They say that timing is everything which, in this case, could not have been worse for the president, since the naval yard shootings occurred approximately ten minutes before Obama was scheduled to speak.
Armed with only a handful of sketchy details, the president began his oratory by condemning the shooting and then “making it perfectly clear” with assurances that the person or persons responsible would be brought to justice.
The president utters those words frequently these days. They have become so familiar they are automatically written into every speech. As the Obama administration tirelessly hunts down the perpetrators of the attacks in
Following the president’s forceful condemnation of the shootings, he proceeded with his economic rhetoric, which was also all too familiar; criticizing Republicans for all that is wrong in the world, reminding the audience that Mitt Romney lost because he was anti-Obamacare and, of course, blaming George Bush. Five years after Obama’s election, Bush is still responsible for slow economy.
There is something more troubling about Obama’s remarks, however. Something that goes far deeper into his psyche that is unnerving to think about. True, the Navy Yard shootings had just taken place mere moments before, and details were still uncertain. As always, the early information was filled with truths and half-truths, but one thing was clear, there had been an incident and there were multiple deaths and injuries.
Those facts alone should have been enough to make the president, at the very least, tone down his comments and shorten his speech. The appropriate thing to do would have been to cancel his remarks altogether, but priorities and good judgment have never been watchwords of the Obama administration.
On September 11, 2001 George Bush was sitting on a stool reading to a kindergarten class when an aide entered the room to gave the president a report of the first plane hitting the
In that situation however, the president’s program was already in progress and he was sitting in a classroom filled with young children. Yet the media immediately pounced on Bush for his failure to respond at a moment’s notice. In fact, later reports claimed the president had fled and was nowhere to be found, which ultimately was proved to be false.
A celebration of Latin heritage was scheduled to take place at the White House on Monday evening. By late afternoon, the
Barack Obama cannot possibly be every place all the time. Lately, however, he seems to be spinning like a top trying to keep track of mass shootings, terrorists attacks, Washington scandals and Middle East wars and violence just to mention a few.
Despite that, it would seem that by now, the president would have a better grasp of how to respond in a timely manner to such incidents and to be better prepared to deliver words of assurance that are at least filled with a sense of compassion. Obama has delivered condolences so often in his second term they could almost be recorded and played back via social media.
The world has become even more complicated than it was during Obama’s first administration. Much of that is self-inflicted for which he is now paying the price. Because of that, it is beginning to look as though the remaining three years of the Obama presidency will be a steady stream of continuous turmoil both domestically and internationally.
If that is the case, then Barack Obama needs to stop sidetracking every issue and begin to establish appropriate priorities.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
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