Atlantic Editor Lauds Lack of Obama Public Response to Terrorist

Remember how outraged the left became when Michael Moore's movie, Fahrenheit 9/11, showed President George W. Bush not issuing a public statement on the Twin Tower attacks for several minutes until after the school children finished reading the Pet Goat story? Well, it is now almost two days since the Nigerian terrorist working at the behest of Al Qaeda attempted to blow up a passenger jet and still no public response from the current president, Barack Obama.

According to the associate editor of The Atlantic, Marc Ambinder, the reason for Obama's lack of response is that it is part of some sort of brilliant strategy:

There is a reason why Obama hasn't given a public statement. It's strategy.

Here is Ambinder elaborating on this "strategy":

In his Fahrenheit 9/11, filmmaker Michael Moore juxtaposes images and words of a terrorist attack in Israel with President Bush's first words about the incident, spoken to a press pool on a golf course, with him leaning casually against a tree. Today, as the nation's law enforcement agencies respond to an attempted terrorist attack on U.S. soil, as the cable news channels and news websites pull in reinforcements to cover the incident from all angles, President Obama has been silent. 

In fact, he's been golfing. He received a counterterrorism briefing early this morning, Hawaii time, and moments later, left for the gym.  The president's vacation activities might have become the subject of a fierce partisan fight -- but really, the only carping is coming from the usual suspects on the right.

So it is okay with Ambinder for Obama to be still neglecting to issue a public statement on this after almost two days but it is an OUTRAGE for Bush to have waited a few minutes to issue his public statement on 9/11?
There is a reason why Obama hasn't given a public statement. It's strategy. 
Yeah, all part of the grand master chess plan that we mere mortals are unable to see:
Here's the theory: a two-bit mook is sent by Al Qaeda to do a dastardly deed. He winds up neutering himself. Literally.  
 
Authorities respond appropriately; the President (as this president is want to to) presides over the federal response. His senior aides speak for him, letting reporters know that he's videoconferencing regularly, that he's ordering a review of terrorist watch lists, that he's discoursing with his Secretary of Homeland Security.
All behind the scenes stuff (supposedly) yet still no public statement from Obama at least condemning this terrorist attempt.
 
Stand by now as Ambinder twists himself into a pretzel to explain the Obama non-response:
But an in-person Obama statement isn't needed; Indeed, a message expressing command, control, outrage and anger might elevate the importance of the deed, would generate panic (because Obama usually DOESN'T talk about the specifics of cases like this, and so him deciding to do so would cue the American people to respond in a way that exacerbates the situation.
And here is Ambinder pretending to read Obama's mind:
Obama of course will say something at some point. Had the terrorist blown up the plane, it;s safe to assume that Obama would no longer be in Hawaii.  In either case, the public will need presidential fortification at some point.  But Obama is willing to risk the accusation that he is "soft" on terrorism or is hovering above it all, or is just not to be bothered  (his "head's in the sand, "golfing comes first," )in order to advance what he believes is the proper collective response to a failed act of terrorism. 

Let the authorities do their work. Don't presume; don't panic the country; don't chest-thump, prejudge, interfere, politicize (in an international sense), don't give Al Qaeda (or whomever) a symbolic victory; resist the urge to open the old playbook and run a familiar play.
Finally Ambinder contrasts the "calm" Obama who has issued no reponse to the supposedly panicked Bush of eight years ago who gave a public response within minutes of the terror attack:
In a sense, he is projecting his calm on the American people, just as his advisers are convinced that the Bush Administration projected their panic and anger on the self-same public eight years ago.
For Ambinder it seems no public response is really part of some sort of brilliant secret strategy...if the president happens to be a Democrat.  And when a Republican president responds within minutes, the explanation is "panic and anger."
P.J. Gladnick
P.J. Gladnick
P.J. Gladnick is a freelance writer and creator of the DUmmie FUnnies blog.