New York Times columnist David Brooks declared Sunday that President Mompants has “a manhood problem in the Middle East.”
From an appearance on Meet the Press:
And let’s face it. Obama, whether deservedly or not, does have a — I’ll say it crudely – but, a manhood problem in the Middle East. Is he tough enough to stand up to somebody like Assad, somebody like Putin?
I think a lot of the rap is unfair. But certainly in the Middle East, there’s an assumption he’s not tough enough.
Uhh, just in the the Middle East?
Brooks’ comment strikes directly at an Obama problem that concerns not only the president’s toughness, but his worldview. Obama harbors the typical assumption of liberals that when it comes down to it, we’re all just people and we all want the same things.
Actually, people in the rest of the world often want very different things than we want. Moreover, they’re willing to get in the ring and fight for them, and they’re not particularly interested in boxiing according to Marquess of Queensberry Rules.
Funny how Obama assumes the worst about his opponents – and will bring a gun to a knife fight – when his adversaries are Republicans, but not when they’re overseas political thugs. Politics – now that’s war for Obama. This administration is more likely to negotiate with Bashar Assad than John Boehner.
NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd, you’ll note, goes on in the video to reveal that internally, within the White House, questions about Obama’s manhood are feared. Feared, I assume, as a political matter, not because of concern about his effectiveness as commander-in-chief.