Obama’s Weird “Shout Out”

You’ve all seen this by now, Obama went before the media with some prepared remarks after attending a  Tribal Conference on November 5th. Everyone understandably expected him to start off by saying some appropriate words about the Fort Hood Massacre that had just occurred, as that was the much more pressing issue at the moment. Instead he bantered light-heartedly for two minutes about the conference:

Eventually he made some obligatory remarks about the Fort Hood tragedy, (13 dead, and 30 wounded), but if compared to his reactions to other shootings, this year, his response seemed understated. The Media Research Center’s Dan Gainor noticed:

In the Tiller case, the president was “shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning.” In the case of the museum attack, Obama was “shocked and saddened by today’s shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.”

But when it came to the horrendous Ft. Hood shootings, the term “shocked” was nowhere to be found. Instead, the initial response was shoehorned into comments he made opening the White House Tribal Nations Conference. First there were a couple applause lines to Native Americans and Obama’s “shout out to that Congressional Medal of Honor winner,” who appears not to have won the medal. (Joe Medicine Crow won the Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor.)

Then the president addressed the shooting. While he called the incident “horrible” and a “tragedy” and urged “prayers,” the response seemed understated compared to the other incidents. Then, in true Obama fashion, he did manage to make the shootings at least in part about him. “I want all of you to know that as commander in chief, that there’s no greater honor but also no greater responsibility for me than to make sure that the extraordinary men and women in uniform are properly cared for and that their safety and security when they are at home is provided for us.”

Two minutes and 39 seconds later he was done and without even taking a breath back to talking about the Native American event. Nowhere in his speech or his remarks the next day did he even acknowledge that the attacker was a Muslim. In his statement after the museum attack, he correctly criticized “anti-Semitism and prejudice” but made no mention of religion in the latest incident.

Robert A. George, writing for Chicago.com was taken aback by Obama’s “Frightening Insensitivity”:

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.

People are comparing this to President Bush’s ” Pet Goat” moment after the 9/11 attacks, and while I’ve never fully understood Bush’s momentary paralysis at that time, I do know that it was not due to insensitivity. If anything, it was an over abundance of sensitivity to the children in the room, whom he didn’t want to frighten.

I also suspect that President Bush knows the difference between the Congressional Medal of Honor, and The Medal of Freedom, which is what Obama actually awarded Joe Medicine Crow back in August.

The indispensable  Newsbusters:

Ah, the dangers of giving shout outs without a teleprompter.  Crow is not a Medal of Honor recipient.  As noted by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society:

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Generally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress, it is often called the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Crow’s name is not included on the Society’s Medal of Honor recipient list.  He was, however, awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in August.

Where-o-where was TOTUS?

MORE:

Doug Ross calls this lapse a “faux pas”. There have been a bunch of faux pas by this President. I’m starting to wonder if  maybe he needs to appoint a Protocol Czar.

18 thoughts on “Obama’s Weird “Shout Out”

  1. Barry’s Lament:

    Oh where, oh where has my TOTUS gone?
    Oh where, oh where can he be?
    With his screen so wide and his word crawl so long.
    Oh where, oh where can he be?

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  2. In regards to medals, they are “awarded” and the person who gets them is a “recipient.” You don’t “win” medals; it’s not a contest.

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  3. This innocuous observation is so telling, and I’m glad others noticed it. I thought I might be the only one. Our President can’t get out of campaign mode and into leading the nation mode. Of course I realize that “leading the nation” to him means promoting liberal left wing idealogue agendas that hurt the taxpayers and punish accomplishment while redistributing the wealth to non-achievers and undermining the Constitution, but he’s starting to embarass even those of us that know what he is and knows what he believes. Jimmy Carter looks like a competent leader when compared to this crybaby opportunist. I can’t wait till we get a real leader into the White House. Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann make him look like the weak idealogue elitist nutball that he truly is. The Secret Service and military leaders must be rolling their eyes every time this immature man-child makes a decision. We need a leader with conviction, we need a leader that loves America and its traditions, and we need someone with guts… unlike the current President. I’m counting the days till 2012. Sarah Palin, if you’re out there and reading these comments… please run for President! You quietly did your job competently, stood up to corruption, lived your life by your beliefs, and have that quiet strength that most of us “non-elitists” recognize. You, and Michele Bachmann have been at the forefront of protecting our liberties and Republic and I would be honored to support, work for you, and vote for you! You two women have shown the courage and fortitude that most men would envy and the “gonads” both of you have displayed makes this alpha male jealous. I don’t think I’m alone in this. You have scared the sh.t out of the Republican elitists that theorize about what us common folk need and even they realize how dangerous you are to what has been going on in Washington for decades and know that if you run, you’ll win, they’ll be out, citizens will feel free once again, and people will be judged on their merits and not the color of their skin, their status will change, normal people will be in charge once again and they fear it. Sarah Palin, you brought compassion and life to those of us that felt we were a dying breed, Michele Bachmann, you GET IT and have the courage to stand alone if necessary! I would be so honored if you two were the ticket for the Republicans in 2012. Other than Mitt Romney, the men have really disappointed those of us looking to take our Republic back. You have not! Many of us “silent” voters see the courage you both have shown and recognize your leadership abilities. Thank you for what you have done so far… but it’s not over. There’s only three people I would trust to run this government… Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Mitt Romney. The others haven’t earned my trust yet, you three have.

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  4. Without his pre-written script scrolling across his teleprompter the President fell back into his Chicago Southside lingo, sending shouts out, etc. I am just surprised he didn’t throw a couple of “Yo Momma” jokes in.

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  5. Watching obama (it pains me) during the Ft Hood tragedy and not at all behaving like a president..angers me. I do think that Bush would have made a trip to Texas. obama could have had a date night in Texas and dropped in to visit the survivors. Is it because the gunman was one of his own? Never liked Bush…Never voted for Bush…Miss Bush.

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  6. (Obama)— I want to thank everyone for this wonderful conference and I want to send a shout out to that Congressional Medal of Honor winner Joe Medicine Crow. Stand up Joe. There he is, let me tell you all, me and Joe have been good friends for a long time. I knew Joe when he was on the wagon, and I new Joe when he fell off the wagon, but unfortunately he fell right into a box of whiskey. (Laughs to himself) Joe say a few words.

    (Joe Medicine Crow)— Thanks Barry, but if I am Joe Medicine Crow then you must be Barry Socialized Medicine Crow. (Crowd laughter).

    (Obama)— No Joe, but that’s what the Republicans call Pelosi “Nancy Old Socialized Medicine Crow”. (Laughs to himself)

    (Joe Medicine Crow)— Don’t forget Barry I’ve known you for many moons. I remember when you fell off the wagon too. Unfortunately you fell into a big box of yourself. (Crowd laughter).

    (Obama)— Joe you’re always the kidder.

    (Joe Medicine Crow)— Yeh, I remember you had to use a stick to try to get some of the shit off you. (Crowd laughter).

    (Obama)— Oh I see you want to play the Dozens, OK Joe well, yo Indian mama’s so fat, when she hauls ass, she has to make two trips.

    (Joe Medicine Crow)— Yo white mamma’s so fat, when the medicine man diagnosed her with the flesh eating disease; he gave her 5 years to live.

    (Obama)— Oh it’s on. Yo Indian mamma’s so fat, her ass has its own congressman.

    (Joe Medicine Crow)— Yo white mama’so fat and old that when the Great Spirit said “Let there be Light”, he told her to move her fat ass out of the way.

    (Obama)— Yo Indian mama’s so ugly, her mom had to be drunk to breastfeed her.

    (Joe Medicine Crow)— Yo white mama’s so ugly, I took her to a haunted house and she came out with a job application.

    (Obama)— Yo Indiana mama’s so ugly, people go as her for Halloween.

    (Joe Medicine Crow)—Yo father so ugly it’s a good thing you never saw him.

    (Obama)— Damn Joe that hurt. By the way there was a massacre at Fort Hood. That’s too bad. I got to go now….

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  7. I can well imagine what would have happened had George Bush acted that way when he visited the World Trade Center destruction. He would have been drawn and quartered on the spot.
    As far as I remember, shout outs are reserved for high school senior proms when introducing kids who won various awards, ie Best Football running back or…, not used by the President of the USA. But I’m pretty sure our president’s brain isn’t too far removed from high school.
    At least he didn’t bump fists with the Native American or apologize to the Major.

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  8. I was watching the TV when he came on & started to wonder what the heck was going on. We were led to believe from the news anchors that the Pres was coming out to make statements about the shooting. He went on & on & almost has a smile when he was talking about what was going on with the N. Americans. I was think what the heck is going on here!

    Listened to Michael Savage (i know…) on the way home last nite & he was going on & on about how he hopes the Military vote will never go to BHO again after this screw-up. Let’s hope that this moment will be BHO’s shining moment in history about how he really feels about the Military. Think Palin’s Katy Couric interview went bad? We can’t let this go down the memory hole.

    the man has no honor.

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  9. Coming on the heels of his sickening picture perfect photo opportunity at Dover last week (which some in the media are praising as the first iconic image of his Presidency), this performance cements my impression that this man has no connection spiritually or culturally with our service members. They are to be used as photo props and political gain exclusively.

    His willingness to substitute the recommendations of people like Joe – I’ve been on the wrong side of every military decision in the last 20 years – Biden, and John – I threw someone else’s medals back over the fence – Kerry for those of our field military commanders further demonstrates his comfort in sacrificing the lives of these warriors for some domestic political points. Despicable.

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  10. I don’t think there is any comparison to Bush’s actions on 9/11 and Obama’s handling of this shooting.

    Bush was sitting in a classroom full of kids and television cameras when it was whispered in his ear that a second plane had hit the WTC. Pictures of that moment clearly show that he was stunned, who wouldn’t be? I was. I remember exactly where I was the moment I heard and it took me a few minutes to process what was happening. Bush took a few minutes to gather himself and then delivered a very somber speech to the nation.

    Obama had hours, in private with only his aides and his many mirrors, to collect himself and get detailed information on what had happened and he decided it was more important to give a shout out to an Indian leader who he improperly credit with receiving the nations highest military award for a civilian award Obama had actually awarded to the guy a couple months ago, than it was to address the massacre at Ft Hood.

    Had the positions been reversed, Obama would be hailed as a calm and deliberative leader and Bush would have been berated for his insensitivity to the soldiers who had just be murdered and stupidity for not even remembering the guy he had just given the nations highest award for a private citizen.

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