Per recent events..
Obama could have just come out and apologized to muslims. Not saying that would be a grand IDEA but he could have done that and it might have stymied recent violence. That is what muslims want to hear. Would infuriate some Americans.. I am not saying that is wise, just listing that as an option.
Obama could have come out harsh, demanding justice and bearing veiled threats and committing to USA security abroad. That is what Americans want to hear, not all of them, but it would have been a great opportunity for the president to soap-box on his commitment to keep Americans safe. Would infuriate some muslims.. That also has pitfalls, but it is just another option.
Obama blew it. There is just no other way to view it. Apology or refute. He did neither. He took a middle-road position that both infuriated americans as an apology and infuriated muslims as a a lack of apology and threat of aggression. Obama basically just made everyone mad.
Americans are mad because they think he apologized, muslims are mad because they think he did not apologize. In truth, he made an apologetic statement that was not an actual apology. Americans are mad because they think he did not make aggressive statements, muslims are mad because they thought he made aggressive statements. In truth, Obama made a non-committal statement of support for USA security.
Obama blew it.
He is an earthworm. I have called many people many names. I have never called anyone an earthworm before.