When I was a kid, we had a neighbor, a young woman whose perennial reaction to things was, “Oh wowwww!”
This, we deduced, probably had to do with her having not quite enough working brain synapses to process new information, and even fewer available to manufacture an intelligible response.
And so she just presented to the world a flummoxed visage and exclaimed, “Oh wowwww!”
I suppose she was luckier than us, walking around as she did in a constant state of amazement.
I was reminded of this as I watched White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer pretend that President Obama’s reaction the night of the Benghazi murders didn’t matter, and that even raising questions about what he did that night was “offensive.”
Other than stammering something at the beginning of the crisis that amounted to “do everything you can,” there has been no information about how he responded to the drumbeat of bad news that must have been coming out of Libya that night.
Did he do nothing? Did he do something that was a bad idea? We don’t know.
Or maybe he just said, “Oh wowwww.”
“Mr. President, our embassy is under attack.”
“Mr. President, our embassy is on fire.”
“Mr. President, would you like to consider a military response?”
“Mr. President, the annex is now under attack.”
And so forth.
Yes, Dan, it matters what the president did, whether he went to the Situation Room, and what he said that night. Because the nation needs to know what kind of commander in chief it has.
And because a president not held responsible for his actions will commit irresponsible actions.