Not all Republicans are slamming President Barack Obama’s handling of the failed Christmas day bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger offered praise for the president Sunday.
“I think that he’s doing everything that he can,” Schwarzenegger told NBC’s David Gregory. “I think that, you know, Democrats, a lot of times get the rap [that] they are not strong on security and those things. I think he has talked about the issues. I think he has been fighting for the issues.”
Few other top Republicans have been so kind to Obama. Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Politico that Obama was “trying to pretend” that the U.S. is not at war with terrorists. While Sarah Palin took to Facebook to criticize Obama for using the criminal justice system to prosecute the bomber.
“Now he must back off his reckless plan to close Guantanamo, begin treating terrorists as wartime enemies not suspects alleged to have committed crimes, and recognize that the real nature of the terrorist threat requires a commander-in-chief, not a constitutional law professor,” wrote Palin.
But Schwarzenegger avoided the opportunity to take a jab at the president. “It’s not like the president has done something wrong because he was in Hawaii or anything. It’s nothing to do with that at all. What it has to do with is simply they didn’t connect the dots and within the agencies,” he said.
This video is from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast Jan. 10, 2010.