by the Left Coast Rebel
Obama's press conference for me was yesterday's WT* moment, mind you He was privy of the massacre yet felt His need to shout-out to friends and ramble on for before expressing sorrow for Fort Hood. Always trust your gut as they say, when I rushed in to the living room from the office yesterday, I didn't know what to think of it and Him. You?
Always trust your gut. Incompetence? Malfeasance? Sheer stupidity on His part? Truth to Power. Or was that Power to Truth? Well it seems that I'm not the only one that saw this glaring example, NBC Chicago:
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 comments. 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.