Was Christmas Day 2009 the same kind of wake-up call for Barack Obama that Sept. 11, 2001, had been for George W. Bush?
The near-miss by a passenger flying into Detroit plotting to blow up an American airliner seems to have shocked this president as much as the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon did the last.
Both presidents had had plenty of warnings in the form of threats and even incidents. But both were caught off guard: Bush reading to a classroom of youngsters; Obama on a family vacation in Hawaii.
Look, everyone, you all give me shit when I go after Broder. So much so that I’ve been holding back even though I have a secret way of getting his columns before the rest of the world does. Then, later I see all the high-class blogs like Washington Monthly and Matt Yglesias and even the great Josh Marshall take their shots at him.
Well, world, I was the first to make fun of this Broder column, which I think may be the craziest stuff he’s written since the stuff about eating quail with Karl Rove. And none of you haters can take that away from me.