Instapundit maestro and Examiner Sunday Reflections contributor Glenn Harlan Reynolds may be among the last members of the Commentariat one would expect to find on the pro-Obama side of the public debate, but then comes a fine piece in The Atlantic.

It's all about the administration's emphasis on educating the public about safety measures to be taken in the event of a terrorist attack involving a nuclear weapon or dirty bomb capable of spreading radiation.

Folks just don't know enough about how to react in such a situation, so the White House deserves praise for seeking to remedy that deficit, according to Reynolds, who also is a law professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

He notes:

"If the likelihood of a nuclear attack is hard to judge, what's beyond dispute is that we are in many ways much less prepared to deal with one than we used to be. "Fallout shelters in public buildings are no longer marked and stocked, and public knowledge about nuclear weapons and their effects isn't what it was during the Cold War era. "In the course of teaching nuclear-related cases in my Administrative Law and National Security Law courses, I've observed that most of my students (military veterans and a few emergency-services types excepted) know next to nothing about A-bomb related things that were common knowledge a couple of decades ago. Replenishing that popular knowledge base seems worthwhile, as long as there are nuclear weapons on the planet."

Reynolds points to a second reason to praise Obama, but I'll leave that one for you to discover by going here to read the complete article.