Naturally, couldn’t manage to compliment Bush-Cheney by name.
It’s amazing what you can miss if you don’t attend fundraisers for the Democratic Party.
Daniel Halper of the Weekly Standard tells a fascinating story about Obama at such an event in Rhode Island this weekend:
Obama: Bush-Cheney ‘Security Apparatus’ Makes Us ‘Pretty Safe’
President Barack Obama said last night at a Democratic fundraiser in Rhode Island that the terrorism from ISIS “doesn’t immediately threaten the homeland.” The reason? The security measures taken by President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to Obama.
First the president said the situation in the Middle East is “scary,” according to a transcript of the event released by the White House.
“I don’t have to tell you, anybody who has been watching TV this summer, it seems like it is just wave after wave ofupheaval, most of it surrounding the Middle East. You’re seeing a change in the order in the Middle East. But the old order is having a tough time holding together and the new order has yet to be born, and in the interim, it’s scary.”
Then he told the Democratic donors not to worry because measures put in place by Bush and Cheney “make us … pretty safe.”
“The good news is that we actually have a unprecedented military capacity, and since 9/11 have built up a security apparatus that makes us in the here and now pretty safe. We have to be vigilant, but this doesn’t immediately threaten the homeland. What it does do, though, is it gives a sense, once again, for future generations, is the world going to be upended in ways that affect our kids and our grandkids.”
Of course, Obama, who has blamed much on his predecessor, did not name Bush and Cheney.
Is it any wonder that Obama is becoming so comfortable with his inner Bush?
Brian Hughes of the Washington Examiner recently wrote:
On airstrikes, Obama channels the words of George W. Bush
President Obama was sent to the White House on promises of being different from his predecessor. But of late, he’s sounding a lot like George W. Bush.
“America does not forget. Our reach is long. We are patient. Justice will be done,” Obama said this week when discussing the threat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria poses to U.S. citizens.
The phrasing was reminiscent of Bush’s remarks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, when he said “whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.”
At least Obama won’t have to deal with the anti-war movement. They went out of business the moment he became president.