Monday, December 28, 2009

Fresh Off the Beach and Without a Tie Obama Assures "We Will Not Rest" UPDATED - Is He Losing the Times?

Obama's "likely" remarks on the Christmas attack on Northwest Airlines don't exactly inspire confidence. It's too bad his vacation in the multi-million dollar Hawaiian resort had to be interrupted to make a statement about an act of terror. There is not much news in this speech other than he gave it, but for those interested here is the clip:

Via Memeorandum
Rasmussen: 79% think another terrorist attack likely within the year Not to worry folks, Obama will not rest and is ordering reviews.

Ann Althouse wonders if he is losing the New York Times:

Analyzing this article in the Times which opens with this preposterous paragraph:
 President Obama emerged from Hawaiian seclusion on Monday to try to quell gathering criticism of his administration’s handling of the thwarted Christmas Day bombing of an American airliner as a branch of Al Qaeda claimed responsibility.
Althouse writes:
 You will not rest? But you are in Hawaii. And you didn't even put on a tie.... You are resting. And you were resting when this happened.
Is he losing the NYT?!
 In my opinion it is too much to hope for the Times has turned on Obama but perhaps Althouse is correct at least in this instance.  Reading a bit further in the article, I find this:
Pictures of passengers enduring tougher security screening at the airport were juxtaposed against images of the president soaking in the sun and surf of this tropical getaway.
Next we have "the governing is hard" lament from unnamed officials:
The episode has rejuvenated a debate that began after the 2001 attacks over the proper balance between security and privacy. The government has spent the last several years cutting the size of the watch list, after repeated criticism that too many people were being questioned at border crossings or checkpoints. Now it may be asked to expand it again.

You are second-guessed one day and criticized on another,” said one Transportation Security Administration official, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to discuss the matter.
 It is far easier to give a speech in 2004 opposing the war on terror followed by a protracted run for President with a few occasional "present' votes in the Senate.  Democrats spent years attacking Bush and Republicans over the Patriot Act but find themselves sniping at each other when tasked with renewing some provisions that are scheduled to expire this year.   These same folks have absolutely no problem placing all our medical records and responsibility for 1/6th of the economy in the hands of the government but when it comes to wiretapping potential terrorists,  somehow that takes government intervention just a bit too far.  Go figure.

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