Obama’s Frightening Insensitivity Following Shooting

A glib Obama gives a “shout-out” before addressing the tragic attack

President Obama didn’t wait long after Tuesday’s devastating elections to give critics another reason to question his leadership, but this time the subject matter was more grim than a pair of governorships.

After news broke out of the shooting at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas, the nation watched in horror as the toll of dead and injured climbed. The White House was notified immediately and by late afternoon, word went out that the president would speak about the incident prior to a previously scheduled appearance. At about 5 p.m., cable stations went to the president. The situation called for not only his trademark eloquence, but also grace and perspective.

But instead of a somber chief executive offering reassuring words and expressions of sympathy and compassion, viewers saw a wildly disconnected and inappropriately light president making introductory remarks. At the event, a Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian affairs, the president thanked various staffers and offered a “shout-out” to “Dr. Joe Medicine Crow — that Congressional Medal of Honor winner.” Three minutes in, the president spoke about the shooting, in measured and appropriate terms. Who is advising him?

Anyone at home aware of the major news story of the previous hours had to have been stunned. An incident like this requires a scrapping of the early light banter. The president should apologize for the tone of his remarks, explain what has happened, express sympathy for those slain and appeal for calm and patience until all the facts are in. That’s the least that should occur.

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7 years 4 weeks ago, 11:54 AM

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i don't consider him

eloquent at all or at least to the degree that a snake's hiss might be considered "eloquent".
why in the fuck are we getting daily comments on everything from this clown?maybe he should hit the TV talk show circuit again.

i tried being reasonable,i didn't like it, NRA LIFE MEMBER,USMC VETERAN
7 years 4 weeks ago, 11:56 AM

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obamas just pissed cuz he knows he aint gonna be reelected, the dems are losing ground.

I'm just another damn yankee with a loaded gun looking for some fun!
7 years 4 weeks ago, 5:23 PM

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isn't even a Medal of Honor winner he's received the top award given by the President (obama gave it to him and still can't get it right) to a civilian. The Medal of Honor can only be awarded to service members earned in combat. This guy just keeps showing us what a bad joke he really is.

America is not at war. The U.S. Military is at war. America is at the Mall. If you don't stand behind our troops, PLEASE feel free to stand in front of them!
7 years 4 weeks ago, 5:39 PM

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I said in another post, the potus was not sincere in his speech. I'm embarrassed the families of Ft Hood had to see that!

"We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home" Thomas Jefferson
6 years 4 weeks ago, 12:42 AM

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