President Obama defended his record on the battle against terror today on Fox News Sunday, emphasizing that his “number one job is to protect the American people.”
Chris Wallace asked the commander-in-chief about his responses to terror attacks, noting that his approach in the past has disappointed Americans on both sides of the aisle.
“After James Foley’s beheaded, you went out and played golf. After Paris, you said it was a setback,” said Wallace.
“After San Bernardino, you talked about gun control. Some people wonder … do you worry about terrorism and feel the threat of terrorism the way they do?”
“I would say this,” Obama responded. “There isn’t a president who’s taken more terrorists off the field than me, over the last seven and a half years.”
The president explained that he has consistently believed “that the job of the terrorists, in their minds, is to induce panic, induce fear, get societies to change who they are.”
“And what I’ve tried to communicate is, ‘You can’t change us. You can kill some of us, but we will hunt you down, and we will get you.’
And in the meantime, just as we did in Boston, after the marathon bombing, we’re going to go to a ballgame.
And do all the other things that make our life worthwhile. And you have nothing to offer.
That’s the message of resilience. That we don’t panic, that we don’t fear, we will hunt you down and we will get you.”
“I’m the guy who calls the families, or meets with them, or hugs them, or tries to comfort a mom, or a dad, or a husband, or a kid, after a terrorist attack,” added President Obama.
“So let’s be very clear about how much I prioritize this. This is my number one job.”