05/27/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Ed Rollins Gives Obama An "A" For Keeping Country Safe

As elected Republicans and former Bush administration officials whack the president for pursuing policies - from the closure of Gitmo to the release of torture memos - that "make the country less safe" not everyone in the GOP seems to be getting the same talking points.

Appearing on CNN this past Friday, longtime strategist and Reagan campaign manager Ed Rollins gave Barack Obama an A grade on his handling of national security, insisting the country was just as safe now as it was under George W. Bush.

"I would give him an A," Rollins said. "I don't think we've lost one iota.... He's put a very strong national security team around him and I think he's made some correct decisions early on here that are keeping us safe."

For a bit of humor, check out the facial expression of Rollins' co-panelist, Paul Begala, who clearly was expecting more of a Dick Cheney-like, Obama-has-endangered-the-country response to the national security question.

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