Dan Rather on Obama Giving Up on Susan Rice Sec. of State Nomination: “Chalk One Up for the Republicans. . . Shows Obama Can be Rolled for His Wallet and His Watch” – Video 12/13/12
Wow! Here is former CBS News Anchor Dan Rather mincing no words about President Obama on an appearance last with with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
Rather hammers Obama for his abandonment of Susan Rice to be Secretary of State. She announced yesterday she was withdrawing from being considered. Rather said it shows that Obama likes to talk tough, but won’t back it up with actions:
Rather said “President Obama has now been backed down and away.” This is “chalk one up for the Republicans.”
“He indicated in his press conference just after the election — he made a lot of tough talk, didn’t back it up. So there are people who say, ‘Listen, the kind of leader we want is one who will fight to the finish, never give in.’ On the other hand, one could make the case that President Obama has said to himself, ‘Yes, I could probably force this to a vote, and win the vote. But it would cost me down the road.’ But I think it raises very, very serious questions about what the president’s second term is going to be.”
“What has happened today plays into the perception, the perception that has been growing among the Republicans that, in street language, President Obama can be rolled for his wallet and his watch. He’s not a guy that’s going to put up much of a fight.”
Rather believes Sen. John Kerry will now sail through for Secretary of State – partly because Republicans want that Senate seat open for Scott Brown to run again. He also believes former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel will end up confirmed as Secretary of Defense.