MSNBC's Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough offered an "alternate view" of President Obama's golf outing yesterday, which came minutes after a press conference condemning the murder of James Foley.
Scarborough said this morning, according to The Daily Caller:
“And so they are negotiating with Spock with a pitching wedge here,” he quipped, referencing the emotionless alien from Star Trek. “No, they really are. He is Spock. And I’m sure there may be one or two terrorists over in Syria looking at him going, ‘Wow, that’s one cold bastard.’”
“By the way, people might be watching going, ‘Are you criticizing the president or not?’” Scarborough continued. “I don’t know what I’m doing. I just know that this is how terrorists fund their organization. And if the president were in the White House wringing his hands and weeping and holding press conferences — but no, he’s out golfing!”
“I’m sure Barack Obama would say that, you know, if we can’t go golfing at an exclusive golf course in Martha’s Vineyard, then the terrorists have already won. These are horrible, horrible optics domestically. But internationally, for terrorists, it’s basically like ‘screw you. We’re not going to live by your rules.’"
Even his co-host, Mika Brzezinski, doesn't quite buy his theory. "Oh, right. I don't think they think that," she said incredulously after Scarborough finished.
Does Joe really believe that terrorists who torture, behead and bury people alive are intimidated by a little tough talk from the president before he hits the back 9? That somehow they go, oooh, that's "one cold bastard?"