The Campaign Spot

‘Silence is not an option. The stakes are too high for the president to take a pass.’

The New York Daily News’s Michael Goodwin notes, “He’s the man with the silver tongue, ‘a gift,’ as he once called his inspired ability with words. Yet while a heated battle with national security implications rages around him, President Obama has pushed his mute button . . . It’s been six days since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went wiggy and accused the Central Intelligence Agency of repeatedly lying to her and others in Congress, saying ‘they mislead us all the time.’ But Obama has not said a single word on the subject. His press secretary has brushed off efforts by reporters to learn whether Obama agrees with fellow Democrat Pelosi or with Leon Panetta, his CIA director.”

I can see Robert Gibbs bobbing, weaving, and generally spitting out non-responses that amount to “that is an excellent question that I will pretend I didn’t hear.” But when Obama gives a speech on national security tomorrow, can he seriously ignore the accusation that the CIA is hiding its activities from Congress?

Probably. Goodwin declares, “Silence is not an option. The stakes are too high for the President to take a pass.” He writes as if he’s never heard of Obama “voting present” before.


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