Is he wrong?
Woodward’s book portrays Obama and the White House as barraged by warnings about the threat of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil and confronted with the difficulty in preventing them. During an interview with Woodward in July, the president said, “We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger.”
Conservatives who demand context for every Christine O’Donnell gaffequote are outraged!!!!1!, even though you just saw all the context provided for Obama’s statement.
Then again, is the context likely to provide what conservatives want to hear: a strong declaration that, while we can rise above any terrorist attack, it’s unacceptable and we would retaliate with overwhelming force?
I grade my reaction as “ready to be outraged” — but not quite there until I hear the context.
Your mileage may vary and probably does.
P.S. If you are interested in the administration’s anonymous and self-serving spin on what the context allegedly was, it is set forth here.
UPDATE: The anonymous spin was accurate.