MSNBC’s Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle disputed President Obama’s contention that the media are whipping people into a frenzy over the terror attacks in France and Mali, instead blaming Obama for being out of touch and making Americans feeling “leaderless:”
He’s been out of the country for 10 days, and certainly out of the loop in terms of the daily conversation here in this country that occurs every single day in every city in this country. And that’s why there’s a very thin line between anxiety and fear, and the country, I think, is filled with anxiety that is now crossing over into fear because there is an element, I think a lot of people feel we’re leaderless in terms of confronting the global war on terror. I think a lot of people want to hear from Barack Obama.
Obama chose to leave for his planned Asia trip hours after the Paris attacks rather than stay home and deal with the terror threat, calling it a “terrible and sickening setback” in the fight against the Islamic State while standing firmly behind his strategy.
It was a “terrible and sickening setback” in the fight against ISIS, but it was equally as sickening to watch the President engage in a war of words with Republicans rather than take any action to show the American public that he has a real strategy in the war on terror.