On our Tuesday Opinion pages, columnist Clarence Page reviews the Democratic presidential candidates’ first debate and expresses an opinion that got a lot of airtime on the weekend chat shows — that Barack Obama blew the commander-in-chief hypothetical. Asked about responding to a catastrophic al-Qaida attack in two U.S. cities, Hillary Clinton said, “I think a president must move as swiftly as is prudent to retaliate.” Obama’s Katrina-inspired answer was about emergency response, not payback. As Page put it: “The question was about national defense. In a moment that called for a blood-stirring vow to avenge America against all attackers, he seemed to change the subject.” Then again, is it ever wrong to think first about the welfare of the American people?
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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