Unless you've had your head in the ground for the last couple of days you've heard about the brutal murder of US soldiers at Ft. Hood in Texas.
Shortly after the White House recieved news about what had happened it was arraigned that the President would give a few remarks on the incident at a Tribal Nations Conference he was to speak at.
Obama starts to talk about how great the Dept of Interior is blah blah blah and then at about 30 seconds into the speech he gives a....(are you sitting down?)... shout out!
12 US soldiers were just massacred and 31 others wounded! Some are saying that this is the biggest attack by Muslim radicals on our soil since 9/11 and you take the time to give a shout out to a homie!? Why didn't he just tell everyone there that he would give remarks but it was time for some afternoon delight with his boo. That at least would have been less disturbing...shocking....but less disturbing.
The author of this article was pretty pissed about it. (Link is broken. Web address is http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/politics/A-Disconnected-President.html ) sorry
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."
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.
The disconnect between what Americans at home knew had been going on -- and the initial words coming out of their president's mouth was jolting, if not disturbing.
The author of the article at the end places blame mostly on his staff but any rational human being would have sensed the delicacy of the situation and adjusted accordingly, but not Obama. Regardless of the retarded staff we employ for the President, he is to blame for the poor remarks.
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