Since President Obama’s Oval Office terrorism speech Sunday night, his administration has engaged in a strategy of being conspicuously available to talk about the terror threat and the attack in California, Politico reports. Attorney General Loretta Lynch took questions at a Justice Department press conference, while Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson appeared in two venues to talk about keeping Americans safe. Johnson also met Muslim Americans to assuage their concerns. Talking heads from the administration fanned out across TV networks as well. The drive to hammer home the focus on terrorism stems from a lesson learned in 2009, when Obama was criticized for what appeared to be a laconic response to the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner carrying 290 on Christmas Day.
Lynch acknowledged that comments from DOJ, FBI Director James Comey and federal law enforcement officials in California departed from standard practice of remaining mum about probes until charges are filed. “At this point, we are discussing the San Bernardino investigation because we want the public to be aware of how these investigations are conducted, their complexity, and the fact that they are in fact a marathon and not a sprint,” said Lynch, who joined Comey Friday to brief reporters and made her TV talk show debut on “Meet The Press.” News on the investigation yesterday came from the West Coast, where the FBI’s David Bowdich said the shooters had become “radicalized” before the massacre at a county employee holiday party. “We have learned that both subject were radicalized and have been for quite some time,” he said. ‘We do have evidence that both of these subjects participated in target practice in some ranges in the metro area….some of it within days of this event.”