Ed Driscoll

Shout Out Part Deux? My Pet Leno?

Whichever metaphor you prefer for a slow executive response to a potential terrorist threat, “Obama notified of Times Square bomber 34 minutes before his comedy routine at White House Correspondents Dinner,” the Fire Andrea Mitchell blog notes, based on USA Today’s timeline of events. FAM adds:

The show must go on I suppose. Of course we all remember how the progressive liberals went ballistic when sat for an extra 7 minutes with school children during 9/11. Apparently the Times Square bomber didn’t warrant much attention from Obama as he was notified 34 minutes before performing his “comedy routine” at the White House Correspondence Dinner. The USA Today blog documents the series of events:

At 9:30 p.m., the White House Situation Room notified the national security staff that an apparent car bomb had been discovered in Times Square.

At 10:04 p.m., President Obama began his address to the White House Correspondents Association Dinner in Washington, completing them at 10:21 p.m.

At 10:44 p.m., Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan spoke briefly about the incident with David Cohen, deputy commissioner of intelligence, New York Police Department.

Good to see the President is really taking our national security seriously. I’m surprised he didn’t crack a joke about it at the dinner. Oh that’s right, the “Daily Show” already had his jokes pre-written.

Heckuva job there, Barry.

In related news, Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Jason “Crash The Tea Party” Levin agree: the Tea Parties are, as Carson told Kerry Picket of the Washington Times, “one of the largest threats to our internal security…I mean terrorism has an Islamic face, but it really comes from racial supremacist groups.”

Huh. As one Tea Partier told the Washington Post:

Nigel Coleman, who is black, leads the Danville TEA Party Patriots in southern Virginia. He said the fact that the movement is predominantly white doesn’t mean it is inherently racist.

“I went to a wine festival yesterday,” he said. “Weren’t too many black people there, either. Nobody called them racists.”

But there’s no political narrative to shove alcohol-related celebrations into. Unless they’re in Morgan Hill of course.