President Barack Obama gave a short address to the nation from the Oval Office on Sunday night. The president asked the American people for patience in the fight against terrorism, which is a long game he indicated. Critics have asked whether the Obama administration has acted quickly and decisively enough to combat terrorism in America. The issue was brought front and center by the mass shooting last week in San Bernardino, California, which the president described as an act of terrorism.
Here is what the top 5 GOP presidential candidates said in reaction to Obama’s Oval Office address.
Marco Rubio: “Nothing that happened in the speech tonight is going to assuage people’s fears. I think not only did the president not make things better tonight, I fear he may have made things worse in the minds of many Americans.”
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 7, 2015
Ted Cruz: I will “destoy ISIS” and “shut down the broken immigration system.”
Ben Carson: no comment on Twitter, just a Happy Hannukah message and a Pearl Harbor remembrance.
— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) December 6, 2015
Donald Trump: “What sports heroes?” Muhammad Ali?
Obama said in his speech that Muslims are our sports heroes. What sport is he talking about, and who? Is Obama profiling? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2015
Christie Christie: “This guy [Obama] lives in a fantasy world.”
— Chris Christie (@ChrisChristie) December 7, 2015