Clive Crook, Atlantic editor and Financial Times commentator, is pretty mild-mannered as online voices go. On Wednesday, however, he lights into a certain pack of liberals over their Obama-should-be-angrier reaction to the oil spill. "Apparently," he writes, "it is a great idea to elect a president who is calm in a crisis, except when there's a crisis. Then what you need is somebody to lead the nation in panic."
Here's what he has to say to three media figures he thinks are being particularly thoughtless.
- To Maureen Dowd: Crook quotes The New York columnist talking about Obama's neglect of "the paternal aspect of the presidency." He translates: "What the nation needs at times like this in fact is a daddy who will stop being so remote, and make everything all right ... We are all Malia now. 'Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?'"
- To David Gergen: He "does not actually ask to have his head patted," observes Crook, but instead "suggests a detailed program of moving the deckchairs around," and wants Obama to "exercise the powers of leadership." Sneers Crook: "Yes, just exercise those powers. Why didn't they think of that?"
- To John Dickerson: Dickerson praises Stephen Chu's work with gamma rays and is encouraged by federal "brainstorming that might lead to a spark"--he cites officials' talks with Titanic director James Cameron. "All right," declares Crook. "Gamma rays. Cool undersea robots. Now we're getting somewhere."