he took his oath seriously and put America first and foremost.

Sir Napsalot on September 23, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Obama’s mindset that we can absorb another terrorist attack is why Obama is doing nothing to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon.

Obama’s mindset that we can absorb another terrorist attack is why Obama’s most important goal for the war in Afghanistan is to have an exit strategy.

Obama’s mindset that we can absorb another terrorist attack is why Obama spits in the face of Israel.

Obama’s mindset that we can absorb another terrorist attack is why Obama curries the favor of Muslim extremists in the Middle East, in Europe, and in the USA.

slp on September 23, 2010 at 11:32 AM

He sure came close when he called a nuclear attack here “a potential game changer.” It’s the “potential” that grabbed my attention!

JM Hanes on September 23, 2010 at 10:46 AM

As it did mine! President Kickass is a pussyfooting coward who, in the event of such a “potential game changer,” would undoubtedly launch the mother of all Muslim outreach and apology tours. He’s a spineless piece of shit.

Gang-of-One on September 23, 2010 at 11:48 AM

What may save us is the fact that most of the tempting terrorist targets in the US are democratic strongholds. Bammie is more likely to protect his own, after all he doesn’t want “to lose the democratic party”.

slickwillie2001 on September 23, 2010 at 12:07 PM

The only way I cope with it is to try to imagine this administration as children playing government. They really are like simple children.

I would love to visit the White House and ask The One if he had read any Plutarch. I think I have this right.

..the children cast stones at the frogs in play but the frogs die in earnest…”

I wanted to recite a few things to W also and ask questions about them.

Maybe I’ll contact Fox for an assignment. Can you imagine one of us in the ring with The One?

IlikedAUH2O on September 23, 2010 at 12:28 PM

I figured out why I can’t stand to listen to Bambi.
He talks like a child trying to sound like an adult.

DDT on September 23, 2010 at 1:03 PM

He sure came close when he called a nuclear attack here “a potential game changer.” It’s the “potential” that grabbed my attention!

JM Hanes on September 23, 2010 at 10:46 AM

I’d bet he wouldn’t react with much more than a few extra speeches, a sternly worded letter and an appeal to the UN. We’d end up “absorbing” it for the sake of his multiculturalist socialist agenda.

petefrt on September 23, 2010 at 1:05 PM

DDT on September 23, 2010 at 1:03 PM

He speaks in cliches and platitudes. After the first few speeches, he sounds like a broken record.

petefrt on September 23, 2010 at 1:12 PM

“Before I get to the subject of this morning’s nuclear incident that took out lower Manhattan, I’d like to give a shout-out to the rest of my four-some for this weekend…”

PatMac on September 23, 2010 at 1:31 PM

‘We can absorb a terrorist attack.’

When you take this “We can absorb a terrorist attack” along with his desire to get the blank out of dodge in Afghanistan, “Absorb” means we don’t retaliate.

It means that if we are hit we “just turn the other cheek”

“We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger.”

Apparently Obama believes the more dead Americans after terrorist attack, the better, so long as we don’t fight back.

200K dead Americans and we don’t retaliate, go after the terrorist, why that would mean were supper duper double pinky good!

Could it be clearer Obama is not fit for command.

DSchoen on September 23, 2010 at 2:49 PM

We’ll do everything we can to prevent it

—– Except for tracking people that are here on a visa and making sure they leave when the visa expires. Also as long as it doesn’t include securing the border so enemies cant just walk across.

free on September 23, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Obowma: A terrorist attack? It’s a local matter so I won’t comment on local matters.
Oh look, time for another vacation.

dthorny on September 23, 2010 at 11:58 PM