Sounds like the “bully in chief” is issuing orders again – he is in no position to talk about ANYONE backing down. Of course he does seem to forget what he said yesterday or any other day – but he has backed down on so many things in his presidency that I have lost count. Maybe if he didn’t have such a “one size fits all” mentality about the world, maybe he would grasp that no dictate will ever be appropriate for “everyone”.
This was a breaking news alert put out this morning by CNN – its an excerpt from Obama’s interview with Candy Crowley.
President Barack Obama told CNN’s Candy Crowley in an exclusive interview that Americans will not give in to threats or cyberattacks like the one made by North Korea on Sony Pictures.
“This is a matter of setting a tone and being very clear that we’re not going to be intimidated by some … cyber hackers,” Obama said. “I expect all of us to remember that and operate on that basis going forward.”
Obama said the cyberattack by North Korea was a serious offense. “No, I don’t think it was an act of war. I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately.”
If you want to hear what else he had to say – these are additional excerpts from this interview.
President Obama on Sony Pictures decision to pull ‘The Interview’: “Well, look, I was pretty sympathetic to the fact that they’ve got business considerations they’ve got to make. And, you know, had they talked to me directly about this decision, I might have called the movie theater chains and distributors and asked them what that story was.
But what I was laying out was a principle that I think this country has to abide by. We believe in free speech. We believe in the right of artistic expression and things that powers that be might not like.
And if we set a precedent in which a dictator in another country can disrupt, through cyber, you know, a company’s distribution chain or its products and, as a consequence, we start censoring ourselves, that’s a problem.”
President Obama on if the cyber-attack was an act of war by North Korea: “No, I don’t think it was an act of war. I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately, as I said.”
President Obama on normalizing relations with Cuba: “So Cuba offers us an example of an opportunity to try something different. For 50 years, we’ve tried to see if we can overthrow the regime through isolation. It hasn’t worked. If we engage, we have the opportunity to influence the course of events at a time when there’s going to be some generational change in that country. And I think we should seize it and I intend to do so.”
President Obama on why the president feels it is important to continue trying to close Gitmo: “I’m going to be doing everything I can to close it. It is a – it is something that continues to inspire jihadists and extremists around the world, the fact that these folks are being held. It is contrary to our values and it is wildly expensive. We’re spending millions for each individual there. And we have drawn down the population there significantly.”
Watch the full interview here – http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2014/12/21/cnns-candy-crowley-interviews-president-barack-obama/