GOP candidates threw poisoned darts at President Obama in reaction to the speech he made on Monday at the opening of the two-week long international conference on climate change. Apparently disappointed that the president seems to take the climate change crisis seriously, each Republican had his/her own special way to denigrate the importance of the international meeting.
At a town hall meeting in Iowa Texas Senator Ted Cruz commented that Obama “apparently thinks having an SUV in your driveway is more dangerous than a bunch of terrorists trying to blow up the world.”
Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina, took issue with Obama’s statement that climate change is an urgent issue, bringing into the dispute the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
“Hillary Clinton and President Obama are both delusional when they say that our most pressing national security issues is climate change,” Fiorina said. “It is not. It is ISIS.”
Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas, tweeted his opinion of the president’s speech.
“Obama is clueless. We need a commander-in-chief NOT a meteorologist-in-chief,” and then added later:
“Not a joke: @POTUS thinks two-stroke engines & sunburns are a greater threat to America than Islamic terrorism. #ParisClimateConference.”
Chris Christie, New Jersey governor, and Donald Trump’s special counsel Michael Cohen were not left out of the fray, either.
“I’m struck to watch the president today overseas, and he said that climate change is the imperative for our nation,” Christie said. “I have to tell you that when I think back on the Obama administration years from now, the one phrase that I think is going to stick with me the most to describe this administration, including this former secretary of state who now wants a promotion, is ‘often wrong but never in doubt.’ I mean, that’s what these guys are. Often wrong but never in doubt.”
“At the end of the day we’re talking about Christians getting their heads chopped off. There was a photo of a Christian woman who was killed by having a cross basically rammed through her head. We have our president off somewhere talking about climate change,” Cohen said.
The criticism heaped on Obama was a reaction to his assertion that the world must act now to address the threat climate change poses to the future of the world community. He quoted Martin Luther King’s famous statement that “There is such a thing as being too late.”
“When it comes to climate change, that hour is almost upon us,” Obama said. “But if we act here, now, if we place our short-term interests behind the air that our children will breathe and the water our children will drink, then we will not be too late for them.”
He also praised the people of Paris for continuing to go on with their lives in spite of the horrendous terrorist attack only a few weeks ago, and holding the conference as scheduled.
“We salute the people of Paris for insisting this crucial conference go on,” Obama said Monday, calling it “an act of defiance that proves nothing will deter us from building the future we want for our children.”