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David Brooks: Obama gets a ‘pass’ for reacting with calmness on ‘chaotic’ Middle East policy
Dailycaller ^

Posted on 09/30/2012 5:39:10 AM PDT by chessplayer

As America’s strategic and political position in the Middle East continues to deteriorate, President Barack Obama’s political opponents have stepped up their claims that he is an ineffective leader on foreign policy.

But New York Times columnist David Brooks isn’t convinced those attacks will work. During his weekly appearance on PBS’s “NewsHour” on Friday, Brooks suggested Obama deserves a pass for remaining calm throughout the crisis, which he said puts a kind of burden on his challenger, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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Yup. obama ignores warnings of a terrorist attack on 9/11, does not provide security for the Ambassador in a terrorist stronghold, and after Stevens is murdered, he lies about it. But he should get a pass on all that because he stayed calm by skipping an intel briefing the very next day and instead went to Vegas for a fundraiser and did an interview with the Pimp With A Limp.

And the terrorist attack is Romney's burden, not obama's!

1 posted on 09/30/2012 5:39:16 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Teflon president.


2 posted on 09/30/2012 5:40:24 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: chessplayer

I wouldn’t call it “calm”. I would call it more of “unattached” and “ininterested”.


3 posted on 09/30/2012 5:42:40 AM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: chessplayer

A deer in the headlights is calm also.


4 posted on 09/30/2012 5:43:33 AM PDT by Makana
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To: chessplayer

My car gets a pass on rising gas prices. Amazing...she doesn’t seem upset at all.


5 posted on 09/30/2012 5:44:01 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: "If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.")
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To: castlegreyskull

“calm”? Yeah, golf does have that effect. Fundraisers help take the burden off his mind as well.


6 posted on 09/30/2012 5:45:27 AM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: chessplayer

Hey Davey boy....it’s not being CALM...it’s his not GIVING A CRAP ABOUT ANYONE BUT HIMSELF!! He went to bed KNOWING they were destroying that consulate.....he has NO CONSCIENCE, Davey boy.


7 posted on 09/30/2012 5:46:05 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Makana
He is a Joke even in Europe.

At least they didn't say Conservative writer David Brooks.

8 posted on 09/30/2012 5:46:39 AM PDT by scooby321 (AMS)
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To: chessplayer

I agree with David .... if you spell ‘calm’ this way:

in·dif·fer·ence
noun
1.
lack of interest or concern: We were shocked by the President’s indifference toward the killings of four Americans including an Ambassador and two Navy Seals.

2.
unimportance; little or no concern: Whether or not to investigate and determine who is accountable is a matter of indifference.


9 posted on 09/30/2012 5:48:20 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: chessplayer

When America is being attacked by terrorists Obama gets stoned more than likely.

And Hilary gets drunk.


10 posted on 09/30/2012 5:49:55 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: chessplayer

I was all fired up to post on this but y’all got it covered like a blanket. Bump!!


11 posted on 09/30/2012 5:50:25 AM PDT by upchuck (I miss my dog Snoopy. May 16, 1997-September 24, 2012 -- 15 years, 4 months. Forever in my heart.)
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So, lets be honest. The MSM has only mentioned what happened in Libya in a passing way. If they did mention it, it usually covered for Obama.

Besides, Obama was calm because his pals in the Muslim Brotherhood were gaining power.

All the stuff like dead ambassadors were merely “bumps in the road” to the great caliphate.

Many calm and coolhanded people are just plain cold. That is Obama.


12 posted on 09/30/2012 5:50:27 AM PDT by dforest
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To: chessplayer

PLEASE, never confuse c-a-l-m-n-e-s-s with CLUELESS, as is done in this article..... :-)


13 posted on 09/30/2012 5:50:39 AM PDT by soozla (The "race card" belongs flapping in your bike spokes........)
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To: chessplayer

I think David Brooks might be the only 2008 McCain voter in America who is going to vote for Obama in this election. Maybe he thinks there is an award for this distinction.


14 posted on 09/30/2012 5:51:52 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist
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To: chessplayer

Haaaaaahahahahaaaaaaaa!


15 posted on 09/30/2012 5:52:19 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: chessplayer

David Brooks is the only “conservative” in the country who will be voting for Obama.I cannot conceive of any conservative, yes even black conservatives, who will vote for Obama this time around. Unless of course you are paid by the New York Times payroll as the house “conservative”.I do not understand why anyone other than the fiercest Obama supporters reads or listens to this ‘ho.


16 posted on 09/30/2012 5:53:27 AM PDT by chuckee
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To: chessplayer

Those with the perfect crease in their pants are perceived as calm.


17 posted on 09/30/2012 5:56:08 AM PDT by tips up (Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.)
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To: chessplayer

Wow lying is now calmness but hey Ann Romney said she is worried about her husbands well being. Now that is news for the bedwetters


18 posted on 09/30/2012 5:56:19 AM PDT by italianquaker (The 47 pct need to pay their fair share)
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obama is being calm as he destroys our economy, our military, our energy system, our medical system, capitalism, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and the Constitution.

So, it’s OK for him to do that.

If we re-instituted slavery, it would be OK as long as the slave sellers and owners stayed calm.

If someone murdered David Brooks, it would be OK as long as the shooter stayed calm.


19 posted on 09/30/2012 5:56:48 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: chessplayer

David Brooks - the Uncle Tom of the NY Times and the left media. Step and Fetch It David! At least he still has The Crease . . .


20 posted on 09/30/2012 6:00:04 AM PDT by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: chessplayer

He was so calm he went so far as to lie about them being attacks planned to align with the 9/11 anniversary. Now that’s a cool cat.


21 posted on 09/30/2012 6:01:28 AM PDT by Tublecane
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Gayboy David "I was looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant" [talk about 'panting' OMG!] Brooks 'gives 0bama a 'pass'. David, I just passed something else.
22 posted on 09/30/2012 6:02:43 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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CALM??? He was practically narcoleptic! Not to mention his malevolent indifference.


23 posted on 09/30/2012 6:04:50 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and bo stinks)
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To: chessplayer

I must admit that the calm, in the midst of all that lying, was extraordinary.


24 posted on 09/30/2012 6:06:21 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: chessplayer

Amazing how the liberals at PBS and elsewhere in the MSM give Obama a pass on everything.

It is a cult-worship mentality; nothing more, nothing less.


25 posted on 09/30/2012 6:07:07 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: chessplayer

Meanwhile, liberal mainstream media types have stepped up their claims that David Brooks is a conservative.


26 posted on 09/30/2012 6:07:45 AM PDT by LouD
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To: chessplayer

Calm... I see.

And David, I’ll be his pants were perfectly creased during this whole “bump in the road” as well. Aren’t you impressed???


27 posted on 09/30/2012 6:11:07 AM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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Staying calm and frozen w/fear because all his lies before his election about him knowing these people cause he is one of them, are two different things.
He is the dumbest,lying,shiftless,lazy,piece of shiite muslim white boi that ever became president.


28 posted on 09/30/2012 6:12:26 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: chessplayer

The Press has been a colossal failure. They are no longer non vested, critical and informative. Instead they have devolved into advocate journalists. The worst examples are NBC news and the New York Times. The Middle East festers toward war which very well may kill many young Americans, the leaders of the region are all in New York last week, and our President has no time to meet with them to try a face to face diplomatic solution, but instead finds time to banter with David Letterman and Whoopi Goldberg. Where is the journalistic critique?


29 posted on 09/30/2012 6:13:45 AM PDT by allendale ( of Japanese nationalism, but as a historic battle to purge Asia of these Western intrusions and)
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To: F15Eagle

The American people are fixing to give the sob a pass too per Las Vegas oddsmaker that seem to always get Presidential elections right. Wonder why? Could it be because unlike a pollster they have their own money on the line? It’s a Reagan-Carter landslide they say:

The United States presidential election of 1980 featured a contest between incumbent Democratic President Jimmy Carter and his Republican opponent, former California Governor Ronald Reagan, as well as Republican Congressman John B. Anderson, who ran as an independent. Reagan, aided by the Iran hostage crisis and a worsening economy at home, won the election in a landslide, receiving the highest number of electoral votes ever won by a nonincumbent presidential candidate, and became the 40th President of the United States.


30 posted on 09/30/2012 6:13:56 AM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: chessplayer

By the standard that David Brooks uses, Obama has to be the greatest president ever, and the greatest leader of all time.

We have massive poverty in the country, with the number of people going on food stamps doubling, and people losing their jobs to the tune of more than 20% “real” unemployment, and the national debt is over $16 trillion and climbing, the national deficit is, on a yearly basis, more than $1 trillion, businesses are still closing and still more people are getting laid off, gas prices have more than doubled, people are still losing their homes, and home prices are still about half of what they were four years ago, we are losing our jobs and businesses to other countries, we are not allowed to dig and drill for out own energy sources, we are having our embassies attacked and our embassy people are getting killed, and...

and...

this president can sleep very soundly at night, and go on a permanent campaign with nothing to worry about, and can go golfing as if he were on a permanent vacation, can go on the day and nigh talk shows, parties it up in the White House with celebrities and friends, and...

and...

shows major indifference, because...

apparently, he is able to keep cool and pretend that, there are no problems in the country or in the world...

and then...

we are going to be told that, the president deserves a lot of credit because of his coolness????

Narcissist is the best word to describe this idiot in the White House.

This is one president that, the country and the world would be much better off without, and, having no president at all would have been a million times better than that idiot who has made things a lot worse for the country and the entire world.

But, along with the narcissist-in-chief, we also have a lot of masochists around the country, who will vote to retain him in power, no matter what.


31 posted on 09/30/2012 6:16:01 AM PDT by adorno
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To: ilovesarah2012

This election boils down to one question; that being “are you pulling the wagon or riding in the wagon”? That’s all you need to ask....


32 posted on 09/30/2012 6:16:54 AM PDT by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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The reaction was from fear....... fear for his own sorry ***** ass


33 posted on 09/30/2012 6:17:31 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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I think there is something to this. If he was running around having press conferences giving serious address to the nation in prime time. I think the American people would be more alarmed about what happen because he would be elevating it.


34 posted on 09/30/2012 6:29:15 AM PDT by timlot
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I guess David Brooks also believe that President Bush acted with calm in the wake of Katrina.

See this is what happens when a campaign ignores the likability of the opposing candidate. No matter what Obama says or does, people will give him a pass because he’s “a nice fella”. But Obozo isn’t a nice fella. He’s a cold, calculating politician and the inept, milquetoast Romney campaign refused to define him as such thinking that they could just ride the crappy economy to victory. Where are the ads with the poor blacks kicked out into the cold by Obamas slumlord buddies? Where are the videos contrasting the riots in the ME with Obamas stck of $800 champagne? Where are the ads calling out The Obama campaign on their lies about Obama growing up poor? It’s hard for people to like a cold-hearted, aloof liar.


35 posted on 09/30/2012 6:30:30 AM PDT by Arsynic
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I think there is something to this. If he was running around having press conferences giving serious address to the nation in prime time. I think the American people would be more alarmed about what happen because he would be elevating it.

Like when Roosevelt spoke to the Congress the day after Pearl Harbor and Bush to the world after 9/11? Yeah! We need to be alarmed for God's sake. We are in a war for our survival!

36 posted on 09/30/2012 6:51:59 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: chessplayer

David Brooks has mush for brains


37 posted on 09/30/2012 7:02:40 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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Obama gets a ‘pass’ for reacting with calmness Narcissistic indifference and cold, sociopathic detachment.

He probably went out for an ice cream treat as well.

38 posted on 09/30/2012 7:10:43 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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Remember when Bush received word that the second plane hit The WTC and he paused for several minutes. The press crucified him. Obama went to bed and paused for a month. Imagine if Bush made his comments blaming to attack on a reaction to an American intolerance and that it is unacceptable to hurt the feelings of Muslims.
39 posted on 09/30/2012 7:10:52 AM PDT by JIM O
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David Brookes......what an empty suit.......he was impressed with the “messiah” because of the crease in this trousers. Brookes goes side by side with Chrissy Mathews who gets a”tingle down his leg” what frigging’ morons...prime illustration of the MSM give them no credability.
40 posted on 09/30/2012 7:22:56 AM PDT by kenmcg (t)
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I wonder what Mr. Brooks would consider to be the difference between “calm” and apathetically lethargic and treasonous inaction.
41 posted on 09/30/2012 7:42:18 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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Sorta like voting “Present” on crucial legislation....


42 posted on 09/30/2012 8:01:28 AM PDT by mikrofon (NObama '12)
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No, Reagan still holds that title....

Perhaps ? a political cartoonist can draw a cartoon of Reagan being Teflon, and Obama being protected from his scandals and mistakes by a screen of Teflon by the media.
43 posted on 09/30/2012 8:01:54 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Ann Archy

The devil also has no conscience.


44 posted on 09/30/2012 8:03:18 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: chessplayer

He knew about it 3 days before it happened why should he get excited.


45 posted on 09/30/2012 8:16:30 AM PDT by Venturer
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“Besides, Obama was calm because his pals in the Muslim Brotherhood were gaining power.”

Yep; in a nut shell. - He’s a COLD jive turkey; that one.


46 posted on 09/30/2012 9:03:28 AM PDT by Twinkie (IT'S THE OBAMA ECONOMY, ZIPPY!!)
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To: castlegreyskull

detached and aloof and without empathy,

to me evidences sociopathic traits in the face of the murder and carnage in Libya,

wasn’t there a report that when he was told what was happening, he just went off to sleep? 3 am phone call indeed

i wonder what does light a fire under this guy besides golf and a saul alinksy manual,


47 posted on 09/30/2012 9:17:05 AM PDT by captmar-vell
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How do so called journalists like this hold a job? Is this indicative of the loss common sense in all of that whole profession?


48 posted on 09/30/2012 10:26:21 AM PDT by ully2
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To: chessplayer

The crease impressed Brooks. So why should we listen to her?


49 posted on 09/30/2012 10:33:55 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: ully2

Its truly bizarre this year, I’ve never seen it this in-your-face before. The ‘journalists’ are not even pretending to hide their bias. Are they self-deluded into thinking their presenting some unassailable truth?

I think we may actually be seeing a small application of what Paul told us is coming,

“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12


50 posted on 09/30/2012 11:34:50 AM PDT by captmar-vell
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