Date: February 5, 2016

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Obama is more interested in global warming than terrorism

President Obama made widely mocked comments after the Paris terrorist attacks that some conservatives took to mean that he “wasn’t interested in America winning.”

In full context, you can see that his real meaning was to eschew hyperbole, yet a critic could still legitimately point out that Obama doesn’t seem to have much passion about the issue of terrorism. Especially not when contrasted with his comments on global warming.

Here he is talking about terrorism:

If they think that somehow their advisers are better than the chairman of my Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the folks who are actually on the ground, I want to meet them. And we can have that debate.

But what I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership, or America winning or whatever other slogans they come up with, that has no relationship to what is actually going to work to protect the American people. And to protect people in the region who are getting killed. And to protect our allies in people like France. I’m too busy for that.

Possible quote marks around “American leadership” and “America winning” in some transcripts, but Talking Points Memo didn’t use quote marks in their transcript.

Obama is, however, very interested in talking about “American leadership” when it’s time for him to hype his own purported leadership on the Paris climate agreement:

Today, the American people can be proud — because this historic agreement is a tribute to American leadership. Over the past seven years, we’ve transformed the United States into the global leader in fighting climate change. In 2009, we helped salvage a chaotic Copenhagen Summit and established the principle that all countries had a role to play in combating climate change. We then led by example, with historic investments in growing industries like wind and solar, creating a new and steady stream of middle-class jobs. We’ve set the first-ever nationwide standards to limit the amount of carbon pollution power plants can dump into the air our children breathe. From Alaska to the Gulf Coast to the Great Plains, we’ve partnered with local leaders who are working to help their communities protect themselves from some of the most immediate impacts of a changing climate.

Today, thanks to strong, principled, American leadership, that’s the world that we’ll leave to our children — a world that is safer and more secure, more prosperous, and more free. And that is our most important mission in our short time here on this Earth.

That statement came one month after the one about not being interested in “American leadership” on terrorism.

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