Obama, defend TSA. Don’t back down!

A meme is developing around President Obama that could threaten his political future. That meme, fueled by critics on the right and the left, suggests that Obama is a weakling, a spineless empty suit who is too willing to compromise, a wimp with no principles he would rather fight than defend.
It was that narrative that James Carville played into last week when he declared, “”If Hillary [Clinton] gave up one of her balls and gave it to Obama, he’d have two.”
Bill Clinton, who knows the heart and soul of the American electorate, once famously declared, “When people are insecure, they’d rather have somebody who is strong and wrong than someone who’s weak and right.” How much more support would they lend to a leader who is strong and right?
For all the carping from airline passengers over the intensive new security screenings, it’s time for Obama to come out and strongly defend them. Whenever administration officials suggest that they will adjust overly zealous measures, their critics think they’re backing down. So Obama and his administration ought to staunchly defend the new procedures, without equivocation, everytime they are asked about them. Politico’s Ben Smith quoted an unnamed Democratic official giving Obama some good advice:

The alternative, my correspondent notes, would have been a clear, strong message in response, something along these lines: “People tried to kill us last Christmas. I’m sorry, it sucks, but this is the world we live in.”

Obama has the American public on his side. According to new polls, a majority of people support the procedures because they know they are necessary.

Last Christmas, a Nigerian man, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, tried to take down an airliner over American soil with plastic explosives in his underwear. Because of the extremes that jihadists will go to in their efforts to kill Americans, the Transportation Security Administration has had to shift to measures that attempt to detect weapons and explosives hidden under clothing.
That’s why the federal official responsible for security at Baltimore’s Thurgood Marshall airport tells his TSA agents that, “I want them to think Abdulmutallab with every pat-down.”

Yes, there will be carping — much of it led by rightwingers like Matt Drudge, who criticize every move Obama makes.

But what would the public reaction be if an underwear bomber successfully brought down a plane full of Americans? Panic and blame. Blaming the Obama administration for failing to keep us safe.

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Lil' Barry Bailout

November 23rd, 2010
9:03 am

A meme is developing around President Obama that could threaten his political future. That meme, fueled by critics on the right and the left, suggests that Obama is a weakling, a spineless empty suit.
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Remember when our President Bush wanted to listen in to terrorist phone calls, and the hell the anti-anti-terror leftards raised?

Groping children’s wee-wees and breast cancer survivors prosthetics is no problem tho.

Lil' Barry Bailout

November 23rd, 2010
9:05 am

“I want them to think Abdulmutallab with every pat-down.”
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…but the 22-year-old Yemeni male gets no more scrutiny than an 82-year-old grandmother.

James

November 23rd, 2010
9:05 am

CT- questioned the other day how JP Morgan didn’t have a losing trading day for the entire 3rd quarter- we are beginning to see.

As to the TSA- it will be a major pain in the tushka- but technology will advance. Until then, waive your rights to “presumed” safety or get felt up appears to be the question.

granny godzilla

November 23rd, 2010
9:07 am

If you can afford to fly this holiday season, quit whining and be grateful.

Better a pat down than a plane down.

Richard

November 23rd, 2010
9:09 am

Sorry CT, you couldn’t be more wrong here. Obama’s move may not be to back down, but it is to fire every single person associated with this polity and have Holder investigate into if they should be criminally prosecuted.

Obama’s role as President is to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution.” It says it right there in his oath of office. What the TSA is doing is blatant 4th Amendment violations without just cause or warrents.

Bush should have been thrown in jail for warrentless wiretapping and allowing torture. If Obama allows this, he should join him. There is no excuse for this.

The Nerve

November 23rd, 2010
9:09 am

“James Carville played into last week when he declared, “”If Hillary [Clinton] gave up one of her balls and gave it to Obama, he’d have two.”

Now that’s funny right there.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

November 23rd, 2010
9:11 am

Yes, last Christmas a MUSLIM tried to blow up an airliner. Because of the extremes MUSLIMS will go to kill Americans, the TSA should profile MUSLIMS who try to fly into or inside America. It is a shame that political correctness will not allow this to happen.

granny godzilla

November 23rd, 2010
9:11 am

I apologize for my comment regarding “Better a pat down than a plane down.”

It was wrong, and I should have been more considerate of the fact that any real threat will circumvent any perceived additional security created by fondling someone’s goober.

BlahBlahBlah

November 23rd, 2010
9:12 am

It’s not security. It’s security theater. We’ve set up a bloated, reactionary system rather than a lean, mean, proactive system. Israel laughs at our foolish ways.

We’re worried about underpants, they’ve moved on to bombs made out of toner cartridges. We’ll start scanning all the toner, they will have moved to something else.

Nice to see lefties like Granny and Tucker willing to bow down to the machine, even if there’s no proof the machine is making anyone safer.

Of course, those same lefties abhor the concept of “if you’re not guilty, you have nothing to worry about” when it comes to things like law enforcement.

Fed-Up

November 23rd, 2010
9:12 am

The majority of Americans also believe that profiling is acceptable and necessary at TSA checkpoints but that will be ignored of course. The entire process is proven ineffective and a joke when a 6 year old boy is made to strip and a person wearing a burka is allowed to pass right through.

granny godzilla

November 23rd, 2010
9:15 am

I apologize for my comment regarding “Better a pat down than a plane down.”

It was wrong, and I should have been considerate of the fact that any perceived additional security created by a pat-down of someone’s goober is not realistic when faced with the other means available to carry out terrorism.

granny godzilla

November 23rd, 2010
9:15 am

Morning Troll!

Is it love and admiration or jealousy and fear that drives you to
namejack?

I promise you…a plane full of survivors are a whole lot more important
than one pathetic little “goober”.

Lost in London

November 23rd, 2010
9:15 am

haha… I hope Obama follows your suggestion as it would once again demonstrate why he fails as a leader. Yes, you are right that people prefer a leader with a spine, but that spine should be defending the will of the people, not patronizing them. Far too much of Democratic policy is patronizing – I’m given welfare, healthcare, pay no taxes… because I can’t solve my own problems. Does anyone really think the TSA has made airplanes safer?? About every 3 months they find SOMETHING else they missed and that will continue.

Aquagirl

November 23rd, 2010
9:15 am

The Undibomer shouldn’t have ever gotten on that flight. So now clearly dangerous people can fly while we grab grandma’s crotch?

Obama proves nothing by allowing TSA agents to grope people—except that the terrorists won. Let him send his kids to get felt up if he’s gonna prove something. And how about getting tough on TERRORISTS, instead of picking on the American public, like a bully?

granny godzilla

November 23rd, 2010
9:17 am

I’ll attack anyone on here who I don’t agree with!

RAWWRRR! Feel the wrath of the mighty keyboard warrior.

Tucked safely & anonymously behind my PC, I bravely hand out the holier-than-thou jewels of wisdom.

You may bow before me.

TnGelding

November 23rd, 2010
9:17 am

He’s got balls, and that’s what it took to call for a review. It’s stupid and totally uncalled for.

Willie Lynch

November 23rd, 2010
9:18 am

Where Palestinians are concerned Israel is the terrorist state.

TnGelding

November 23rd, 2010
9:18 am

He castrated the GOP, only to let Congress bring it back from its grave….again.

granny godzilla

November 23rd, 2010
9:19 am

BlahBlahBlah

and it’s a wonderment to most of us that YOU would risk the lives of your travel companions.

FedUp

are you interested in accuracy?

even a wee bit?

6 year old boy’s dad took his shirt off he was not stripped and there is no exemption for tradional religious dress – none whatsoever.

Shawny

November 23rd, 2010
9:19 am

Good question, “How much more support would they lend to a leader who is strong and right?” Classic Reagan there.

“If Hillary [Clinton] gave up one of her balls and gave it to Obama, he’d have two.” That is hysterical.

Have to agree with CT on this one. We need to do what has to be done. And do some more profiling too.

granny godzilla

November 23rd, 2010
9:20 am

Troll

Jealous much?

AFret

November 23rd, 2010
9:21 am

The best definition of Obama yet. “”If Hillary [Clinton] gave up one of her balls and gave it to Obama, he’d have two.” Now, lets see if we can break this down; It’s O.K. to let the masses run across the border, a lot of them from terror laden countries. But upset a passenger and a TSA agent and everyone must support Obama. One of these days, Tucker, your Humpty-Dumpty ass is going to fall off the fence!!

granny godzilla

November 23rd, 2010
9:22 am

Troll says

“Tucked safely & anonymously behind my PC” about me while
hiding behind my skirts.

Now that’s funny!

I may “RAWWRR” but you still meow.

ctucker

November 23rd, 2010
9:22 am

Aquagirl@9:15, I’ve got two words for you, “Predator drones.” The Obama administration has killed far more terrorists than Bush. That’s a fact

ctucker

November 23rd, 2010
9:23 am

Fed-up@9:12, That’s another Fox News lie. The boy’s daddy took his shirt off; he was not “made to strip”

ctucker

November 23rd, 2010
9:23 am

BlahBlah@9:12, Have you ever flown El-Al? I have. And their pat-downs are much more serious than anything you’ll ever see here.

Lost in London

November 23rd, 2010
9:25 am

Whoever namejacked Grunty Godzilla, you’ve pegged her attitude perfectly – a mixture of patronizing statements, unsupportable hubris, and a general lack of rational arguments for her position… I am half-way convinced she and Kamchak are alter-ego’s for CTucker as both follow a very formulaic response. Kamchak always quotes someone out of context and gives his oneliner comeback, while Granny generally leads off with some quote that basically says “Cynthia Tucker is RIGHT about EVERYTHING again” and then has a couple of more lines talking about namejackers, morphing, or some link to a far left website that supports her cause.

Fed-Up

November 23rd, 2010
9:28 am

Right…..everything is a Fox News lie. The TSA is doing a great job and there are no checkpoint horror stories.Keep drinking the Kool Aid. How come MSNBC can’t even produce at least a picture of a female in traditional “Muslim” garb getting “Felt Up” by a TSA agent.

granny godzilla

November 23rd, 2010
9:30 am

Lost In London

So what’s your rational argument on the topic?

Lil' Barry Bailout

November 23rd, 2010
9:30 am

Sorry, CT, but the fact is that President Bush killed thousands of terrorists in Iraq, far more than drones have taken out. Your boy king comes in second again…

T-Town

November 23rd, 2010
9:30 am

IMO, TSA must do what needs to be done, but use a little common sense. That said, I believe that just like those “mules” carrying drugs to the US, our enemies will begin to use balloons to carry explosives and either swallow them and/or put them where the moon don’t shine. What then? A good defense starts with a good offensive.

JohnnyReb

November 23rd, 2010
9:30 am

How quickly we rush to give up our liberties when common sense profiling and trained dogs would work much better and without all the expensive. Instead, the bleeding hearts demand political correctness, spends billions, commit acts that outside TSA would put them in jail, and all in the name of political correctness. Insane.

kayaker 71

November 23rd, 2010
9:32 am

Basically, this whole airport security fiasco is caused by a lack of respect and trust in the people running the show. A respected leader who America trusts would not raise this kind of revolt among the rank and file of the American electorate. It all boils down to trust in our leadership. And there is very little to none of this going around with Bozo at the helm. Anyone with balls would go on national TV and tell America that we have a problem with flying in this country due to Muslim fanatics trying to kill us. And additional screening techniques are needed to protect American citizens and like it or not, this will continue until we find a better solution. But the trust is not there. It went away about a year ago and chances are, it will not come back.

frank1569

November 23rd, 2010
9:32 am

Exactly! President Obama should come right out and say it loud, proud and often:

ALL Americans are POTENTIAL TERRORISTS from birth to death!

Only on planes, of course, seeing as how there are no xray scanners and/or full-body gropings at train stations or bus depots or subway stops or cruise ship docks.

Because We The Potential Terrorists only target airplanes!

Keep fear alive!

Van Jones

November 23rd, 2010
9:32 am

For some folks, a pat down is the most action they will see this year. No wonder they are pro pat down.

Tommy Maddox

November 23rd, 2010
9:33 am

Something “is developing” that could damage his political future?

I think a few developments have already hatched that HAS torpedoed his political future.

ButtHead

November 23rd, 2010
9:35 am

CT are you on drugs or did the groping feel good to you?

Aquagirl

November 23rd, 2010
9:36 am

CT, we could kill plenty more if we spent money for good intelligence, instead of paying for reactive security which is only for show. I know—let’s take that money and build the Maginot line! It’ll be just as effective, and breast cancer survivors can fly without placing their prosthesis in a plastic bin.

If terrorists want to bring down a plane, they’ll place explosives inside their bodies. These idiotic measures are easily circumvented and are no deterrent.

ButtHead

November 23rd, 2010
9:37 am

We need to follow the Israelis’ lead on this, but since Obozo is an anti-Semite it won’t happen…

No More B.O. (It stinks!)

November 23rd, 2010
9:37 am

We all know that B.O. is a spineless jellyfish. Time for REAL “change” in 2012. Buh-bye, Mr. Useless. Take Cynthia T. with you. You were made for each other.

granny godzilla

November 23rd, 2010
9:39 am

Fed Up

How come you can’t research the truth?

Why can’t you do the work to discover that the whole garb thing was
just another attempt to sucker folks like you?

Kamchaks right. You’ll swallow just about anything.

ButtHead

November 23rd, 2010
9:39 am

I say every time a person gets pulled over by the police they must show ID and get a TSA style pat down, right Granny G.?

Lost in London

November 23rd, 2010
9:40 am

Granny – based upon the numerous posts I’ve read over the past few months on CTucker’s blog, I think the only rational approach is to understand that this is Bush’s fault, and that if we finally raise taxes it will stop terrorism as long as they have their unemployment benefits indefinitely extended and are given healthcare. I’ve also learned that Fox News lies, even if they tell you the date it is Republican propaganda and is solely geared to bring us back to the dark ages (otherwise knows as the Bush years). If we give the illegal immigrants full benefits, it will also stop the spread of AIDs, terrorism, and also ensure that Tea-baggers are never again elected to office because their politics are based on witchcraft and racisim. haha..

So if you are serious about my opinion on this, then I”ll tell you I flew over 125,000 miles last year internationally and the international approach is far less intrusive. What they do is PROFILE the passengers though. This is no joke, everytime I’ve gone through security in Gatwick they have an arab pulled aside for additional searches. And surprisingly their safety record is better than ours with far more muslims… In short, terrorists will always defeat the machines, what they can’t defeat is intelligence. When you are looking for a disease, the most efficient way to begin is to look for signs, not test every part of the body haphazardly.

Libertarian

November 23rd, 2010
9:41 am

I don’t really have a huge problem with the scanners. I think everyone is getting their panties in a wad over something that just isn’t that big of a deal. My only concern is I’d like to know just how much radiation is actually given off by the machines. I do have concern with the TSA because a) they are a government agency and those tend to suck (think DMV) and b) the TSA is inconsistant. It seems every airport I go to is different, and the TSA has different rules depending on which officer you happen to get. Every TSA agent should follow the same procedures at every airport.

As for Obama growing a backbone…Not going to happen. I think Rahm WAS his backbone and now he’s gone. Obama is just an idealist. He’s never had much of a “real” job and lives in a world of hope and change. He should have been a college professor or maybe he should just stick to writing books. He’s not a leader.

Really

November 23rd, 2010
9:44 am

The latest TSA pat down is the only way to keep pedophiles employed…and the Obama administration is counting those jobs as stimulus jobs created….What a great bunch we have elected…

Lost in London

November 23rd, 2010
9:45 am

Libertarian – you just nailed Obama – he is an idealist which is great if you are working in a thinktank, but is not ‘ideal’ for a leader…

ctucker

November 23rd, 2010
9:45 am

Aquagirl@9:36, We are paying trillions for intelligence. Just take a look at the defense budget.

ButtHead

November 23rd, 2010
9:47 am

Lost in London,
Wow, stop it, quit using logic with liberals it confuses them…

SouthGaDawg

November 23rd, 2010
9:48 am

More hypocracy from CT. This is the conundrum of the Obama supporter. They support policies that are violations of the 4th Amendment (i.e. the TSA pat-downs)now that Obama is in charge, and yet they claimed that Bush was wrong for supporting the Patriot Act. You can’t have it both ways and retain any semblance of credibility. At some point the Obama supporters need to stop talking out of both sides of their mouth.

(And yes Ms. Tucker, I’m speaking of you.)

granny godzilla

November 23rd, 2010
9:49 am

I appreciate your first paragraph attempt at humor. Your more serious second paragraph leads me to believe you’d appreciate this piece.

My Mr.G has flown those kind of miles internationally for 30 years….and he is wise enough to understand – better a pat down than a plane down.