Obama gets heat for treating Americans like adults in terror incident
So the president took a few days to speak to the nation about the failed terrorist effort on Christmas Day.
While we would expect that the GOP voices would not miss an opportunity to criticize Obama – no matter what he did – this time the media, from the left all the way to the right, was quick to jump down the president’s throat for waiting until he actually had something to say before addressing the nation.
According to the media and the Republican critics, the president erred in not taking immediately to the airwaves to provide his fellow Americans ‘assurance and comfort’ that everything was, indeed, okay.
What are we…five year olds? Obviously, everything was and is not okay and hearing the President of the United States pretend otherwise would only have provided me with assurance that the government was treating me like an imbecile.
But Obama didn’t do that. He waited until he knew what he was talking about before passing the information along to us- a lesson Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano might want to take to heart. When government officials speak before they think, they say stupid things like “The system worked.”
Apparently, President Obama believes that we should be treated like adults. Go figure.
In point of fact, it wasn’t until the last twenty-four hours that Obama had enough facts to tell us something useful. Speaking today from Hawaii, Obama said-
A systemic failure has occurred, and I consider that totally unacceptable. There was a mix of human and systemic failures that contributed to this potentially catastrophic breach of security. We need to learn from this episode and quickly fix the flaws in our system because our security is at stake and lives are at stake.
Via LA Times
The president went on to report that there had been information provided to the intelligence community that should have been put together and that, had things worked as they are supposed to, the terrorist would never have been permitted to board the plane he attempted to blow up.
While some Americans may find that news in no way reassuring, I find it to be quite to the contrary. I’d much rather the president get to the bottom of the problem and do something about it rather than read me bedtime stories so I can fool myself into sleeping better at night.
It’s time to grow up folks. It’s a rough world we live in and having leaders who would tell us otherwise is not going to do anyone any good.
To my Republican friends I would say this – enough already with the whole political points game. Serious times require serious people and there doesn’t seem to be a serious bone in your collective bodies except for when it comes to feathering your own re-election opportunities. Your behavior – in the midst of an important national situation – is immature, immoral and wholly unacceptable. Whether you like it or not, Obama is the president we have. Until that changes, maybe you should get your heads out of your collective behinds and see if you can’t figure out that terrorist attacks don’t make for good political gamesmanship. You might also take note that people who can read and think know all too well that it was the GOP in Congress that shot down approval of a technology system capable of catching a terrorist stuffed with the very chemical compound involved in this incident.
And to the media – whether liberal, conservative or whatever, I would remind you that the president does not serve to make your job easier. While a Christmas Day speech might have given you something to talk to death, at least for those of you who showed up to cover the event which excludes MSNBC, such a speech would have served no public benefit whatsoever as the president didn’t yet know enough to say anything important. If you want information to talk about, get your pundit’s posteriors off your cushy studio seats, go out there and dig it up for yourselves. That is, I believe, the actual job of a news organization.
It is often suggested that when someone is treated as an adult, they will, in turn, act like an adult. President Obama is doing his part – maybe the rest of us should get on board and do ours.