"Here's the important thing about that 3:00 a.m. phone call," he said. "What you want is somebody who is, first of all, going to get all the facts and gather up good intelligence. The second thing you want is somebody who is able to analyze the situation, the costs and benefits of action."So in a time in which decisive action is needed, the answer is for everyone just to chill out and wait for the CIA, etc. to get the intelligence to Obama, so he can then take time for a lengthy analysis. Smart. Tough.
It is not know whether or not this response gave Matthews' a thrill up his leg. But it will likely elicit fawning praise from the same people who criticize President Bush for not rushing madly from a Florida classroom upon hearing that a second plane hit the World Trade Center. So, just so we have this covered: A calm demeanor when little concrete information about future attacks is know is bad, and a calm demeanor when one possesses concrete information about a future attack is good. Nuance.
UPDATE: Here is a repost of Obama's disarmament video. Hey, why not. I don't think it has gone viral enough for my tastes yet.