Tom Brokaw, author and veteran NBC journalist, was critical of President Barack Obama‘s decision to remain in Cuba and watch a baseball game on March 22 after news came of the deadly bombings in Brussels. Speaking today on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, Brokaw said he had expected the president to curtail his trip, which included stops in Cuba and Argentina.
“So much of politics and national security is a combination of symbolism and reality,” Brokaw said. “The reality is that we did have that attack yesterday. It was unnerving to us, it was devastating in Europe.”
He added, “But at the same time, the symbolism is that the president stayed at the baseball game all day long where you would have thought he would have said, ‘Look, we’ve got more business that I have to deal with, I wish you well,’ get on the phone.”
Brokaw said “We’ve got to put together some kind of a bulletproof syndicate to deal with all this.” Brokaw argued, “There’s a real urgency about it, and he has got to convey that, not just to the American people but to the world.”
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