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“Silly Barack: Battles With Darth Cheney Aren’t for Kids,” Jeff Emanuel of Red State, clearly a boyhood Trix cereal fan, titled a post on President Obama’s “60 Minutes” interview.

In the interview, Mr. Obama rebutted former Vice President Dick Cheney’s criticism of his administration on the terror war, asking, “How many terrorists have actually been brought to justice under the philosophy that is being promoted by Vice President Cheney? It hasn’t made us safer. What it has been is a great advertisement for anti-American sentiment.”

“Really, Mr. Obama? First, I’d appreciate your pointing out the attacks we’ve suffered since 9/11, since we’re ‘no safer’ than we were that day,” Mr. Emanuel says before reminding Mr. Obama “which portion of America is agitating to have these terrorists released, their trials hung, their appeals filed and granted, and the process of their receiving ‘justice’ delayed or indefinitely postponed in any other way possible (here’s a hint: it’s your side of the political spectrum and members of your political party that are doing that, Mr. Obama — not ours, and certainly not Mr. Cheney’s).”

He also warmed to the real philosophical difference between conservatives and liberals in the terror war, “which depends on how you define ‘justice,’” and whether someone in Guantanamo “imprisoned and unable to commit more terrorist attacks” has avoided justice “because they haven’t worked their way up the tribunal system to a final sentencing.”

Mr. Emanuel’s idea of justice for terrorists is “a fiery death on the battlefield, where a significant number of would-be killers of Americans have met their end thanks to the military’s execution of the Bush/Cheney policy of taking the fight to the terrorists. It’s certainly netted more cold terrorist bodies and prevented more killings than a week of negotiating man-hours has done in this conflict.”


Picking up on criticism that President Obama is lost without his teleprompter, Ed Morrissey at Hot Air is starting a new feature, the Obamateurism of the Day, telling readers at to e-mail him with presidential foul-ups, the quote and the link.

The winner Sunday was a clip that Mr. Morrissey said was particularly telling for Mr. Obama’s face. “It’s not so much what he says as the obvious fact that he got lost on his Teleprompter while saying it. Watch President Obama look nervously left and right trying to find the thread of his remarks, and drop into the Department of Redundancy Department.”

Also available at under the title “Obama gets lost reading his teleprompter — Teleprompter-in-Chief,” the 40-second clip showed Mr. Obama saying the following: “There are those who say that the plans in this budget are too ambitious to enact. To say that, uh; they say that, uh; in the face of challenges, uh, that we face, we should be trying to do less than more.”

In a post titled “Another ‘What if Bush did this?’ moment,” fellow conservative blogger Sister Toldjah asked aloud: “Petty?”

“Not when one considers the incredible amount of flak Bush took from liberal elites (and for that matter, not so elite liberals) over his tendency to stumble over his words … One of the things that drew supporters to Barack Obama was his ability to deliver a flawless, impassioned speech #8230; Without his great oration skills, Obama drops from messiah-like to mere mortal, something clear-thinking conservatives tried to warn others about last year, with (obviously) no success. Which puts us in the joyless position of being able to say ‘Toldjah So.’”

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