Fred Hiatt and company cannot be happy unless they are ordered to crap their pants, even if they are conditioned to do so anyway. As I recall, a guy went all Richard Reid on his private parts — fortunately nothing more happened. What is a President to do? Apparently act completely insane:
By staying in Hawaii, the president has sent the message that the situation really isn’t all that serious, that things can proceed just fine until he’s back. And isn’t it that kind of reasoning that emboldens our never-vacationing enemies into thinking Christmas Day is the perfect time for them to strike?
Hey, worked for the Three Wisemen, hi-yoooooo!
Seriously, flipping out every time something ALMOST happens is the kind of wise stewardship that made people love George W. Bush so very much.
Say, how did George Bush handle the shoe bomber Richard Reid in late 2001 when he gave himself a hot-foot instead of a hot-crotch?
…it was six days before President George W. Bush, then on vacation, made any public remarks about the so-called “shoe bomber,” Richard Reid, and there were virtually no complaints from the press or any opposition Democrats that his response was sluggish or inadequate.
That stands in sharp contrast to the withering criticism President Barack Obama has received for his reaction to Friday’s incident on a Northwest Airlines flight heading for Detroit.
And then they arrested Reid, put him on trial on American soil, convicted him, locked him up in an American prison and he was never heard from again. Funny how that worked.
(h/t Balloon Juice)