‘obama moved at warp speed on libya’

Steve Clemons (The Washington Note): ….President Obama has been criticized by many on the political left and right for moving too slowly in reacting to Libya – and while I have been one constantly urging caution – there is simply no truth to the notion that Obama dragged his heels in orchestrating action there.

Obama and his team … moved at warp speed compared to other potential and real humanitarian disasters to with the US and international community needed to respond.

Consider these cases (see here)

….Thus, by any standard … the decisions made by the Obama White House – whether one liked or disliked those decisions – happened at an incredible rate.

…. there is a tsunami of change happening now and the US needs to be careful about getting drawn in too deeply into any particular part of this transition … all that said, Obama and his team are moving at a comparatively lightning rate of speed on Libya – and simultaneously managing many other issues and crises at the same time…

I don’t agree with everything this White House does – but I have tremendous respect for the fact that Obama and his team have changed the dynamics of response to potential and real mass human tragedy.

Full article here

8 Responses to “‘obama moved at warp speed on libya’”

  1. 1 halo
    March 31, 2011 at 9:41 am

    the 24/7 news cycle makes everything seem slow. the pundits and PL don’t appreciate obama and get mad when obama doesn’t follow them on their schedule.

  2. 2 EDP4BHO
    March 31, 2011 at 10:32 am

    It’s quite an annoyance to read something positive about the Obama WH and PBO himself, prefaced with “I don’t agree with everything he does/this WH does, but……….”. So, who gives a care as to whether one agrees? No one agrees 100% with anybody or anything most times, so why the need to qualify one’s statement? IMO folks are not bold enough in their acceptance of a cause or person when they feel the need to justify support.

    • 3 Theo67
      March 31, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      I really dislike that, too. It’s like people don’t think he really deserves any praise for the good work he’s done, so they have to preface everything with that qualifier. Fact is, nobody can thrive on pure criticism. And when something’s good, it should be called good. Period. I don’t need him to be perfect. I think he’s himself: authentic, well intentioned, extremely hard working and honorable – and that’s really superlative, in my book.

      • 4 Dorothy Rissman
        March 31, 2011 at 2:25 pm

        Theo, he is indeed authentic, well intentioned, honorable and hard working. Ain’t do doubt about that.
        When people qualify, it hurts all of us. I suspect those pundits all think they are as smart as the president. People with small egos need to feel superior to others. Its a known fact.

    • 5 Sue in Minnesota
      March 31, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      I dislike it too. They must think it enhances their credentials as critics, to remind us they don’t always agree. I think they appear less than confident in their opinions, when they step away from their viewpoint, to frame the source.

      Is this fallout from the blase approach the press took when GWB was at the helm? It’s redundant, and IMO, weakens the case being presented. Human beings are not perfect, we shouldn’t expect or insist on it, not from ourselves or from others.
      President Obama must really challenge the egos of some of these journalists…….they spend alot of time attempting to redesign the man.

      • 6 V C prezOfan2
        March 31, 2011 at 7:38 pm

        Personally, I think they are trying to leave themselves space to manoeuvre. The truth is a lot of them still haven’t accepted that he is smart, insightful, and a terrific leader who makes use of the knowledge/information available to him to make informed decisions. They still expect him to fail each time he is in a new situation – which is daily. Consequently, IMO, they are leaving themselves room (they think), so/if when he slips they can pile on. That way, their judgement (Ahem. Ahem.) won’t be questioned because they were never really 100% behind him. As Sue stated, ‘They must think it enhances their credentials as critics, to remind us they don’t always agree.’ Sue, humans may not be perfect, but an apparent truth is that many out there expect President Obama to be more perfect than all others.

  3. 7 Dorothy Rissman
    March 31, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Steve, like every informed thinker, wants to make sure that everyone knows that he is not a koolaid drinker. He has an excellent reputation in terms of foreign policy, so if he says PBO did a good thing, I am glad.

    We Obamanuts, get very sensitive about faint praise. We have been whip lashed around for the past 2.5 years. I am always a little apprehensive when I approach an article about PBO.

    • 8 V C prezOfan2
      March 31, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      ‘Steve … wants to make sure that everyone knows that he is not a koolaid drinker’

      I actually think he could very easily do that by the content and quality of all his opinion pieces, pro or con, without ever including the ‘I don’t always agree’ part in these specific words.

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