Dowd Obama unable to lead

Apr 21, 2013 by

The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd ripped President Obama for failing to do enough on gun-control and said he “still has not learned how to govern.”

“President Obama has watched the blood-dimmed tide drowning the ceremony of innocence, as Yeats wrote, and he has learned how to emotionally connect with Americans in searing moments, as he did from the White House late Friday night after the second bombing suspect was apprehended in Boston,” she writes in a column published Sunday. “Unfortunately, he still has not learned how to govern.”

Dowd argues that the president could have turned the support from 90 percent of Americans into 60 votes in the Senate for expanded background checks for gun buyers. But, she asserts, he didn’t know how to work the system to do it, and what’s more, “he doesn’t want to learn, or to even hire some clever people who can tell him how to do it or do it for him.”

She faults Obama for delivering soaring speeches and rhetoric when he could have been down in the trenches, persuading senators, one at a time, with whatever it took.

“The president said the Newtown families deserved a vote,” Dowd writes. “But he was setting his sights too low. They deserved a law.”

Photo: Obama meets in Situation Room on Boston investigation

Official White House photo by Pete Souza

Official White House photo by Pete Souza

Updated at 3:50 p.m.

President Barack Obama met Saturday with his national security council to discuss the investigation of the bombings in Boston and terrorism threats.

Pictured from left in the Situation Room are Obama, national security advisor Tom Donilon, Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller, CIA director John Brennan and Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. Visible on a far wall is a clock displaying the time in Boston, Moscow and Damascus.

Police took the surviving suspect in the bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, into custody on Friday night.

Here’s the full readout from the White House:

“President Obama convened the National Security Council in the Situation Room today from 11:30 to 1:00 to review the events in Boston. The President was updated by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Monaco, National Security Advisor Donilon, Attorney General Holder, FBI Director Mueller, and Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano on the apprehension of Dzhokar Tsarnaev, and the related investigation. He was also briefed by the leadership of the intelligence community, including DNI Clapper and Director Brennan, about our ongoing efforts to combat terrorism and protect the American people. The President commended the work that was done to pursue justice in the Boston Marathon bombing, and underscored the need to continue gathering intelligence to answer the remaining questions about this terrorist attack going forward. As he did last night, the President also expressed appreciation for the efforts made by state and local officials, and law enforcement, in Boston and Massachusetts. Vice-President Biden joined the meeting via video-conference.”

Obama News: A Living Diary of the Obama Presidency – POLITICO44 – POLITICO.com.

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