Yes, he really said those words:
This is a tough time for a lot of people, millions of folks all across the eastern seaboard, but America's tougher, and we're tougher because we pull together, we leave nobody behind, we make sure that we respond as a nation and remind ourselves that whenever an American is in need all of us stand together to make sure that we're providing the help that's necessary."Tough time"? "Americans in need"? "Providing the help that's necessary"? Reminds you of some other recent event, doesn't it? Steyn:
We also learned that, in those first moments of the attack, a request for military back-up was made by U.S. staff on the ground but was denied by Washington. It had planes and Special Forces less than 500 miles away in southern Italy – or about the same distance as Washington to Boston. They could have been there in less than two hours. Yet the commander-in-chief declined to give the order. So Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods fought all night against overwhelming odds, and died on a rooftop in a benighted jihadist hell hole while Obama retired early to rest up before his big Vegas campaign stop. "Within minutes of the first bullet being fired, the White House knew these heroes would be slaughtered if immediate air support was denied," said Ty Woods' father, Charles. "In less than an hour, the perimeters could have been secured, and American lives could have been saved. After seven hours fighting numerically superior forces, my son's life was sacrificed because of the White House's decision."In light of President Obama's abandonment of Americans literally fighting for their lives, this statement strikes many as "clueless," but I don't think so. I'm sure he's acutely aware of the criticism he's getting for standing by, doing nothing, and then heading up to the residence to get his beauty sleep, while the siege against the American consulate was raging. Those words were his cowardly, tangential attempt to refute those criticisms. Weak, yes, but he can't afford to engage in an honest discussion of what happened that night, so he'll try to lay claim to the qualities of a real leader, one who is tough, competent, and loyal to his own, this way. Anyone buying it?
Many thanks to Michelle Malkin for the Buzzworthy link.
Update: The alert Nice Deb noticed that "leaving nobody behind" is a favorite Obama talking point. So perhaps he is clueless after all, and this graphic from Pseud O'Nym hits the bullseye: