Critics of Obama way off base on this one

Yes — the not-so-bright, would-be terrorist from Nigeria got though international and domestic security mechanisms supposed to have stopped him long before the jerk lit his underwear afire before landing in Detroit.  And yes — the incident happened during the administration of President Barack Obama.  But the sniping at the president by Republicans, including former Vice President Cheney, and by conservative radio and TV commentators, borders on — if not passing into — asinine.

The criticism has included such childishness as blasting Obama for waiting a few days before making a national speech on the incident.  For heaven’s sake, the president was briefed on the incident from the moment it occured; he made statements almost immediately indicating his concern and that he was being regularly briefed; he took time to gather the facts and meet with his national security team; and then he appeared publicly to give a rational, measured, but hard-hitting response.  And for this, a former vice president criticizes him.

Partisanship truly has pervasively infected our political system when a reasonable, measured, factual, timely and substantive response by a president to a single security incident — the roots of which clearly indicate long-simmering problems that predated his tenure in office — is publicly blasted as irresponsible.  In point of fact, those levelling such counterproductive attacks are the ones engaging in irresponsible behavior.

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Joel Edge

January 7th, 2010
7:16 am

True. But I hope you remember the attacks W faced after Katrina. What’s good for the goose, etc. A group of dedicated fanatics have an advantage over all of the well meaning government employees. Profiling would seem to be the only answer. But we’re not gonna do that.

Chris Sanchez

January 7th, 2010
7:30 am

You hit the nail on the head Bob!

Jack Parkman

January 7th, 2010
7:34 am

What’s with all the spelling errors? Consservative? Assinine? Long-simemring? Copy editor must’ve had a bad day.

arnold

January 7th, 2010
8:05 am

The Republicans have been overly nasty since Newt Gingrich and the “Contract With America”. The partisanship has not helped this country in any positive manner. Now, neither political party is willing to compromise. The Democrats did attempt to be bi-partisan, but they received no encouragement from the Republicans.

Sarah

January 7th, 2010
8:16 am

How, in the last year, have the Democrats attempted to be bi-partisan? From what I can see, their idea of “bi-partisan” is telling everyone to do as they say. The Republicans have been repeatedly blocked and even thrown out of the health care debate. Not a single idea the Republicans brought to the table was given a lick of credence. President Obama repeatedly claimed he would listen to all ideas but has not bothered to implement a single Republican idea.

Tea

January 7th, 2010
8:16 am

Not to put too fine a point on it but I agree with arnold’s insight; Gingrich’s Speakership was the watershed that converted political heat into boiling, intolerant partisan warfare which has subsequently lead to the perpetual gridlock we have now. I fear the success of our democracy (as measured by the best interests of the common majority prevailing) is in danger.

Tea

January 7th, 2010
8:25 am

Sarah, In my mind (which could admittedly be uninformed and/or warped) the Republicans have had some good ideas (like allowing interstate competition among health insurance providers), However they have remained inflexible on both idiological issues like abortion language, and practical issues like the public option and expansion of Medicare without offering effective alternatives to bring down costs (as measured by the non-partisan CBO. The Republican strategy looks to me like one that is utterly political in nature and not one of concern for the American people who are suffering (me among them) at the hands of our healthcare system.

Ridgerunner

January 7th, 2010
8:33 am

You may be right but it’s far, far less than what the Dems. did for eight years or would do if a Republican were still in office. Let’s have a little balance here.

Ridgerunner

January 7th, 2010
8:57 am

P.S.

Hummmmm ……….. and this from their own National Security Advisor:

Headline: “James Jones, a retired four-star Marine general, says Americans will feel “a certain shock” when a report is released today detailing the intelligence failures that could have prevented the Christmas Day attack.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/01/07/national-security-adviser-airline-bomber-report-shock/

Aquagirl

January 7th, 2010
9:13 am

Looks like the partisanship is thriving on this blog too. If a “Yeah, but blah, blah, blah” bittercakes response about Dems is rolling out of your mouth, isn’t that exactly the partisan response to which Bob is referring?

Try acting like a grownup for a day. Bob is a politician, for God’s sake, if he can do it, you certainly can.

sam

January 7th, 2010
9:18 am

bob, you’re smart enough to know that anything he does and say’s for the 7 years will be wrong….yes, i said 7 years…

Chris Broe

January 7th, 2010
9:46 am

How can they act like a grownup for a day when they’re so busy being queen for a day?

The Safe Skies Initiative, which has taken the place of the “War on Terror” for marketing reasons, can only work if we pass a mandatory “going commando” law for all airline passengers for every flight in the world.

Then we’d have safe skies, and it would finally take all the mystique out of being a member of the mile high club, effectively killing two birds with one stone.

Obama did take two days to respond. Bush only took 7 minutes to respond on 911. If I remember correctly, Bush was reading “Mein Pet Kampf” when the first reports of 911 came to him, and it’s understandable that he felt he had to finish that gripping page turner.

So, Cheney is….RIGHT!

Mark

January 7th, 2010
9:50 am

Sarah, you simply do not know what you are talking about. Check your facts. Numerous amendments proposed by the Republicans have been incorporated in the bills. What has not been given credence are ideas that would simply sink the reform.

The American People

January 7th, 2010
10:15 am

“But what we will do is, we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies. And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process.” – Barack Obama

DOWN WITH DEMS IN 2K10!!

Davo

January 7th, 2010
10:24 am

“Partisanship truly has pervasively infected our political system.”

Exactly why we need more than 2 political parties. At some point this just has to happen or God help us all. Neither party now adheres to the constitution. Legislation is the domain of special interests, lobbies and corporations and not ‘we the people’. It’s very difficult for a person to run for President outside of this system, as BB can attest. Perhaps the best way to start fixing this is to make it easier for these parties to compete fairly in future elections.

Chris Broe

January 7th, 2010
10:34 am

We are in danger of becoming a parliamentary form of government. Three parties dividing the vote three ways means that someone could get elected with only a third of the vote. Hell, Dukakis could still get a third of the vote. So could Cheney. So could Hillary, Palin, and Ferraro.

Pelosi two.

Becareful which part of the constiution you amend you just might get what you asked for: Chaos.

Monica

January 7th, 2010
10:46 am

Are you kidding? Seriously, are you kidding with this? If there is any kind of threat on a country – by one man or ten, the President needs to make a statement. Even if it’s “hey, we’re still gathering information, I want the American people to be assured we stepped up security and everyone is safe” – that’s what a President does. Period. Democrat or Republican. By the way, I’m neither. I’m tired of liberals acting as if conservatives are out of line even though they did exactly the same thing with a Republican President. Sit down Barr Code.

Louella

January 7th, 2010
10:50 am

Thanks for the common sense, Bob.

One positive thing the knee-jerk naysayers have done is to make this leftist pinko appreciate leaders of any political persuasion who argue with reason as opposed to unthinking emotion.

I, for one, have pledged to seek out areas where I can compromise for the good of the country. And I’m done acknowledging both the tea-baggers and anyone on the other side who matches them for ugly.

Trep

January 7th, 2010
11:38 am

What an idiotic blog.

chbeyer

January 7th, 2010
11:39 am

Bob Barr is just trying to get attention by being contrarian here. The real failure of the Obama adminstration is trying enemy combatants as though they are American citizens and not recognizing that we are at war with religious fanatics called terrorists.

Bob Barr is a losertarian nut job.

cydcharisse

January 7th, 2010
11:40 am

I agree with you.
It’s payback for the 8 years of blame-Bush- for- everything, which was similarly stupid.

Rob

January 7th, 2010
11:42 am

Bob, may I point out an issue with claiming the president was briefed almost immediately as it is incorrect. It was reported that his staff waited three hours before advising him of the incident. A three hour delay is not instantaneous. No explanation has been proferred.

lr

January 7th, 2010
11:43 am

Agreed Trep, waste of time blog. Must be mad that Ron Paul is getting all the attention lately, had to remind people he existed.

Randall

January 7th, 2010
11:43 am

Bob…needing a little attention? Trying to stir your way back into the news? This is neither new nor unexpected. We are cursed with both parties being corrupt to the core and we can expect the behavior to continue.

Bob

January 7th, 2010
11:43 am

I was really assured when Obama read his statement while in Hawaii….looking like he was upset at the terrorist for screwing up has vacation schedule. Then we find out, the National Counterterrorism Director, Michael Leiter, didn’t bother to get off the ski slopes and find out what was going on either!

The question at this point is real simple: Would you feel safe flying on a plane with the current lack of security, and the current lack of concern from the leadership team?

I don’t, and won’t!

Dan

January 7th, 2010
11:44 am

Mark or anyone, can you list a few amendments that made it into the bill that were proposed by Republicans. I hear all the time that they have been shut out and would like to know what they proposed made it into the bills.

Leroy Jenkins

January 7th, 2010
11:45 am

First sentence: “though” should be “through”. This article is exactly why Bob Barr is irrelevant. Tool.

Tom Pullen

January 7th, 2010
11:45 am

Bill

January 7th, 2010
11:46 am

You cannot be serious! If this isn’t a classic case of the pot calling the kettle “black,” I don’t know what it is. Liberal Democrats lambasted GWB for not responding quickly enough to 9/11 and to Katrina, when his response time was no greater than that of President Obama.

Partisans on both sides need to take a time out or sit in a corner for a while. Say, 20 years or so.

Dan

January 7th, 2010
11:46 am

Isolated incident? We just had a jihadist shoot up 8 people on a military base! Look at it this way, Cheney is to Obama as Gore is to Bush.

hawkije

January 7th, 2010
11:46 am

What the Hell let’s just go ahead and give Chairman Maobama and his peeps full control. I want my brown shirt and ball cap with the Hammer and Cycle before I die. I can’t wait for my children and grandchildren to grow up as Socialist I mean doesn’t all of the Socialist countries have the best of everything?

Vinny C

January 7th, 2010
11:46 am

Are you people serious? Democrats bi-partisan? Am I the only who remembers how disgusting and nasty liberals and even the mainstream media were towards W? Now the same people put a mindless nitwit (aka Obama) on a pedestal. No it wasn’t Obama at the airport screwing up and letting this pieve of garbage through the gate. But he is the President and it happened on his watch. As a leader you are responsible for all that your subordinates do, and DO NOT do. That’s how it is….deal with it.

Tony

January 7th, 2010
11:46 am

Government can not, and should not, have a finger in every aspect of our lives. Government should defend our interests and secure our border. PERIOD. Conservatives are not greedy or selfish for saying NO to out of control spending on bailouts, prescription drugs, health care, and other pork barrel scams to “create jobs”. If government secures the border and protects our interests, then the jobs will come.
The worst decisions made by people are during a crisis situation. Creating a “crisis” in order to radically expand the role of government in our lives does not make us safe or free.

Mike A.

January 7th, 2010
11:46 am

Yes Louella, your post is totally lacking in ugliness. I think you have labeled about six different things with meaningless labels while adding nothing of substance.

Thank you for your lovely reasoning.

I am going to go back to tea-bagging now.

Jake

January 7th, 2010
11:46 am

Louella, I assume you are female given your handle. If so, don’t you feel a bit queasy about using a pornographic term to refer to the greatest group of common sense people rising up against the attack on our personal freedoms. I am incensed by the use of that term ANYTIME, ANYWHERE, against ANYONE. SHAME ON YOU!
I look for an even larger group this next summer. Don’t you? And using that porno term won’t stop them either.
As for Bob Barr, he is done, out of it and is only trying to get a few more minutes of fame. Not deserved in this case. Obama is WEAK on protecting America.
I do think he found out that you cannot schmooze bully’s into behaving. How could he have been SO STUPID.
Now we face a year of lost time in fighting for America’s safety and we get more teleprompter speeches with his oh so practiced self indignation. WOE is us until the next round of elections and only the electorate can fix this. To do otherwise is SUICIDE.

SPD

January 7th, 2010
11:48 am

Bob did manage to get two words correct here – asinine and Obama. I’ll leave it to the public school graduates to assemble them in the proper order on how this event was handled…

Bob – this article represents what is wrong in so much of today’s journalism – you slam other for being partisan while the tone and verbiage of your entire article is…partisan. Go figure…

Chris

January 7th, 2010
11:49 am

Bob Barr = douche nozzle

Catherine

January 7th, 2010
11:49 am

Louella – And which side are you on? (Tea-baggers?) Who came up with that phrase and if you’re on the Right why are you using it? Name one thing the Right says about the Left on Air that is equally as UGLY!!!

There are only two parties in this country according to Dennis Prager and I agree with him. The Evil Party and the Stupid party. And of which one do you think Bob Barr is a member?

And to Joel Edge they are now profiling. There are several countries on the list, but I bet you have not heard about it, because not many are talking about it. If this had been a Bush/Cheney list of countries, the Drive-By Media would be howling from the roof-tops.

And one more thing Compromise is what got us into this mess, if Republicans stuck to their conservative values and beliefs, we would be in the majority and the Obama’s presidency would be a blib on the radar.

cluelessinky

January 7th, 2010
11:49 am

What troubled me most was the cavalier way Barry spoke about the incident. Reagan would never sit in the Oval office without wearing a jacket and tie, and W, think of him what you will, was always dressed apropriately for the occasion. But Barry seems to think he exudes cool and that whatever persona he wishes to exhibit will be accepted by the people. I want a professional CEO in the WH and not a Dean Martin want-to-be!

Brent

January 7th, 2010
11:49 am

Bob: You used to be someone who stood for something. I can’t help but think you’d have a different opinion if your wife, children, or grand children were on that flight. Your misplaced angst is an insult to all those who were on that flight. You need a back-bone transplant!

RonC

January 7th, 2010
11:50 am

Compare BO’s reaction when his vacationing friends child was injured! That says it all, if you cannot or refuse to see that you will always cry foul or partisan.
So, no thank you Mr. Barr I will continue to hold him accountable. It is his job he asked for it, he campaigned for it, now grow up and shoulder the burden of responsibility.

Jeff

January 7th, 2010
11:51 am

Are you serious? Criticism is no longer allowed against the Messiah Obama? it is our DUTY to call out the president no matter who it is. and regarding issues of National Security, nothing is off base.

Joe

January 7th, 2010
11:51 am

I agree Mr Barr. As a conservative, I’ve watched with concern as the Right falls all over themselves attacking Obama for this bogus “failure” (that even Obama’s now copping to). It’s important that the Right not blow their obvious current advantage by acting like morons and jackels given only half a chance. The election of 2010 is still a long way off and there is plenty of opportunity to screw it up before then. Take an allegience to the Truth instead of mindless partisanship and the election is yours. Fail to do so and I will sit it out along with millions of other Conservatives still PO’d about the candidate you tried to make us vote for last time. It won’t work anymore. Get real.

Bryan

January 7th, 2010
11:51 am

This blog is too funny. Obama is the king of flip-floppers, more so than Kerry ever was. From the war, to healthcare, to transparency…you name it. He has an identity crisis. Now, the left-winged media are crying foul because politicians/people in general are wanting a quicker response? This is so lame. Obama needs to man-up and be more open to the American people, come to our country’s defense quicker. Are we sure he wasn’t on the slopes with Leiter ignoring these terror threats??

Tom Driscoll

January 7th, 2010
11:53 am

The President has a responsibilty to the citizens of this country. This man seems lacking and naive. This is not a warm fuzzy world and wheather or not he likes it, we engaged in a war.

WT

January 7th, 2010
11:54 am

What’s the matter Barr???? The Right wouldn’t embrace you so now you are sucking up to the Left???? Maybe MSNBC will hire you? Is that what your reaching for? You want to be Scarboroughs (who’s be reduced to a Panty Wearing Sniffling Liberal) sidekick? Get a life moron.

Ron

January 7th, 2010
11:55 am

What was substantive about his response? I disagree that promising to “hold them accountable” is substance.
- This was allegedly planned by former GITMO inhabitants. Closure still make sense? If so, why?
- A significant problem in the 9-11 commission report was our inability to share info in order to identify threats. Does prosecuting CIA interrogators and Navy SEALs detrimentally affect our ability to communicate?
- This man isn’t a US citizen, was not wearing a uniform and was not fighting on behalf of a country. Thus, he has no rights under the Constitution or the Geneva Convention. He has few even under open interpretation of international law. Why did we read him Miranda rights and give him a lawyer?

Any of these answers might have provided substance. There was none in any of Obama’s blame throwing free-for-alls since Christmas.

Jeff

January 7th, 2010
11:55 am

“For heaven’s sake, the president was briefed on the incident from the moment it occured”

No actually they didn’t wake him up at 3am and waited 3 hours before waking him to tell him about it.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/out_to_lunch_living_out_disaster_BwhJp705q5sfseCQITjKbK

Seeing as how you got this fact wrong, why should anyone believe the rest of your opinion?

Jason Sanborn

January 7th, 2010
11:55 am

And if it were G.W. Michael Moore would have a movie made about it already. The point is that Obama is embracing the same people that want to kill us. He is using words to diminish the threat while he does not thing to protect us. Thank God for the American Citizens on that plane, that was the ONLY system that worked. Barr, you are an idiot. Past being relevant and just looking for a headline. Congratulations, you have it and the liberal rag, AJC published it.

To think that people call Boortz’s comments dangerous.

LettersToLiberals.blogspot.com

chelydra

January 7th, 2010
11:56 am

Mr. Barr, please do us a favor and pull your head out of your backside before writing. For the past eleven months the Federal government has been under the leadership of (mmmm, mmmm, mmmm) Barack Hussein Obama. This failure occured on HIS watch and he deserves every bit of criticism he gets. Or are you just going to try to put the dog-eared Race Card into play here?