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"Obama's Frightening Insensitivity Following Shooting

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Following Jarasan's blog post, apparently he's not the only one who's stunned by Obama's handling of the situation yesterday.  http://blogs.lotterypost.com/jarasan/2009/11/unbelievably-tactless-and-tragic.htm
You know it's bad when his hometown manstream media breaks ranks. 
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"Obama's Frightening Insensitivity Following Shooting

A bad week for Democrats compounded by an awful moment for Barack Obama.

By ROBERT A. GEORGE

Source NBCChicago.com

Updated 2:56 PM CST, Fri, Nov 6, 2009

"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. 

Indeed, an argument could be made that Obama should have canceled the Indian event, out of respect for people having been murdered at an Army post a few hours before. That would have prevented any sort of jarring emotional switch at the event. 

Did the president's team not realize what sort of image they were presenting to the country at this moment? 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.

It must have been disappointing for many politically aware Democrats, still reeling from the election two days before. The New Jersey gubernatorial vote had already demonstrated that the president and his political team couldn't produce a winning outcome in a state very friendly to Democrats (and where the president won by 15 points one year ago). And now this? Congressional Democrats must wonder if a White House that has burdened them with a too-heavy policy agenda over the last year has a strong enough political operation to help push that agenda through. 

If the president's communications apparatus can't inform -- and protect -- their boss during tense moments when the country needs to see a focused commander-in-chief and a compassionate head of state, it has disastrous consequences for that president's party and supporters. 

All the president's men (and women) fell down on the job Thursday.  And Democrats across the country have real reason to panic."

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/politics/A-Disconnected-President.html

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Comments

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MADDOG10Comment by MADDOG10 - November 7, 2009, 7:19 pm
I couldn't believe what I was hearing when obama gave his speech. This is the same hazzard that called the police stupid. He needs to look in the mirror, before he opens his mouth.
There was NO compassion in his words nor was there any meaning to them either. He needs to have his staff speak when something needs to be said or he'll continue to lose his supporters , on seccond thought, keep making your speeches potomus.....! He is the south bound end of a north bound mule. who's his writer???    Al Sharpton.
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jarasanComment by jarasan - November 7, 2009, 9:14 pm
Hey you extremists calm down, that was the tele prompter talking not the POTUS.   He really cares. Really. For real. No lie. Can't you see? He is so smart and handsome. He loves you. He wants to help. He wants to hope and change. Trust him. For he will lead us straight into complete control of your miserable pathetic empty lives, just wait, he will banana republic up us so bad you'll wish you lived in France.
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konaneComment by konane - November 7, 2009, 10:05 pm
Thanks Maddog! I'd love for his 'Howdy Doody' (Howdy was puppet for anyone too young to remember) self to continue to give such heart felt speeches which show his real feelings and showcase his competence as Chief Marionette of the US.
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konaneComment by konane - November 7, 2009, 10:20 pm
Thanks Jarasan! Great advice for people who bury their heads in sand waiting for someone to come along and save them. However seems your reassurances are falling on deaf ears after his last faux pas .... seems the honeymoon is quickly ending.
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Rick GComment by Rick G - November 8, 2009, 8:46 am
Personally, I find the reaction to his comments much ado about nothing. If we weren't killing innocent brown people all over the world, the tragedy wouldn't have happened in the first place. Instead the media distracts us with this nonsense. Anything to keep our minds off the fact that the wars are illegal and were started based on lies. The lies have been discovered, but the wars continue. THAT's what the media should be talking about.
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konaneComment by konane - November 8, 2009, 9:57 am
Thanks Rick! Chris Story in one of his latest reports speculated that Obama may have ordered the diversion at Fort Hood. http://worldreports.org/news

It's all there in print for anyone who's capable of reading beyond sound bytes and being spoon fed by entertainers. No one is a sacred cow in his reports, no one and it does require putting aside media manipulated opinions.

Story also cites a magazine photo of a US soldier standing guard over a fenced poppy field in Afghanistan. Imagine that info was blacked out for stateside evening news consumption.

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