Watch and enjoy, watch and enjoyers! Greta’s got the scoop here:
DECORAH, Iowa – President Obama got into a heated back and forth with a Tea Party activist who demanded to know at the end of a town hall meeting here whether or not Vice President Biden had called members of the Tea Party “terrorists” during the debt ceiling debate.
In public, Obama did not directly answer the question from Tea Party activist Ryan Rhodes about Biden. But Obama fired back that he knows better than anyone what it’s like to be slammed for his political views and was not about to accept a lecture on the topic.
“As someone who’s been called a socialist, not born here, taking away freedoms for providing health care, I’m all for lowering the rhetoric,” Obama said.
Obama did say he would discuss the matter further with Rhodes, founder of the Iowa Tea Party, after the event. And the duo was spotted in an animated conversation a few moments later.
In an interview later with Fox News, Rhodes claimed that the President insisted that Biden had not made the original comment.
At the RSA Conference in San Francisco, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano discusses three efforts underway to ensure the security of the nation’s cyberinfrastructure. This includes the development of National Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan, which will facilitate a coordinated response to cyberthreats from the federal government, local city and state governments, as well as the private sector.
NSA’s role is a careful balance because of the political battles that ensued over the agency’s role in domestic surveillance in the George W. Bush administration. Declassifying details of the NSA’s role, in a program initially developed during the Bush administration and continued in the Obama administration, will likely ignite new debates over privacy.
The White House’s new cyber-security chief, Howard Schmidt, announced the move to declassify the program in a speech at the RSA conference in San Francisco–his first major public address since assuming the post in January. He said addressing potential privacy concerns was one of the ten initial steps he planned to take. “We’re really paying attention, and we get it,” he said.
Today, Eric Bolling was sitting in for Glenn Beck, and he had on Ann Coulter & Andrew Breitbart to discuss the current war on terror situation, and all I can say is it was classic Coulter & Breitbart. No further commentary needed on my part.
This evening during the Special Report panel, fill-in host Chris Wallace got word via his producers that Fox News had confirmed Christmas bomber, Farouk Abdulmutallab has been being tracked by the CIA since this past August! WTF? Janet, this is how “The System Worked?” The system FAILED, or you weren’t listening at all.
Epic FAIL for Obama, too, considering his 2nd speech today on the matter indicates only now after “new” info is discovered does he now believe we were spared a “catastrophic breach” event. Excuse me? New info? How did you not know, Obummer, about Abdulmutallab if your CIA has been tracking him since last August? Again, EPIC FAIL. No worries, Barack…just go right back to your golf game.
Time to fire Janet Incompetano and NOW! As usual, Krauthammer delivers a fierce scorching, as do A.B. Stoddard and Fred Barnes. And after all this, believe it or not, the 7 o’clock hour news reveals that this “new” information will NOT alter the plans to close Gitmo.
Aw, yeah. You all knew this one was coming. Charles Krauthammer got in a one-two punch, and Steve Hayes gave his own roundabout punch over this epic FAIL of the Obama administration on fighting terrorism and, specifically, their response to the NW airlines attack by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.