President Obama’s “manhood” was questioned by an NBC “Meet the Press” roundtable panel on Sunday for his handling of foreign crises, including Syria and Ukraine.
During the previous segment, Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Bob Corker criticized Obama’s communications with foreign leaders.
“I think the administration is basically saying to Russia, ‘Look, don’t do anything overt. Don’t come across the border with 40,000 troops. Don’t embarrass us in that way. But you can continue to undermine the sovereignty of Ukraine by doing the things that you’ve done,’” the Republican senator said.
Corker said he has urged administration do something before it was too late, as it turned out to be in the Syrian crisis.
“Again, the world is watching. Our allies in Europe are watching. Our NATO friends and others know that this is where we are,” he said. “And I think we need to step on out and do the things that we’ve threatened because I don’t think Putin will respond to anything else, other than us overtly doing the things that we’ve laid out.”
New York Times columnist David Brookes took it a step further.
“And, let’s face it, Obama, whether deservedly or not, does have a – I’ll say it crudely – but a manhood problem in the Middle East,” he said.” Is he tough enough to stand up to somebody like Assad, somebody like Putin? I think a lot of the rap is unfair. But certainly in the Middle East, there’s an assumption he’s not tough.”
Chuck Todd, NBC’s political director, agreed.
“By the way, internally, they fear this,” he said. “You know, it’s not just Bob Corker saying it, okay, questioning whether the president is being alpha male. That’s essentially what he’s saying: He’s not alpha dog enough. His rhetoric isn’t tough enough. They agree with the policy decisions that they’re making. Nobody is saying– but it is sort of the rhetoric. Internally this is a question.”
Watch the segment here via NBC News:
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