Former CNN anchor and the Daily Mail Online’s US Editor-at-Large, Piers Morgan, stated that President Obama was “a big disappointment” for his failure to deliver on gun control, attitude towards the intelligence community, and reaction to the threat of ISIS on Monday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.
“I feel with Obama that his real issue is what is his legacy going to be and what kind of America does he stand for and represent? And that’s where I think he’s been a big disappointment, and he must be to himself because what will be his legacy? You know, I had big issues with him personally over issues like gun control. You and I disagree over that, but with Obama I watched him go down to Newtown, look those families in the eye and promise ‘I will get action’ and then deliver precisely nothing. So if you were a believer in Obama’s ability to deliver, then that was a pretty crushing disappointment on an issue dear to my heart” he stated.
Morgan attacked the president for attempting to blame the rise of ISIS on the intelligence community, expressing bewilderment that “a president would say ‘they’ about his own intelligence services and not ‘we,’ why he would want people think this has nothing to do with me, gov. And when I look at the spread of ISIS through the Middle East, a lot of it comes back seems to me to Obama’s foreign policy strategy of ‘I like to lead from behind. America should go away from being the global policeman to being the leader from behind.’ America shouldn’t be leading anything from behind. America is at its best a great superpower…America has to be confident, bold, and strong and decisive, and it’s that lack of decision-making that I think leads to the issues we now face.”
He also added that Obama’s claims that ISIS is not Islamic is “just nonsense rhetoric. Because ISIS clearly is an Islamic fundamentalist organization. It’s a terror group,” adding “it’s not good enough to simply say, ‘yeah, I’m really upset about this beheading,’ and then seven minutes later, as Obama did, go to a golf course and be seen goofing around on the first tee. That really hit home to me. Someone did a survey this week, they counted up the number of hours that Obama has been playing golf since he was president. It was about 850 hours, if you base it on a five-hour round.”
Morgan also re-iterated his support for gun control later in the interview, saying “my argument about Sandy Hook is, I think, probably the phrase gun control is the problem. How do you make America which has a massive gun culture, and many people [who are] law-abiding gun owners, how do you make it a safer place given the massive availability of guns?”
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