Florida Senator and rising GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio had some serious words to say in response to Obama’s Oval Office address on Sunday. The speech was centered on the recent tragedy in San Bernardino and the threat of ISIS terror.
“I think not only did the president not make things better tonight,” said Rubio in a Fox News interview after the speech. “I fear he may have made things worse in the minds of many Americans.” Rubio believes the address was downright damaging to American morale. Many argue that the speech was the White House’s way of admitting that it knows America is losing faith in her president.
“Nothing that happened in the speech…is going to assuage people’s fears,” said Rubio. The Florida senator is outraged that Obama would use ISIS and the war on terror as fuel for his gun control agenda. He also slammed Obama for suggesting that the United States is biased towards Muslims.
“We are at war with a radical jihadist group more capable than any terrorist group this nation has ever confronted,” said Rubio. “Where is there widespread evidence that we have a problem in America with discrimination against Muslims? …This is nothing but an effort to use this issue of terrorism as another way to try to push their agenda that they’ve been dying to push for the longest amount of time, and that’s gun control.”
After watching the speech, many viewers are convinced that Obama simply doesn’t care. As Fox News’ Stacey Dash says, the address convinced her that Obama just “doesn’t give a s—” about the threat of terrorism. Dash called the speech an “epic fail.” She explained: “It was like when you have to go to dinner with your parents, but you have a party to go to afterwards.”
Dash says the speech lacked passion. Despite the serious topic, Obama looked bored and disinterested. “Where is Winston Churchill when he need him?” she asks.
CNN also hosted a discussion directly after the speech on Sunday night. One of the speakers, Michael Weiss, tore into the president for his failure to address the mounting problems of ISIS and radical Islam. “I think they’ll laugh, frankly,” said Weiss when asked how ISIS would respond to the address. Weiss is the senior editor of the liberal publication The Daily Beast and one of the authors of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror.