Last night, Rachel strung together all the Oval Office announcements of war since 1982, starting with President Ronald Reagan and moving through President George W. Bush. It makes for an impressive list.
On Friday, President Obama warned Libyan Colonel Moammar Gadhafi that he'd face military action if he didn't comply with a UN resolution. Mr. Obama then left for his scheduled trip for Brazil, where he announced that strikes had begun. He chose not to use the Oval Office, to forgo the chest-thumping that goes along with using that setting to tell the world America's military might has gone into motion.
The difference matters, Rachel argued. Presidents like to talk about being reluctant to use force, especially when they're campaigning. Then they get into office and discover the art of converting war into political capital. They talk about force as a last result, and then the leverage the use of force for political gain. The difference with Mr. Obama, Rachel says, is that "he appears to be walking more of that walk, as well as talking that talk."
Full segment: Obama tries to change "war president" narrative