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Rep. Gohmert criticizes Obama as Barney Fife on terrorism as others join in

Actor Don Knotts accepts his Favorite Second Banana award as Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show during the TV Land Awards 2003 at the Hollywood Palladium on March 2, 2003 in Hollywood, California.
Actor Don Knotts accepts his Favorite Second Banana award as Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show during the TV Land Awards 2003 at the Hollywood Palladium on March 2, 2003 in Hollywood, California.Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Texas’ United States Rep. Louie Gohmert, one of the very outspoken Republican congressmen who has been quite critical of President Barack Obama, took a verbal shot at the president again this past week, according to a CBS News report on Friday. Gohmert attacked Obama on his foreign policy – or lack of foreign policy, perhaps. The U.S. representative went as far as to characterize Obama as Barney Fife. Barney Fife, of course, was the bumbling deputy to Andy Taylor - played by Andy Griffith on the classic comedic television program about the sheriff and his deputy in Mayberry.

Gohmert went on to say that Obama – as Barney Fife – has his head buried in a hole somewhere on the first green. The harsh criticisms of the president were made on Fox News’ “Hannity” political talk show on Thursday evening. The congressman was one of many politicians and pundits who were extremely disappointed in Obama’s announcement in which Obama said that the United States does not have a strategy on ISIS.

Specifically, Gomert told Sean Hannity that Obama said we don’t have a strategy, but then Obama followed that up by saying the strategy is to “nip it in the bud.” Gomert went on to say that unfortunately, it’s not in the bud – it’s full blossomed. Then he made his Barney Fife reference by saying, “Do you know who made that line <nip it in the bud> famous? Barney Fife.” He said that we have Barney Fife running our foreign policy now.

Gohmert continued to explain his criticism of Obama by saying that Obama touches on Russia, and that Russia is more isolated than ever. And to that, Gohmert says, “Are you kidding? They have been filling the void that this president has created around the world. I don’t know where he’s getting his information. Maybe it’s CIA Director Brennan who said earlier this year that ‘no, these guys don’t want a caliphate.’” Next, he asserted that Obama must have his head buried in a hole somewhere on the first green.

Gohmert also said, according to a Breitbart report, “This president seems to be very feckless. He seems to twitter and ditter, and if you look at what their strategy was with regard to Russia, they were going to step up their Twitter campaign because the Russians didn’t really understand how effective that could be." Beyond the widespread immediate criticism of Obama’s comments, the White House has been busy as well. Needless to say, the White House has once again found itself in damage control mode. One thing that helped the situation for Obama and the White House is that the political explosion occurred just before a long holiday weekend when fewer people are reading the news or even thinking about the United States' foreign policy under President Obama.

However, even on the slow news weekend, by Sunday night, Reuters was reporting that Obama's comment about not having a strategy for ISIS was meeting with criticism on both sides of the political aisle. Even name-Democrats in the U.S. Congress are hitting Obama hard for being too cautious on Syria. Also, they are saying that Obama needs to do more to help Ukraine deal with Russia's advances. Among the top Democrats who criticized the president on Sunday of the Labor Day weekend were California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and U.S. Rep. Adam Smith of Washington state.