Woodward quotes Obama as saying that:
“We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever … we absorbed it and we are stronger.”
Thiessen is in the category of Republicans who would apparently prefer Americans not show resilience and bravery in the face of another terrorist attack. Of course, it was only a few weeks ago that Thiessen was arguing that the administration, by saying another attack on the scale of 9/11 was unlikely, was also being complacent.
Earlier Serwer took an even firmer line:
Basically Republicans are outraged and offended at the notion that the president has enough faith in the courage of the American people that another terrorist attack wouldn't reduce them to a quivering mass of frightened little children.
Mataconis is on the same page.