Gary Gross notes this completely unfair attack on Barack Obama’s response to the Eunuch Bomber on Christmas Day:
“I hope the terrorists don’t think this is a good time to attack,” I said, looking protectively at the White House, which always looks smaller and more vulnerable and beautiful than you expect, no matter how often you see it up close.
I thought our guard might be down because of the holiday; now I realize our guard is down every day.
Man, that Bill Kristol can get nasty when Obama makes a mistake, can’t he? Oh, wait — that wasn’t Kristol? Maybe this came from Dick Cheney. Yeah, that must be it, because the article goes on to say this:
Before he left for vacation, Obama tried to shed his Spock mien and juice up the empathy quotient on jobs. But in his usual inspiring/listless cycle, he once more appeared chilly in his response to the chilling episode on Flight 253, issuing bulletins through his press secretary and hitting the links. At least you have to seem concerned.
Darn it, Mr. Vice-President, how dare you suggest that Obama doesn’t care about national security and terrorist attacks! That’s below the belt, and … huh? That wasn’t Dick Cheney, either? Was this Rush Limbaugh, then?
Citing the attempt of the Nigerian’s father to warn U.S. authorities six months ago, the president intoned: “It now appears that weeks ago this information was passed to a component of our intelligence community but was not effectively distributed so as to get the suspect’s name on a no-fly list.”
In his detached way, Spock was letting us know that our besieged starship was not speeding into a safer new future, and that we still have to be scared.
Heck of a job, Barry.
Heh. Good one, Rush, tying that back to Katrina and the incompetence that — oh, wait, it wasn’t Rush Limbaugh, either? Well, who was it who attacked Barack Obama so personally? Next thing you’ll tell me is that it was someone like Maureen Dowd. Give me a break.
If Obama has lost Maureen Dowd, then perhaps the outrageous outrage that erupted this morning over Cheney’s remarks should be reconsidered. Be sure to read Dowd’s entire column, a sentence I thought I’d never write.