Juan Williams: Obama 'Hasn't Conveyed That He Really Cares About' Oil Spill
NPR's Juan Williams on Sunday spoke an astonishingly inconvenient truth about the Gulf Coast oil crisis: "[President Obama] just hasn't conveyed that he really cares about this issue, and that he's not off to the side watching."
This was in stark contrast to Time's Joe Klein who said this weekend, "This is more Bush's second Katrina than Obama's first," and New York Times columnist Frank Rich who on Sunday blamed the oil spill on George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, and Rand Paul.
No, Williams, participating in bonus online coverage of "Fox News Sunday," made it crystal clear that unlike many of his colleagues in the Obama-loving media, he's not carrying the administration's water on this critical issue facing the nation (video follows with partial transcript and commentary, relevant section at 5:50):
JUAN WILLIAMS, NPR: I look at it from the position of a journalist, and what I see is that, you know what, the messaging is just wrong. He's just not been fully engaged. He just hasn't conveyed that he really cares about this issue, and that he's not off to the side watching. And, to me, that's, and I come back to the communications office. I come back to the idea that he's supposed to relate to the American people. He is supposed to be, as [James] Carville said, somebody's daddy on this. He's supposed to say, "I'm your daddy, I'm in charge, I'm going to tell you what's happening." He hasn't done it.
No, he hasn't. If only more of Juan's colleagues would be so honest.