Pawlenty: Obama has 'incoherent' Egypt message
February 13th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Pawlenty: Obama has 'incoherent' Egypt message

Washington (CNN) - Former Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty kept up his criticism of the Obama administration Sunday, calling their response to the crisis in Egypt "nearly incoherent."

"Before his administration spoke like a tower of Babel with multiple voices saying multiple things, they should have had one message," Pawlenty said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." "Instead you had the president, the vice president, the secretary of state, the national intelligence director going off in different directions saying nearly incoherent, at least inconsistent things."

When asked what he would have done in the same situation, the potential 2012 presidential candidate said, "First of all, get your team on the same page, that's lesson number one in a crisis."

He also attacked President Obama over recent comments he made about the Muslim Brotherhood, an opposition Islamist umbrella group that is officially banned but tolerated in Egypt.

In an interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly before the Super Bowl, Obama said the Brotherhood is "one faction in Egypt. They don't have majority support in Egypt but they are well organized and there are strains of their ideology that are anti U.S., there is no doubt about it."

"The President of the United States ducked the question whether he thought it was a good or a bad idea, whether the Muslim Brotherhood should be running Egypt," Pawlenty said. "I'm telling you it's a bad idea and we need to do whatever we can to minimize the likelihood of that outcome."

A spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood has told CNN that his organization trusts Egypt's new military leadership to transition to a free and open democracy. Essam El Erian said that the Muslim Brotherhood, which has vowed not to field a presidential candidate, expects to be represented in a new parliament but does not expect to win a majority of seats.

In a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, Pawlenty accused the current administration of "appeasing" the Brotherhood, advising Obama to "get tough with our enemies."

"Mr. President, stop apologizing for our country," Pawlenty said. "The bullies, terrorists and tyrants of the world have lots to apologize for. America does not."

– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Egypt • Tim Pawlenty
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  1. informed voter

    President Obama is the best thing to happen for our country and our world. He has steered us away from the cliff we were heading towards financially. He has regained our respect and support around the world. He has accomplished more positive things for average Americans in just two years than most presidents do in two terms. Though I do not agree with everything he has done (continuing the failed Bush policies in Afghanistan, for one thing), President Obama was, and is, the right person to lead our nation in these difficult times. God bless him, his family, and the United States of America!

    February 13, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Name king

    The repugs are upset and mad as hell that the president didn't have to fire a shot and cost the American people trillions of dollars and hundred of thousands of life to accomplish the same goal that sank the American economy into the abyss with the bushes, this is a embarrassment to the repugs and tea baggers and they are reacting the best way they know, spewing out unrealistic empty rederics and talking points without a speck of solution, heck it works very well over the past 2 years, which they don't have a single accomplishment just obstructions, lies, fearmungering and intolerance. why stop now, the hardcore repugs will believe any rubbish they spew, and get piping hot about it, so let it rain bullcrap.

    February 13, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. j myer

    Living in Minnesota, I have had firsthand experience with having Pawlenty as our governor for 8 long years. The last four years he has spent most, if not all of his time, campaigning to be the next President. Our state hasn't had a governor working for the people of Minnesota – only working on his own personal agenda. Our state is in dire trouble with enormous debt. He was not willing to work with the MN Senate and House to solve these problems. NOW, he wants to be President – what a joke! He is probably or should be at the bottom of the list of candidates – look at his record, his behavior and talk to some of the Minnesota public for their opinions on him.

    February 13, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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