Quote of the Day: Buck McKeon on Obama and Libya
Senior GOP lawmakers have been largely supportive of President Barack Obama‘s handling of the upheaval in the Arab world, but that doesn’t mean they’re entirely comfortable praising him. House Armed Services Committee chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA), who held a press conference on Tuesday to discuss the GOP response to Obama’s decision to restart military commissions ...
Senior GOP lawmakers have been largely supportive of President Barack Obama's handling of the upheaval in the Arab world, but that doesn't mean they're entirely comfortable praising him.
Senior GOP lawmakers have been largely supportive of President Barack Obama‘s handling of the upheaval in the Arab world, but that doesn’t mean they’re entirely comfortable praising him.
House Armed Services Committee chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA), who held a press conference on Tuesday to discuss the GOP response to Obama’s decision to restart military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, was asked his opinion of the president’s handling of the situation in Libya. McKeon didn’t want to weigh in on the issue, but then obliged reporters.
"He’s doing a great job, I guess," McKeon said, before quickly adding, "of doing nothing."
The smattering of reporters in the basement of the Capitol building was uncharacteristically silent for a moment, not sure if McKeon was expressing praise or criticism. "Is he really doing a great job?" one asked.
"Of doing nothing," McKeon responded, declining to say what, if anything, he wished Obama would do.
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