Obama Shows Insensitivity, Lack Of Leadership, After Ft. Hood Shooting
Posted by Casey on November 6, 2009
Not even Obama’s most staunch supporters could defend his actions here. This is the most inappropriate behavior I’ve ever seen by a Commander-In-Chief in issuing a press conference about several dozen members of the military being killed or wounded.
I’ve seen some put the blame on his advisers, but any mature adult would have realized giving shout outs, and lighthearted comments about an unrelated issue before speaking about an attack on a US military installation is completely inappropriate.
After news broke out of the shooting at the Fort HoodThe White House Army post in Texas, the nation watched in horror as the toll of dead and injured climbed. 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?
Here’s the video:
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