Last month, conservatives attempted to politicize the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas day by complaining that President Obama waited three days before publicly addressing it. “The President waits 72 hours before we hear from him, and it’s over 72 hours from the time of the incident to the time that the President spoke today,” said Karl Rove on Dec. 28, not noting that his old boss waited six days before commenting on the 2001 attempted shoe bombing.
But conservatives are now claiming that he waited 10 days to respond. On CNN’s Larry King Live last night, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani claimed that Obama responded “10 days too late“:
GIULIANI: I think the president has to make a major correction in the way he is dealing with terrorism because I think he has mishandled the situation. First of all, it was 10 days too late. This is something you react to immediately, not 10 days later after your vacation. The president of the United States, when there is a potential massive attack on this country, which is what this guy was going to do, should have been on top of this immediately, not 10 days later, 11 days later, 12 days later.When King pointed out that “President Bush took six days once in a similar incident,” Giuliani responded that “six days is less than 10″ and that he believed “that six days was before the September 11th attack.” King then clarified that “Bush waited six days on the shoe bomber,” to which Giuliani responded, “that’s correct.” Watch it:
The attempted shoe bombing by Richard Reid took place three months after September 11 on December 22, 2001. President Bush didn’t say a single word about the incident until a press conference six days later, where he simply said that he was “grateful for the flight attendant’s response” and that “we’ve got to be aware that there are still enemies to the country.” In contrast, when President Obama first spoke about the Christmas Day plot on Dec. 28, he gave a lengthy statement in order to “update the American people on the attempted terrorist attack.”
Update Ben Smith points out that former Republican Congressman Bob Barr is defending the administration's response, saying that the GOP's criticism has demonstrated "childishness."