Obama Says People Should ‘Go to the Movies’

President Obama: 'Go to the Movies'
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In an interview with ABC News on Wednesday, President Obama called the cyber-attack on Sony “very serious” but suggested that the administration has yet to establish the hacker threat to moviegoers over “The Interview” as credible.

“For now, my recommendation would be that people go to the movies,” he said.

Sony has actually canceled plans to release “The Interview” in theaters on Dec. 25, after major chains decided not to show the movie. According to multiple news outlets, federal authorities have concluded that North Korea is linked to the attack.

“Well, the cyber-attack is very serious. We’re investigating, we’re taking it seriously,” Obama said in the interview with David Muir. “We’ll be vigilant: If we see something that we think is serious and credible, then we’ll alert the public.”

Mitt Romney, Obama’s opponent in the 2012 presidential election, wrote on Twitter: “@SonyPictures don’t cave, fight: release @TheInterview free online globally. Ask viewers for voluntary $5 contribution to fight #Ebola.”

Update: National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan issued this response, which does not directly cite North Korea but says that they are “considering a range of options in weighing a potential response.”

“The U.S. government closely monitors all reports of breaches affecting U.S. companies, U.S. consumers, and U.S. infrastructure.  We know that criminals and foreign countries regularly seek to gain access to government and private sector networks – both in the United States and elsewhere.

“The U.S. government has offered Sony Pictures Entertainment support and assistance in response to the attack.  The FBI has the lead for the investigation. The United States is investigating attribution and will provide an update at the appropriate time.  The U.S. government is working tirelessly to bring the perpetrators of this attack to justice, and we are considering a range of options in weighing a potential response.

“We are aware of Sony’s announcement regarding ‘’he Interview.’  The United States respects artists’ and entertainers’ right to produce and distribute content of their choosing. The U.S. government has no involvement in such decisions.  We take very seriously any attempt to threaten or limit artists’ freedom of speech or of expression.”

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  1. Airnoi says:

    This a good idea. I want to watch the movie, to support freedom of expression. This is America, and we lead by example. We don’t bow to dictators and we don’t negotiate with terrorists (lol I had to throw that in there). We shouldn’t anyway.

  2. Dead In Hell says:

    “We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”

    How the hell does translate into cancelling the film? Sony respects their filmmakers and their right to free expression, but not as much as they respect the precious feelings of Kim Jong-Un.

  3. TONY says:

    Its not about ‘going to the movies’…dumass.

  4. TOM says:

    What he really wants to see is ‘Americans, ignore Into The Woods, Unbroken and Night at the Museum 3, but go see Annie and Selma.

  5. Aware says:

    No one person, anywhere, anyhow, should be speaking in the collective as this empty suit is. People have wiped stuff off their shoes that was better than this inexperienced slave in the White House.

  6. harry verderci says:

    Old Roman Politics to subjugate the masses–Give them bread and circuses.

  7. Homer says:

    Obama is still under the delusion that people care what he thinks.

  8. 1favored says:

    I really don’t think the decision not to release the film has little to do with terrorism and more to do with Sony not wanting to being embarrassed by any more emails to the public. I think to say it’s to protect the public is farfetched. Corporations are self-serving. To miss out on billions of dollars, there is some gain for them. Reputation is more valuable than profit. There response is a P.R. response. It takes the conversation away from emails and the culture of Sony to Sony being the white knight for humanity’s sake.

  9. Spielburg Von Flinger says:

    Obama is a failure. He failed Hollywood in this instance, apparently he only cares about Hollywood when there is money to be made at fundraisers.

  10. Xmasevebaby says:

    Standing up for free speech isn’t a right wing thing, son…it’s about the most patriotic thing an American citizen can do #StepUpOrTheFcukOff!!

  11. It would be cool if all these right wing assholes went to The Interview in theaters out of spite–and the terrorists blew them up. That would be a fine day.

  12. sr says:

    pheww, I can go to bed in peace knowing that our fearless a-hole obama has given his blessing to all of us to go to the movies. Everyday he sounds, looks and smells like a dictator. May he go to hell sooner than later.

  13. Spike says:

    Bite me, Hussein. If we should go to the movies, then you should stem the flood of undocumented scumbags scurrying across the border like cockroaches, and you should committing mayhem with your Stalinist executive orders. Come to think of it, you should also come out of the closet at a gay Socialist intent on destroying the middle class, which was Marx’s, Lenin’s and Stalin’s goal.

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