December 27, 2009

Remember When It Was A Bad Thing For A President To Golf During A "Major Event"?

Yeah, me too. But leave it to Marc Ambinder to defend Captain Awesome's actions during the recent failed terrorist attacks(Since it's not an Andrew Sullivan article, I feel safe linking it). And all I can do is mock the article in the almost whole.

The president's vacation activities might have become the subject of a fierce partisan fight -- but really, the only carping is coming from the usual suspects on the right {as opposed to you guys mocking Bush's vacations?-ed}.

There is a reason why Obama hasn't given a public statement.{He's clueless-ed}

 It's strategy {Oh. That's better. I was afraid it was because Captain Awesome didn't know what to do-ed}.

Here's the theory: a two-bit mook {I have seen variations of this phrase all over the leftysphere the last few days. I smell a meme-ed} is sent by Al Qaeda to do a dastardly deed. He winds up neutering himself. Literally.

Authorities respond appropriately; the president (as this president is wont to to) presides over the federal response. His senior aides speak for him, letting reporters know that he's videoconferencing regularly, that he's ordering a review of terrorist watch lists, that he's discoursing with his secretary of Homeland Security.

But an in-person Obama statement isn't needed; Indeed, a message expressing command, control, outrage and anger might elevate the importance of the deed {yeah, because an attempted murder of hundreds of folks in a plane and countless others on the ground is child's play, right?-ed.} would generate panic (because Obama usually DOESN'T talk about the specifics of cases like this, and so him deciding to do so would cue the American people to respond in a way that exacerbates the situation).

Obama of course will say something at some point {yeah. When the teleprompter arrives in Honolulu-ed.}. Had the terrorist blown up the plane, it's safe to assume that Obama would no longer be in Hawaii. In either case, the public will need presidential fortification at some point {and he has done such a spiffy job of "fortification" so far, as it relates to jobs, the economy, health care, etc., right?-ed}. But Obama is willing to risk the accusation that he is "soft" on terrorism or is hovering above it all, or is just not to be bothered (his "head's in the sand," or "golfing comes first") in order to advance what he believes is the proper collective response to a failed act of terrorism {yeah, because he has been a daring and risk taking politician so far. And, BTW, what is the "proper collective response"? Mass ennui? Or, do you not know?-ed}.

Let the authorities do their work {Because they actually have a clue what is going on-ed}. Don't presume {a Muslim man with a bomb on a plane? I am sure he was just gearing up for a New Years Eve Party, right?-ed}; don't panic the country; don't chest-thump {because Yee-haw was such a bad idea, right?-ed}, prejudge, interfere, politicize (in an international sense), don't give Al Qaeda (or whomever) a symbolic victory; resist the urge to open the old playbook and run a familiar play {I hate it when the old playbook is used. Especially when KILLING FUCKING TERRORISTS was a part of the previous season's approach-ed}

In a sense, he is projecting his calm on the American people, just as his advisers are convinced that the Bush administration projected their panic and anger on the self-same public eight years ago {where was the panic? All I saw was a resolute determination to skullfuck terrorists with Dick Cheney's cock to a level whereby a new species of humanoids was to be created-ones with a hole in the back of their heads-ed}

It's a tough and novel approach {so doing nothing and being silent is the new toughness? That only works when you are Clint Eastwqood, about to unleash a gallon of whoopass on Lee Van Cleef-ed} -- and not at all (as they say in Britain) party political -- because the standard political script would have the president and his attorney general appearing everywhere as soon as possible. {yeah, and telling people all is well. But that's just crazy old me talking-ed}


Floral Fuck Me With The Snapdragons of Fuckheadedness, that was a worthless piece of crap! What the fuck? So, Ambinder basically spent all that time and space, only to say that it's OK for Obama to dither, because he isn't Bush, and that his golfing and vacationing during a crisis is OK, because he is Captain Awesome? Give me a fucking break. This has to be one of the weakest defense of Obama I have read, and I have read plenty of shitty defenses of the man. I am going to drink a bucket of turpentine, and then light my intestines on fire to purge my brain of the stupidity I subjected myself to with this article.



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