There was a column in the paper a couple of weeks ago that referred to this, so I had to find out where Obama's quote came from. Turns out it's from an interview last month with CNN's Wolf Blitzer...
BLITZER: Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, Republican presidential candidate now, says, the men and women of the United States military want someone who's worn the uniform. He says he served in the Air Force.Sigh. "I'll cut him some slack." That says it all right there about what's wrong with this administration and the Democratic party.
Do you see a comment like that, that he makes, referring to you, as disrespectful to the commander in chief?
OBAMA: You know, Mr. Perry just got into the presidential race. I think that everybody who runs for president, it probably takes them a little bit of time before they start realizing that this isn't like running for governor or running for senator or running for Congress, and you've got to be a little more careful about what you say.
But I'll cut him some slack. He's only been at it for a few days now.
(Maybe this post should be titled "Missing Cojones Alert" instead.)