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Uh Oh... Obama has lost Maureen Dowd

Damn... this is a little like Mother Mary being estranged from the baby Jesus... kinda sorta:

I was walking through a deserted downtown on Christmas Eve with a friend, past the lonely, gray Treasury Building, past the snowy White House with no president inside.

"I hope the terrorists don't think this is a good time to attack," I said, looking protectively at the White House, which always looks smaller and more vulnerable and beautiful than you expect, no matter how often you see it up close.

I thought our guard might be down because of the holiday; now I realize our guard is down every day.


President Obama's favorite word is "unprecedented," as Carol Lee of Politico pointed out. Yet he often seems mired in the past as well, letting his hallmark legislation get loaded up with old-school bribes and pork; surrounding himself with Clintonites; continuing the Bushies' penchant for secrecy and expansive executive privilege; doubling down in Afghanistan while acting as though he's getting out; and failing to capitalize on snazzy new technology while agencies thumb through printouts and continue their old turf battles.

Even before a Nigerian with Al Qaeda links tried to blow up a Northwest Airlines jet headed to Detroit, travelers could see we had made no progress toward a technologically wondrous Philip K. Dick universe.

We seemed to still be behind the curve and reactive, patting down grannies and 5-year-olds, confiscating snow globes and lip glosses.

Instead of modernity, we have airports where security is so retro that taking away pillows and blankies and bathroom breaks counts as a great leap forward.

If we can't catch a Nigerian with a powerful explosive powder in his oddly feminine-looking underpants and a syringe full of acid, a man whose own father had alerted the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, a traveler whose ticket was paid for in cash and who didn't check bags, whose visa renewal had been denied by the British, who had studied Arabic in Al Qaeda sanctuary Yemen, whose name was on a counterterrorism watch list, who can we catch?

We are headed toward the moment when screeners will watch watch-listers sashay through while we have to come to the airport in hospital gowns, flapping open in the back.


Before he left for vacation, Obama tried to shed his Spock mien and juice up the empathy quotient on jobs. But in his usual inspiring/listless cycle, he once more appeared chilly in his response to the chilling episode on Flight 253, issuing bulletins through his press secretary and hitting the links. At least you have to seem concerned.

On Tuesday, Obama stepped up to the microphone to admit what Janet Napolitano (who learned nothing from an earlier Janet named Reno) had first tried to deny: that there had been "a systemic failure" and a "catastrophic breach of security."

But in a mystifying moment that was not technically or emotionally reassuring, there was no live video and it looked as though the Obama operation was flying by the seat of its pants.

Given that every utterance of the president is usually televised, it was a throwback to radio days -- just at the moment we sought reassurance that our security has finally caught up to "Total Recall."

All that TV viewers heard, broadcast from a Marine base in Kaneohe Bay, was the president's disembodied voice, talking about "deficiencies."

Citing the attempt of the Nigerian's father to warn U.S. authorities six months ago, the president intoned: "It now appears that weeks ago this information was passed to a component of our intelligence community but was not effectively distributed so as to get the suspect's name on a no-fly list."

In his detached way, Spock was letting us know that our besieged starship was not speeding into a safer new future, and that we still have to be scared.

Heck of a job, Barry.

Via Hot-Air who disassemble Maureen's words in a most entertaining way.



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Comments (21)

Dowd is just trying to buil... (Below threshold)

Dowd is just trying to build up her cred again so down the road she can say see, I was critical of Obama, once.

Obama's becoming a real uni... (Below threshold)

Obama's becoming a real uniter. The far left think he's screwing them over by being an ineffective wimp. The middle think he's screwing them over with health care reform that's going to raise costs and cut services. The right think he's screwing them over in regards to the economy - taxing everything they possibly can in order to fund their dream programs (which seem to be turning nightmarish for everyone who'll be a recipient of such largesse).

He's got everyone united! Admittedly for different reasons, but they're united! What a Prez! Go, Obama! You might be tired, buddy, but just think - only 3 more years to go, and you'll have killed off the Democrats as a trusted party in American politics for a generation or more!

Dowd is a true-believer, an... (Below threshold)

Dowd is a true-believer, and this will sting a bit. But she'll be back in the pews, singing Hallelujah to Obama along with the rest of the NY Times choir.

Ya gotta hand it to MoDo. ... (Below threshold)

Ya gotta hand it to MoDo. She's a good writer. Note I didn't say 'reporter' or 'journalist'.

I'll admit though that I have to resist the urge to yawn every time I hear a lefty complain about Obama.

What I heard was an unspoke... (Below threshold)

What I heard was an unspoken word in the air: "Heck of a job, boy!"

Maureen will return to sick... (Below threshold)

Maureen will return to sick-bay as soon as Spock returns from spawning on Vulcan. Or is it Hawaii?

Looking at Dowd, I cannot h... (Below threshold)

Looking at Dowd, I cannot help but feel a sense of cultural pride at how far we've come in matching the ancient Egyptians' art of preserving mummies. Still, she needs to realize that all the nipping and tucking and botox and hair dye in the world will never restore her dessicated, sagging body to the carefree party girl who slept her way into a slot on the NYT editorial page. It's very sad, when you think of it. She can't even give it away these days.

Some of you may fall over yourselves to give her credit for accidentally seeing the obvious on rare occasion, as she did with Clinton a decade and several surgeries ago. I cannot get over the rest of the tripe she's produced, the 99.9% of it which is fawning leftist hackery sauteed in Blue Cosmopolitans, nor the nagging feeling that her best work was flat on her back.

Eric, LOL!... (Below threshold)

Eric, LOL!

Perhaps Ms. Dowd is feeling... (Below threshold)

Perhaps Ms. Dowd is feeling a little unsafe under Obama these days. She does not seem willing to lay down her life (she must fly a lot) to praise Obama for his handling of our national security. If she is critizing him, I think she is scare, as well she should be.

It's OK Maureen. All those ... (Below threshold)

It's OK Maureen. All those qualities that were so appealing when you first began dating now seem all that there really was to the man with the interesting name and exotic background. Remember how your friends were suspicious from the beginning that he was still finding himself and not really ready to take on the responsibility of a deeper relationship with someone else? Maybe now that you've opened up to him he will change. On the surface he certainly seems alot more sensitive and open than that other guy, George. That relationship was a no go right from the beginning. Rest assured there IS a guy out there somewhere who will never disappoint you.

Maureen who?... (Below threshold)

Maureen who?

I guess the USPS lost her u... (Below threshold)

I guess the USPS lost her unicorn and koolaid delivery.

We are headed towa... (Below threshold)
jim m:
We are headed toward the moment when screeners will watch watch-listers sashay through while we have to come to the airport in hospital gowns, flapping open in the back.

The answer to MoDo's question "Who can we catch?" is that we could have caught this idiot were it not for the PC fear about profiling.

Losing Maureen Dowd,... (Below threshold)

Losing Maureen Dowd,imho,is not necessarily a BAD thing.
Losing BO would be classified as an EXCELLENT thing.

If Obama has lost Maureen D... (Below threshold)

If Obama has lost Maureen Dowd, the war is lost.

Seems I remember hearing a line something like this about 30 years ago...

Reminder to The One: You w... (Below threshold)

Reminder to The One: You were a little pissant then, but try to recall your US History. The part where LBJ said 'If you've lost Walter Cronkite, you've lost the war.'

i must have missed this on ... (Below threshold)

i must have missed this on sports center.....did we trade peggy "kneepads" noonan to the libs for the social drinker, as in, "having a drink, so shall i" maureen dowd?

i don't trust either one of these blathering magpies.

Would that Obama had the em... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Would that Obama had the emotional depth of Spock. With Obama we don't even get the raised eyebrow.

This could be Modo being ir... (Below threshold)

This could be Modo being irked by the new security measures which will inconvenience her when she travels.

Thing isnt looking so hot f... (Below threshold)

Thing isnt looking so hot for the MIGHTY OBAMASES

Our great leader rushes bac... (Below threshold)

Our great leader rushes back to the house when some donor's kid gets hurt, but continues to golf after an attempted attack on our nation?

We are in deep trouble my friends.






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