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    Re: Obama declines comment on US hostage crisis off Somalia

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Jesus, the "unamerican" bs was annoying when liberals were doing it to conservatives for years. Now you're going to start chucking it back the other side? Why?

    I think this is a bad move from Obama. There are things that sometimes are more important to focus on. However, you multitask to pick your NCAA bracket, you multitask to go onto Leno, and this is all during the economic crisis.......and yet you can't give a statement on a situation where American property and people were taken hostage and the American military is involved?

    Pathetic.
    War ships are deployed whose to say there is nothing going on? I hope whatever choices Obama makes work out for the best. I do not think every strategic move made should be a matter of the media.

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    Re: Obama declines comment on US hostage crisis off Somalia

    Quote Originally Posted by kaya'08 View Post
    Wow, i didnt realize the captain traded himself in. What a man. Its a shame that Obama declined to comment. I have to admit, im dissapointed.
    Its one thing to not take the initiative and comment on the incident w/o being asked... but to BE asked and then deflect the question because you're 'concentrating on somethng else' is just plain pathetic.

    Its noe like He hasnt had time to craft a comment.

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    Re: Obama declines comment on US hostage crisis off Somalia

    Obama declined to comment so the point of the conference wouldn't be derailed from housing to the hostage crisis.

    Should Obama make a statement? Ya, I think he should.

    What I do agree with Obama on is keeping control of the environment he was speaking in and not letting it go on unrelated tangents.
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    Re: Obama declines comment on US hostage crisis off Somalia

    He doesn't have to give strategic moves to give a comment.

    He could've simply said "I understand the Navy is involved in the incident and we are recieving constant updates and giving our input. We'd prefer not to say anything further at the moment until the situation becomes more stable or resolved."

    That would've at least shown the President of the United States is at least tacitly involved in this, is aware of the situation, plans on dealing with the situation, but simply is not going to speak about it publicly for tactical reasons.

    That's not what he did.

    It appears he stated he wasn't going to comment on it, going so far as to say they're concentrating on housing for the moment.

    I wasn't one that railed against Obama for going to see kids in school, or making his NCAA picks for ESPN, or going on Leno and even argued against some trying to make it a giant deal. But if he IS going to do those things then the LEAST he can do is actually make SOME SORT of comment and acknowledgement that the Presidents office is involved when pirates from another country takes a U.S. Flagged ship and its crew members hostage.

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    Re: Obama declines comment on US hostage crisis off Somalia

    Quote Originally Posted by Gibberish View Post
    Obama declined to comment so the point of the conference wouldn't be derailed from housing to the hostage crisis.

    What I do agree with Obama on is keeping control of the environment he was speaking in and not letting it go on unrelated tangents.
    Yes... because to not carefully control everythng means that something might slip that would make Him look bad.
    It appears The Obama learned His lesson with Joe the Plumber.

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    Re: Obama declines comment on US hostage crisis off Somalia

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    He doesn't have to give strategic moves to give a comment.

    He could've simply said "I understand the Navy is involved in the incident and we are recieving constant updates and giving our input. We'd prefer not to say anything further at the moment until the situation becomes more stable or resolved."

    That would've at least shown the President of the United States is at least tacitly involved in this, is aware of the situation, plans on dealing with the situation, but simply is not going to speak about it publicly for tactical reasons.

    That's not what he did.

    It appears he stated he wasn't going to comment on it, going so far as to say they're concentrating on housing for the moment.

    I wasn't one that railed against Obama for going to see kids in school, or making his NCAA picks for ESPN, or going on Leno and even argued against some trying to make it a giant deal. But if he IS going to do those things then the LEAST he can do is actually make SOME SORT of comment and acknowledgement that the Presidents office is involved when pirates from another country takes a U.S. Flagged ship and its crew members hostage.
    I agree here. He should have made a short comment on the situation and then said there will be no more discussion on it so the purpose of the meeting can stay on topic.
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    Re: Obama declines comment on US hostage crisis off Somalia

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Yes... because to not carefully control everythng means that something might slip that would make Him look bad.
    It appears The Obama learned His lesson with Joe the Plumber.
    It has nothing to do with slipping it has to do with control when you allow one tangent question and then getting barraged with twenty more.

    Read my response to Zyphlin's post above. That is what should have occurred. Bad move on Obama's part.
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    Re: Obama declines comment on US hostage crisis off Somalia

    Yep. If the press confrence was EXPLICITELY stated it was going to be about housing, then I understand saying that he's not going to take any further questions about it and state that he'll be holding a press conference / briefing of some sort about it at a later time in the near future. But IF he's going to do that he at LEAST needs to give some kind of basic comment on the situation, that he's abreast of it, that its being looked into, and that its a serious situation, etc before stating that he's going to stay on topic.

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    Re: Obama declines comment on US hostage crisis off Somalia

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    Re: Obama declines comment on US hostage crisis off Somalia

    Quote Originally Posted by Gibberish View Post
    It has nothing to do with slipping it has to do with control when you allow one tangent question and then getting barraged with twenty more.
    And, given the circumstances, how is that a bad thing?
    What has to happen before it IS ok to ask/answer one tangnetal question that may lead to twenty more?

    Read my response to Zyphlin's post above. That is what should have occurred. Bad move on Obama's part.
    I did. We agree.

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