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Critics of Obama way off base on this one
AJC.com ^ | January 7, 2010 | Bob Barr

Posted on 01/07/2010 11:41:24 AM PST by presidio9

Yes — the not-so-bright, would-be terrorist from Nigeria got though international and domestic security mechanisms supposed to have stopped him long before the jerk lit his underwear afire before landing in Detroit. And yes — the incident happened during the administration of President Barack Obama. But the sniping at the president by Republicans, including former Vice President Cheney, and by conservative radio and TV commentators, borders on — if not passing into — asinine.

The criticism has included such childishness as blasting Obama for waiting a few days before making a national speech on the incident. For heaven’s sake, the president was briefed on the incident from the moment it occured; he made statements almost immediately indicating his concern and that he was being regularly briefed; he took time to gather the facts and meet with his national security team; and then he appeared publicly to give a rational, measured, but hard-hitting response. And for this, a former vice president criticizes him.

Partisanship truly has pervasively infected our political system when a reasonable, measured, factual, timely and substantive response by a president to a single security incident — the roots of which clearly indicate long-simmering problems that predated his tenure in office — is publicly blasted as irresponsible. In point of fact, those levelling such counterproductive attacks are the ones engaging in irresponsible behavior.


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1 posted on 01/07/2010 11:41:26 AM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

It is politics.


2 posted on 01/07/2010 11:43:23 AM PST by verity (Obama Lies)
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To: presidio9

Quit yer whining, Mr. Barr.


3 posted on 01/07/2010 11:44:49 AM PST by hoe_cake (A member of the Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Constitution.)
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Can’t take what you dished out to Pres. Bush, can you you wimp?


4 posted on 01/07/2010 11:47:09 AM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: ReneeLynn

AJC can be counted on through thick and thin to defend this WH moron.


5 posted on 01/07/2010 11:48:26 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: presidio9

Oh, it’s only bob barr and the AJC...I thought maybe it was someone important...or at least, significant.


6 posted on 01/07/2010 11:48:28 AM PST by FrankR (Unions promote socialism and mass mediocrity amongst human beings, at their own expense.)
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To: presidio9

Bob Barr is a dipsh-t of the lowest order.


7 posted on 01/07/2010 11:49:44 AM PST by jwalsh07
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To: presidio9

Another F’in suicidal republican going out of his way to defend Obama. First Tom Ridge, now Barr. Even if it’s true, just STFU. How many RATS come to Repub President’s defense in the face of OUTRAGEOUS lies from the left? ZERO. Thanks A-holes, no wonder the Repubs are a powerless bunch of eunichs.


8 posted on 01/07/2010 11:50:50 AM PST by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: ReneeLynn
the president was briefed on the incident from the moment it occured

Actually I read it was 90 minutes, and Bush was targeted for impeachment for waiting 6-minutes.
Hmmm

9 posted on 01/07/2010 11:51:15 AM PST by MaxMax (Lets get a sense)
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To: presidio9

Go suck another liberal, you idiot Barr. You did not even comprehend what Cheney was saying. Or maybe you ignored it because you too, you stinking lunatic, want to give enemies of this nation constitutional rights


10 posted on 01/07/2010 11:51:15 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: presidio9

This the Bob Barr of the Libertarian Party, and this from his blog on the Atlanta Urinal-Constipation news(sic)paper web site.


11 posted on 01/07/2010 11:51:15 AM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: hoe_cake
I liked Bob a lot better when he said what he thought. After his call for Clinton's impeachment, the Republicans used him and threw him under the bus. I can understand how he might feel, but making excuses for President Obama’s ineptitude is the wrong way to get attention.
12 posted on 01/07/2010 11:51:21 AM PST by July4 (Remember the price paid for your freedom.)
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To: presidio9

After their disgusting treatment of W, the dems deserve every bit of partisan criticism the Republicans can possibly dish out, and then some.


13 posted on 01/07/2010 11:52:03 AM PST by Avid Coug
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To: presidio9
I got this far:

For heaven’s sake, the president was briefed on the incident from the moment it occured....

...before I stuffed the article into my BS pocket. They didn't get him out of bed for three hours.

14 posted on 01/07/2010 11:53:26 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Kill them until they stop.)
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To: presidio9

Barr was probably right up front with “where was Pres. Bush on 9/11?” Hypocrite


15 posted on 01/07/2010 11:53:58 AM PST by hsalaw
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To: Hacklehead
"How many RATS come to Repub President’s defense in the face of OUTRAGEOUS lies from the left? ZERO."

My thought exactly: where were the people on the left defending Bush EVERY DAY as there was attack after attack after attack for the pettiest of things?

16 posted on 01/07/2010 11:55:36 AM PST by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: July4

I was surprised and dismayed to find out that Bob Barr wrote this piece, myself.

His first mistake was in mentioning Obama’s delay in responding to the Christmas bomber. That argument holds no water and ruined his credibility.

Whatever he wrote afterwards was inconsequential, as far as I’m concerned.


17 posted on 01/07/2010 11:57:27 AM PST by hoe_cake (A member of the Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Constitution.)
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To: presidio9
Oh yea, Bob Barr is a real GENIUS

I'm really interested in what Barr, who is just another butt grabbing lobbyist has to say? Naw, I'm really not.

18 posted on 01/07/2010 12:03:56 PM PST by isthisnickcool (GIVE ME YOUR MONEY B***!! - President Obama)
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Wonder who’s paying for Bob Barr’s dinners these days.


19 posted on 01/07/2010 12:04:30 PM PST by hoe_cake (A member of the Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Constitution.)
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To: hoe_cake

I quit reading after he called the guy “not-so-bright”. By all accounts this guy is very bright and the ideal recruit for terrorists. Just because his crotch didn’t explode doesn’t mean he’s stupid - the last thing we need to do is underestimate these people.


20 posted on 01/07/2010 12:04:55 PM PST by GnuHere
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To: presidio9

My oh my, can Barr wonder any further off the reservation? He has really lost it.


21 posted on 01/07/2010 12:05:15 PM PST by OldDeckHand (Flag waiving, church attending, gun toting militant heterosexual. Deal with it.)
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To: presidio9

Bob Barr -—enough said


22 posted on 01/07/2010 12:06:15 PM PST by the long march
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To: GnuHere

Is it perhaps that this boy really didn’t want to blow himself up?


23 posted on 01/07/2010 12:08:15 PM PST by hoe_cake (A member of the Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Constitution.)
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To: GnuHere
"By all accounts this guy is very bright and the ideal recruit for terrorists."

You're right. I was watching a BBC report that said he was an exceptionally bright student. He did struggle a bit with his SATs, but while at University, he was making good grades. I also understand from an ABC report that while in Yemen studying at an Arabic learning center, he was a gifted speaker and reader of the Arabic language - not his native language.

A non-Muslim American woman who was his classmate said in the interview that he was polite, intelligent and friendly. I think this attempt by many in the media to portray this kid as troubled or unintelligent is just another attempt to explain away the fundamental dangerous problems associated with Islam. It's not the people, it's the religion.

24 posted on 01/07/2010 12:09:59 PM PST by OldDeckHand (Flag waiving, church attending, gun toting militant heterosexual. Deal with it.)
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To: GnuHere

“the last thing we need to do is underestimate these people.”

I have found that when I underestimate people I think too much of myself.


25 posted on 01/07/2010 12:10:19 PM PST by hoe_cake (A member of the Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Constitution.)
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To: presidio9
he's right. besides, obama's about to tell the nation that they knew all they needed to know about the crotchbomber while he was on the plane to Detroit, so THE SYSTEM WORKED.

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26 posted on 01/07/2010 12:12:25 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (if you can read this you're too close.)
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To: hoe_cake

Perhaps, but didn’t he do significant damage to the family jewels? Chickening out halfway through does not seem like the best choice, lol.


27 posted on 01/07/2010 12:13:29 PM PST by GnuHere
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To: presidio9

Payback.

Everything from Hurricane Katrina to snowstorms in the Northeast and the outrageous loans that Clinton forced the banks to make were blamed on Bush, and the dumbocrats never let a moment pass without whining about anything and everything.

Security was tight with Bush and this wouldn’t have happened.

The fact that they (dumbocrats) won’t even call these a-holes “terrorists” shows how screwed up they are.

Over a dozen of the gitmo scum that were let free are now back with their terrorist friends the taliban and alqueda.

Zerobama is flushing this country down the drain.


28 posted on 01/07/2010 12:16:01 PM PST by Frenchtown Dan
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To: GnuHere

family jewels. Ha.

There’s less and less evidence these days of many politicians having any these days.


29 posted on 01/07/2010 12:16:29 PM PST by hoe_cake (A member of the Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Constitution.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

I think the presser’s being delayed while they decide whom to fire.


30 posted on 01/07/2010 12:17:11 PM PST by GnuHere
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To: presidio9

These are the same folks who blasted W because he did not personally deliver a case of water and a cholate mint to hurricane victims the morning after a storm.
STFU, idiots.


31 posted on 01/07/2010 12:20:14 PM PST by Adder (Proudly ignoring Zero since 1-20-09! WTFU!)
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To: presidio9

Bob Barr once was an ok politician. Then he started drinking the ACLU koolaid and his brains became mush.


32 posted on 01/07/2010 12:20:30 PM PST by Presbyterian Reporter
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Blah Blah Blah Blah Bullsh** Blah Blah Blah Blah.


33 posted on 01/07/2010 12:23:24 PM PST by Yackma
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To: Presbyterian Reporter
Bob Barr once was an ok politician.

I agree, but somewhere along the road, Bob got a loose screw - or was bought out.

34 posted on 01/07/2010 12:31:43 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Pork Eating CRUSADER - FUBO! Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: hoe_cake

He was certainly trying to do so.
If he didn’t want to he wouldn’t have taken it as far as he did.

He deserves to have the underwear bomb put back together and strapped around his head and detonated in a landfill.


35 posted on 01/07/2010 12:32:28 PM PST by Frenchtown Dan
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To: presidio9

Hey, Bob.

They mishandled the thing from top to bottom. “The system worked”. A lone threat. These people running our security are complete imbeciles. They prove it time and time again. Shut up, Bob.


36 posted on 01/07/2010 12:36:24 PM PST by ilgipper
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To: presidio9

Mr. Barr you are an idiot!


37 posted on 01/07/2010 12:43:40 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: presidio9

Bob Barr reminds me of Henry Waxman in drag.


38 posted on 01/07/2010 12:47:44 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (I'd rather be an AGW denier than a dumbass Watermelon)
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To: presidio9
"...he took time to gather the facts and meet with his national security team; and then he appeared publicly to give a rational, measured, but hard-hitting response. And for this, a former vice president criticizes him."

Yeah, he met with his national security team, but it wasn't until yesterday, not until he returned to Washington from his vacation, and 11 full days after the event occurred. Frankly Mr. Barr, that's unacceptable in my book.

39 posted on 01/07/2010 12:55:49 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: presidio9

There is nothing “petty” about attacking the CIC for his dereliction of duty. The number one duty of the President is to protect and secure the country.

What did obummer do after this near miss terrorist attack on USA???

He continued sucking his shaved ice cone and paling around w/ his golf buddies on his Hawaiian vacation for THREE LONG DAYS before opening his mouth......

At least we know the cold fish can get aroused when he made the Presidential motorcade speed through city traffic to get his golf buddy’s kid to a doctor after a scrape!


40 posted on 01/07/2010 1:01:20 PM PST by parisa
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To: presidio9

Atlanta Journal Constipation BS from barfing Bob Barr!


41 posted on 01/07/2010 1:03:01 PM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Cyber Liberty
"They didn't get him out of bed for three hours. "

Sounds like D-Day when they wouldn't wake der Führer.

42 posted on 01/07/2010 1:03:14 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: presidio9; Jim Robinson

hmmm. No Bob Barr book ad on the FR home page anymore.

I’m sure the ACLU has his books prominently displayed on their site.

Thanks, Jim! :-}
more room for a glenn beck or mark steyn book. :-


43 posted on 01/07/2010 1:10:46 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. May yur bandwidth exceed your girth)
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To: hoe_cake
Wonder who’s paying for Bob Barr’s dinners these days.

Is he still on the ACLU payroll?

44 posted on 01/07/2010 1:10:48 PM PST by penowa
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To: presidio9

I’ve never seen Barr and Ron Paul in the same room together. Hmmmmmm.


45 posted on 01/07/2010 1:11:10 PM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: presidio9

Where is Bob Barr and what have you done with him?

Honestly, I feel like he’s been replaced by a “POD’ person.


46 posted on 01/07/2010 1:13:00 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: penowa

That would explain part of his desperation.


47 posted on 01/07/2010 1:13:14 PM PST by hoe_cake (A member of the Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Constitution.)
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To: presidio9

When will Barr (and others) start to demand that Obama take responsibility for anything, anything at all ?

Back in 2004 over the Christmas holiday, I was having dinner with a lib friend who complained (per her faithful reading of the WaPO) that W had sent only (something like) $75M for the tsunami victims. This was on Day One. I pointed out that it was an initial amount, no idea was yet clear of what the damages would be, AND, furthermore, the first thing W did was to send a US Navy ship with water purification capabilities, which was a helluva lot more important to survivors than any cash at that time. She shut up.


48 posted on 01/07/2010 1:16:15 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: MaxMax
Actually I read it was 90 minutes, and Bush was targeted for impeachment for waiting 6-minutes. Hmmm

I heard it was 3hrs. I'd love to see some confirmation on this.

49 posted on 01/07/2010 1:31:01 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: GnuHere
I think the presser’s being delayed while they decide whom to fire.

You may be right. Judging by the teaser that ran on WABC, "Americans will be shocked at what information was missed" or some such Hollywood-quality line as that.

So, yeah, this about making obama look presidential.

They have to make sure the teleprompter is all tuned up, too.

50 posted on 01/07/2010 1:31:48 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (if you can read this you're too close.)
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