RNC Chair stands by his comparison of Obama to cruise ship captain

posted at 5:25 pm on January 30, 2012 by Tina Korbe

In case you missed it, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus yesterday compared President Barack Obama to Captain Francesco Schettino, who abandoned the Costa Concordia cruise ship as it was sinking, even though the evacuation of passengers had barely begun.

In an appearance Sunday morning on CBS, Priebus said, “We’re going to talk about our own little Captain Schettino, which is President Obama who’s abandoning the ship here in the United States and is more interested in campaigning than doing his job as president.”

The comments created a mild controversy, as Democrats (and former RNC Chairman Michael Steele) declared that it was inappropriate of Priebus to make the comparison given that at least 16 people died when the Costa Concordia sank. The ever-civil Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz called the remarks “incendiary.” (Oh, the hypocrisy!)

Today, though, Priebus stood by his remarks in an appearance on Fox News:

Pressed about whether the analogy was appropriate considering that the crash killed at least 16 people – with more than a dozen still missing – Priebus stood by the comments.

“The analogy was made and it was an analogy of leadership, that in a time of crisis, this president is leaving the White House and campaigning non-stop all the time,” Priebus said. “I think it’s pretty clear, but if people out there on the Democratic side want to make hay of it they’re going to be able to do it. The reality is that it’s a fair analogy in regard to leadership in a moment of crisis that this president is more interested in his own job, A number 1, than the jobs of millions of Americans out there hurting right now.”

As Allahpundit wrote when the story about Captain Schettino’s gutlessness first broke, Schettino’s actions instantly turned his surname into a byword for cowardice — and it was clearly in the sense of invoking an image of cowardice and selfishness that Priebus used Schettino’s name.

This isn’t a hill to die on, though, and it might have served Priebus better to have said he was sorry to have mentioned Captain Schettino. If nothing else, that would have made DWS’ refusal to apologize for her truly incendiary comments about the Tea Party look even shabbier by comparison.



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I will not be broken

Key West Reader on January 30, 2012 at 7:00 PM

The racist strikes again

liberal4life on January 30, 2012 at 5:39 PM

I hate to engage, and I won’t respond, but gotta say, what in the hubs of billy beat hell does this have to do with the price of grandma’s underpants?

waterytart on January 30, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Shhhhhhhhh! No one is supossed to know what it snacks on!

KOOLAID2 on January 30, 2012 at 7:08 PM

The reality is that it’s a fair analogy in regard to leadership in a moment of crisis

Yeah, what leadership?

stukinIL4now on January 30, 2012 at 7:09 PM

The fact that the leftist Obama White House, and DNC Debbie Wasserman Schultz, are exercised and soiling themselves over RNC Reince Priebus comments indicate only one thing:

RNC Reince Priebus comments are ON TARGET !!! :)

BigSven on January 30, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Mitt Romney is the GOP’s John Kerry of 2004

Yikes. And, LOL.

Key West Reader on January 30, 2012 at 5:50 PM

That was jolly good! I can’t believe no one is taking credit for it.

On topic, don’t back down, Priebus and don’t apologize! The more they squawk about this, the more exposure it will get. The analogy is spot on!

Naturally Curly on January 30, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Can we add Holder to list of people charged with manslaughter for F&F?

Les in NC on January 30, 2012 at 7:11 PM

supposed…I can’t spell either!

KOOLAID2 on January 30, 2012 at 7:11 PM

The racist strikes again

liberal4life on January 30, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Care to explain that, lefty? Or is it just another knee-jerk spew?

Solaratov on January 30, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Good for Priebus! A Republican who doesn’t turn to jello when the dims call him a name. Michael Steele? Becoming even more clear why he should never have been RNC chairman.

Charm on January 30, 2012 at 7:26 PM

If nothing else, that would have made DWS’ refusal to apologize for her truly incendiary comments about the Tea Party look even shabbier by comparison.

I highly doubt it.

The story would be that the RNC Chair apologized for incendiary rhetoric, without a mention of what Debbie said. The story would build that the RNC is the party of incivility, which the RNC Chair even admits to with his apology for his own comments.

Why does anyone think the media will ever give us a pass on these things even if we play by their rules and grovel a bit? Anything can and will be used against you if you’re a Rep. It’s not just a Miranda warning.

Esthier on January 30, 2012 at 7:29 PM

This isn’t a hill to die on, though, and it might have served Priebus better to have said he was sorry to have mentioned Captain Schettino. If nothing else, that would have made DWS’ refusal to apologize for her truly incendiary comments about the Tea Party look even shabbier by comparison.

No! It’s time for Republicans to stop apologizing for comments made. That happens all the time and the Republicans look like sniveling weasels who are constantly unsure of themselves. As you point out, Debbie Downer has not apologized for genuinely incendiary language and will never be held to account for that. Priebus’s remarks were mild compared to DWS. Let them stand as explained.

AZfederalist on January 30, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Meh, he’s just trying to get people to pay attention – right, Debbie?

disa on January 30, 2012 at 7:43 PM

The comments created a mild controversy, as Democrats (and former RNC Chairman Michael Steele) declared that it was inappropriate of Priebus to make the comparison given that at least 16 people died when the Costa Concordia sank.

And it appears that at least 301 people have been killed by guns given to criminals by the Obama administration in their Fast & Furious operation to drum up support for more gun control.

RJL on January 30, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Could be the most thin skinned president ever.

Ellis on January 30, 2012 at 8:16 PM

What do liberals scream when they have no argument of substance?

The racist strikes again
liberal4life on January 30, 2012 at 5:39 PM

That’s right.

gwelf on January 30, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Hey, the poor guy’s name is Reince Priebus, okay? Whadda you want for nothing…a rubber biscuit?

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 30, 2012 at 8:57 PM

The racist strikes again

liberal4life on January 30, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Oh? What did you do this time?

Wendya on January 30, 2012 at 9:29 PM

should we apologize after we take off the bomb-vest? since we’re “terrorists” “suicide bombers” “hostage takers” “kill women” “kill poor people” “kill grandma” “let sick people die”

more Alinsky…make them play by their own rules, Dems NEVER GET CALLED ON IT CAUSE THEY HAVE 90% of MSM.

John Kettlewell on January 31, 2012 at 5:11 AM

Just because the Captain didn’t kill anywhere near as many people as Captain B+ did, doesn’t mean it isn’t a comparison with a lot of merit.

Dirty Creature on January 31, 2012 at 7:09 AM

Obama whistling while the ship sinks:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9uJDfNjywB8

itsnotaboutme on January 31, 2012 at 7:24 AM

Hell! Why apologize for telling the truth? And many more than 16 have died because of Obamba’s lack of leadership. Think middle East, Iraq, Iran. Give me a break, you all are a bunch of wussies about telling the truth about this dumn a$$ president. Call me racist if you want, I really don’t care.

rjulio on January 31, 2012 at 12:42 PM

the captain finds this all very interesting…. from shore

MrMoe on January 31, 2012 at 6:12 PM

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