During a press conference on Thursday, President Obama made it clear that a threat of the terrorist organization the Islamic State in the Middle East is a real one. Despite his statements, Republicans in Congress and the right-wing media have labeled the president as weak on this particular foreign policy issue.
Following his press conference to discuss the growing threat of the Islamic State, or ISIS, Republicans and conservatives within the right-wing media jumped at the chance to create a negative narrative to describe President Obama’s handling of the situation. Some conservatives focused on something lighter than a terrorist attack, like Rep. Peter King’s comments about Obama’s tan suit. Others, however, were quick to the point to criticize the president’s policy.
Discussing the possible plan of attack the United States might take in the region, Obama stated that “we don’t have a strategy yet” when it comes to handling ISIS. It wasn’t the best choice of words for the Commander in Chief, and the White House quickly went into damage control to clarify his remarks. During “Hannity” on Fox News on Thursday night, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) compared President Obama to Barney Fife, the goofy deputy sheriff from The Andy Griffith Show.
“He did say we don’t have a strategy, but he followed that up by saying the strategy is to nip it in the bud. Well unfortunately, it’s not in a bud, it’s full blossom. And you know who made that line famous? Barney Fife. We have Barney Fife running our foreign policy now.”
In addition, Gohmert referred to the press conference as “lame” and “pitiful.” This isn’t the first time Gohmert has been critical of President Obama. In the summer of 2012, Gohmert joined five other Republicans in Congress and wrote letters to multiple government agencies in an attempt to investigate “serious national security concerns” concerning the alleged infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood into the Obama administration.