The Obama administration appears quite confident that the United State iss more safe under President Obama than under President George W. Bush.
“We certainly believe that that’s the case,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said, when asked in the press briefing today about whether the country is safer under Obama.
Earnest mocked a Gallup poll reporting that Americans have less confidence in the government’s ability to protect them from terrorism – reaching a new low of 55 percent from about 70 percent when Obama took office.
“Let me just start by noting that the Gallup organization is the one that consistently predicted that Mitt Romney would be president of the United States,” he said sarcastically.
Earnest acknowledged that the American people were more concerned about terrorism, pointing out that it was one of the reasons why Obama delivered a televised address from the Oval Office to remind them of his ongoing dedication to fighting terrorism.
He also argued that America was more safe because Obama had built a multi-national coalition to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State. He tried to explain that Obama had made a “historic investment” in border security.
He argued that Republicans had made the country less safe by blocking an immigration reform bill in Congress.
“There would have been even an more substantial investment had Republicans not succeeded in blocking the passage of comprehensive immigration reform,” Earnest said.
He also argued that Obama had lowered the number of troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, making American more safe.
“The fact that there aren’t, when you combine the numbers … there aren’t more than 150,000 troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan, I think is an indication that our priorities are oriented in a direction that better reflects our national security interests,” said Earnest.