Saturday, November 07, 2009
Obama Criticized For Brevity Over Fort Hood Shootings; Obama: No Time For Soldiers
or contribute, to his committing such a violent and horrific act?
Dear Leader His Excellency Barack Hussein Obama, Junior is under fire for what appeared to many to be his brevity and cavalier attitude in reacting to the tragedy shootings at Fort Hood. FOX News:
Critics say that the tone and brevity of Obama's remarks on Fort Hood 'did not appreciate the gravity of what he represents' while others say he had the right presidential instincts.
As the U.S. military and law enforcement were scrambling to save lives after a deadly shooting rampage at Ft. Hood, Texas, President Obama opened his remarks Thursday with a two-minute "shout out" to audience members who attended the Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Interior Department.
Obama's initial comments on the shooting that killed 13 and wounded scores of others came at the conclusion of Thursday's conference, which was attended by leaders from several of the 564 federally recognized American Indian tribes.
"I planned to make some broader remarks," he told the crowd. "But as some of you might have heard there has been a tragic shooting at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas."
The president's words on the deadly rampage came two minutes after he gave a "shout out" to an audience member and stressed the need to pass health care reform.
Critics say that through both the tone and brevity of his remarks, Obama "did not appreciate the gravity of what he represents," said Brad Blakeman, former deputy assistant to President George W. Bush
"It was uncomfortable to watch," he said of Obama's comments on Thursday.
"He should have begun his official remarks with the tragedy. The fact that he used colloquialisms like "shout out" -- and was so cavalier at the beginning of his remarks -- was a reflection of his inability to be presidential," said Blakeman, though he stressed Obama's comments were not "ill-intended."
"Republicans would criticize Obama on how he took a shower in the morning," said [Democratic strategist Bob Beckel].
"This is a guy who went to Delaware to see bodies brought back from Afghanistan," demonstrating a compassion for fallen soldiers and their families that Bush lacked, [said Beckel].
And yes, Bob, Barry did travel to Dover for a nice little photo-op, didn't he?
It is certainly more than interesting and significant to note, among other things, that this would have been Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan's first deployment to Afghanistan. WaPoo:
-- Born in Arlington. Raised primarily in southwestern Virginia, where he graduated from William Fleming High School in Roanoke. Also attended Arlington's Wakefield High School for a year.
-- U.S. Army psychiatrist.
-- Graduated from Virginia Tech in 1995, earning a bachelor's degree in biochemistry with honors and minors in biology and chemistry. Had previously studied at Barstow Community College in California and Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, where he earned an associate degree in science in 1992.
-- Entered the Bethesda campus of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 1997. Graduated in 2003 as a medical doctor.
-- From 2003 through this summer, was an intern, a resident and then a fellow at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the District.
-- Transferred to Ft. Hood this summer.
-- Was awaiting deployment to Afghanistan, which was to be his first Army service overseas.
-- He is single and has no children. He showed no sign of physical or mental problems in examinations as recently as September.
-- He attended the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring and is devout, according to Faizul Khan, former imam at the center. He attended prayers at least once a day, seven days a week, often in his Army fatigues, Khan said.
First-time deployment. No repeat tours of duty. These deaths are the direct result of Obama's continued Illegal Occupation of Afghanistan and his ideology of Nation Building and American Imperialism. Sound familiar?
Meanwhile, it has been since the end of August/early September that Obama's hand-picked General for Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, voiced the need for additional troops in Afghanistan. Obama continues dithering on this, some 60 days after the General's request, even as we turn the corner and quickly approach Thanksgiving. But Barry made time to travel and make a pitch for the Olympics - and failed! And he has time for his basketball games, his daily work-out routine, his White House parties, his golf. But no time for Soldiers. Some would say this behavior is downright unAmerican.
It's not just FOX News recognizing Obama's lack of sensitivity, sympathy and empathy to the Fort Hood tragedy, either. New York writer Robert A. George says the following at NBC Chicago.com:
...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.
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...
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.
Another failure to chalk up to Obama and his failing Admin. They "didn't connect the dots."
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