Obama's aides felt stung by the press criticism after Christmas, when Obama initially opted to hold off public comments, work behind the scenes and, to the dismay of several columnists, play golf. So after returning to Washington, by contrast, Obama gave two public addresses, abandoning his uber-cool façade and twice appearing visibly aggravated at the failures in U.S. intelligence that allowed the attack to take place.
Well, thank God "several columnists" were on hand to express "dismay". Lord knows where the nation would be without "press criticism" of the effort politicians need make towards the appearance of "muscular, public and dutiful demonstrations of authority"....probably a whole lot less comforted while our public integrity-bound press-corps maximizes anxieties over a kid with explosives in his underwear, that's where! Where would we get our desperately needed demonstrations of authority to calm and soothe our raging fears over terrorists and their super-powers and kung fu grip?
With a press corps like ours, it's certain that the terrorists will fail miserably...to terrorize...the American people...Yes, that's right. We're just like the British during the battle of Britain...apart from facing the Luftwaffe nightly, and remaining calm, courteous and courageous in the face of huge bombs exploding in all our major cities, and citizens evacuating to subway tunnels year after year, and the literal threat of invasion by a vast army of Nazis. That's just like how we are right now with our superb press corps! How could the terrorists possibly win?
Also, isn't it just super that we have people like the "aides" who "felt stung by the press criticism" in charge of national affairs? Isn't that the most awesome display of strength there is, when the most powerful administration in the world jumps up and down in fearful reaction to the "dismay of several columnists"? What aides were these, Michael Scherer? Who told you about this episode in these terms? Why, surely such honest dealers would put their names to their claims, right Michael Scherer?
All I can say is that having a President who will, at a relative moment's notice, abandon an "uber-cool façade" for the façade of visible aggravation just fills me with total confidence that the focus of this Administration is problem-solving, not posturing. Fan-tastic.
I'm also supremely heartened by a press corps that focuses on real problems to solve, not the political posturing of the new Daddy-Figure-In-Chief to demonstrate his "ability to take charge", and its moment-by-moment effects on public perception.
Thanks for this substantial review and critique of the Administration's security image handling and public relations efforts, and subsequent polling of attitudes, Michael Scherer. I'm sure we're all much safer as a nation for your efforts...at least I feel 2/3rds safer, anyway.