There is plenty that GOP candidates could use as fodder to attack Barack Obama. An unemployment rate of 9 percent for much of his presidency seems like awfully low-hanging fruit. So why in the world are they bothering to question the president on things that have little basis in reality?
Take Mitt Romney, for example. Speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition Forum last week, Romney said, ”This president appears more generous to our enemies than he is to our friends. Such is the natural tendency of someone who is unsure of America’s strength — or of America’s rightful place in the world.”
But, in fact, Obama’s foreign policy has taken a such a hard line that he has been likened to his predecessor, George W. Bush, much to the dismay of many progressives in his own party. He has not closed Guantanamo, after promising he would; he has continued to perform renditions and moving suspects into airspace or locations so the government can perform interrogations he couldn’t attempt elsewhere; he’s used drones in lieu of putting American troops in danger.
I’ll be interviewing Dan Rather of HDnet this evening at 8:30pm ET. Dan’s career spans over 50 years, he’s seen ten presidents come and go, reported on more than twenty conflicts and wars while on the ground from most of them. He was the longest tenured broadcast anchor and managing editor in television history, serving 34 years at CBS Evening News. Today he’s breaking new ground at HDnet, and syndicating to next generation convergence platforms like Blip.tv
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