Even Fellow Dems Are BLASTING Obama For The Sick Thing He Called The Paris Attacks
President Obama is coming under criticism from some in his own party over his comments Monday about last week's terrorist attacks in Paris.
Influential liberal columnists and Democratic strategists say Obama came off as condescending and scornful during his press conference in Antalya, Turkey — missing an opportunity to show strength and leadership in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“I don’t want him shooting from the hip and making empty threats, but I think he could have done a better job in articulating the anger that many people feel toward what happened in not only Paris but Beirut as well,” said Democratic strategist Jim Manley, a former adviser to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
“What happened in Paris and in Beirut is going to require an aggressive response.”
Those comments echoed Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson’s assessment that Obama’s tone “was all wrong” in addressing the Paris attacks.
Typically an Obama ally, Robinson in a column published on Tuesday wrote that “at times he was patronizing, at other times he seemed annoyed and almost dismissive.”
“That’s not the tone you want to strike to the public, that’s not the tone you want to send to our allies and enemies,” said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon.
Obama reserved his harshest criticism for Republicans who challenged his plan to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees next year, while focusing most of his time fending off critics who say the Paris attacks show his counter-terrorism strategy has been a failure.
“Some of them seem to think that if I were just more bellicose in expressing what we’re doing, that that would make a difference — because that seems to be the only thing that they’re doing, is talking as if they’re tough,” the president said. “But I haven't seen particular strategies that they would suggest that would make a real difference.”
Monday’s press conference was the latest of a string of comments from Obama that have sparked concern among his fellow Democrats — including the president’s remark last week that ISIS has been geographically “contained.”
ISIS’s continued hold on large swaths of territory and its new ability to carry out a coordinated terror strike in a major European city should prompt a broader strategic reevaluation from Obama, some Democrats say.
“I read the intelligence faithfully. ISIL is not contained, ISIL is expanding,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Monday, using an alternate acronym for the group.