President Obama's Terrorism Speech Did Little to Ignite Hope

On Sunday night, President Obama's Oval Office address on terrorism did not do much to sway his critics.

Republican Rep. Pete King said "Nothing the president proposed or spoke about had any relevance or connection to the San Bernardino massacre! Once again he failed to say that our enemy is Islamist terrorism. Nor did he call for increased surveillance of the Muslim community. Instead he tried to raise the phony specter of Islamophobia. The truth is that the Obama policy against ISIS has failed totally and his speech totally failed to address or correct that failure! Nothing he said will calm the fears of the American people."

Republican presidential candidate front-runner, Donald Trump even live-tweeted the speech saying "Is that all there is? We need a new President - FAST!" Another top GOP presidential candidate, Marco Rubio told Fox News "Nothing that happened in the speech tonight is going to assuage people's fears. And then the cynicism, the cynicism tonight to spend a significant amount of time talking about discrimination against Muslims. Where is there widespread evidence that we have a problem in America with discrimination against Muslims? … I think not only did the president not make things better tonight, I fear he may have made things worse in the minds of many Americans."

In addition, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told Fox News "We have heard people say it is better to fight them there than here.We are fighting them here. They are here. That's what happened in San Bernardino. It may not be ISIS but it is radical Islam."

Furthermore, Charles Krauthammer called the 13-minute speech "a complete failure." He also told the Fox News Channel "Woody Allen said showing up is 80 percent of life. In that sense, he showed up. He finally appeared to address the issue. I think that counts for something. As to the substance and tone, it's a complete failure."

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