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  • White House Takes on Cheney Over Criticism of Terror Response (Turn-About Is Fair Play! Cheney Wins)

    12/30/2009 3:07:50 PM PST · by tobyhill · 54 replies · 1,873+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/30/2009 | Fox News
    The White House fired back Wednesday at Republican critics, particularly Dick Cheney, who have accused the administration in the aftermath of an attempted jet attack of taking a light approach to fighting terrorism. The former vice president had told Politico.com that Obama is "trying to pretend we are not at war" with terrorists and is endangering the country in the process. Cheney joined several other GOP officials in criticizing the administration's "low-key" response to the failed attempt to bomb a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas Day. But White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer accused Republicans Wednesday of trying to exploit...
  • Top Ten reasons it took Obama 3 days to respond to terror attempt

    12/30/2009 2:52:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies · 1,474+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 12/30/09 | William Tate
    Barack Obama has received considerable criticism for waiting three days to address the attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Flight 253. In the holiday spirit of giving, I would like to offer Obama ... the Top 10 excuses Obama can use for why it took him so long to speak up. 10. My teleprompter was on vacation last week. 9. Polishing a Nobel Prize takes longer than you think. 8. It was Bush's fault. (Hey, it worked last year.)
  • Obama Says 'Catastrophic Breach' Led to Bomb Plot

    12/29/2009 4:49:53 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 72 replies · 1,973+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-29-09 | ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON
    <p>HONOLULU -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday said a "catastrophic breach" of security led to the Christmas Day attempted bombing on a Detroit-bound airplane.</p> <p>"A systemic failure has occurred and I consider that totally unacceptable. There was a mix of human and systemic failure that contributed to this catastrophic breach of security," he said.</p>
  • Byron York: Is There a 'Double Standard' for Obama in Terrorism Case?

    12/30/2009 11:23:58 AM PST · by kristinn · 21 replies · 1,748+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | Wednesday, December 30, 2009 | Byron York
    Some Obama defenders are sending around new articles from the Huffington Post and the Politico arguing that President Obama is being subjected to a double standard of criticism for his handling of the Detroit terrorism incident.In "Obama takes the heat President Bush did not," the Politico's Josh Gerstein writes that when shoe-bomber Richard Reid struck on December 22, 2001, "it was six days before President George W. Bush, then on vacation, made any public remarks…and there were virtually no complaints from the press or any opposition Democrats that his response was sluggish or inadequate." Now, Gerstein continues, despite "striking" similarities...
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (December 30, 2009: Dear Reader is at -16)

    12/30/2009 6:29:06 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies · 1,302+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 12/30/09 | Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 25% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16
  • As the Nation’s Pulse Races, Obama Can’t Seem to Find His

    12/29/2009 9:11:57 PM PST · by Saije · 49 replies · 2,612+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12/29/2009 | Maureen Dowd
    I was walking through a deserted downtown on Christmas Eve with a friend, past the lonely, gray Treasury Building, past the snowy White House with no president inside. “I hope the terrorists don’t think this is a good time to attack,” I said, looking protectively at the White House, which always looks smaller and more vulnerable and beautiful than you expect, no matter how often you see it up close. I thought our guard might be down because of the holiday; now I realize our guard is down every day. One thrilling thing about moving from W. to Barack Obama...
  • Obama admits failures, goes snorkeling (No kidding...)

    12/29/2009 8:57:23 PM PST · by truthandlife · 62 replies · 2,622+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12-29-09 | Mark Silva
    Today, after a vacationing President Barack Obama conceded that both human and systemic failures of U.S. Intelligence had failed to bar a Nigerian man posing a reported security risk from boarding that Detroit-bound jetliner - a near-''catastrophic" breakdown in security - Obama left the reporters taking his words in Hawaii and went snorkeling. The president was wearing a navy blue suit and white striped shirt with no tie, and spoke only to reporters - unlike a televised appearance sans-tie that he had made the day before. Today, his words seemed sterner. Today, he was acknowledging a troubling breakdown in Intelligence...
  • Obama Is Told of Signs That Should Have Grounded Plot (NY Times: Obama admin blew it big time)

    12/29/2009 7:28:18 PM PST · by kristinn · 93 replies · 4,254+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | Peter Baker and Carl Huse
    HONOLULU — President Obama declared Tuesday that there had been a “systemic failure” of the nation’s security apparatus after being told about more missed signals and uncorrelated intelligence that should have prevented a would-be bomber from boarding a flight for the United States. The president was told during a private briefing on Tuesday morning while vacationing here in Hawaii that the government had a variety of information in its possession before the thwarted bombing that would have been a clear warning sign had it been shared among agencies, a senior official said. Two officials said the government had intelligence from...
  • Nation's aviation security system is flawed, experts say

    12/29/2009 5:12:12 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 18 replies · 825+ views
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW | Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | Salena Zito
    A congressman who oversees American intelligence operations, a former CIA operative and an intelligence official agree that Christmas Day's aborted attack on a U.S. airliner proves that the nation's anti-terrorism efforts are flawed. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano praised the nation's aviation-security system Sunday but backtracked Monday, admitting the system "did not work in this instance." "Clearly, the system did not work," Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., told the Tribune-Review yesterday. Hoekstra is the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. "Success is not a person on a plane with an explosive," he said. "That is a failure. The system designed...
  • obama to make live statement on Christmas Day terrorist attack (approx 4 p.m. eastern)

    12/29/2009 12:57:39 PM PST · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 48 replies · 1,516+ views
    Me | 12/28/09 | Me
    Per Fox.. He's gotta spin some more. Apparently his pre-recorded statement didn't poll well...
  • Live Thread: Obama Speaking Again on Terror Attack

    12/29/2009 1:27:09 PM PST · by kristinn · 250 replies · 8,300+ views
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009
    On Fox, no video, just audio.
  • Drama For Obama as Child's Injury Delays Golf Game

    12/29/2009 11:27:56 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 51 replies · 1,786+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 29, 2009 | Jeff Mason and Bill Trott
    KAILUA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Vacationing President Barack Obama interrupted a golf game on Monday and sped back to his holiday house after the child of friends was hurt in a beach accident. Obama, on vacation in the island state where he grew up, raced home in his motorcade in a bit of high drama shortly after arriving at a lush golf course for an afternoon game. The child, identified by the White House as the son of Obama's friends Eric and Cheryl Whitaker, is now well and did not require stitches as first suggested, an official said. "Eric and Cheryl...
  • Pelosi's very private Hawaii vacation

    12/29/2009 10:40:34 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies · 2,324+ views
    December 29, 2009 Pelosi's very private Hawaii vacation Thomas Lifson In stark contrast to Sarah Palin, whose Hawaii vacation was photographed and touted in the press, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is enjoying a very private luxurious time at the Four Seasons Hualalai resort on the Big Island. Andrew Walden, editor of Hawaii Free Press, reports: Guarded by US Capitol Police bolstered by officers on loan from the Hawaii County PD, Pelosi is enjoying what Hollywood Reporter calls: "...a picture-perfect stretch of beach on the Big Island's chic Kona Coast....a private Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course and Pahu'ia, an award-winning oceanfront restaurant, $40...
  • Imagine if George W. Bush was Bodysurfing... (Laura Ingraham unleashed)

    12/29/2009 11:18:30 AM PST · by reaganrevolutionin2010 · 54 replies · 2,984+ views
    LauraIngraham.com ^ | 12/28/09 | Laura Ingraham
    Imagine if George W. Bush was Bodysurfing... ...when an airline terror plot almost succeeded in killing 300 inside the U.S. on Christmas Day. Imagine then if his Homeland Security Secretary, in a bizarrely self-congratulatory mode, said that "everything happened that should have" to thwart the attack. A man who never should have been allowed anywhere near the U.S. managed to hang on to a multiple entry visa and nearly carry out the worst attack in our nation since 9/11. This is a total outrage and isn't surprising given this Administrations rebranding the war on terror "overseas contingency operations." As I...
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (December 29, 2009: Dear Reader at -15)

    12/29/2009 6:57:29 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies · 1,740+ views
    Rasmussen ^ | 12/29/09 | Ras
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 26% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15
  • Obama Admin Debated Whether to Tell Public 'System Failed' in Christmas Terror Attack

    12/29/2009 9:02:40 AM PST · by kristinn · 76 replies · 2,981+ views
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | Kristinn
    File this under: Yes, they really think we're that dumb.The Obama administration spent Christmas weekend in an internal debate over whether to tell the American people the government failed to protect airline passengers in the wake of the terror attack on Northwest Airlines flight 253, according to the Wall Street Journal.That explains the stupifying message by Obama spokespeople on Sunday that the 'system worked'.The statement followed three days in which the White House had delegated public responses to subordinates. Officials debated over the weekend whether to state publicly that the security system had failed, according to a senior counterterrorism official....
  • Obama's 'Most Important Message'?

    12/29/2009 4:27:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 1,254+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2009 | Chuck Norris
    As I wrote last week, I knew that President Barack Obama's Christian message in his Christmas address was going to be the weakest in presidential history. But never did I expect to hear him dodge children on the main message of Christmas and then teach them a revised version. Here's the actual transcript from the president's visit last week to the Boys & Girls Club in Washington, D.C. (with a little of my own parenthetical Christmas commentary, to boot -- identified by "CN" in parentheses): THE PRESIDENT: I think one thing that's important to remember is that, you know, even...
  • Obama Returns to Vacation Home as Ambulance Speeds to Compound; Friend Injured in Surfboard Accident

    12/28/2009 2:34:02 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 49 replies · 1,621+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 28, 2009 | Brian
    BREAKING NEWS: Reports indicate President Obama suddenly left the golf course in Hawaii where he was playing a round of golf to return to his $9 million vacation estate where a "family friend" has reportedly been injured in a surfboard accident: President Barack Obama has abruptly ended a round of golf and sped toward his family's vacation home for what is being described as a "personal matter." An ambulance was seen speeding toward their compound. White House aides said the speedy departure and return to the president's home was not a matter of national security or because of a threat...
  • What Recession? Michelle Obama Wears $635 Shoes on $4000 Per Night Hawaii Vacation

    12/28/2009 7:16:00 PM PST · by kristinn · 171 replies · 17,241+ views
    Monday, December 28, 2009 | Kristinn
    Photo: Huffington Post.Photo: New York Magazine. Barack Obama enjoys living like a king, so why shouldn't Michelle Obama live like a queen?The First Lady was photographed last night in Hawaii wearing $635 per pair designer shoes by Maison Martin Margiela.The shoe style is called "Leather open toe flat pumps." It features a "thin nude leather strap across the top of the toe."A woman lucky enough to have a job in this economy and working for the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour would have to work 88 hours (without taxes taken out) to make enough to pay for Michelle...
  • Breaking News: Obama Leaves Golf For 'Personal Matter'; Ambulance Goes To His Family's Home

    12/28/2009 2:13:11 PM PST · by Steelfish · 88 replies · 5,186+ views
    CBS News.com | December 28, 2009
    Breaking News: Obama leaves golf for 'personal matter'; ambulance goes to his family's home