'Captain Obvious' Deduces Terror's Alive, Well

National security crises are not the time to play it cool, Obama
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2010 8:56 AM CST
President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, about a terrorist attempt to destroy a Detroit-bound airliner.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – "No Drama Obama" reacted to the attempted Christmas bombing with characteristic cool—he "reviewed the reviews, analyzed the intelligence every which way," then he "came down from the mountaintop" to declare what we already know, writes Maureen Dowd in the New York Times. "We are under attack. There is evil in the world." Also, "Two plus two equals four," she writes.

For Dowd, when Obama "failed to immediately step up to the microphones in Hawaii and thank the passengers for bravely foiling the plot that his intelligence community had failed to see, President Cool reached the limits of cool." And while Dowd has no doubt the prez is on top of the situation, "it’s not OK to be cool about national security when Americans are scared."

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