09/08/2013 12:37 pm ET

Peter King: Obama Acting More Like 'Community Organizer' Than President

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) chastised President Barack Obama for his handling of the situation in Syria, claiming the president is acting more like a "community organizer" than a president.

“I just wish the president had laid this out better. I wish he'd quit backing away from his own red line," King said Sunday during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press." "And I wish he was more of a commander in chief than a community organizer."

NBC host David Gregory pushed back against King's "community organizer" line, which was a common Republican jab against Obama's political experience during the 2008 presidential campaign.

“Why do you say that?” Gregory asked. “I mean that’s like a campaign line.”

"Here’s a person who’s vacillating," King said in defense of his comment. "I can’t imagine Harry Truman or John Kennedy or Ronald Reagan or Dwight Eisenhower ever putting the nation in a position like this on a military policy."

Despite his disapproval of Obama's leadership, King reiterated that he'd support the president's resolution for military action in Syria.



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