December 27th, 2009
11:45 AM ET
6 months ago

White House: Obama monitoring terror situation closely

(CNN) - White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton issued the following statement Sunday:

At around 6:00 a.m. Hawaii Time, the President received an update from his Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor John Brennan and National Security Staff chief of staff Denis McDonough on the latest information regarding the investigation into the incident on Flight 253, the security measures being taken to keep the traveling public safe, the most recent intelligence regarding that incident as well as on the reviews the President ordered into watch lists and detection capabilities. The President will continue to receive intelligence updates and monitor the situation closely throughout the day.

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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Stu

    And those who voted for Obama actually were foolish enough to believe terrorists would abandon their ways just because Obama was elected! Doesn't matter who is in the White House. What matters is we have a president who is too weak to stand up to them.

    December 27, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. Fitz in Texas

    "Obama monitoring terror situation closely"........

    Well I know I feel safe and will sleep good at night. (dripping with sarcasm)

    December 27, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Yousuf

    I am extremely glad everyone is safe & the suspect is under arrest....

    But has anyone thought about this...What if the suspect had detonated the explosives in the bathroom? It looks as if the suspect had all the materials on his leg.....There might be a clue why he chose to do it in his seat...

    Also, where is our President? As much as I hated G. Bush, he chose to tell the American ppl he is on top of it , WHERE IS Obama...

    December 27, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. I am the flacid and powerless wizard of Rush

    Stu @ 12:56: Your boy, bushie was all hat and no cattle.
    False-firecracker Thrower @ 11:49: Better than your boy, bushie, who kissed the terrorist-Saudis on the mouth, while holding their oil-encrusted hands.

    December 27, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. thanks, but no thanks

    To German,Irish American,

    people were not complaining for president Bush being on vacation, rather than the extensive amount of time he took as vacation time. As far as l do remember, he was the only president who had so many days outside his office in his ranch. Our current president is taking a deserved vaction, unless you would like him to work for minimum pay and no rights whatsoever. You German, Irish and American maybe are kind of missing the slavery aren't you. Suck it up looser. We have a president who for a change thinks before he acts. Not the other way around...

    December 27, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Please join me in my New Year's Resolution: Do everything we can to make sure the right wingnuts and tea baggers are not elected in 2010.

    We need to begin by saying "No!" to Rubio for FL Senate.

    December 27, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. mary

    Why are you guys pointing finger at president?
    It should be Yemen where he boarded the plane. Maybe there is some one there that let him on knowing what his plan is.

    If terrorists are going to strike there is very little we can do about it.
    We will tighten the security but they just find another way.
    History shows that we will always have terrorists. Unless we go to war with all the middle east countries and kill everybody we will not get rid of this.
    If we tighten the security at airports to the point of people being inconvenienced than we will have nothing but complaining.
    I am glad that people are vigilant on the plane and were able to subdued him.

    December 27, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Future expat

    "And those who voted for Obama actually were foolish enough to believe terrorists would abandon their ways just because Obama was elected!"

    Anyone who believed that, or anyone who believed others believed that, is a complete moron.

    December 27, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Hey, Fitz in Texas:

    – Bush lied us into a war

    – Trampling the Constitution

    – Sent our troops not properly armored into combat

    – Took more vacation days than any president in US history

    – And called people "un-American" for criticizing his policies

    There's a huge difference between that and the total nonsense spouted here by people who will say anything in their efforts to find some way to criticize President Obama.

    Yeah, I think you should grow up because you're all acting like a bunch of spoiled children!

    December 27, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Paul H

    "Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano"! JOKE!!!! This is how we take care of terrorist now. We actually let them perform the act, and get caught red handed! I mean god forbid we act on Intel of names collected on a list, or profile anyone. I mean we don't want to step on someones toe's or hurt someone's feelings.
    Hell let's stop checking people at airport's all together, I mean it's a big pain in the butt for everyone anyway. So what if a few terrorist get through the crack's, at least we didn't invade their personal space or take their rights away.
    Soft, and weak. That's what we have become again.
    Maybe this isn't part of bigger/wider operation. But it is showing how lax we are getting in the name of political correctness. If we don't act on some of the intel we collect ever then we are doomed to play the roll of clean up after the fact, instead of heading it off before it happens. You know preventive measures.

    December 27, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    Stu: I voted for President Obama – and not for a second did I think his election would eliminate terrorism.

    I did, however, have confidence that if a memo entitled, "Al Qaeda Determined to Attack the US Using Airplanes" crossed his desk, he wouldn't ignore it (like Bush did, when he received that memo August 6, 2001).

    December 27, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. JK in Ashburn

    Perhaps, as with North Korea and Iran, his teleprompter will issue a "strongly worded statement" to the terrorists. That'll get 'em to start behaving.

    December 27, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Peter

    Let's get a few things strait...

    1. 9/11 could've been avoided, but WE gave bin Laden money to fight the Soviet Union when they assaulted Afghanistan. We let them keep the money after the conflict came to a close.

    2. If you did just a little research, you'd know that bin Laden has influence and operatives in North Africa and the Cape Horn *Angola, Somalia, to a lesser extent Ethiopia*

    3. Yemen is next to Saudi Arabia, a place where bin Laden has influence *starting to see a pattern...?*

    bin Laden has influence in many areas, and it's because he was trained and properly funded by our good friend Ronald Reagan.

    When you piece everything together, you realize that Reagan should share the blame for 9/11, but then again...Bush could've read the report of a pending terrorist attack and at least TRIED to stop it, but I guess golf is more important...

    Finally, we need more information. If this was infact a planned attack of a major operation, I'd be nervous, if this was some lone wolf with no connections to bin Laden, who cares?

    P.S: I know you may be shocked to hear this, but Obama isn't a muslim, and even if he was...Who cares? This is a prejudice which should've died years ago.

    By the way...Fox News is Fake News

    December 27, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. JonDie

    Just what the enemies of our country, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney have been hoping for. I'll bet Palin, Limbaugh and Cheney are really disappointed that Al Qaeda didn't successfully attack and kill Americans.

    December 27, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. Paul H

    "Glen Beck is king of the morons"
    Right wing or left wing, it doesn't matter to the crazy guy with a bomb trying to kill a plane full of passengers, or a bus, or a car bomb in front of a heavily populated location.
    We can keep fighting back and forth with each other over issues of politics or we can try to stop some of these guys before they do these stupid cowardly act's.
    If you want to keep playing patty cake bring it. But if you want to stand together and stand for justice then let's do it!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 27, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. JK in Ashburn

    We are rapidly approaching the point I predicted not long ago. Airport security is always (over) reacting to things that have happened before. Bomb in shoe.... everyone takes their shoes off. Liquid in carry-on.... no more containers with more than 3 ounces. Now, this clown has stuff taped to his leg.... TSA will start patting down everyones' thighs.

    Here's where this goes.... someone will soon hide something in the crack of their butt. TSA response... strip searches for all.

    At that point, we'll finally have a serious look at how TSA does business.

    December 27, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    Phil: Don't forget to add to your list the October 1983 bombing of the barracks in Beruit, Lebanon under President Reagan (Hezbollah was responsible).

    299 servicemen died, including 220 U.S. Marines. Reagan's response was to appoint a military fact-finding commission to investigate the bombing and identify the serious security lapses that occurred. This lead to the implementation of protective barriers/barricades around U.S. military and civilian targes overseas and here in the States.

    December 27, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. Manny1955

    I do sleep very well at night. I don't worry about everything. Things that I have control over I work to change. Those I don't have control over I leave in the hands of My Lord. I think that our president is doing a great job. What do you want him to do panic so that the US we go into a panic! That would be crazy! Access the situation and then react accordingly. It's a good thing that some of you guys are not in charge....we would ALL be going crazy! God bless the USA!

    December 27, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. Jim

    To Media Editors:

    Let's not publicly transform this single situation into a massive publicity win for Al Queada by breathlessly splashing this subject on every global outlet available for weeks on end.

    You have the power to deny them media leverage and exposure.

    Do we need our skies to be safe: Yes. Does the airline safety / detection system have some additional work to do: Yes (especially internationally) Have we been lucky: Yes. Should we give Al Queada more press and mind-share power: No.

    Remember: a media feeding frenzy is oxygen to their cause.

    Knowing this, it's smarter to cut off their supply and suffocate them thru inattention than feed them with headline grabbing self-interest.

    Editors, please take note and act in the public's, your country's and the world's better interests, not for the sake of ratings or share points. You are Al Queada's unwitting dups if you let this snowball. I'm not saying you should suppress information, but be smart and don't play Al Queada's game.

    December 27, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. Matt

    @ Phil,

    " It finally took Bush to get in office to recognize we are at War with extreme people trying to do harm to our country!"

    Actually, it took Bush to get into office to completely bungle advanced warnings of 9/11, leading to the death of thousands of americans. And on top of that, He took worldwide support for america, and astoundingly high domestic approval numbers and flushed it all down the toilet with his unfounded war in Iraq, which has since created more terrorists than there were before 9/11.

    December 27, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. phillip Marlowe

    The Left criticized Bush for hearing of the 9-11 news in Florida and unable to get back to Washington, I see Obama hasn't budged from Hawaii. Imagine if that was Bush enjoying the tradewinds and sunshine while a teroorist attack was thwarted over an American city.

    December 27, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Hey DAR:

    If your spelling and grammar are any indiction of your intelligence
    level, you are saying more about yourself than abut the subject.

    December 27, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    meanwhile in Portland, Maine airport on Dec 20, I got I had brass coins in my pocket that did not set off the x-ray thing (it always has before). My partner went through it with an implanted defribrilator and it did not set off the machine (it always has before). Were the machines turned off?

    Another traveling companion was turned back because she had blueberry jam in her carry-on luggage!!

    Is there any logic to airport screening? NO

    December 27, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. Joyce

    I feel sorry for some of those who write comments– they express their ignorance, stupidity an hate! Sure, Obama could make a statement but he probably is waiting for all the facts are in so he can give Americans accurate information. Please remember, he has staffed the White House with competent people who can follow his directions.

    Oh, by the way, IDIOT_PELOSI and DAR you don't show much respect for the US when you refer to the President that way. You have a right to disagree with President Obama, but please do it respectfully!

    December 27, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. Lori

    Take your time, Mr. President. Please. The last time we Americans let a President respond to a terror attack without monitoring the situation properly, we ended up in Iraq. Sheesh!!!

    December 27, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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