Skip to comments.David Brooks: Obama gets a ‘pass’ for reacting with calmness on ‘chaotic’ Middle East policy
Posted on 09/30/2012 5:39:10 AM PDT by chessplayer
As Americas strategic and political position in the Middle East continues to deteriorate, President Barack Obamas political opponents have stepped up their claims that he is an ineffective leader on foreign policy.
But New York Times columnist David Brooks isnt convinced those attacks will work. During his weekly appearance on PBSs 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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And the terrorist attack is Romney's burden, not obama's!
I wouldn’t call it “calm”. I would call it more of “unattached” and “ininterested”.
A deer in the headlights is calm also.
My car gets a pass on rising gas prices. Amazing...she doesn’t seem upset at all.
“calm”? Yeah, golf does have that effect. Fundraisers help take the burden off his mind as well.
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.
At least they didn't say Conservative writer David Brooks.
I agree with David .... if you spell ‘calm’ this way:
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.
unimportance; little or no concern: Whether or not to investigate and determine who is accountable is a matter of indifference.
When America is being attacked by terrorists Obama gets stoned more than likely.
And Hilary gets drunk.
I was all fired up to post on this but y’all got it covered like a blanket. Bump!!
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.
PLEASE, never confuse c-a-l-m-n-e-s-s with CLUELESS, as is done in this article..... :-)
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.
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.
Those with the perfect crease in their pants are perceived as calm.
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
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.
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 . . .
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.
CALM??? He was practically narcoleptic! Not to mention his malevolent indifference.
I must admit that the calm, in the midst of all that lying, was extraordinary.
Meanwhile, liberal mainstream media types have stepped up their claims that David Brooks is a conservative.
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???
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.
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?
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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....
The reaction was from fear....... fear for his own sorry ***** ass
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.
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.
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!
David Brooks has mush for brains
He probably went out for an ice cream treat as well.
Sorta like voting “Present” on crucial legislation....
The devil also has no conscience.
He knew about it 3 days before it happened why should he get excited.
“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.
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,
How do so called journalists like this hold a job? Is this indicative of the loss common sense in all of that whole profession?
The crease impressed Brooks. So why should we listen to her?
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