December 27th, 2009
01:06 PM ET
soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. JonDie

    "Darn!" I'll bet the enemies of our country (Palin, Cheney and Limbaugh) are saying since Palin, Cheney and Limbaugh were really hoping that Al Qaeda would hit us.

    December 27, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. J.G. Tayloe

    Lots of BULL !!!! The President is critizied by some Republican if he skips lunch as if it is a dire threat to the U.S.

    December 27, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Republicans need to criticize Bush for 9-11, Columbine, the killings at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois, his response to Hurricane Katrina, his response to Hurricane Charlie, response to the floods in Iowa, North Dakota and Missouri, and every person who died because they did not have affordable health insurance or medical care. If not, this is just another baseless attack from the party of big business.

    December 27, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. carolflowery

    that's his first job, keeping this country safe, period. He has to be criticized first to even make a decision. He couldnt speak out on Iran killing people in the streets. He should have already spoken to the american people and for that matter people of the world. He has a learning disablity if you ask me.

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

    Please let us know when Republicans don't criticize Obama for something. Have a hangnail – it's Obama's fault.

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

    If the Republicans didn't find something to complain about the President it would be most unusual, Obama was right on top of the situation, the White House is whereever a president is, be it Crawford, TX or Hawaii.

    December 27, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Freedom

    When Bush was president we flew to Jamaica ,in 2002 we were confindent that nothing would happen when bush was on the job. Now that Obama is on the job my family has past on flying during any of our vacations. And after would happened in DET. were glad we made that choice.

    December 27, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Kwame

    What did the critics expect for a response? Step out in the streets and round up every African-looking person and quarantine them on suspicion? Or get the guns out and shoot every African? Or ground the airplanes until we can be sure the terror threat is fully resolved? What did Bush do with shoe-bomber? That may give the critics a yardstick to judge Obama's response before jumping the on the "nail him down at all cost" band wagon.

    December 27, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. MaryJo

    Ed, Ed, Ed, do you honestly believe that just because the President comes out and says everything is okay and we have everything under control now that the American people are going to feel warm and fuzzy? Come in from the rain, son. If you can't find something better to criticize the President for than having those people in charge of actually making us safe while flying to tell us what is in place and what improvements will be made instead of himself, please keep your mouth shut! It really does make you look rather stupid and like you're trying to concoct something where nothing exists.

    December 27, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    What do this republicans rightful and accepted response should be; that Obama remain stoic and keep sitting in a chair reading My Pet Goat to a bunch of school kids after he was inform of the purported attack. They must really miss 9-11 so much.

    December 27, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. sue-peck

    What are all these cabinet membersto do if the president has to respond to every move? Napolitona has a job to do and is in the know. She responded very well as to what everybody knows. You can't catch every terrorist but she can not say what USA is doing to catch them. If she did then we would know as much as the terrorists. I respect the secrecy of the admin.

    We are so lucky that the Depts are guarding the door.

    December 27, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. chad

    its sad that republicants want these animals to suceed.
    to attack obama for not doing anything is just plain wrong.
    this was a failure of european security, not the u.s..
    politicizing a terror attack for the promotion of right wing ideas is
    a bad move for republicants.
    terrorist dont attack political parties, they attack peolple.

    December 27, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Jefe

    Republicans are driven by their fear and cowardice and as such, look for official response to anything that can be classified as a terrorist attack to be panic, fear, and color-coded alerts. The majority of the nation doesn't share the cowardice and spinelessness of the Republicans, and thus are not willing to relenquish constitutional rights in order to (allegedly) help protect against terrorist attacks. I am sick and tired of people who claim to be patriotic being such fearful sissies, hell-bent on throwing away our freedom for a little false sense of security. Its ridiculous and un-American. I, for one, am not afraid.

    December 27, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. Libertarian

    Oh please...will these self righteous idiots ever shut up? We were attacked undera Republican administration. There were two follow up attacks on planes in the years after. I don't care who is in office and neither do the terrorists. PLEASE! So we spend ourselves into oblivion on wars and the terrorists still win.

    America...we were alone in this "war on terroism". We dug such a huge hole with the war debt that MAYBE terrorism will win. Obama has reached out, engaged the world, and brought our Allies back into helping with the spending/war. We've not heard a peep out of Pakistan lately for crossing their borders with drones...have we?? Why is that? Maybe our President worked that out?? How many top Taliban & Al Quaeda leaders have been killed inside Pakistan this year? DOZENS....under Bush in 8 years.....just two.

    December 27, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Big John

    President Obama has ordered a complete review of passenger screening, what do these morons expect him to do... personally screen every passenger at every airport?

    December 27, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. cocopial

    Ed Henry is so anti-Obama that he has problem of understading fairness.

    December 27, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. Ren from Baltimore

    How traitorous the Republican party has become. Enough, people-support your country and your lawfully elected representatives, from the President on down.

    Stop joining in with the Birthers, Deathers, Klan, Tea Partiers, Palin twits--just stop.

    December 27, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. a7m

    The President does everything he should and can. Unlike George W., he is not running around to capitilize on such events.

    December 27, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Lori

    Are these the same Republicans that sat on intelligence pre 9/11 that al Qaeda was planning an attack on American soil? Are these the same Republicans who defend their Republican President's response to 9/11 by invading IRAQ- a country that had NOTHING to do with September 11th while they left Saudia Arabia (the place where the majority of the 9/11 hijackers were from and where a lot of their funding came from) alone? Oh, yes, Republicans, it's ALL Obama's fault... The Republicans only anger is that the terror suspect didn't succeed so that they could blame the terrorist attack on President Obama.

    Mr. President, keep up the good work. The majority of Americans still support you!

    December 27, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. FM

    Ed Henry, can you stop whining and blaming all the time. How could the President come out and say something, while they were more information still coming!
    Comparing Pres. Bush and Pres. Obama is wrong. Every individual has his own style of leadership.

    December 27, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. Death Panel Sarah

    Of couse the 'right' would criticize President Obama for his terror response. They criticize him for everything!!!!
    What else would we expect them to do???

    America is growing tired of the criticizers!!!

    December 27, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. Ken in Pisgah Forest

    Presidant Obama followed the same rule book that Pres. Bush followed after Richard Reed tried to blow up a plane with a shoe bomb. The key to keeping attacks few and far between according to accepted theory then and now, is to limit the reaction because Al Qaida expects an over-reaction for every one of its actions.

    By reviewing what happened in this case, and all anti-terrorist procedures in general, and making sure decisions are made at the proper level and not kicked upstairs, President Obama and his staff are doing what needs to be done.

    December 27, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. Chris L.

    You see!!! This again and again is more proof that therse idiotic and hypocrite republicans will do or say anything against President Obama! Unbelievable! How stupid can they be?!!?? The President didn't create or call the terrorist to cause havoc in the airline. He is not the one who missed out on thorough security checking in Nigeria, Amsterdam airport in the Netherlands and so on! Grow up you fools!!! I hope that all intelligent people see that, when you have soo much hate, creat fearmongering, fabricate accusations or stuff, it really shows how sore of a loser you are or are filled with hate! These right- wing nut jobs can't even see or admit that the Obama administration even while on vacation are on the issue or monitoring the situation and doing everything to counter it! People from both side(Democrats & Republicans) I urge you to see what these idiotic leaders in the Republican party truly are: True hate-mongers and hypocrites! And these are the people we want to re-elect in 2010 or 2012?!?!?! NEVER!

    December 27, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. mario ca.

    Nothing new from the extreme right wing

    December 27, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. stevetall

    What?!? The president didn't freak-out and go out of his way to scare everyone out of travelling? Well, duh!

    Relax, Ed. There are pin-heads doing stupid stuff everyday, and we don't have to make a federal case out of every incident.

    December 27, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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