On January 20, 2009 Barack Hussein Obama took the following oath:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
It does not say that I will blame those before me for all of the ills of my administration. A President should lead, especially in a time of crisis. Not wait three days to address the nation while playing golf.
One would think that all would be worried about the lack of leadership and concern. Instead we get continued excuses from those that will defend Obama at all cost. When will people get it through their heads, this is no longer about George W. Bush. It is about Barack Obama as President and the leadership he is supposed to show. Bush took less heat than Obama, give me a break. This is about protecting America and Americans.
There is no more solemn duty for an American commander-in-chief than the marshalling of “all elements of American power” – the phrase Obama himself used on Monday – to protect the people of the United States. In that key respect, Obama failed on Christmas Day, just as President George W. Bush failed on September 11th (though he succeeded in the seven years after that).
Yes, the buck stops in the Oval Office. Obama may have rather smugly given himself a “B+” for his 2008 performance but he gets an F for the events that led to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab boarding a Detroit-bound plane in Amsterdam with a PETN bomb sewn into his underpants. He said today that a “systemic failure has occurred”. Well, he’s in charge of that system.
Barack Obama, you are the President of the United States and are sworn to protect it. ACT LIKE IT!!! This has nothing to do with Bush and this is all on you. If you are not up to the job and to take responsibility for all actions, then resign. It is simply amazing that excuses are consistently made for Obama, this time when people could have died.
GWB did partially fail the United States on 9-11 when terrorist brought down planes and buildings in the US. So did former President Bill Clinton. However, in the following seven years of GWB, the United States had no terror attacks on its soil. However, it is 8+ years later and Obama, you do not get a pass. You have to do a better job than your predecessor, not worse.
The so called systemic failure that you discussed was in place then as well. What certainly is startling is that terrorist tweak their plans every day and create new contingency plans to try and kill Americans. Why did the system work under GWB, but not Barack Hussein Obama? Are you telling me that the plans that we have in place as a nation are not constantly reviewed all the time as well?
To answer the question as why after 8+ years and only under Obama was there a “systemic” failure … Changes By Obama Administration Probably Led To Increased Success Of Terrorist Attacks In America. Go figure, who would have thought.
CNN states that the CIA failed to circulate a report about the bombing suspect. Maybe the CIA was too worried about getting prosecuted by Obama’s AG for not dotting the “i’s” and crossing the “t’s” properly.
THAT IS INSANE! You mean to tell us that the safety of Americans is only done retroactively after we have been hit? The only reason why 300 people did not die on Christmas Day was because of a failed detonator. That is some insurance policy we have for protection, luck!