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President Obama on attempted terror attack: "We have to do better"

President Barack Obama spoke for approximately ten minutes today about the actions he and his Administration are taking in the wake of the attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day.

Here's what he said:


By Chris Cillizza  |  January 5, 2010; 5:31 PM ET
Categories:  White House  
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Enough of great speeches, we need results!

Tracy, Velocity Fulfillment

Posted by: Statusnow9 | January 6, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

What part of "I don't answer your questions" are you having trouble with?

Posted by: JakeD | January 6, 2010 12:53 AM | Report abuse

What was the mission, if you leave a Democrat president and a Democratic congress?

Posted by: nodebris | January 5, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Sure, I would. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : )

Posted by: JakeD | January 5, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

"I would be happy to if he resigns."

No you wouldn't.

Posted by: nodebris | January 5, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Stutter much?

Did you see the DEMS are taking friendly fire:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, piqued with White House pressure to accept the Senate health reform bill, threw a rare rhetorical elbow at President Barack Obama Tuesday, questioning his commitment to his 2008 campaign promises.

A leadership aide said it was no accident.

Pelosi emerged from a meeting with her leadership team and committee chairs in the Capitol to face an aggressive throng of reporters who immediately hit her with C-SPAN’s request that she permit closed-door final talks on the bill to be televised.

A reporter reminded the San Francisco Democrat that in 2008, then-candidate Obama opined that all such negotiations be open to C-SPAN cameras.

“There are a number of things he was for on the campaign trail,” quipped Pelosi, who has no intention of making the deliberations public.

People familiar with Pelosi's thinking wasted little time in explaining precisely what she meant by a “number of things” – saying it reflected weeks of simmering tension on health care between two Democratic power players who have functioned largely in lock-step during Obama’s first year in office.

Senior House Democratic leadership aides say Pelosi was pointedly referring to Obama’s ’08 pledge not to raise taxes on the middle class, which she interprets to include a tax on so-called “Cadillac” health care plans that offer lavish benefit packages to many union members.

The House aides, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Pelosi has been miffed with Obama’s tilt toward the Senate plan and his expectation the House will simply go along with the Senate bill out of political necessity.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0110/31180.html

Posted by: JakeD | January 5, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Cry? No, we're saluting. All day, everyday, 24/7, on every single Fix blog--Jake and 37. Who wouldn't want that? :)

BHO is telling it like it is. We have to do better. What's wrong with that? Short of imposing a police state (the neo-con/neo-seg dream), there's little more he can do security wise.

BHO is at 56 in the latest Kos poll.
BTW, has Rasmussen recovered from the total decimation, no, annihilation, of his credibility (rigged questions and methodology to produce a rightwing predetermined result, allegedly) yesterday in politico.com? Even Chris had to include a disclaimer when he cited an outlier Rasmussen poll regarding a Coakler's race in Massachusetts race. It's all good.

34, 35, 36, __, 38, 39...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 5, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Cry? No, we're saluting. All day, everyday, 24/7, on every single Fix blog--Jake and 37. Who wouldn't want that? :)

BHO is telling it like it is. We have to do better. What's wrong with that? Short of imposing a police state (the neo-con/neo-seg dream), there's little more he can do security wise.

BHO is at 56 in the latest Kos poll.
BTW, has Rasmussen recovered from the total decimation, no, annihilation, of his credibility (rigged questions and methodology to produce a rightwing predetermined result, allegedly) yesterday in politico.com? Even Chris had to include a disclaimer when he cited an outlier Rasmussen poll regarding a Coakler's race in Massachusetts race. It's all good.

34, 35, 36, __, 38, 39...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 5, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Cry? No, we're saluting. All day, everyday, 24/7, on every single Fix blog--Jake and 37. Who wouldn't want that? :)

BHO is telling it like it is. We have to do better. What's wrong with that? Short of imposing a police state (the neo-con/neo-seg dream), there's little more he can do security wise.

BHO is at 56 in the latest Kos poll.
BTW, has Rasmussen recovered from the total decimation, no, annihilation, of his credibility (rigged questions and methodology to produce a rightwing predetermined result, allegedly) yesterday in politico.com? Even Chris had to include a disclaimer when he cited an outlier Rasmussen poll regarding a Coakler's race in Massachusetts race. It's all good.

34, 35, 36, __, 38, 39...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 5, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Cry? No, we're saluting. All day, everyday, 24/7, on every single Fix blog--Jake and 37. Who wouldn't want that? :)

BHO is telling it like it is. We have to do better. What's wrong with that? Short of imposing a police state (the neo-con/neo-seg dream), there's little more he can do security wise.

BHO is at 56 in the latest Kos poll.
BTW, has Rasmussen recovered from the total decimation, no, annihilation, of his credibility (rigged questions and methodology to produce a rightwing predetermined result, allegedly) yesterday in politico.com? Even Chris had to include a disclaimer when he cited an outlier Rasmussen poll regarding a Coakler's race in Massachusetts race. It's all good.

34, 35, 36, __, 38, 39...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 5, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe:

Don't Cry for Me, Argentina!!!

37thStreet:

Obama told his security chiefs on Tuesday that the botched Christmas Day plane bombing was the result of a screw up by U.S. intelligence and that the country had barely dodged disaster, according to a quotation released by the White House.

"This was a screw up that could have been disastrous," the president said during a meeting in the White House situation room, according to the White House media office. "We dodged a bullet but just barely. It was averted by brave individuals, not because the system worked, and that is not acceptable. While there will be a tendency for finger pointing, I will not tolerate it."

http://www.reuters.com/article/hotStocksNews/idUSN0511866320100105

Posted by: JakeD | January 5, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Did Obama try to decieve the public ?
The spin seems completely excessive.


What is clear is that "Obama's way" on foreign policy is completely in shreds.


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 5, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm actually not sure what is the most troubling aspect of this whole Obama episode - that he got it wrong the first time, or why he got it wrong.


It was almost as if Obama tried to ignore the reality of the case - in order to make the Detroit bombing case fit into his world view of an isolated extremist in a world which was coming to peace because Obama made one speech in Cairo.

I find it really troubling that Obama tried to get a narrative out there which was consistent with his weak foreign policy - instead of admitting right away all the facts of the case.


In addition, there is a horrible pattern emerging of Obama getting his initial statements wrong time after time - only to come out days later changing the story.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 5, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm actually not sure what is the most troubling aspect of this whole Obama episode - that he got it wrong the first time, or why he got it wrong.


It was almost as if Obama tried to ignore the reality of the case - in order to make the Detroit bombing case fit into his world view of an isolated extremist in a world which was coming to peace because Obama made one speech in Cairo.

I find it really troubling that Obama tried to get a narrative out there which was consistent with his weak foreign policy - instead of admitting right away all the facts of the case.


In addition, there is a horrible pattern emerging of Obama getting his initial statements wrong time after time - only to come out days later changing the story.

Obama also appears to be willing to bend to criticism - which is good when he is wrong - but one has to wonder why Obama is getting so many things wrong and has to change his story.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 5, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

@Jake: To paraphrase Chris in "The Magnificent Seven," only you and 37 won, we (rational progressive readers of the Post) lost. You two are the only ones posting now! Unprecedented. The Trolls' ultimate dream: full ownership of a major newspaper's blog. Congrats, guys. LOL.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 5, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

August 5, 2010 - Obama today made his 100th speech - trying to get his stance on terrorism right.

"Maybe I should have quit after one or two botched statements," Obama admitted to CNN later in the day.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 5, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I almost feel sorry for Obama now - HOW MANY TIMES HAS HE TRIED TO GET THIS TERRORISM THING RIGHT NOW ???


It is almost painful to watch.


It's like he keeps on going out there, trying to get it right, and it never works.

It's almost two weeks ago - it was last year, two holidays ago - AND OBAMA IS STILL TRYING TO GET HIS STANCE ON TERRORISM RIGHT.


Is anyone listening anymore?


We get it, you are soft on terrorism, and you are now trying to pretend that you just didn't release a bunch of terrorists to Yemen because you were about to lose a motion in court.


It is just too painful to watch.


Obama - - Presidential Statements on Terrorism are not something you try again, and again, and again until you get it right - and then you don't get it right, and you try it again, and again and again.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 5, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

I almost feel sorry for Obama now - HOW MANY TIMES HAS HE TRIED TO GET THIS TERRORISM THING RIGHT NOW ???


It is almost painful to watch.


It's like he keeps on going out there, trying to get it right, and it never works.

It's almost two weeks ago - it was last year, two holidays ago - AND OBAMA IS STILL TRYING TO GET HIS STANCE ON TERRORISM RIGHT.


Is anyone listening anymore?


We get it, you are soft on terrorism, and you are now trying to pretend that you just didn't release a bunch of terrorists to Yemen because you were about to lose a motion in court.


It is just too painful to watch.


Obama - - Presidential Statements on Terrorism are not something you try again, and again, and again until you get it right - and then you don't get it right, and you try it again, and again and again.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 5, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

At least he wore a tie this time (big improvement).

Posted by: JakeD | January 5, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | January 5, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

In the meantime, Sen. Dorgan (D-ND) is resigning. Is it because of his ties to Abramoff and/or polling from December 2009 that showed Gov. Hoeven (R) with a 58%-36% lead over the incumbent Democratic Senator? Can Gov. Hoeven appoint himself to the Senate?

Posted by: JakeD | January 5, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I would be happy to if he resigns.

Posted by: JakeD | January 5, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

jaked should STOP COMMENTING!!

Posted by: nodebris | January 5, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Obama should RESIGN!!!

Posted by: JakeD | January 5, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

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