From Jennifer Rubin:
Video of Obama's tieless response here. The missing tie is no accident; I can't escape the feeling that he wanted to make sure we didn't forget that he interrupted his vacation for this.
Meanwhile, three days after the Christmas Day bombing was thwarted by a combination of luck and alert passengers, the Saudi arm of al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack. And Obama? Oh, yes, he, as the New York Times indelicately put it, “emerged from seclusion“ to tell us he’s being briefed, everyone should be “vigilant but confident” (Who comes up with this stuff?) and that he really gets it that there are terrorists in a bunch of places who want to kill us. Sounding oddly like OJ Simpson, he vowed, “We will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable.” (Yes, it’s apparently just a giant manhunt for the culprits, in the parlance of the criminal-justice perspective to which the administration clings so dearly.) He took no questions. After all, someone might ask a sticky one, such as “Why Janet Napolitano is still working for you?” or “Why did you think it advisable to release Guantanamo detainees to Yemen?”
Even the Times reporter could not conceal his disdain for the president’s shabby handing of the terror attack:
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. Mr. Obama, who put on a suit though no tie for his statement Monday, has ordered a review of the two major planks of the aviation security system — watch lists and detection equipment at air — port checkpoints. Some members of Congress urgently questioned why, more than eight years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, security measures could not keep makeshift bombs off airliners.
Michelle Malkin calls the statement "bloodless." Jimmie Bise calls it an "apathetic pile of lukewarm nothingness." Read the rest.
Karl Rove speaks plainly on the Obama response: "pathetic." Video of the interview here. (h/t Hot Air) While you're there watch the five-minute interview with Ralph Peters.
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