January 6, 2010

From Hardball, while attacking President Obama for not having enough passion to suit them over the party crashers at the White House and the Christmas Underwear Bomber Pat Buchanan uses the Nixon administration to attack President Obama.

MATTHEWS: ... that executive role. And I want you to jump in here, Drew, because I think we`re on to something very narrow and very particular and pointed here. Something like the White House security and those grifters broke in -- a small matter, you could argue, because nothing really went wrong, but they did break in. They had no right to be there. It took him the longest time.

Now, Sally Quinn, who writes about things in Washington, said today in "The Washington Post" on the op-ed page, he should have fired somebody. It should have been Mark Sullivan out of Secret -- somebody, Desiree Rogers, in charge of social life. That was a case. Then the other thing with this thing with the airplane almost being blown up -- nobody seems to be -- you don`t get a sense he`s the boss.

BUCHANAN: Look, I...

MATTHEWS: He`s got some people like Rahm Emanuel enforcing them. And nobody gets sledgehammered.

BUCHANAN: Well, let me tell you -- this is -- now, I know you might...


MATTHEWS: ... what Sally said...

BUCHANAN: You might not like the...

MATTHEWS: ... the president explained every time.

BUCHANAN: You might not like this comparison, but Nixon would have called in Haldeman, if those two people had walked in there. What went on, Bob? What happened? You get to the bottom of this. Heads roll. And Haldeman would have been right on top of this. I know they ran into a lot of trouble, but I`ll tell you, that was the best-run White House I have ever been in, first term of Nixon. I mean, when Nixon demanded this kind of action -- and he would not have been satisfied...

MATTHEWS: Well, Watergate, was first term, though.

BUCHANAN: Well, Watergate was first term. There`s no doubt about it. OK. You can laugh about it, what I`m saying...

MATTHEWS: I`m not. I`m just bringing it up.

BUCHANAN: ... is Bob Haldeman was an executive.

WESTEN: He was decisive.

BUCHANAN: And I don`t know that -- and Rahm Emanuel is a congressman and a guy that runs around getting money from Wall Street.

Yeah, best run White House Pat, except for the pesky little Watergate matter.

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