The White House was shocked at the criticism it has gotten for the way it went about freeing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, apparently thinking there would be joy that their Herculean efforts to free a possible deserter would be met with gratitude and joy.
According to NBC’s Chuck Todd:
What’s caught the White House off guard here – they were expecting criticism of Gitmo, criticism of the detainees that were chosen. They did not expect criticism of the attempt to go get Bergdahl in the way that it was done. And that appears to be what’s caught them off guard.
I think that they thought there would be some euphoria over this, that the only POW that was remaining in Afghanistan – that there would be a rallying around the flag. That didn’t happen.
Typical Obama, strolling out into the Rose Garden with Bergdahl’s Pashto-speaking father – with a Muslim holy-man beard that made him look like he might be suffering a severe case of Stockholm Syndrome – and expecting to get worshipped for it. Obama doesn’t get what average Americans who aren’t into his class resentment, political correctness game are thinking.
H/T Hot Air.