The right-wing blogosphere is agog at President Barack Obama for saying the following to journalist Bob Woodward earlier this summer:
I said very early on, as a Senator and continue to believe, as a presidential candidate and now as president, that we can absorb a terrorist attack. We will do everything we can to prevent it. but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever, that ever took place on our soil, we absorbed it, and we are stronger. This is a strong, powerful country that we live in, and our people are incredibly resilient.
Shoe says, “No, Obama, we cannot ‘absorb’ a terrorist attack. This country hasn’t been the same since that horrible day, and it never will be. To say anything to the contrary is plainly stupid.”
Justified Right squeals: “Well, this is scary…. We can “absorb” one? What am I a sponge?”
The American Enterprise Institute roils: “These are stunningly complacent words from the man responsible for stopping such a terrorist attack.”
The Betrayed: A True Patriot Site asks rhetorically, “Will Obama Force America To ‘Absorb A Terror Attack’ To Save His Presidency?”
Liz Cheney wails, “Once again the President seems either unwilling or unable to do what it takes to keep this nation safe. The President owes the American people an explanation.”
Apparently, America’s right wing doesn’t think that the United States can absorb a terrorist attack. They think that a bunch of fundamentalist losers with boxcutters are stronger than the other 300 million of us put together. Boy, they don’t have much confidence in this country, do they? Their attitude is not very patriotic. Maybe they’re actually French, or Canadian, or something. Maybe they’re French Canadians.
Quick, someone grab an American flag hankie and apply a tourniquet before the scaredy cats fall into a faint.