John on December 28, 2009 at 9:16 am
Here was her initial take on the Christmas terror attack:
Napolitano: What we’re focused on is making sure that the air environment remains safe, that people are confident when they travel. One thing I’d like to point out is that the system worked, everybody played an important role here, the passengers and crew of the flight took appropriate action. Within, literally, an hour to 90 minutes of the incident occurring all 128 flights in the air had been notified to take some special measures in light of what had occurred…
Here is her revised attempt this morning:
Napolitano: Sure, I think the comment is being taken out of context. What I’m saying is, once the incident occurred, moving forward we were immediately able to notify the 128 flights in the air of protective measures to take, immediately able to notify law enforcement on the ground, airports both domestically, internationally, all carriers, all of that happening within 60 to 90 minutes.
The difference should be obvious. The initial statement mentioned the actions of the passengers and crew in stopping the attack. That was part of what “worked” in her first statement. In the new statement (which she has repeated verbatim on several networks) she was only talking about the “system” of notification after the attack. There’s a big difference and it shouldn’t be swept under the rug.
Unfortunately, liberals in the press are very good at telling people not to trust their own ears and eyes. This is how it becomes common knowledge that Sarah Palin’s statement about “death panels” was about end of life counseling in the health reform bill (it wasn’t) or that Judge Sotomayor’s “wise Latina” remark was only made in reference to race-based judicial cases (it wasn’t). Will Napolitano get away with this one or is she about to decide to spend more time with her family? I’m hoping for the latter.
Addendum: As predictable as rain in the Spring…left wing blogger adopts Napolitano’s self-serving explanation as fact, i.e. the system worked after the bombing attempt. I guess that means all airline passengers are now part of “the system.”
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